Monday, December 11, 2017

Review: A Vicarage Christmas (The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite #1) by Kate Hewitt

Welcome to Thornwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District… where homecomings happen and surprises are in store for the four Holley sisters…

Anna Holley, the third of four sisters, has always felt a little bit forgotten. A family tragedy when she was a child had her retreating deep into shyness, and social anxiety kept her on the fringes of the cozy chaos of the busy vicarage.

After several years away from home, Anna returns for Christmas... and an important announcement from her father. As much as she once loved the village, coming back is hard and puts Anna's social capabilities to the test.

Avoiding her sisters’ bossy questions, she heads out to the local pub one night, and meets a handsome stranger nursing a pint. Somehow, unburdened by expectations, Simon seems like the perfect person to spill all her secrets to—including a hopeless, long-held crush on her sister’s boyfriend. Confident she’ll never see him again, Anna returns home… only to discover the next day that Simon is actually her father’s new curate!

Anna is beyond mortified, but Simon won’t let her retreat into her usual shyness—and for once Anna is forced to confront the past, and all the fears and feelings she’d tried so long to hide. But with his own heartache that needs to heal, can Simon help Anna to make this the most magical Christmas either of them have known?

My Review: 

An inspirational new series about sisters.

After three years, Anna Holley has returned home to Thornthwaite and she is immediately put in the spotlight with her family and the parishioners from her father’s church.   Anna never let her family know that she suffers from social anxieties.  So when all of the people in the house become too much for her to handle, she makes a quick exit to the pub for a drink.  While there, she meets Simon and finds him very easy to talk to.  Anna ends up telling him all of her secrets.  

The next day, Anna is shocked when she finds out Simon is her father’s new curate.  But as Anna and Simon spend time together, he helps her face her fears.  In return, Anna becomes the one to help Simon move on from what held him back too.  Maybe Anna can finally find the happiness in a man like her sisters have.

This book was beautifully written with great details.  You really get a feel for the characters and their situations.  Both Anna and Simon were flawed and together they were able to move on from their pasts that held them back.  They brought out the best in each other too.  I look forward to reading the next books in this series. 



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