Blog Tour: Christmas – Christmas at Conwenna Cove by Darcie Boleyn

Today sees the fourth of our blog tours with Canelo, and we have the pleasure of reviewing  “Christmas at Conwenna Cove” by Darcie Boleyn.  Again, we are excited to be taking part, and would like to thank both Canelo and Darcie Boleyn for the advanced copy.
A heartwarming, romantic and Christmassy novel set in the gorgeous Cornish village of Conwenna Cove.

When Grace Phillips travels to Conwenna Cove to help her parents move there 30 years after their honeymoon in the village, she sees why they fell in love with the place. The festive decorations, carols in the air and constant supply of delicious mince pies certainly make it hard to leave. Grace soon meets local vet Oli Davenport and initially finds him rude, but learning about his passion for animals and how much he cares for his two kids helps Grace to see a softer side to Oli.

It’s been two years since Oli lost his wife to cancer. Though he loves eleven-year-old Amy and five-year-old Tom more than anything it’s hard to be mum and dad. He has no interest in romance until he crosses paths with beautiful and kind-hearted Grace. The sparks fly but both Oli and Grace are holding onto fear about letting someone into their heart.

As the snow falls and Christmas wishes come true can Conwenna Cove work its magic and help Grace and Oli find the happiness they both deserve?

Don’t miss this explosive and moving drama. Perfect for fans of Amanda Prowse, Kelly Rimmer and Kerry Fisher.

Our Review

Very often I aim to read Christmas books during December as we prepare for Christmas.  I have this picture of reading in a cosy chair, warm fire, hot chocolate and the Christmas tree lit.  The reality is very different, December is always very busy here at Serendipity Loves.  Given the opportunity to read Christmas at Conwenna Cove in October – we jumped at the chance.

Christmas is a time for Children, family gatherings, good food and of course a touch of romance.  The main characters are Grace Phillips and Oli Davenport.  Together with Grace and Oli’s respective parents (Simon, Grace’s Dad is a great cook – you can almost smell his dinners as you read!) and Oli’s children – Tom and Amy, and with Oli being the local vet a greyhound – Hope – and cat with a family of kittens.  These characters plus a gorgeous setting in a cove in Cornwall, makes for an amazing Christmas read.

Grace is a successful author who lives in her flat in Cardiff, she is spending sometime at Conwenna Cover over the Christmas period to help her parents as they settle into their Rosehip cottage.  As the story unfolds, Grace finds it very difficult to leave the Cove, the inhabitants are very warm and friendly.  That is with the exception of her first meeting at the local Cafe with Oli, he is nothing but hostile to Grace.  Her second meeting with Oli, at the local pub she sees a different side to him, he has two children, has a great love for animals, a widower.  As she sees more and more of Oli, she warms to him although it is always in the back of her mind, she will return to her flat in Cardiff.

Both Grace and Oli have had their hearts broken. Oli lost his wife (Linda) to cancer and both him and children are facing their second Christmas alone with her. But Oli, cannot face losing anyone else from his life and feels disrespectful to Linda if he loves another. Grace, lost her brother to a genetic disease and has decided she won’t have children, in fear of passing on the gene and also feels as though life would be better alone.

Everyone talks about the magic of the Cove, will it work it’s wonder and bring the two together?  Will a quiet whisper into Santa’s ear bring Tom’s Christmas wish?

I really enjoyed this book, read it in under 24 hours, it is without a doubt a feel good Christmas story.  It not only covers love, hope and family, it covers grief, how it feels to love and to have lost, children’s hopes and wishes, strength and determination to move into the future.  It is very well written and a must read before the festive season.

Thank you to both Canelo and Darcie Boleyn for the advanced copy.

Blog Tour

Tomorrow the Blog Tour is hosted by Ali the Dragon Slayer and Donna’s Book Blog, both are well worth a visit.


Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.
Publication Availability
Christmas at Conwenna Cove, was published on 9th October 2017, and is currently available for purchase through the following links
Further reviews can be found on Goodreads

Serendipity Loves x
* We received an advanced copy of Christmas at Conwenna Cove, from Canelo, in return for an open and honest review.

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