Thursday, 31 August 2017

The Cosy Canal Boat Dream – by Christie Barlow

Original Cover
My own copy

The blurb:

Welcome to the Little Rock marina – where hearts are healed and dreams are made…

For the last two years Nell Andrews has been struggling to stay afloat. As her life tumbled down around her, the only safety net has been her cosy canal boat, The Nollie. Tucked away inside, Nell has found a place to heal her broken heart. And now she’s ready to move on and follow her dream…

Gorgeous Guy Cornish, with his easy Irish charm, makes him an instant hit with everyone at the marina, and the perfect person to help Nell with her project. But Guy has his own reasons for being at the marina, and a past that threatens to sink Nell’s dream…

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I have read some of Christie Barlow’s previous book and was really excited for this one from the start. I loved the sound of the blurb and the cover is so dreamy. Don’t get fooled by the snowflakes on the cover. The story is set in winter, but it’s not about Christmas or other wintery elements. This is such a cosy and lovely read, you can read it any time of the year.

The book starts with something really sad. Nell Andrews loses her husband. The prologue is very captivating and takes you immediately into the heart of the story.

Now, two years later it’s still hard. Nell has one save place: her cosy canal boat Nollie. She is ready to move on and follow her dreams. There are a lot of people around her and they are all there for her and part of the story as well. Bea, her husband Nathan and son Jacob are absolutely adorable. Bea is the best friend a woman can wish for, Nathan is a loving and sweet husband and Jacob just adds some cute freshness. There is also Nell’s mother Gilly and other people, who live in Little Rock Marina. The highlight of course lovely Mr. Irish, called Guy. All these characters get their story told as well and this adds a lot of interesting drama to the story.

I loved seeing Guy and Nell getting closer and closer. Their scenes were wonderful and sweet. Of course there were some stones in their way as well.

The setting of this book is amazing and Christie Barlow captured it beautifully. Her writing makes you dive into the book from the start, never wanting to leave it again. I got hooked, especially towards the end and just wanted to be around this lovely bunch of characters. The book gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling and I absolutely adored the ending!


Christie Barlow on Twitter: @ChristieJBarlow

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