Thursday, 12 October 2017

Annie’s Christmas by the Sea – by Liz Eeles

Original Cover
My own copy

The blurb:

On the beautiful coast of Cornwall lies the idyllic Salt Bay, where Christmas is the perfect time for bringing family and friends together… 

Annie Trebarwith is happily settled in Salt Bay with her beloved great-aunt Alice and gorgeous boyfriend Josh Pasco. Snow is in the air, and Christmas is just around the corner. 

But when the father she’s never met, aging rock god Barry, turns up with the half-sister Annie didn’t know existed, life suddenly gets complicated. Barry and Storm are soon clashing with the entire village, and their antics are even driving a wedge between Annie and Josh. 

Can Annie prevent her new family ruining the festivities and repair things with Josh in time for a cosy Christmas? Or will their relationship end up as frosty as the Salt Bay air? 

Annie’s Christmas by the Sea is a hilarious and heart-warming story about family, friends and the magic of Christmas, perfect for fans of Lily Graham, Holly Martin and Phillipa Ashley. 

My Opinion:

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

We are back in Salt Bay, yay!!! I absolutely adored the first part of Annie’s story and I am very excited we get to read more about her and some other characters.

Annie Trebarwith is very happy in her new home. She takes care of her great-aunt Alice, has a gorgeous boyfriend Josh and her choir is still going strong.

Josh Pasco is a teacher, he is very busy at work, helps Annie with the choir and looks after his mother. The two of them barley see each other, but they somehow make it work.

However, Annie’s father Barry turns up with her half-sister Storm. This makes things much more complicated.

Then there is Josh’s sister Lucy with her daughter Freya. The story around Freya’s dad causes a lot of drama as well.

On top of that, there is Christmas coming up and the choir is preparing for a competition. I loved this part of the story. These little choir aspects and also the whole choir community, such a great mixture of people. Liz Eeles captured this beautifully in her writing. I felt like being in an actual rehearsal with the choir.

My favourite scenes were by far the ones with Annie and Josh together. They are such an amazing couple with a lot of chemistry. They had their ups and downs, but that was part of the storyline. I was especially surprised by Josh in the end, positively of course.

Salt Bay is a wonderful place and around Christmas it’s even more special. The atmosphere surrounding the characters and the storyline is magical.

Catching up with all the other characters was fabulous too and we get introduced to some new ones as well. They are all so unique and it’s just so sweet to see, how they are all there for each other. They are all so real and authentic.

A gorgeous read, perfect for snuggling up in a blanket with a warm drink. I enjoyed every second of this wonderful story!


Liz Eeles on Twitter: @lizeelesauthor


  1. This just sounds so perfect for my Christmas TBR. I can't wait to read it . Excellent review!
    Cora ❤

    1. Thanks lovely! Also for your other comments :) Maybe you can read the first book in this series, if you haven't already, but I would definitely recommend it, especially to get to know the characters better. xx