Emily Harvale: Christmas At Aunt Elsie’s

Today I’m delighted to be celebrating the blog blitz day for Christmas At Aunt Elsie’s. My review is written with thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the tour and to the publisher for my copy of the book.


Lottie Short isn’t looking forward to Christmas. Her boyfriend has dumped her and she’s also lost her job. Lottie and her beloved spaniel, Merry, are facing the festive season – and a bleak future, alone.

But a Christmas card and round-robin letter give Lottie hope. And as the first snowflakes fall, she’s on her way to the tiny seaside village of Seahorse Harbour to visit her distant aunt. She’ll stay in a cosy B&B and get some bracing, sea air. That might lift her spirits.

What she doesn’t plan for is a blizzard, her aunt taking a fall, or the dramas unfolding all around her. But at least there’s a warm welcome at Aunt Elsie’s cottage … and a roaring log fire in the village pub.

That’s not all that might bring a rosy glow to Lottie’s cheeks. Asher Bryant, the local vet is pretty hot, and Lottie also hits it off with another visitor to Seahorse Harbour. This festive season might be better than she hoped.

And when Lottie gets more than one surprise this Christmas, perhaps she and Merry won’t be spending the New Year on their own.

This is book 2 in my series of standalone novels set in the tiny, seaside village of Seahorse Harbour.


I am a self confessed Scrooge and very rarely read anything Christmassy, especially in November, but when Rachel’s invite arrived in my inbox, I had to say yes, and I was not disappointed! I love the surroundings, atmosphere and sense of community in Seahorse Harbour and I was interested to see how Harvale would apply the Christmas theme. The good news is that I was immediately drawn into the spirit of the story, and found myself wishing I could sample all the amazing food and drink for myself!

As with her previous Merriment Bay and Wyntersleap series, Harvale is brilliant at intertwining different characters and their stories. Lottie is a character we haven’t met before, and I felt like I could relate to her really easily and was rooting for her to have her happy ending, but I also wanted to see how the characters we met in Summer At My Sister’s would develop. In Christmas At Aunt Elsie’s, I felt we get the best of both worlds and this also helps to enhance the wonderful sense of community.

As with the prequel, there are a few mysteries that run through this novel and I was intrigued to see how everything would turn out. There is also a twist, which I found unexpected which gave the reader some tense moments before the ending.

Christmas At Aunt Elsie’s is available from Amazon.

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