Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin (Juniper Island #1)

Synopsis: Piper Chesterfield lives a glamorous life travelling the world and reviewing the finest hotels. She calls nowhere home, she works alone and that’s how she likes it. For long ago Piper decided that to protect her heart she should lock it away. 

 So when Piper’s next assignment brings her to the newly opened Stardust Lake Hotel for the festive season, the last person she expects to face is Gabe Whitaker, the man who broke her heart so completely she could never love again. 

But Piper isn’t the only one who has been frozen in time by heartbreak. Gabe hasn’t forgotten the golden-eyed girl who disappeared from his world without a trace. 

Now fate has reunited them on Juniper island, can the magic of Christmas heal old wounds? And can this enchanting town be the one place Piper can finally call home? 

Kat’s Rating: 4/5

Kat’s Review: I truly am a Holly Martin fan. I know I read a lot of Crime but I also love a book that I can curl up with and that gives me the magical and fairy tale ending that sometimes I like to see. Thankfully Holly’s books never fail to disappoint and the fact that this is a Christmas book is even better! The covers of her books are also so appealing and when I saw the image on the front with the cosy log cabin I couldn’t wait to get stuck in.

Piper has seemingly the best job in the world! She travels the world and has no place she can call home but she does need to as she just travels from one location to another. The great thing is that it’s all in the name of her work. As a mystery reviewer for hotels and resorts around the world she is nervous about her next assignment as it means touching on her all to raw history from when she was a young girl.

As Holly Martin takes us on Pipers travels, I found myself imagining this beautiful island and already wish I could visit! The setting for this book is perfect for the Christmas theme and the village sounded beautiful. I liked Piper as a character and when she runs into her first serious boyfriend Gabe as an adult, things get interesting. The one thing that was a minor flaw for me was that Gabe seemed to swing wildly and to be honest his whingeing grated on me a little bit. I also really liked Gabe’s sister Neve and it seems that the next book will feature her a lot more!

That aside Gabe, Piper, Gabe’s daughter, family and colleagues all add to this festive feel good tale. I certainly enjoyed it and think it would make a perfect stocking filler gift. It’s only a 4/5 for me and some of her other books are certainly favourites of mine. This still makes for a really enjoyable read and the ending made me want to immediately pick up the next book. The second book Christmas Under a Starlit Sky is released in October so thankfully not too long to wait.

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