What things would I wish for in a Christmas romance novel?
A female lead character who has had troubles in her past and is afraid to let herself love – Cara is someone I took to heart immediately.
A gruff male lead who the female lead takes a dislike to, yet is still strangely attracted to – ahem, I give you Wilf for this category.
A bit of a love triangle causing confusion for the lead character: which man is right for her – would it be her boss’s brother or steady reliable Greg?
An unusual quirky character who is wise and warm – elderly Perdita with her pink beret certainly fits the bill.
Wonderfully supportive friends who have the main character’s best interests at heart although they sometimes go about things the wrong way – Sallie and Nushrat were so lovely.
Mystery surrounding some characters – Cara, Wilf, Perdita and Jojo all had elements in their past (and present) which were intriguing.
A small village setting – Pebblestow certainly sounded like a wonderful little community and I really hope the author plans to revisit it in future books.
A hint of festive magic – well I’m going to let you discover that for yourself…
Romantic scenes to melt the hardest of hearts – oh yes!
A gorgeous heart-warming ending – which I’m obviously not going to reveal here…
I got all these things and more in A Christmas Wish on a Carousel and I adored it! This is definitely one to cosy up by the fire with and lose yourself in this Christmas. It’s romantic, charming and touching – a warm hug of a book.
My thanks to the author for sending me a review copy of the book. It’s available now as an ebook and at the time of writing is just 99p – go on, treat yourself! You can order a copy here: A Christmas Wish on a Carousel
From the back of the book
Snuggle up under your favourite blanket and escape to the beautiful village of Pebblestow this winter, for one of the most heartwarming stories of the season…
When Cara Mia Shaw makes a desperate wish one night, while riding on a carousel at a Christmas market, little does she know her small, but safe world is about to spin off its axis.
Befriending a fascinating returnee to the village, an elderly woman called Perdita with a jaunty pink beret and the wisdom of a life well lived, might set Cara on a different, albeit harder, course, if she’s brave enough to listen. Art was always her passion, after all, even if fate seemed to have other ideas.
And then there’s the new man in her life, who her friends think is perfect for her because they set her up with decent, reliable Greg in the first place. Cara’s been hurt enough times to know the difference between a good man and a feckless one. Until Wilfred comes along – moody, sarcastic, and scattered – just to complicate matters and meddle with Cara’s resolve, to the horror of almost everyone around her. But is either man ultimately meant for her, anyway? And will she self-sabotage as usual, or gamble everything this time, including her heart?
It might take the highs and lows of friendship, the risk of a forbidden romance, and a Pomeranian called Loki – not to mention some much-needed festive magic – before Cara finally realises the wish she made that night on the carousel might just be about to come true.
About the Author
Lottie Cardew was born during the Great Lockdown of early 2021, and writes uplifting, heartstring-tugging romcoms. She lives in North Wales, subdues the other members of Novelistas Ink if they misbehave – including the popular authors Trisha Ashley and Sophie Claire – and is a huge advocate of diversity in fiction. Lottie also writes as Valerie-Anne Baglietto, and is diagnosed autistic with suspected ADHD. Her home is overrun by husband, not-very-small children, and a ball of fluff masquerading as a Pomeranian, so Lottie frequently takes refuge at her pop-up desk in her bedroom.