Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Review: Mistletoe and Mulled Wine at the Christmas Campervan

Title: Mistletoe and Mulled Wine at the Christmas Campervan
Author: Caroline Roberts

Publisher: 13th October 2022 by HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter

Pages: 400 pages

Genre: Christmas, romance  

My Rating: 3.5 cups


The gorgeously romantic new novel in the ‘Cosy Campervan series’ – next stop: Christmas markets, mince pies and kisses under the mistletoe!

Christmas feels like a real gift for Lucy this year. Her cosy coastal cottage is starting to feel like home, her new pizza business is getting the locals ‘All Fired Up’, and she can’t wait to spend it with her new flame Jack, the charismatic owner of the Cocktail Campervan.

Winding along the snow-dusted Northumberland coast for a whirlwind of Christmas markets and celebrations, Lucy and Jack can’t resist stealing a few kisses under the mistletoe. But there’s a twist in their romantic tale when Lucy’s ex turns up in the village. As her past closes in, Jack becomes increasingly distant. And Lucy worries he’s holding back a few secrets of his own . . .

Will Christmas bring a cold spell for Lucy and Jack? Or could it really be the most wonderful time of the year?

My Thoughts

This is book two in Caroline's Cosy Campervan Series. I read and loved book one so if you love a British seaside romcom, then Caroline’s rather unique tale surrounding Jack’s Cocktail van and Lucy’s Pizza van is sure to hit the spot. Reading book one is recommended as Jack and Lucy’s relationship continues in this sequel. 

There is much to enjoy about these tales with everything from starting a new business, to the actual venues that these catering vans attend. For each event Caroline includes an invitation which sets the scene by giving the location, time and actual event eg. wedding. It is a wonderful way to travel the English countryside. The characters and storylines are relatable.

‘Don’t know where the time is going, November is whizzing by … Christmas’ll be here before we know it.’

As a run up to Christmas Lucy and Jack are attending events of the more festive variety and it is a joy to witness. Many magical moments from the snow and carols, to the mulled wine from one of Jack’s cocktails or a slice of Lucy’s festive pizza.

‘I love doing the Christmas markets, there’s such a wonderful feel about them.’

It was enticing to have the story not in the usual Cornwall locale where most of these tales tend to be set. Instead, it is in north east England in the beautiful Northumberland! Traveling that fabulous countryside in a classic campervan to a Castle for a Christmas market was such a treat!

‘Ooh, you can’t beat a bit of festive fizz,’

For pure escapism and a tale of friendships, broken hearts, loss, and finding courage - look no further! With wintry weather readers will relish browsing the Christmas markets sipping one of Jack’s cocktails whilst biting into one of Lucy’s yummy pizza slices. What’s not to love when crafts, carols and cocktails are on offer in an ancient castle? 

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. The quoted material may have changed in the final release.

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