A Cosy Candlelit Christmas by Tilly Tennant

A Cosy Candlelit Christmas

All Isla wants for Christmas is to be left in peace, but in the Alps there’s potential for romance in every snowflake that falls… It’s the week before Christmas and Isla McCoy has just received an unexpected gift: a letter announcing she is due a life-changing inheritance, but only if she’s willing to make peace with the father who abandoned her. She has absolutely no inte...

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A Cosy Candlelit Christmas Reviews

  • Stacey

    All reviews can be found on my blog: thecosiestcorner.blogspot.com

    What a beautiful and absolutely stunning cover this book has. This straight away made me want to read it - before I'd even read the blurb! I LOVE the background of snowy mountains, the candles, the fairy lights, snow, Christmas pudding and the beautiful wreath in the centre. All together it makes for probably the most stunning Christmas cover I've ever seen. Everything looks so cosy I wish I was there.

    Now onto the story itself, I

    All reviews can be found on my blog: thecosiestcorner.blogspot.com

    What a beautiful and absolutely stunning cover this book has. This straight away made me want to read it - before I'd even read the blurb! I LOVE the background of snowy mountains, the candles, the fairy lights, snow, Christmas pudding and the beautiful wreath in the centre. All together it makes for probably the most stunning Christmas cover I've ever seen. Everything looks so cosy I wish I was there.

    Now onto the story itself, I really enjoyed the first one in the series and wasn't sure how the second was going to top it - but let me tell you - it certainly did! I loved this one even more than the second - if that's possible! The whole story had such a feel-good vibe to it that it was hard to put down. Every spare moment I had I spent reading this book and as a result I was so sad when it ended.

    The story follows Isla, who after hearing from a solicitor, has flown all the way to France to meet her father for the first time in over 20 years. At first, Isla thinks that her dad has an ulterior motive for her going over there - but as the story progresses you realise that it isn't her dad who's up to something after all...

    The story is so intriguing and I simply fell in love with the setting. It's described beautifully and I could easily imagine the chocolate box perfect village with the snow falling and Christmas lights twinkling. It all made for an absolute perfect Christmassy read. I also fell in love with certain characters - Sebastian was one that I adored and I found him to be so timid and sweet towards Isla. Another character I loved was hotel owner Dahlia - she was also someone who didn't have a bad bone in her body and I felt like I was being made welcome as a guest in her hotel too!

    This is 100% my favourite of Tilly Tennant's novels so far. You instantly get drawn into the story and you don't want to let it go. Isla was easy to relate to and I found her really brave - going all that way on her own. The story was easy to follow, the characters were all lovely and I couldn't put it down. It's heart-warming and will leave you with that warm fuzzy feeling. A beautiful novel! If I could give this more than 5 stars then I would.

    Overall, a brilliant story that is a perfect way to spend a rainy Sunday. And perfect to read in the buildup to Christmas. Thank you so much to Netgalley and to the publisher for a chance to read this novel, which I have reviewed honestly.

  • Deanne Patterson

    Well I think I've found a new favorite author. Now don't get me wrong, I still love reading historicals but reading chick-lit is fun. Believe me I never thought I'd say that. Like so many, I always got the impression chick-lit was just not for me, not my thing. Maybe I thought it was too light and fluffy or something but it's a nice break from these historicals which can have some pretty heavy subject matters. This is the second book I've read by Tilly Tennant and I've enjoyed it just as much as

    Well I think I've found a new favorite author. Now don't get me wrong, I still love reading historicals but reading chick-lit is fun. Believe me I never thought I'd say that. Like so many, I always got the impression chick-lit was just not for me, not my thing. Maybe I thought it was too light and fluffy or something but it's a nice break from these historicals which can have some pretty heavy subject matters. This is the second book I've read by Tilly Tennant and I've enjoyed it just as much as the first book in the series. This is Isla's story. She's lived with her mother for her whole 29 years. When she was five her father left them never to be heard from again, or so she was told. He moved to the French Alps.started a new life and has a new family. Isla's mother poisons her mind against her father and wants her daughter to have nothing to do with him. When her grandmother in the Alps dies her father contacts her mother saying there is a life-changing inheritance for Isla. If she refuses it it affects everyone else's inheritance. There are provisions to accepting it and she must travel to the Alps,where her father lives, to receive it. How does her mother handle this knowing her daughter will meet her father again after all this time. There are two men vying for her attention in the Alps a drop dead gorgeous guy who gives her lots of attention and a nerdy,tweed and bow tie wearing shy glaciologist will she choose one for the limited amount of time she's there? Will she allow her heart to reconnect with her extended family while she is there or will she stay true to her mother's bitterness of what happened in the past? Cozy Christmas story with tons of snow. Loved it!

    Pub Date 26 Oct 2017

    Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for a review copy in exchange for my honest review.

  • Melindam

    Netgalley Arc received by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    Isla McCoy, born of a Nigerian mother & Scottish father, has never had an easy life. Her parents' marriage broke up when she was 5 and her dad disappeared very early from her life. Her mum bought her up alone and made a lot of s

    Netgalley Arc received by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    Isla McCoy, born of a Nigerian mother & Scottish father, has never had an easy life. Her parents' marriage broke up when she was 5 and her dad disappeared very early from her life. Her mum bought her up alone and made a lot of sacrifices to do so. She never lets Isla forget this or the fact that her dad was a complete bastard who destroyed both their lives.

    Needless to say, this has had a strong impression on Isla's life in general and on her love life in particular. She is prickly, distrustful and keeps most people at arms' length.

    She just turned 29 and is studying for a psychology degree, when a solicitor's letter reaches her out of the blue: her recently deceased Scottish grandmother left her something in her will. The mysterious inheritance has certain conditions though, and if Isla wants to find out all about it, she needs to travel to the French Alps, where his father is now living with his wife and his two other children.

    Isla is unwilling to go at first -and her mother throws every obstacle that emotional blackmail can achieve in her way- but thinks the better of it. She decides that meeting her father may give some kind of closure to the small girl inside her who never gave up hope on having her daddy return to her.

    So she travels to St. Martin-de-Belleville to find that her inheritance is a chalet if she manages to mend fences and keep up some sort of amicable relationship with her father.

    While it costs her a lot of emotional struggle, she cannot distance herself from the charms of the place

    or the wish of knowing her dad better and find out why he abandoned her all those years ago.

    To complicate matters further, he meets hard-to-resist, handsome Justin -a relation of her father's wife- and Sebastian, a lovely, but awkward glaciologist.

    While I enjoyed

    , the first book in this series, by author

    , it did not leave a lasting impression. This one, however, blew me away completely.

    Isla is such a wonderfully engaging character: she is fierce, passionate and yet logical, kind, though understandably finds it hard to let down her defenses. But most of all, she is loyal. Loyal to a mother, who -while she loves her daughter dearly- also foolishly and selfishly destroyed any hope for a proper relationship between father & daughter.

    And while Isla always knew -or suspected- deep down that her mum was to blame for having kept her & dad apart; still loves her, understands & accepts her and forgives all. This is wonderfully depicted throughout the book and had me in tears sometimes.

    The book deals as much with Isla & her father's relationship as with the romance. I also liked that once Isla sorts out her feelings, she does not shy away from confronting the man who tries to manipulate her.

  • Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)

    All reviews can be found on my blog at

    You know what would be easier? Me copying and pasting* all the compliments I write for Tilly Tennant in each review, into this one! It's as though I am a worn out record by saying the same sort of stuff!

    (*Please note that I would never do that. It would be easier, but I wouldn't. Just to clarify!)

    I had the pleasure of ignoring everybody by indulging in yet another Tilly Tennant novel. A Tilly Tennant novel to me is like

    All reviews can be found on my blog at

    You know what would be easier? Me copying and pasting* all the compliments I write for Tilly Tennant in each review, into this one! It's as though I am a worn out record by saying the same sort of stuff!

    (*Please note that I would never do that. It would be easier, but I wouldn't. Just to clarify!)

    I had the pleasure of ignoring everybody by indulging in yet another Tilly Tennant novel. A Tilly Tennant novel to me is like chocolate chip cookies to Cookie Monster, although I wouldn't say no to several of those whilst reading Tilly's novel, that's for sure!

    I'm just going to come straight out and say it. I feel I owe it to the author to be open and honest...

    OOOOOOOOOHHHHHHH I LOVEEEEEEED IT! I have absolutely NO idea how this author does it, but she knocks it out of the park every.single.time! Just when I thought she had done good with a previous novel, the author then brings out a book which lands itself in the 'Tilly Tennant's Best Book Yet' section. Seriously. It's not even the odd book...it's EVERY SINGLE BOOK which the author reduces me to a gabbling, stalkerish type reviewer who pining after the authors words once again!

    Most of Isla's life has been with her mother, that really is all she has even known. Until the day her estranged father makes contact that is. Personally, I thought Isla was incredibly brave for doing what she did despite knowing full well what the repercussions could have been not only for her, but everyone else involved. Just like Isla, my father abandoned us at a young age and I spent many years angry with someone who I hadn't heard their side of the story from. A mother, just like Glory, who had their own version of events and refused to let anything else become an option. If I had the chance would I do what Isla did? Yes, I would. Unfortunately I won't ever get that chance, but I am so glad that Isla listened with her own heart for once, instead of going along with what her mother wanted.

    The way Isla comes across in a lot of the storyline is guarded and emotionally broken. Whether she would openly admit to that is a whole other ball game. Of course she is going to be guarded, so for that I appreciated how realistic the author made her character's feelings come across throughout the storyline. I felt as though I wasn't reading about a fictional character - I felt as though I was reading a book about a real life person and their true story. Hats off to Tilly Tennant for being able to dissect such a raw and emotional topic, in such a heart-felt and poignant manner. Fantastic.

    As for Justin. Well. If I ever were to find myself in a snowball fight with him, I would ensure my snowball contained a surprise. What a pleb! As soon as he came on the scene I disliked him straight away. People say I am judgemental. I say that I am a good judge of character!

    I fell in love with every single thing within 'A Cosy Candlelit Christmas' from the setting to the main characters, to the humour to the hotel, to the romance to the thought-provoking message. Everything. Because I could relate to Isla a lot, this novel did make me feel quite emotional and hit me in a completely different way to any of Tilly Tennant's other novels. Daft eh? Don't worry though, despite my emotional undertone, I did laugh a heck of a lot. That is another thing I love about this authors writing; she never fails to make me feel.

    In my eyes, 'A Cosy Candlelit Christmas' is Tilly Tennant's best book to date. She really has outdone herself with her character building, setting descriptions and overall plot. Once again I was able to let myself fall into Tilly's ingenious and magical words (a bit like when Joey from Friends steps into the map...ish), knowing that I will forever be cushioned by such an enchanting and heart-warming novel. Hand on heart, I could read a Tilly Tennant novel every single day and not get bored with the magic which lies under every cover.

    Spell-binding, beautifully written and 100% memorable - Tilly Tennant has blown me away. If I were given the chance to disappear into a fictional life for a day, I would pick one of Tilly Tennant's novels, that's for sure.

    A hug in a book from start to finish, I could not recommend 'A Cosy Candlelit Christmas' more if I tried.

    Thanks Bookouture.

  • Lisa Houston

    Gorgeous cover that drew me in. So happy to say the book lived up to my expectation of the cover and description. What a lovely book, I just loved it from start to finish. Was sad when it ended. Maybe there will be a follow up? Isla off to the Alps to find out what her estranged Gran has left her in her will. You follow her ups and downs of meeting the father she hasn't seen since she was 5. For me my favourite part was hearing how beautiful the scene was. Isla managed to stay in a lovely hotel

    Gorgeous cover that drew me in. So happy to say the book lived up to my expectation of the cover and description. What a lovely book, I just loved it from start to finish. Was sad when it ended. Maybe there will be a follow up? Isla off to the Alps to find out what her estranged Gran has left her in her will. You follow her ups and downs of meeting the father she hasn't seen since she was 5. For me my favourite part was hearing how beautiful the scene was. Isla managed to stay in a lovely hotel with the best host. A must read over the winter season.

  • MetLineReader

    A lovely tale, spinning off from Dodie's tale in A Very Vintage Christmas. Initially I was confused by the references to Dodie as I had forgotten/not seen that Islas's tale runs parallel to Dodie's Christmas tale.

    Well rounded characters who come to life from the page.

    This is an interesting tale that deals with difficult childhoods, parental responsibilities and marital strife as the context to university student Dodie's discovery that she may have an inheritance. Her trip to France is full of ch

    A lovely tale, spinning off from Dodie's tale in A Very Vintage Christmas. Initially I was confused by the references to Dodie as I had forgotten/not seen that Islas's tale runs parallel to Dodie's Christmas tale.

    Well rounded characters who come to life from the page.

    This is an interesting tale that deals with difficult childhoods, parental responsibilities and marital strife as the context to university student Dodie's discovery that she may have an inheritance. Her trip to France is full of chocolate-box descriptions that evoke the spirit of an Alpine village.

    A heart-warming Christmas tale with some ups and downs on the way. I would have liked more links to Dodie's tale - Isla and this trip to France were mentioned in AVVC but Dodie was barely mentioned in this book -- and then only at the start. Naturally this book can be read as a standalone but I had hoped and expected that there would be more linkages between these books.

    4* ❄️❄️❄️❄️

  • Jules

    Initially I wasn’t planning on reading this book, as the blurb didn’t appeal to me quite as much as other Christmas books I had my eye on. However, after reading and loving

    a few weeks ago, I just had to give this one a read too. My verdict is that I didn’t love

    quite as much as

    , but I did still love it.

    Again, this has romance running through the story, but it is also so much more than that. I loved the story of a famil

    Initially I wasn’t planning on reading this book, as the blurb didn’t appeal to me quite as much as other Christmas books I had my eye on. However, after reading and loving

    a few weeks ago, I just had to give this one a read too. My verdict is that I didn’t love

    quite as much as

    , but I did still love it.

    Again, this has romance running through the story, but it is also so much more than that. I loved the story of a family torn apart many years ago and the struggle to come to terms with the past in an attempt to move forward.

    My favourite characters by far were Sebastian and Dahlia. I loved Sebastian’s geekiness, in the way I love Chris Packham for his quirkiness and passionate love of nature and animals. Dahlia was adorably caring of others, even if she hardly knew them. I did eventually grow to like Isla, but as I feel I’m much more like her best friend, Dodie, who I got to know in the previous book, I wouldn’t say I fully connected with Isla. The less said about Justin the better, as I really wasn’t keen on him at all.

    Out of the seven Christmassy books I’ve read this year so far, this one definitely qualifies as the most scenic and the one with the most snow. I had to wrap up warm each time I picked this book up, as it was somewhat chilly in the French resort of Saint-Martin-de-Belleville during the run-up to Christmas.

    Despite feeling less festive than

    , I’m pleased to say there was tinsel, turkey, crackers, and did I mention the snow? Ooh, think of all the snowmen we could build.

    is definitely one I recommend if you enjoy stories about family, romance, and have dreams of a white Christmas.

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    I really enjoyed the last book by Tilly featuring Isla's friend Dodie. However I wanted to get stuck in with this book as I was curious about her best friend Isla. This book moves on to the same time period as Dodie, but we get to catch up with what Isla has done. Isla has had a strange phone call saying that her Grandmother she never knew has left her something in her will. However, that means visiting the French resort of St Martin-de-Belleville and seeing the Father who walked out on her and

    I really enjoyed the last book by Tilly featuring Isla's friend Dodie. However I wanted to get stuck in with this book as I was curious about her best friend Isla. This book moves on to the same time period as Dodie, but we get to catch up with what Isla has done. Isla has had a strange phone call saying that her Grandmother she never knew has left her something in her will. However, that means visiting the French resort of St Martin-de-Belleville and seeing the Father who walked out on her and her Mum when she was a girl.

    As Isla arrives in the resort she has no idea but upon meeting Dahlia the owner of the place she is staying, and geeky but loveable Glaciologist Sebastian things seem to take a turn for the better. I absolutely adored Sebastian and although Isla is quite prickly and defensive you could tell that she was thawing to both him and the lovely Dahlia that owns the hotel. Tilly does a cracking job describing this beautiful place and it was easy to fall in love with it all as you read.

    There are certainly some hairy moments as Isla faces her fears and meets not only the Father she doesn't know but the new step mother and half siblings. There are a couple of curveballs going on and you get the feeling that all is not as it seems on the surface. However, Isla doesn't suffer fools gladly and you can see her battling to do the right thing. What I did love was that the process wasn't shown to be easy. If she would have met her Dad and everything was instantly wonderful it wouldn't have had the same impact.

    I read this book in just two sittings and absolutely loved it. As much as I enjoyed reading about Dodie in book 1, geeky Seb and stern Isla stole the show and this book was definitely my favourite of the 2. A wonderful book and a perfect Christmas present!

  • Sascha

    2 1/2 stars

    I’ve probably said this before, but maybe you’re lucky and didn’t read it the first time. One of the best gauges to see how I’m going to rate a book is how long it takes me to get through it. There are obviously exceptions here, but few.

    This one took me ten days. Granted, I’ve read and reviewed other books during that time (which ought to give you a clue as to how I felt about A Cosy Candelit Christmas), but I had no desire to give this one more effort. Because, unfortunately, that’s

    2 1/2 stars

    I’ve probably said this before, but maybe you’re lucky and didn’t read it the first time. One of the best gauges to see how I’m going to rate a book is how long it takes me to get through it. There are obviously exceptions here, but few.

    This one took me ten days. Granted, I’ve read and reviewed other books during that time (which ought to give you a clue as to how I felt about A Cosy Candelit Christmas), but I had no desire to give this one more effort. Because, unfortunately, that’s what it felt like: effort.

    First, for a good bit of the beginning, Isla was waspish and self-involved. She’d acknowledge her rudeness, which I suppose means that a reader is supposed to give her credit and ignore? Then she waffled. And waffled. Between her angst and drama queen antics (who panics when the lights go out?), Isla is not an admirable character. She’s basically immature despite her age, running out of a Christmas brunch with her father because she has feelings for a man. Really, she just reunited with her father and this is how she behaves? There is so much circuitous writing and storytelling and so much repetition that even reading a chapter felt like hard work.

    A Cosy Candelit Christmas has instalove, which isn’t surprising.

    The story is essentially one of dysfunctional people. There is much angst. There is little humor or warmth. Where the cosy candlelight was, I have no idea. There was candlelight when the lights went out, but no cosy.

    I will tell you that my review/reaction is in the minority on Goodreads, so I’ll throw out my standby: your mileage may vary. I do know that I like my Christmas novels to have *humor* and *good cheer* and *“feel good”* (as the cover of this novel implies), hold the dysfunction (reality has enough of that).

    Anyway.

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Kerry

    I love Tilly Tennant's writing and A Cosy Candlelit Christmas has been an absolute pleasure to read.

    Isla is 29 years old and hasn't seen her Father in 24 years. She is very close to her mother who brought her up alone. They have never had much, but have always had each other and been happy. As they prepare for another family Christmas Isla receives notification of her Grandmother's death, on her fathers side, and it seems she has been gifted something in her will. The gift however comes with con

    I love Tilly Tennant's writing and A Cosy Candlelit Christmas has been an absolute pleasure to read.

    Isla is 29 years old and hasn't seen her Father in 24 years. She is very close to her mother who brought her up alone. They have never had much, but have always had each other and been happy. As they prepare for another family Christmas Isla receives notification of her Grandmother's death, on her fathers side, and it seems she has been gifted something in her will. The gift however comes with conditions. If Isla wishes to know more she will have to travel to the Alps to meet with her Father. After some consideration she decides to go. She has no idea how much this decision will change her life completely.

    I have to say, I wasn't sure if I liked Isla or not at first. Her feelings towards her father are very understandable, as is her fear of upsetting her mother. Isla did certainly grow on me though and I really, really wanted her story to have a happy ending. As far as I'm concerned it's never too late to make amends.

    The setting sounds absolutely beautiful. There is no way you'd get me skiing, but I could totally see myself taking in the views of the mountains with a hot chocolate or brandy (or maybe hot chocolate with brandy in it!) to sip! And the Church scene on Christmas Eve sounds amazing. I love our Church at Christmas so I can imagine how beautiful it must be somewhere like that.

    I absolutely loved Sebastian! He is such a sweet character.

    Dahlia is a fabulous character too. I couldn't help but love her and her hotel sounds like the ideal place to stay.

    This is such a lovely romance which demanded my attention from beginning to end. I'm living proof you can fall in love in less than a week as me and my Husband did, and we've been together for 18 years (married for 15) so I can totally relate. It's a lovely, heart-warming read and a perfect festive romance, but I think you could enjoy it at any time of the year really.

    Beautifully written, as always. I highly recommend.


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