A Winter Wedding at Mistletoe Gate Farm by Helen J Rolfe
Tilly is thirty years old and owns a shop called Tilly’s Bits ‘n’ Pieces in Heritage Cove, a village on the east coast of England, where the novel is set. (This is Book 4 in the Heritage Cove series, but works well as a standalone book too.)
Benjamin Doyle lives at Mistletoe Gate Farm, which is owned by his parents Danny and Heather. He’s also the chef in The Copper Plough pub. Benjamin and Tilly fancy each other, but don’t seem to be able to get round to telling the other one!
Tilly’s friends Harvey and Melissa are getting married soon and Tilly is one of their bridesmaids. After a storm destroys their planned wedding venue, they have to find somewhere else in the village.
Then a stranger turns up, claiming to be Tilly’s Uncle Scott, though she’s never heard of him…
The novel is lovely and festive, with lots of Christmas trees and mistletoe and celebrations going on, which make it perfect to read at this time of year. This is also a very individual thing, but I was also pleasantly surprised to find there weren’t any swearing or sex scenes in the novel, which is just how I like it! But there’s excitement, intrigue, things going on and yes, there’s romance, but that’s more of an underlying theme than the main focus of the story in many ways.
It has a great community feel to it, I loved getting to know the villagers and where they worked, who they lived with and so on. It felt like moving somewhere new and finding out that there are loads of lovely people nearby. The novel is warm and cuddly and I loved it!