Once upon a Cornish Christmas ...
It’s almost Christmas at the Pencradoc estate in Cornwall which means that, as usual, tea room owner Sorcha Davies is baking up a festive storm. And this year Sorcha is hoping her mince pies will be going down a treat at ‘The Spirit of Christmas Past’ exhibition being organised at the house by new local antiques dealer, Locryn Dyer.
But as Locryn and Sorcha spend more time together, they begin to uncover a very special story of Christmas past that played out at Pencradoc more than a century before, involving a certain ‘Lady’ Holly Sawyer, a festive dinner party and a magical secret encounter with a handsome author ...
A delightful festive read
It seemed so strange sitting down on a gloriously sunny autumnal day and reading a book set Cornwall in the middle of winter, but within minutes I was immersed in Pencradoc's Christmas preparations.
For anyone who has read Kirsty Ferry's books about the Pencradoc Estate they'll recognise old friends and encounter a few new ones.
Sorcha, the owner of the Tea Rooms, meets newcomer to the village, Locryn, when he requests her help to cater for his Christmas exhibition. Later when they're walking around the main house together they catch glimpses of people from times long since past. No-one else has reported these ghostly appearances, they are only showing themselves to Sorcha and Locryn. It seems that the supernatural might bring two people together just in time for Christmas.
A cheery story, whatever the time of year.
Filled with Christmas cheer
The spirit of Christmas past and the spirit of Christmas which is to come lends itself to the beautifully written book.
A stunning novel to slip into any time of year, and escape from the weird goings on that is 2020. Does history repeat itself ? There are certain similarities between the time lines that cannot be overlooked as Pencradoc prepares for Christmas.
Lovely Xmas story
Another great time slip novel by Kirsty Ferry that takes us from present day to early 1900s and back and is set in Cornwall, specifically at Pencradoc that we have read in previous novels.
Sorcha runs the tea room and has been asked to do the catering for an upcoming Xmas exhibition organised by Locryn who runs the local antique shop. They meet and there is something there... Then Kirsty takes us back to early 1900s to meet with Elsie again (we know her from the previous books) and her new friend Holly. Holly is new to the series and then she meets Noel at a party and there is also something there... Well, if you want to be transported into time and place, I suggest you start reading....