Fiction Book Reviews

Short Story Review : Christmas at Cranberry Cottage by Talli Roland

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Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 206 KB
Print Length: 32 pages
Publisher: Notting Hill Press (7 Oct. 2015)

Source : Own Copy

Home is where the heart is . . .

With a whirlwind lifestyle travelling the world, the one thing Jess Millward relies on is Christmas with her gran in cosy Cranberry Cottage. When her grandmother reveals the house is directly in the path of a new high-speed railway, Jess is determined to fight.

Can Jess save the cottage from demolition, or will she have no home to come to this Christmas?

I’m a fan of Talli’s writing and love her Christmas novellas.  I have to admit that I didn’t realise Christmas at Cranberry Cottage was a short story but I would still have bought it regardless.  

I always find it easy to get into Talli’s stories, identifying with leads and taking them to heart but even though I liked this year’s short story, I felt that I didn’t have long enough to connect with the characters … so I didn’t have that emotional pull I love to experience.  

Jess has issues from childhood that drive her behaviour and as with all Talli’s Christmas releases there’s a moral.  I would love to get to know Tom Cleary a bit better and a little of how their relationship might develop. I think I needed to feel their connection which there wasn’t time for in this short story.  The focus is on Jess and where she belongs.

If you haven’t read any of Talli’s Christmas novellas you really should!  Miracle at the Museum of Broken Hearts is free at the time of writing this post and is a good place to start.

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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