When Emmy Berry arrives at Hartsford Hall to work at the Frost Fayre she immediately feels at home. Which is odd because she’s never set foot in the place in her life.
Then a freak blizzard leaves her stranded and things get even weirder when she bumps into Tom Howard. Tom and Emmy have never met before but neither can ignore the sense that they know each other.
With Christmas fast approaching and the weather showing no sign of improving it soon becomes apparent that Hartsford Hall has a little bit of midwinter magic in store for them both …
Other stories in the Hartsford Hall Mysteries universe include: Watch For Me At Moonlight – Watch For Me By Candlelight – Watch For Me By Twilight – Watch For Me At Christmas –
Title: Watch For Me At Christmas
Series: Hartsford Mysteries
Author: Kirsty Ferry
Genre: Christmas Romance, Time Slip Romance
Published: October 23, 2018
Publisher: Choc Lit
My Rating: 4.5 stars
First off, I cannot believe this is the first time I’m encountering Hartsford Hall. I have no clue how I missed these stories – but that was solved with a quick trip over to Amazon and I’ll be diving into this universe from the beginning over the next few weeks. Now, on to Watch For Me At Christmas.
I easily fell under the spell of Hartsford Hall, even though I’ve not yet read the earlier stories. And that is important to mention. I’m a reader who always tries to read connected stories or series from the start. This time that fact slipped past me… but I wasn’t the least bit lost, completely enjoyed this story with these characters and now want to go back and learn more.
Emmy and Tom make such a believable couple, even though some of the things they’re feeling and seeing defy logic. I liked that about them, that they could acknowledge that “something” is happening that doesn’t make sense but that they do and held on tight to that fact and each other. If you’ve followed the Hartsford Mysteries then you’ll recognize some familiar faces. And, actually, I cannot wait to go back and understand the nuances from the start – and I’ll probably do a re-read of Watch For Me At Christmas to experience this romance from a different perspective.
I had a very enjoyable time in this world, and any story that welcomes me, makes me want to learn more of the past is a story that has impact upon readers… and should be paid attention to as well. Do you have to read any of the other stories? No. You’ll find a charming, magical Christmas romance right here in this story that will capture your imagination and make you smile. And that’s why we read Romance, right?
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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