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A Cornish Christmas

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  751 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Nestled in the Cornish village of Cloudsea, sits Sea Cottage - the perfect place for some Christmas magic ...

At last Ivy is looking forward to Christmas. She and her husband Stuart have moved to their perfect little cottage by the sea - a haven alongside the rugged cliffs that look out to the Atlantic Ocean. She's pregnant with their much-longed for first baby and for th
Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published September 30th 2016 by Bookouture
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Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, christmas
Okay, so it turns out I’ve now read this book twice, well, sort of. I didn’t realise I had already read the shorter version of this book under the name of The Postcard, until I reached the part with Rudolph, and thought, wait a minute, I’ve definitely read about Rudolph and his shiny nose before, and I don’t mean the children’s book Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, although I did love that as a child. I did a bit of Goodreads investigating, and realised I read The Postcard a year ago. Yes, my mem ...more
This is a heartwarming story involving tragedy, grief, hope, turmoil, secrets and, most of all, love. Ivy and Stuart have moved from their bustling, hectic lives in London to a much more sedately paced life at Sea Cottage in the Cornish village of Cloudsea. After many years of IVF treatment, Ivy is pregnant and is starting to hope that, at last, things might be going right for her and her family. She now feels strong enough to move her deceased mother’s writing desk into her home. When she does ...more
Renita D'Silva
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book! LOVED it so very much! Could not put it down once I started it. Really warmed to all the characters especially Ivy and Stuart. This book is about family and love and understanding and caring - a beautiful Christmas book that gets you in the festive spirit. This is my first book by this amazing and incredibly talented author - so thrilled to have found her, will definitely be reading more by her. Highly recommended.
Sep 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Ivy and Stuart recently moved to a village called Cloudsea. It's a new chapter in their life as they have a new home and they are finally expecting a child. They have reached the point, where the life is rather relaxing and enjoyable, the only thing that's bothering is Ivy's mother-in-law, who doesn't seem to think much of her work, about the fact that they moved and wants to send Ivy to a doctor's appointment, because she doesn't know about the baby yet. Ivy is still sad and misses her mom, esp ...more
This is my final Christmas read for this year, and is quite possibly the best of my Christmas reads in 2017.  My first time reading the work of Lily Graham was very rewarding.

A lovely couple feature in this novel. Ivy Everton, an artist, and her husband, Stuart Everton. They have recently moved  from the hustle and bustle of London, to a charming Cornish 'Sea Cottage' 'free-holding'.  Ivy is missing her mother terribly.  Even after five years, she pines for those times she had with her dear Mum
Rachel Gilbey
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

A Cornish Christmas is a pleasantly surprising book. First let me state this is an extended version of a previously published book called The Postcard, which to my eyes is a far more apt title, as there is a postcard that is central to the story.

For the majority of the book I found myself frustrated that the story just didn't feel Christmassy, and felt like it had far more serious undertones, as well as magical ones, and it was really getting to me. But as I persevered I realised that
Louise Wilson
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was previously published as The Postcard and is an extended version of it.

Based in the village of Cloudsea. Ivy and her husband leave city life behind and head for the quiet life in Cornwall. She is an author/illustrator and her husband wants to become a self sustaining farmer. Ivy is pregnant but she has a history of miscarriages and they are both afraid of a happy outcome.

A ghost story that will mix with your emotions and have you reaching for your tissues.

I would like to thank Net Galley
I was looking forward to reading A Cornish Christmas and I thought I was going to like it, but unfortunately it wasn't really my thing. I had already read while scrolling through other reviews that this book can be regarded as magical realism, which had made me really curious, but it turned out that exactly the magical realism part bothered me. It was a cute story, a cute location, Ivy and Stuart were a cute couple, but overall I found the plot to be too unrealistic. Also, I didn't quite get the ...more
Shell Baker
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Those of you that know me, Know I'm not a fan of christmas and call me the Grinch, After hearing good things about this book. I just had to give it a this is where the Grinch went fluffy one Sunday afternoon. And what a Magical Sunday afternoon it turned out to be, curled up on the sofa with a cuppa .Being whisked into this enchanting story. I hear this is a new title and was originally called The Postcard. which I think is more fitting to the story because this book isn't actually ...more
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: september-2016
A Cornish Christmas was so much more than I was expecting! It is a story about the love between a mother and daughter and hope. It is a moving tale that reduced me to tears.

Ivy lost her mother five years ago and when she puts her mother’s old writing desk in her cottage she finds a mysterious postcard within the desk that is addressed to her by her mother but is not completed. That is all I want to say as I do not want to spoil the story for those who have not read it. It was originally called T
A very sweet story - with just a touch of paranormal.
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Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So you read the synopsis and expect to be let in for a magical fluffy Christmas themed book. No! That's not what you get at all I think...thankfully what you do get is a rather compelling sort of book. Let me explain. Many of my regular Blog Visitors know that when it comes to 'paranormal' or 'ghost' type stories I tend to roll my eyes. The exception to this rule only comes in the form of the extremely talented Crime Writer Caroline Mitchell. You may now add to that list Lily Graham. I'm never t ...more
A Cornish Christmas by Lily Graham is a light enjoyable story that can be read any time of year. The protagonists, Stuart and his wife, Ivy, have moved to a small village in Cornwall to live a more quiet peaceful life than they had in London with the high stress of city living, work deadlines and an interfering mother-in-law.

I love handsome, funny Stuart who enjoys gardening, cooking, and trying new recipes (especially making jams and jellies from vegetables) and Ivy, illustrator and writer
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a Christmas story with the setting in Cornwall.
I found Lily Graham's A Cornish Christmas delightful. Her characters are great, and the author's names for certain characters such as the mother-in-law being The Terrorist, and this name is started by her own children! A married couple move to Cornwall to start anew after experiencing frustration and failure while trying to have a baby. I enjoyed Ms. Graham's characters. They are real, and the things they experienced fit the character/s perfectly. I felt as though I knew them. The language the a ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
It wasn’t my favorite Lily Graham book and not really my idea of a Christmas story but it was ok.
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Cornish Christmas by Lily Graham is a most delightful contemporary novel dealing with life and death, friendship and family, hope and fears. I absolutely adored it as I sank into its pages and was hooked from the start.
The novel is told from the point of view of Ivy. She lost her Mum five years earlier but there is still a Mum shaped hole inside her. "I needed Mum and her unshakable, unbreakable faith." No matter how old you get, you still need your Mum.
The novel is a study in grief. It is raw
Suze Lavender
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ivy and her husband Stuart have left their hectic life in London behind and are now living in a Cornish village where Stuart is creating beautiful gourmet products using the produce from their vegetable garden. Ivy can work anywhere, she's a successful children's books illustrator and because she's back in Cornwall she feels like she can start living her dream. Ivy misses her mother though. She died too early and now that Ivy is finally pregnant she can use some motherly advice.

Ivy's father has
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
I enjoy this author's style and the characters were well-developed and sympathetic, but I had trouble getting around the magical elements of the story, particularly the communication from beyond the grave. I just couldn't suspend my disbelief enough to really enjoy this story. The mood fit my desire for a pleasant, romantic read during the holiday season, but the story was a little too unrealistic and far-fetched for my liking.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, christmas
A lovely magical book but not really Christmassy.
Nikki Brown
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lily-graham
I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars, it is, by far, one of the best books I've read recently.

Ivy and Stuart Everton move to a cottage in Cornwall with Muppet, their dog; they inherit Pepper and Pots, 2 cats who they found in the property. Stuarts Mother is aghast at the move and tries everything to get them back to London.

Ivy is a successful children's book illustrator, illustrating books she co writes with get best friend Catherine, based on Muppet. Stuart has thrown himself into t
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a delightful story with magical moments. I loved the relationship between Ivy and Stuart and the ones they were developing with the various townsfolks; especially the Thursday Night group.
Joanne D'Arcy
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it

There is nothing like being thrown in at the deep end when it comes to getting to know characters and books. This is one of those books, it drew me straight in. I loved the setting, the characters and even the magic realism I could manage as it all formed part of the story.

Ivy and Stuart have moved to Sea Cottage in Cloudsea, a village in Cornwall. They are following their dreams and even more so now that it looks like the dream is about to become a reality with Ivy expecting a much longed for b
Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Review: A Cornish Christmas by Lily Graham Published by: Bookouture (28 September 2016)
ISBN: 978-1786810755
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 3*
At last Ivy is looking forward to Christmas. She and her husband Stuart have moved to their perfect little cottage by the sea - a haven alongside the rugged cliffs that look out to the Atlantic Ocean. She’s pregnant with their much-longed for first baby and for the first time, since the death of her beloved mother, Ivy feels like things are going to b
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Illustrator Ivy has hit the big time with her children’s book series The Fudge Files, enabling her and husband Simon to leave the fast-paced world of the city behind to return home to Cornwall.

Moving into their home by the sea, Stuart has left his life in marketing behind and found himself thriving as he toils in his little cottage business. Growing produce at his smallholding and jamming his results, sometimes with better results than others.

Lily Graham has penned a novel that whilst being upli
Kathryn Laceby
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes

I was not expecting A Cornish Christmas to be as serious as it was (another example of when not to judge a book by its cover!)- I was expecting a more light-hearted novel full of holiday cheer but instead found myself in a novel on an emotional journey. That sounds negative but in fact it is the source of the subject matter than can be seen as difficult rather than the way it is explored in the novel.

Ivy and Stuart have been navigating infertility issues for a
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
An exquisitely written and emotional book that will make you think twice about those who are no longer with us, A Cornish Christmas is a book that you will want to add to your Christmas reading list.

I read this book over the course of two sittings and found myself crying...something I rarely do over a book unless it truly touches me somehow, and this one did. I won't go into all of the details here to protect others from a spoiler, but I will say that I didn't expect the complexity of this book
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free ebook of this title, A Cornish Christmas, from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

I should preface this by saying that I am really a sucker for Christmas stories! This book concerns a pregnant children’s book illustrator/author, who along with her husband has left the big city and bright lights of London behind for quiet country life in Cornwall. As she continues to work on her books on the desk left to her by her mother, her husband sets out to become a self sustaining fa
Its a heartwarming holiday story about a bond between mother and daughter. It also walks a reader through the delights of small town Cornish life, the value of family and of course true love. When Ivy and Stuart moves to Cornwall, they never knew how much their lives would change for the better. Finally pregnant after countless trials and heartaches, Ivy feels that she misses her mother more than ever. A gift of her mother's writing desk opens up a whole new way of looking at things, both in the ...more
Mary Byrnes
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book

I read this book in two days. Wanted to continue learning about the lives of Ivy and Stuart and life in their little Cornish village. The descriptions of the characters made me feel as if I knew them. Want to visit their small Cornish village. The fantasy aspect that occurred with Ivy and her mother reminded of another of my favorite series set in England.
Sandra McKenna
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A well written and charming story set in a seaside village in Cornwall.
It's about love, hurt, dealing with loss, friendship and healing with a touch of magic.
I enjoyed this story so much I didn't want it to end.
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Lily Graham grew up in South Africa and is a former journalist.

As a child she dreamt of being an author, and had half-finished manuscripts bulging out of her desk drawers, but it wasn't until she reached her thirties that she finally finished one of them. Her first books were written for children, but when her mother was diagnosed with cancer she wrote a story to deal with the fear and pain she wa

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