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The Christmas Holiday

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  589 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Can a trip away lead you home?

After a bad break-up, eternal optimist Evie Miller has moved to the small village of Willowbrook to finally pursue her dream of opening a craft shop. Unfortunately, with money worries and an ex-boyfriend determined to track her down, her fresh start isn't going entirely to plan.

Jake Hartwood is also looking to escape his past. Haunted by the l
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published September 19th 2019 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely Christmas festive romance from Sophie Claire featuring the themes of loss, grief and the struggle to comes to terms with and move on from such desperate heartbreak. Evie Miller has recently settled in the beautiful small village of Willowbrook, leaving behind her hated job in London working in a jewellery store and the break up of her engagement, after she found her fiance, Tim, in bed with another woman. She has set up her own fabric and sewing shop, a dream she has finally rea ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the first moments where we meet Evie and Jake, I was hooked. There was just something about their interactions that kept me reading and going back from more. Their early banter is amusing but it is also clear they are both not in the market for a relationship, or in Jake's case friendship either.

Slowly though Evie's bright bubbly personality manages to affect Jake, and you start to understand why he is the he is currently acting. I loved all of Evie's passion for sewing,and her ideas for h

With thanks to Netgalley and Hodder and Staughton for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.I

Evie Miller had fled London after discovering Tim her fiance was having an affair. She moved to the village of Willowbrook where she had opened a craft shop called The Button Hole. However Evie`s shop was in dire straits and she was making curtains to survive. Luckily she had received a big order to make curtains for the new owner of Old Hall.

One night she went to Old Hall to hang some curt
Mridula Gupta
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A long way from Christmas, or maybe a bit too early, but it's never not the right time to read a book that brings in the Christmas cheer along with a romance that has all the right elements. Jake, deliciously handsome, drowns himself in alcohol every night because he cannot handle his tragedies when sober. Evie, our cheery seamstress has big dreams in a quaint town but is severely demotivated, overtly critical and completely heartbroken over her last relationship.

As they meet on an unfortunate n
Ash Williams
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I’ve got to be honest, when I first started reading the book I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy it as much as I thought I would. The enemies to lovers trope is my biggest bug bearer and The Christmas Holiday had mild elements of it at the beginning. As the book progressed and the plot deepened, the first few chapters are put into perspective and it’s clear to see why Claire decided to use this particular trope. This was an absolutely fantastic and brilliantly writt
Jane Hunt
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Evie is an optimist, despite the lack of support from her parents, the tragedy she has suffered, and the abusive relationship she is still trying to escape. Jake has lost the love of his life and finds going on without her difficult. The village of Willowbrook gives Evie a chance of a new independent life, and Jake the chance to hide away until he feels strong enough to carry on. The only problem is Christmas, which brings back painful memories for both.

Evie and Jake’s relationship has a less th
Nicola Clough
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by this author and won't be my last it's was brilliant from the first page and had me hooked and such a festive read and full of romance friendship and families but really also about learning to move forward from the past and be happy.
Evie has split from her boyfriend who has always put her down and she's moved to a small village and opened her own shop making quilts bit her parents aren't happy and say she's not like her sister who has passed away and she feels she's not
The Cotswold village of Willowbrook seems more like a setting for a cozy mystery, but then The Christmas Holiday is something of a cozy romance.

Evie and Jake are both recovering - her from a breakup with an abusive fiancee and him from the death of his wife two years prior. Both come to Willowbrook for a fresh start. Evie has followed her dream and recently opened a quilt shop. After his wife's death, Jake left medicine and started a wine importing business.

Things start out shaky between them,
laura   (readbetweenrhelines2020 - Instagram )
Wow you know it’s a good book when you get excited at the next time you can pick it up and read because you miss the characters 😍🥰 “forget Brigitte Bardot she was very much still clumsy Evie Miller” such a beautiful story, heart warming, and laugh out loud funny in places, sometimes it’s beautiful to see the good in every bad and Evie proves that 😍

About the book, Evie Miller moves out of London and to a very beautiful little town called willowbrook in the cotswolds to escape a bad break up and
Jeanie Jackson
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2020-read
Sweet, warm, hopeful

The Christmas Holiday was a delightful light romance but it was a compelling read with multidimensional characters who won my heart. This was my first novel my Sophie Clare, but I will be reading more books by her.
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: france, christmas, romance
This is a book of many layers; emotional, cosy and comforting, as well as romantic and feel-good too.

We meet Evie, trampled on by her ex and her parents, but bubbly, bright and full of positive cheer, even when things are difficult. Happy in her colourful world of fabric and quilting, she is determined to see the best in everything as she tries to make a success of her craft shop, the Button Hole. Homemade curtains may not excite her creatively, but they do help to pay the bills, and it’s while
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I try to avoid reading Christmas books too early because the good ones always get me in the Christmas spirit. However, this one didn’t feature too much of Christmas although it didn’t make the book any less enjoyable.

Our two main characters Jake and Evie are both trying to escape Christmas for their own reasons. Jake is trying to flee the memories of his deceased wife and also the pressure from his sisters to spend the holidays with them. Evie is trying to avoid having to spend the holidays at t
Emmie Rose
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really cute, slow burn romance which I really enjoyed. I ended up reading this book in one sitting as I seriously could not put it down.

I really liked the characters in this book, especially Evie who has been through so much in her life but is still so optimistic. She has flaws, she’s incredibly clumsy but that never stops her from living her dream. Jake is still dealing with the grief of losing his wife and I really enjoyed seeing how much he developed in this book. I loved the inte
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this Christmas romance between Evie and Jake. Evie's a sweetie, who has recently opened up a sewing shop. She's not long out of an emotionally abusive relationship and is not particularly supported by her parents. Jake's a widower, who is really struggling with his grief. It was great to read about them supporting each other as they worked through their issues. Both of them found it easier to stand up for the other than themselves. There was no magic fix, both had to work on themselves ...more
Karen McGarry
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I lived this heart warming Christmas tale. It was so refreshing to see a different skill being shown - sewing. It seems to have been forgotten about these days. Fabulous believable characters
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Two main characters wanting to escape Christmas for very different reasons – Jake to wallow in grief, Evie to escape the pressures of her family, her money worries and her persistent ex. It doesn’t look as if it promises to be “the perfect heart-warming read full of festive magic”, does it? But worry not – it really is!

I took to Evie from the very beginning – really loved the fact that she was pursuing her dreams by setting up her quilt-making shop and business, despite all her financial issues
Claire Mc Partlin
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ab-xmas-read
I really enjoyed this lovely story set around Christmas, although I did feel it started quite abruptly.  I listened to it on audiobook and had to check to make sure I hadn't skipped a chapter!

But once I got into the story I really enjoyed the way the characters developed.  The main story is about Evie (recently left her cheating fiance/runs a shop called 'The Buttonhole') and Jake (lost his wife a few years ago/grumpy/sad/recently bought a large new home in the village that Evie is making curtai
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
🎀Warmth and renewal for a grieving widower and a crafter who lacks confidence 💞
👥I really enjoyed the emotional journey of principal characters Jake and Evie as they face up to their past disappointments and find budding friendship and attraction despite their bitter disappointments in past relationships. Jake is the dark that highlights Evie's light and positive nature. Christmas promises to be a difficult holiday for both but they join forces and find new possibilities on a trip to Provence. Th
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy reading  Christmas books, and I was attracted to this book by its festive cover. I think that this book can be easily read and appreciated as a Autumn or Winter book, as it is not overly festive, but is a good book to curl up with on a cold day. This book is a cosy and heartwarming read, although grief is one of the main themes in the book, and is talked about in most of the chapters. It is written about sympathetically, and in a gentle way. The characters of Evie and Jake are bot ...more
Kate Mclaughlin
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A gruff hero, an independent heroine and a mischievous Dalmatian, all the ingredients are there for a cosy winter romance.

It’s an oldie but a goodie and Sophie Claire has incorporated it into her story well, the strong and silent lord of the manner, haunted by his past finds himself captivated by the faults of a lady coming out of the shadow of her past mistakes.
I particularly like how straightforward and no nonsense Jake Hartwood is, but underneath his moody exterior is the capacity to love,
Sarah Lee
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Evie Miller is a very likeable character and I enjoyed reading about her attempt to restart her life following a bad break up with her boyfriend. She decides to follow her dream and open a craft/ fabric / sewing shop in a small village. To make ends meet Evie is creating curtains for clients and it is during a fitting of some curtains at the local manor house, she meets Jake, the owner. Jake, is wanting to escape his past and who has not yet come to terms with the death of his wife. He has no re ...more
Heather K Veitch
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Christmas Holiday is a sweet and heartwarming read which follows the slow-burn romance between Evie and Jake. Haunted by the harsh criticisms from her ex-fiancé, Evie runs a sewing shop and tries to remain optimistic although her confidence is in tatters. Jake, on the other hand, is still grieving the unexpected loss of his wife two years ago.

It was lovely to see their fledgling friendship develop into something more romantic, without downplaying the journeys both have been on. Jake helps E
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Contemporary romance is not a genre I visit often, I can’t use words like ‘chilling’ and ‘disturbing’ however I enjoyed this gently told story of the exuberant, ever optimistic Evie and the dour and abrupt Jake. Evie has just escaped a toxic boyfriend and Jake is mourning the sudden loss of his wife. It is charming to observe how their relationship develops and how they help each other overcome their recent past.

This is a well written novel with some excellent dialogue between Evie and Jake as
Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: earcs

If you think this sounds like an adorable Christmas read that’s perfect to get you festive and ready to watch the rota of Hallmark Christmas movies…you would be right. This is a cute romcom read that has everything you would expect from such a book. There’s Christmas, there’s love, dogs, a brooding handsome man, and a wonderfully quirky and adorable owner of a village shop.

Clair delivers on what you’d want if this is your sort of genre. For me, I find
Angela  Mellor
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Christmas Holiday is a book that I wouldn’t normally read as I love a psychological thriller but this cover caught my eye and I gave it a go and loved it.
Evie is the main character, she lives in a lovely little village, running her own shop, the buttonhole and getting over her ex. Jake is the owner of a lovely big house, grieving for his wife and generally not bothered about anyone, until Evie turns up to put curtains she has made up for him and ends up putting a hole in his wall.....oops!!
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Christmas Holiday was a cute Christmas read that I picked up on Kobo before the holidays. The story is fairly standard Christmas romance fare - cute girl who has sworn off men meets handsome, brooding stranger who could use a bit of a boost to his holiday spirit (and, in this case, spirit in general) - but it's nonetheless a fun little read.

Evie Miller is a lovely character and although, by times, her back-and-forth feelings are kind of frustrating, they are also pretty realistic. Jake Hart
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book so much. It’s a very well written story.Evie and Jake’s interactions had me hooked from their very first encounter. Evie and her never ending optimism was a joy as was moody broody Jake. Loved watching their burgeoning friendship grow and transform into more. Really enjoyed watching Evie burrow under Jake’s skin despite his efforts to hold on to his grief.

It was especially lovely how they helped each other grow during the story. Jake helped her gain confidence, courage to stand
Fleurtje Eliza
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-a-rainy-day
Reading the first chapter of this book, I couldn't for the life of me see Jake as the main character-to-be. I expected a nice man to step and help Evie out and forget all about her bad breakup and the despicable, grumpy Jake. But of course that is not what happened, but let me not give the plot away...

The Christmas Holiday is a lovely book that was funny and even made me read Pollyanna (apparently a classic, honestly, I had not heard of this book before) the 1913 novel by American author Eleanor
Amanda Julien
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a lovely story! I listened on audible and the narrator had a beautiful voice, thick with accent that helped me with the setting of the story taking place in the UK.

So often romances do not touch on abuse so it was refreshing to have main characters whom have really been put through the ringer (in a previous relationship) and have also suffered a loss and have had a hard time coming back from that loss.

Some may find the heroine in the story a bit too chirpy and optimistic but I saw a lot
Ritu Bhathal
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second Christmas themed book I have read in September, perfect for curling up on the sofa with on the cooling evenings.
Two people still grieving for lost loved ones, find themselves in the little village of Willowbrook.
One grieving for a lost sister and a broken engagement and the other unable to forget the pain of losing his wife.
Evie and Jake were likeable characters, and even though you knew what would be the inevitable end, it was a comforting, easy read, which left you feeling w
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Sophie Claire writes emotional stories set in England and in sunny Provence, where she spent her summers as a child.
She has a French mother and a Scottish father, but was born in Africa and grew up in Manchester, England, where she still lives with her husband and two sons.
Previously, she worked in marketing and proofreading academic papers, but writing is what she always considered her ‘real job

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