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Christmas in Little Penhaven

(Little Penhaven #1.5)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Have yourself a little Cornish Christmas …

Wannabe author Jane Solomon is expecting an uneventful Christmas in her Cornish village of Little Penhaven.
But then super fit American gym owner Hal Muir comes to town, and suddenly the holiday season looks set to be far more interesting. Hal is keen on embracing every British tradition on offer, from mince pies to Christmas pub
Kindle Edition, 269 pages
Published November 26th 2019 by Choc Lit
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Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Christmas in Little Penhaven by Angela Britnell is a 2019 Choc Lit publication.

Both Poignant and Festive- A real holiday treat!!

I Absolutely loved “One Summer in Little Penhaven”, so of course, I was very excited to read this follow up Christmas novella!!

A shocking event has left Hal Muir feeling unsure of everything in his life. He sells his part of a lucrative and mega-popular gym, and to avoid constant hovering from his family, decides a change of scenery is in order.

Claiming he’s now an
Hal Muir left his home in America after a heartbreaking event – one he blamed himself for – and headed for the Cornish village of Little Penhaven where his cousin Sam and her husband lived. They were happy to put him up while he worked out what he wanted to do with his life. When Hal met Sam’s good friend, Jane Solomon, he found her to be stand offish and in complete control of her emotions. Jane worked at the local supermarket and took care of her mother and young brother. Her own dreams had ...more
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous love story.

I loved this book as the story was delightful, filled with characters who were real. They had experienced life and the pain that came along with it. Hal had left America and was in Little Penhaven to escape his past. Jane was a budding author whom Hal came to know well. Her life story made him realize his and gave him the right direction.

My first book by author Angela Britnell, I was quite blown away by the magic of the writing. The story captivated me, it spoke to
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
Is there anything better than a Choc Lit Christmas story? No, I can’t think of anything better or more festive either. Reading a Choc Lit book is like opening a box of your favourite chocolates – Strawberry Quality Street for me, just for future reference these delicious books make you feel all warm and full of seasonal joy, and this is no different.
This is actually the first I have read by Angela Brittnell, it certainly will not be the last. I love her cheery and sparkling writing, the story
I loved reading 'One Summer in Penhaven' so jumped at the opportunity to read this sequel. Again the author brings this delightful community to life, immersing the reader in the heart of it all so you feel like you are part of it all as you read this fantastic, festive story.

In the first story, American Sam came to visit but ended up falling in love with Caden and staying. Now her cousin, Hal Muir, decides to visit her. He's a super fit, handsome American who again is not anticipating staying.
Karen Mace
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Little Penhaven became one of my new favourite locations in the first in the series – One Summer in Little Penhaven – so it’s been an absolute delight to be able to visit there again and catch up with some of the characters. You don’t need to have read the first book though to fall in love with the storyline and characters in this book and I may have another book boyfriend crush thanks to being introduced to Hal in this story!!

This story follows Jane, who is a wannabee author, and she’s
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read, reviewed and loved the first book in the 'Little Penhaven' series called 'One Summer In Little Penhaven' so when I heard that there another book in the series ('Christmas In Little Penhaven') was due to be released, I just knew that I had to get a copy and read it just as soon as I could. Well I did get a copy and I did read it as soon as I could. I can definitely say that this book is just as good as the first book. I flipping well loved reading 'Christmas In Little Penhaven' but more ...more
Melanie Farmer
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was looking forward to reading Christmas at Little Penhaven, having read Christmas at Black Cherry Retreat by Angela Britnell before (check out my review). As i'm sure you are all aware, I do love a Christmas novel, and i'm pleased to add this novel to my list of enjoyable Christmas reads!

Jane Solomon is a quiet, unassuming character who works hard to care for her Mum and teenage brother. She has taken on the role of caregiver to them both, often at the expense of her own hopes and dreams. In
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
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I had such a good time returning to Little Penhaven for Christmas with updates on old book friends and the chance to meet Hal and Jane. The emotions of this story grabbed me and never let go for both Hal and Jane are harboring secrets, life happening around them as they deal with what life has handed them, and the chance to see events through another’s eyes that will change perspectives – if Hal hasn’t messed it up by claiming to be an aspiring author when in reality
Isabelle D
A must-read for everyone familiar with Little Penhaven, this novella seems also perfect for fans of Christmassy things.

I was happy to learn more about Jane, who had intrigued me in One Summer in Little Penhaven when it was mentioned that she was writing a crime novel in her spare time. As for the hero, Hal, he's Sam's cousin, visiting for a few weeks, and that means Sam and Cadan are important secondary characters in this story. He has an interesting past (which allows him to help with Jane's
Grace J Reviewerlady
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A rather tasty Christmas romance and, with all the mentions of festive food, just perfect to read at this time of year!

Despite the trials which everyday life gives her, Jane Solomon dreams of becoming a published author as she cares for her mother and younger brother. She is lucky to have a great bunch of girlfriends and when one of them is visited by her cousin from the States, Hal and Jane begin a tentative friendship. With Christmas on the way and Hal's attempts to indulge in all of the
Pam Robertson
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a Christmas story to wallow in on a wintry weekend. I enjoyed revisiting Little Penhaven and meeting some familiar characters. The central story of Jane and Hal was sweet, as the US met a Brit and their two cultures came together. Hal emerged as a thoughtful and kind central figure, proving there was more to him than his good looks. Jane had lots of layers. Hiding her full potential, she has put her own hopes to the side to support her mother and younger brother. Writing away at her own ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The author takes us back to Little Penhaven, a cosy little village in Cornwall. I totally adored book 1 about Sam's story and I have the same feeling about this one where Jane is in the spotlight.

It's great to be there again and meet up with the villagers, but we are also introduced to a few new characters.

It's only human to be influenced by things that happened in the past, but you have to be careful to not let them take over your life. No matter how often people might say that you are not to
Leah M
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rating 4.5 stars

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Throughout the book, we don’t just see these two, but a whole cast of charming characters … and one bad egg. Hal seems to create positive changes in the community, improving the life of almost everyone that is fortunate enough to have met him. It definitely didn’t hurt that he likes two of the only Christmas movies that I love: Bad Santa and Elf!

While it is a romance, it has a genuine plot, just a hint of
Hina Tabassum
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published on Hina Loves To Read

As I have mentioned many times before, I love reading Christmas themed books and I also love reading Romance so you know why this book held a charm for me.

As if that was not enough it had a writer for heroine. The synopsis calls her a wannabe writer and I take exception to that.

The characters are believable and the story flows smoothly.

The beauty of the story is two very different people identifying in each other a mate for themselves and helping the
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The long awaited for and latest in the Little Penhaven series.

Set in Cornwall, for once not in summer sunshine, this takes place in the build up to Christmas.

After a high profile tragedy that brought him into an unwelcome public spotlight, Hal avoids his parent's sympathy by travelling to England to stay with his cousin Sam and her husband Cadan. His excuse is that he wants to write a book and Cornwall will give him the peace and quiet he needs. Except there is no book, he's escaping.

Hal meets
Jane Hunt
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it

It's so close to Christmas now, and this story is full of festive traditions. Jane and Hal are two lovely people, who appear to have little in common, but they are both in need of some Christmas cheer and mistletoe magic.

Jane's life is not easy, she looks after her family and dreams of becoming an author. Hal is running from his problems but realises after meeting Jane, he needs to face them to move on. This story is full of Christmassy village events and a slow-burning romance, between two
Tasha Mahoney
I really enjoyed this story .The characters were interesting and fun. Hal is staying in Cornwall after a devastating event. Here he meets Jane and their story blossoms. It was wonderful getting to know them, as they got to know each other and seeing their developing relationship.

This is a tale that melds angst and festive. Add in the sweet romance and Angela Britnell has created the perfect recipe for a Winter read.

I read one of Ms Britnell's books last year and loved it. I'm shocked that it has
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank goodness for e-readers because otherwise I would have had to put up a new shelf for Angela Britnell's stories. I happily admit to being a fan so this review may not be entirely unbiased. All the adjectives for a Christmas story apply here, but in a robust non sentimental way. The hero and heroine apparently have nothing in common, rural Cornwall meets sophisticated west coast America- but are thrown together as it appears they both want to write. The story, as ever, manages to show their ...more
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Christmas conjures up images of peace and goodwill, love to all, and a time for family. Many people live to please and help others, forgoing their own life, repaying the sacrifices others have made for them. Jane is no exception, her secret hopes remain secret as she cares for her mum and brother.

Hal is nursing his own demons and his confidence is gone, as is often the case he runs away from the glitz and glamour of his lifestyle, seeking solace where he is unknown.

Read the book to find out
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed all of Ms Britnell’s books that I have read so far and this is no exception. I did intend to save it as a treat for sometime I felt I needed one, but temptation proved too great (like chocolate) and I read it straight away, almost all at once. It was a true pleasure to visit Little Penhaven again, and find out what is happening with other inhabitants we had met before, (although it can easily stand alone) and Jane’s story proved to have its own charm. It is a lovely traditional ...more
Caroline Venables
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the freezing cold of December it was lovely to sit and read this book. It’s really heart warming.

Jane works in a shop and also looks after her mother and brother. She spends very little time on herself and is always looking after the needs of others. The only thing she does for herself is write, she enjoys putting pen to paper and creating stories, but she keeps this secret.

Hal, is an American who is spending the festive season in Cornwall, a world away from California, he is used to the fast
Joanna Lambert
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well, what a treat this book is. Little Penhaven is the kind of community you can immerse yourself in, almost feeling like one of the residents. A great read with wonderful characters.Right from the beginning it's easy to see how Hal and Jane are meant for each other. And if you read Summer in Little Penhaven there's even more to enjoy as we catch up with Sam and Caden.
Not giving anything away, only to say it's a lovely festive story that should be on everyone's TBR pile. Highly recommended.
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book kept me out of mischief for several hours! It is a good yarn and the characters are very believable. Jane has had a slightly difficult life being the strongest in her family. Hal lands in her village running from his life in America. I loved the way that Hal's story is gradually revealed and the interaction between him and Jane is very well described. I also loved the way the various individuals in the village were brought to life and became integral players in the story. Enjoy!
Yvonne Greene
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet story with not your usual lead characters. Jane is a 35 year old wannabe author stuck in a loveless mundane life. Then she meets the gorgeous American Hal, who has secrets of his own. What could they possibly have in common? Set in a small Cornwall village. A warm cosy read.
Tiziana Langone
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Every bit of Christmas in a lovely book!

Jane is used to take care of her family, as her mother due circumstances isn’t able to take of Jane and her brother properly.Her dream is to write a book, but her hopes aren’t set too high.
Hal comes over from America, with the excuse of writing a book himself, but in reality he is just escaping his past.He’s totally committed to celebrate Christmas the British way, loving mince pies included.Yes, the feelings come rather quickly, but isn’t this exactly
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I was born in the beautiful county of Cornwall in southwestern England and grew up in a small village there. I return frequently to visit family and friends but especially to savor the cool rainy weather and hot tea. After school I joined the Royal Navy and served for nearly six years. I held varying jobs from being the only woman in the staff of a sports center to arranging

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