Christmas at the Chateau
Poppy is looking forward to spending her first Christmas in France at her boyfriend, Leo’s, Château. And as the snow falls softly around the dramatic castle, Poppy can’t think of anything more magical.
There are new traditions to discover, a cosy Christmas market to explore and best of all, a promise of secret treasure hunt from gorgeou...more
It was great to be back in France with Poppy and her trio of adorable dogs, and Leo and his Chateau. Although I couldn't fully remember everything from the original story, bits started to come back to me as I read this, and equally I do think this would work well as a cute standalone festive short story.
It's romantic, its got animals, it has a treasure hunt, and I loved the emails that Popp ...more
This is my first book from the author, Lorraine Wilson but this certainly won’t be my last. I must admit I wished I had read the previous book before reading this book but I can assure you that this book can be read as a standalone no problem. It did take ...more
Oh my gosh thank goodness this was a short story because it was too much cuteness to handle more than that! I think having short story holiday novels are such a nice little palate cleanser in b ...more
I have not read the previous book in the series and I do think that this would have made this an even more enjoyable story but, none-the-less I enjoyed my coffee-break, Christmas visit to France.
If you have time then I would start with Poppy’s Place in the Sun, (Poppy, Leo and the dogs, are fabulous, and their story began in Poppy’s Place in the Sun.) but if you ...more
This was the first novel I have read by the author and it certainly won't be the last! It had me hooked on it straight away, from the dogs to the treasure hunt you can picture it all playing in your mind as you read. The author has written this book beautifully , I don't think I can fault it, the characters were easy to warm to and easy to picture in your mind. Roll on the next book in the series!! ...more
* Nothing ever happens in it.*
You'll get to read the thoughts of the heroine like 90% of the time. And they are not interesting.
The setting, Christmas in a snowy French village, is nice. That's why 2 stars :D ...more
ANYHOO . . . Poppy. The girl is weird. The first impression I got of her (other than she adores her dogs!) is that she's very insecure. To be fair, the las ...more
Poppy decision to spend her first Christmas in France isn't a popular one with her family. Her boyfriend, Leo's father is unwell so it's more practical for them to spend the holiday at his family's château. She's looking forward to embracing new traditions and exploring the area to discover how they celebrate. Yet, despite her outward optimism, she's worried about how secure her future is in this beautiful part of the world.
I read this in one sitt ...more
A sweet, fun and detailed novella. Wilson’s descriptive writing really drew me into this story, she managed to set the Christmassy, snowy scene perfectly. I really liked the sound of the characters that we meet in this novella, especially Sophie; she seemed like a very interesting person to learn more about. The two main characters this novella is focused on are called Poppy and Leo. Their relationship looks ...more
A charming sequel to Poppy's Place in the Sun, its almost Christmas, and Poppy is looking forward to Christmas at the Chateau with Leo. Poppy is in love and suffering from all the insecurities that go with that state of mind. Her emails with her friend keep her positive, which is just as well as her mother is less than supportive.
There are lovely animals in this story, which provide humour and sentimental moments. The story is incredibly romantic and manages to tell a lovely festive tale in a fe ...more
This was the sequel. So I had not read book 1, so understanding the characters was a bit difficult for me. First Christmas for Poppy with Leo at his Chateau. Different emotions came through in the prose via the emails to best friend and mom. A treasure hunt made love more precious.
My first book by Lorraine Wilson, the writing brought out the cuteness of this story. I l ...more
I loved this quick read that perfectly complements the first book and gives us a 'pocket' version of Poppy, complete with her insecurities, quirky arty ways and overbearing mother. Poppy and Leo’s romance is on fire, in fact things are not normally that steamy in the first chapter of my usual reads, but Leo’s Christ ...more
This is a nice relaxing read that was a great way to pass a bit of time as it is a fairly quick read with it being novella length. I liked the character development and the worked well with the story.
I thought that the plot was well developed but it was a little slow in places for me so that has dropped my rating from 5 stars down to 4 stars but it was still an enjoyable read but personally I would have liked a little more 'action'. It was a nice read for ...more
It’s now Christmas and Poppy will be spending it at a magnificent chateau owned by Leo’s parents. I thoroughly enjoyed learning all about the different French Christmas traditions. Unfortunately for Poppy her interfering mother is far from happy not to have her home for Christmas and Po ...more
Poppy is spending Christmas with her boyfriend, Leo at his chateau, what could possibly go wrong? A throwaway comment by Poppy turns Leo colder than the winter weather, which in turn makes her worry about their future.
There is a lot to like about this comfy Christmas read.
Great story for putting one in the "Christmas" season. I enjoyed it. ...more