In the small village of Middlelip, Gabe, Alexia and Jodie are working hard to open the community cafe before Christmas. The whole village has pitched in but then they discover that all the money has been stolen by Jodie’s boyfriend, who is now missing. For Alexia, who is an interior designer, this was her chance to prove her skills to a London investor. With the help of Ben, Gabe’s nephew who is trying to get over his divorce, she will try to open the promised cafe before Christmas.
This is an enjoyable and heart-warming novel about never giving up and realising your dreams. Even when everything goes wrong, Alexia doesn’t give up and in the end she gets everything she hoped for. I loved the small village atmosphere and the closeness and support of the people. Romantic, with likable characters, and a cast of adorable animals, this is a good novel to enjoy in the lead-up to Christmas. (NP)
The festive season has arrived in Middledip in Sue Moorcroft's latest novel, The Little Village Christmas. The synopsis says: "Alexia Kennedy has lived in the little village of Middledip all her life and now it's time for her to give something back. As an interior decorator, she's been tasked with turning the village's neglected Victorian pub into a community cafe that everyone can use.
After months of fundraising by all the villagers, Alexia can't wait to get going but disaster strikes when every last penny is stolen. With Middledip up in arms at how she could have let this happen, Alexia feels ready to admit defeat.
But help comes in the most unlikely form when woodsman Ben Hardaker and his rescue owl Barney arrive on the scene. Another lost soul who's hit rock bottom, Ben and Alexia make an unlikely partnership. However, they soon realise that a little sprinkling of Christmas magic might just help to bring this village and their lives together again." The Little Village Christmas is out in October 2017.