Wednesday 25 October 2023

Guest Review: The Christmas Love Letters by Sue Moorcroft

A secret romance was just the start of the story…

Tucked into a crook of the Norfolk coast lies Nelson’s Bar – an idyllic village where time seems to stand still. Maddy Cracey has called this beautiful spot home all her life, as had her husband Adey – until an epic row sent him storming out into a blizzard, with no sign of him since that fateful night.

Six years on, and Maddy’s life in the village has settled into a gentle pattern with her young daughter and Great Aunt Ruthie. However, when handsome stranger Raff turns up with a handful of long-forgotten love letters, their quiet life is upended as family secrets from the past are unearthed.

As Raff and Maddy get to know each other, they grow closer and a love story of their own seems inevitable. But when Maddy receives a mysterious message, she can’t help but wonder whether her own past is as distant as she'd thought it was…

Review: I am a great fan of all things Christmas and love this time of year, when festive novels from my favourite authors begin to be released. This Christmas, Sue Moorcroft’s seasonal story is set in the Norfolk village of Nelson’s Bar, a setting of some of her more recent books. As I always find with her books, I was immediately drawn into this story, which finished all too soon. 

The story centres on Maddy Cracey, who, along with her young daughter Lyla, lives with and cares for her great-aunt Ruthie. Maddy’s husband, Adey, disappeared without trace at Christmas almost seven years ago, before Lyla was born. When Ruthie receives a visit from a stranger called Raff one day, their peaceful lives are turned upside down by his revelations and the bundle of love letters he has discovered. A secret from Ruthie’s past is gradually uncovered with consequences for the whole family. As time passes and Maddy gets to know Raff, it seems that romance may be in the air. However, Maddy still thinks of her husband, more so now that some mysterious text messages have started to appear on her phone. 

This was a highly emotional story, filled with mystery and romance and perfect for reading before the fire in the run-up to Christmas.  The characters were all strong and with interesting stories of their own. I loved the story behind Ruthie’s letters and love affair. Then there was the mystery over Adey’s disappearance; where had he gone? I was so sorry for Maddy left in a bind and unable to move on. Thank goodness she had a charming little girl to keep her going and that handsome author Raff came into her life. The setting was absolutely perfect for a Christmas story, with a quaint little village cloaked in snow. I can thoroughly recommend this book as one to read this festive season.

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