Today I have a review for the book A Vicarage Christmas by Kate Hewitt.
Welcome to Thornwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District… where homecomings happen and surprises are in store for the four Holley sisters…
Anna Holley, the third of four sisters, has always felt a little bit forgotten. A family tragedy when she was a child had her retreating deep into shyness, and social anxiety kept her on the fringes of the cozy chaos of the busy vicarage.
After several years away from home, Anna returns for Christmas… and an important announcement from her father. As much as she once loved the village, coming back is hard and puts Anna’s social capabilities to the test.
Avoiding her sisters’ bossy questions, she heads out to the local pub one night, and meets a handsome stranger nursing a pint. Somehow, unburdened by expectations, Simon seems like the perfect person to spill all her secrets to—including a hopeless, long-held crush on her sister’s boyfriend. Confident she’ll never see him again, Anna returns home… only to discover the next day that Simon is actually her father’s new curate!
Anna is beyond mortified, but Simon won’t let her retreat into her usual shyness—and for once Anna is forced to confront the past, and all the fears and feelings she’d tried so long to hide. But with his own heartache that needs to heal, can Simon help Anna to make this the most magical Christmas either of them have known?
I have read a few of Kate Hewitt’s books before and always enjoyed them. A Vicarage Christmas was no different.
This book has elements of mental illness in it, specifically social anxiety and I found it interesting to read about. How it affects the characters and the decisions that Anna makes because of it.
Anna is a really easy to like character, I sympathised with her completely and really felt for the situation she was put in and also the guilt she felt.
Simon is a really good guy and it was really good getting to know him, I’d quite like a book from him perspective which delves into his past.
There are elements of sadness in the book but every moment is well worth reading. I was left feeling warm and cozy when it was over.
Kate has such a smooth writing flow that you can easily get through chapters and not even notice.
I would rate this 4 stars and highly recommend it for anyone wanting a lovely Christmas read.
You can grab your copy here.
Thanks for reading.