Christmas Magic at the Writers’ Retreat by Julia Sutton – review.


After her mother’s death, young Louise is left caring for her melancholy father and a wayward younger brother.

She works tirelessly in a baker’s shop, but dreams of becoming a successful children’s author, and her love life is in turmoil because of a lifelong attraction to the local bad boy.  With the help of some interfering friends, she wins a Christmas competition to spend a week at a writers’ retreat at the Mystic Springs hotel.

It seems that Lou’s luck is changing, but can she keep her focus amidst eerie occurrences and the presence of a very attractive writing mentor?

Add a little dash of magic and lose yourself in this cozy Christmas romance.

About the author

Hi there, I was born in 1972 and live in Wolverhampton, England with my husband, two children, an energetic Border Collie and two frisky chinchillas. I studied for an English degree at the University of Wolverhampton and wrote my first novel in 2014. I am now the author of six adult novels and currently working on my seventh. I also love writing picture books for young children and am hoping to have them published in the future. I enjoy drawing, cooking, walking and watching films. Animal welfare, taking care of the environment and being kind to people interests me 🙂

Julia enjoys connecting with others on social media:-

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Instagram:- Julia Sutton Books

My thoughts

I really enjoyed this warm and cosy winter-set romance. It explored the themes of grief and family dynamics perfectly. Lou is an overworked character who definitely failed to put herself first. It was lovely to see her character develop through the story. The scenes at the bakery with her work colleagues were a delight to read.

It was also set in Wolverhampton and Cannock which was brill. I do like to read books that are set in areas I know and this one didn’t disappoint when it came to capturing the local atmosphere.

The romance elements were fun as were Lou’s writing ambitions. The creepy hotel was exactly that – creepy. I’d love to go there if it was real – haha. It sounds idyllic and provided the perfect backdrop for a few fantastic encounters.

Loved this fabulously fun Christmas novel!

Thanks for reading!

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Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.


About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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