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Review of Christmas in Bellbird Bay

Another Christmas review! Are we surprised? Definitely not!

Book Blurb:

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Libby Walker never imagined she’d be moving into the dream house she and her husband had purchased for their retirement as a widow. Intent on making a new life for herself in the quiet coastal town of Bellbird Bay, Libby’s life is upended by an unexpected call from her daughter.

Adam Holland’s unhappy childhood and broken home has left him scarred. Content with the life he has built for himself as a journalist and author of political thrillers, Adam arrives in Bellbird Bay to fulfil the deathbed request of an old friend.

When Libby and Adam meet, there is an initial attraction. But Libby is grieving for her late husband and trying to help her daughter sort out her life, and Adam has no intention of forming a relationship, wary of commitment because of how his family was torn apart.

Will the peace and tranquillity of Bellbird Bay help these two move on from old hurts and make this a Christmas to remember, or will events conspire to keep them apart?

A heartwarming tale of family, friends, and how a second chance at love can happen when you least expect it.

My Review:

I think that it is important to note that this book does not focus only on romantic relationships but also on the mother daughter relationship between Libby and Emma. I loved seeing Libby have such a dynamic character between her family relationship and the romantic aspect she never saw coming.

This book is also the fourth book in the Bellbird Bay series, but you don’t need to read to necessarily read them in order.

I will also say that Maggie Christensen didn’t right just a Hallmark movie but also added in some twists that sometimes made my jaw drop. She weaved the romance, pretty setting, great characters with some drama so well!

I don’t read very many second-chance at love books, but I really enjoyed seeing Libby find herself and really let herself heal, and find love in this book. I look forward to reading the first books in this series.

Something else that really stood out to me was how mature and down to earth these characters were. There were no parts where I questioned a character or what the character was doing. I felt that each character was so realistic in their character traits that you really just find yourself lost in the text. Which is the best feeling!

Author Bio:

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After a career in education, Maggie Christensen began writing contemporary women’s fiction portraying mature women facing life-changing situations, and historical fiction set in her native Scotland. Her travels inspire her writing, be it her trips to visit family in Scotland, in Oregon, USA or her home on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. Maggie writes of mature heroines coming to terms with changes in their lives and the heroes worthy of them. Maggie has been called the queen of mature age fiction and her writing has been described by one reviewer as like a nice warm cup of tea. It is warm, nourishing, comforting and embracing.

From the small town in Scotland where she grew up, Maggie was lured to Australia by the call to ‘Come and teach in the sun’. Once there, she worked as a primary school teacher, university lecturer and in educational management. Now living with her husband of over thirty years on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, she loves walking on the deserted beach in the early mornings and having coffee by the river on weekends. Her days are spent surrounded by books, either reading or writing them – her idea of heaven!



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