So I know I’ve been driving you all nuts with Holiday books since August, and yes I am giving you another one, but I thought maybe you might enjoy the theme on this one a little more since we’ve finally hit November. And yes, I’m going to say it…. Baby its cold outside! But luckily it doesn’t snow everywhere at Christmastime.
This blog tour promotion by Rachel’s Random Resources features Sea Holly and Mistletoe Kisses (A Little Hotel in Cornwall Book 3) by Laura Briggs which was just published this past October 2019 by Amazon Digital and is available now.
Here is a little about the book:
Sea Holly and Mistletoe Kisses
Christmas is coming to Port Hewer and the hotel Penmarrow, where Maisie is suffering a case of the holiday blues far from home this year — until Gavin, a young American businessman staying at the hotel through Christmas, talks her into joining him as his partner in the hotel’s ice sculpting competition in a mutual pact to enjoy the holidays to the fullest.
Meanwhile, Maisie experiences the village Christmas season vicariously through Sidney, and continues writing her Poe-inspired story with only Sidney aware of her secret novel. She soon learns, however, that criticism and praise go hand in hand when he takes issue with her latest chapters, which puts pressure on their friendship, too.
But is that what’s really the issue between them? Because handsome Gavin has more than ice sculpting in mind when it comes to Maisie’s time, which comes as a surprise to no one who’s seen them together. As Maisie faces this sudden romantic dilemma, she realizes what she wants most in her life … and faces a question of what her heart wants most, too.
Laura Briggs was kind enough to allow us an excerpt of this amazing book, as usual it’s just enough to make us want more……
Extract from Sea Holly and Mistletoe Kisses:
I’m so happy to be sharing an extract from my Christmas romance read on ReadingGirlReviews! This is the third book in my new series ‘A Little Hotel in Cornwall’, where aspiring author Maisie finds herself working as a chambermaid at a gorgeous and historic Cornish hotel. In the following scene, Maisie is visiting the local dress hire shop with her friend and co-worker Molly. When the conversation topic turns to their social lives, Maisie begins to suspect that her friend has feelings for a certain handsome yet eccentric hotel guest.
“What about George?” I asked, casually, as I lifted a plum-colored satin cocktail dress. “He seems nice.”
“George?” Molly’s blush was back, and vanished as quickly as it bloomed. “You mean – George the hotel guest?”
“Him, yes,” I said. “I don’t think we know anybody else named George.”
“He doesn’t like me,” said Molly, although she sounded as if she was trying to convince herself of it while confirming it to me. “He was being a bit nice because I was so nervous.”
“He brought you a present,” I said. “That’s an unusual thing for a guest to do, isn’t it?” I put back a black sequined dress I considered for a few seconds, before deciding that I wanted something a little more colorful.
“It was only a little snow globe,” said Molly. “He’d never like a girl like me, and that’s that.” She shrugged her shoulders, her fingers unraveling a tiny loose thread along the red dress’s sleeve. I wanted to argue her, but Molly seemed ready to drop the subject.
“What about this one?” I pulled a gown of antique-shade gold brocade with crystal beading and embroidery nearly covering its fabric. Ruched bodice, a wide v-neckline that was practically an off-the-shoulder sleeve. It was a definite ‘wow’ dress in my book, the kind of thing that you would wear to a masked ball. “It’s striking.”
“Is it new, Gail?” Molly asked the clerk. “I’ve never seen it before.”
“Bought it from a London shop last time I was there,” said Gail. “Such a price that it was practically theft.”
“Try it on,” said Molly to me. I stepped into the changing stall again and closed its curtain, wriggling out of my tartan dress and belt. The dress slid neatly into place, fitting a little looser than I hoped, but nothing a couple of pins couldn’t fix. I zipped it, and admired it in the mirror before I stepped out from behind the curtain.
“What do you think?” I struck a model’s pose for Molly, who applauded. “I think it’s stunning enough to wear to a nice party.”
“‘Tis,” said Molly. “That’s a real designer label, isn’t it? Ladies at the hotel wear dresses like that one, the kind of guests with proper money.”
“Valentino,” said the clerk, proudly. “I told you it was robbery.” I turned in a circle, seeing the dress from all angles, and found I liked the way the heavy crystal beading along its hemline glittered in the light.
About the Author
Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.
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