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06 November 2021

Book Review: Christmas At The Village Sewing Shop by Helen Rolfe *AD Gifted

I was provided with access to a free copy of Christmas At The Village Sewing Shop by Helen Rolfe ahead of the blog tour.

I am deep in my Christmas reading now, and this one surprised me. I went in expecting cosy, feel-good family and I was completely thrown by how messy and complicated it was at times. Christmas At The Village Sewing Shop by Helen Rolfe was excellent.

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Can three sisters stitch their family back together?

Loretta loves running the little village sewing shop in Butterbury. Some of her most precious memories are sitting with her three daughters Daisy, Ginny and Fern, stitching together pieces of material - and their hopes and dreams.

But this Christmas the family is coming apart at the seams: Fern feels like she's failing at motherhood and marriage, Ginny's passion for her job as a midwife is fading, Daisy is desperate to prove she ' s changed since her wild younger years - and most of all, Loretta seems to be hiding something...

As they come together to create a new festive quilt, the bond between the sisters begins to heal. But when Loretta reveals the real reason she's brought them all home, can the sisters mend the quilt, and their family, in time for Christmas?

Full of kindness, community and festive magic, this is a treat to curl up with this Christmas! Perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Jenny Colgan and Ali McNamara

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Source: Review Copy | Blog Tour | Purchase | Kindle Unlimited

5 Word Review: Family, community, Christmas, expectations, creativity.

When we first meet Loretta in the sewing shop, everything seems to be wonderful. We sharp find out that below the surface it isn't all rainbows and butterflies, and I loved how the story unfolded and the family found a way to bring themselves back together.

The story is told from multiple perspectives, and it gave us a deeper understanding of the characters. I loved being in their heads and seeing how they felt, then having what other characters thought of them displayed. It was beautifully written and a clever way to explore how people can hide their srtuggles and hurt behind a shining exterior.

I don't want to pick favourites, but I think I liked Fern's story the most. My heart broke for her and the immense pressure she put on herself, and out of all of the characters I was rooting for her the loudest. She may not be the most able with a needle and thread, but she is nonetheless amazing.

I loved the crafting angle of this story, it had me itching to dig out my Christmas cross stitch baubles that I'm supposed to be saving for December. I settled for digging out some wool and making pom poms so I can add some to my own tree when it goes up.

Christmas At The Village Sewing Shop by Helen Rolfe was very creative, and I loved how it brought everyone together, as both a community and a family.

How was it that with three sisters to talk to she only ever shared her deepest feelings with friends these days?

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