Make Do and Mend in Applewell – Lilac Mills

Published by: Canelo Escape
Pages: 304
Date published: 26/08/2021
Date read: 14/08/2021

Lottie has always been thrifty. As a mother of three, it’s even more important that she stretches the household budget as far as possible. Luckily, Lottie’s penchant for taking broken items and upcycling them has worked wonders for living on a shoestring.

Henry can’t face telling Lottie he’s been made redundant. Instead, he pretends to go to work as usual while frantically job hunting. The race is on to find another role before Lottie discovers he’s another useless item for her collection – one that is beyond repair.

Christmas is a time for giving, but will Lottie give Henry another chance if she learns about his lies? And can Henry give Lottie and their kids the life he so desperately wants them to have?

Thanks to Canelo Escape and Lilac Mills for an advanced copy of this title in return for an honest review.

I didn’t know this was book #2 of a series, but I didn’t feel I was missing out on anything having not read the first. I don’t know if the same characters are in the first book whether it’s just a theme or location that joins the series, but I definitely kept on track with this book as if it was a standalone book.

As most people who have read my reviews know by now, I love a good Christmas book, and am always looking for new titles to add to my dedicated festive shelf. No matter my mood or the environment, I can always rely on them to keep me warm and cozy and comforted.

The protagonist’s upcycling and thrift buying had definitely given me some insertion for the upcoming festivity, especially considering I’m still out of work and everything seems to be more expensive nowadays.

The village of Applewell sounds like such a quaint, gorgeous little village, especially during the winter months. Both main characters are likeable, regardless of their flaws, and very real. It’s a very real story with real problems and real relationships and real families.

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