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A fabulous new Christmas story for 2018 from Kirsty Ferry. When midwinter magic brings you home for Christmas … When Emmy Berry arrives at Hartsford Hall to work at the Frost Fayre she immediately feels at home. Which is odd because she’s never set foot in the place in her life. Then a freak blizzard leaves her stranded and things get even weirder when she bumps into Tom H A fabulous new Christmas story for 2018 from Kirsty Ferry. When midwinter magic brings you home for Christmas … When Emmy Berry arrives at Hartsford Hall to work at the Frost Fayre she immediately feels at home. Which is odd because she’s never set foot in the place in her life. Then a freak blizzard leaves her stranded and things get even weirder when she bumps into Tom Howard. Tom and Emmy have never met before but neither can ignore the sense that they know each other. With Christmas fast approaching and the weather showing no sign of improving it soon becomes apparent that Hartsford Hall has a little bit of midwinter magic in store for them both …


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A fabulous new Christmas story for 2018 from Kirsty Ferry. When midwinter magic brings you home for Christmas … When Emmy Berry arrives at Hartsford Hall to work at the Frost Fayre she immediately feels at home. Which is odd because she’s never set foot in the place in her life. Then a freak blizzard leaves her stranded and things get even weirder when she bumps into Tom H A fabulous new Christmas story for 2018 from Kirsty Ferry. When midwinter magic brings you home for Christmas … When Emmy Berry arrives at Hartsford Hall to work at the Frost Fayre she immediately feels at home. Which is odd because she’s never set foot in the place in her life. Then a freak blizzard leaves her stranded and things get even weirder when she bumps into Tom Howard. Tom and Emmy have never met before but neither can ignore the sense that they know each other. With Christmas fast approaching and the weather showing no sign of improving it soon becomes apparent that Hartsford Hall has a little bit of midwinter magic in store for them both …

30 review for Watch for Me at Christmas

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Watch for me at Christmas by Kirsty Ferry is a 2018 Choclit publication. Emmy Berry is at Hartsford Hall to work on the Frost Fayre. Although she’s never been there before, she feels a sense of belonging. Making things even more surreal is meeting Tom Howard. She’s never met him before, but she is drawn to him in an inexplicable way, she simply can’t explain, and it seems Tom feels the same way. The mystery deepens as they rely on the ghosts of the past to explain why they feel so drawn to Harts Watch for me at Christmas by Kirsty Ferry is a 2018 Choclit publication. Emmy Berry is at Hartsford Hall to work on the Frost Fayre. Although she’s never been there before, she feels a sense of belonging. Making things even more surreal is meeting Tom Howard. She’s never met him before, but she is drawn to him in an inexplicable way, she simply can’t explain, and it seems Tom feels the same way. The mystery deepens as they rely on the ghosts of the past to explain why they feel so drawn to Hartsford Hall, and to each other. I loved this novella!! I’ve gotten a very early start on my holiday reading this year, and while I have several Christmas themed books to read still, hands down this the sweetest story I’ve read, so far, this season. The past and present collide in a poignant story of loss and true love. The romance is sweet and tender. Against the holiday backdrop, this is a heartwarming, if mildly bittersweet, love story, that will leave you with all the warm and fuzzy feelings of the holiday season, and with the promise of a love that will last a lifetime- and beyond. This is my second Harsford Hall story by Kirsty Ferry and I have enjoyed them both immensely. She does a great job of creating two compelling stories, one from the present and one from the past, and merging them into one, in a whimsical, magical, and touching way. Highly recommend!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Emmy Berry was a last-minute inclusion for the Frost Fayre at Hartsford Hall – an injured man meant he couldn’t fulfil his role, which left a space open for Emmy. But her arrival at the Hall felt strange to her. She was sure she had never been there before, but so much was familiar to her. How could that be? Elodie and Alex, owners of the Hall, were very welcoming and when a blizzard struck causing Emmy to have no way of returning home, she was invited to stay. When she saw Tom Howard, she was st Emmy Berry was a last-minute inclusion for the Frost Fayre at Hartsford Hall – an injured man meant he couldn’t fulfil his role, which left a space open for Emmy. But her arrival at the Hall felt strange to her. She was sure she had never been there before, but so much was familiar to her. How could that be? Elodie and Alex, owners of the Hall, were very welcoming and when a blizzard struck causing Emmy to have no way of returning home, she was invited to stay. When she saw Tom Howard, she was stunned. Surely she knew him. But how? And Tom felt the same; he also knew he’d never met Emmy before. What was happening? Was it the usual dusting of magic that the Hall seemed to produce? Or was it vivid imagination because it was almost Christmas? Magic certainly was in the air... Set in two time frames, Watch for Me at Christmas is 4th in the Hartsford Mystery series by Kirsty Ferry and another thoroughly enjoyable romp around the Hall. Catching up with old friends at Hartsford Hall was great; finding out what the newly introduced characters were up to was fun. A great Christmas read (and my first for the season) which I highly recommend. With thanks to NetGalley and Choc Lit publishers for my digital ARC to read in exchange for my honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    What a fun, enjoyable little Christmas time novella. This is part of the Hartsford Mysteries series. There was a bit of a timeslip here as there is a connection between modern day Tom and Emmy and ninteenth century Charles and Millie. A modern day blizzard leads to to many similarities that happened in both time spans to be ignored this is why when Tom and Emmy meet they feel as though they had know each other before. Enjoyable story equatable to drinking hot cider and having your favorite muffi What a fun, enjoyable little Christmas time novella. This is part of the Hartsford Mysteries series. There was a bit of a timeslip here as there is a connection between modern day Tom and Emmy and ninteenth century Charles and Millie. A modern day blizzard leads to to many similarities that happened in both time spans to be ignored this is why when Tom and Emmy meet they feel as though they had know each other before. Enjoyable story equatable to drinking hot cider and having your favorite muffins. I look forward to reading more mysteries by this author and reading more about these characters. Pub Date 23 Oct 2018 I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Choc Lit through NetGalley. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty ❤️

    My first Xmas book of 2018! It’s coming up to that time of year when the market is flooded with Christmas stories and I have no problem with that so first on my list is a favourite author with a favourite publisher 🙂 This is a lovely little novella and addition to the other Hartsford stories. As with the others this story weaves the meeting of Tom and Emmy with a historical romance of past inhabitants of Hartsford Hall. Despite being a novella there’s still plenty here to make you feel all warm a My first Xmas book of 2018! It’s coming up to that time of year when the market is flooded with Christmas stories and I have no problem with that so first on my list is a favourite author with a favourite publisher 🙂 This is a lovely little novella and addition to the other Hartsford stories. As with the others this story weaves the meeting of Tom and Emmy with a historical romance of past inhabitants of Hartsford Hall. Despite being a novella there’s still plenty here to make you feel all warm and cosy. A perfect read to start warming up those cold winter nights.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karen Mace

    I do love the Hartsford Mysteries series and this is the latest addition and I just want more!! Hartsford Hall has become a favourite place of mine through this series and it was just so wonderful to be able to go back and visit some old favourite characters, alongside some new introductions! Emmy Berry finds herself at Hartsford Hall for a craft fair. One of those last minute things that she agreed to do to help distract herself from an upcoming lonely Christmas. Her crafting is her passion and I do love the Hartsford Mysteries series and this is the latest addition and I just want more!! Hartsford Hall has become a favourite place of mine through this series and it was just so wonderful to be able to go back and visit some old favourite characters, alongside some new introductions! Emmy Berry finds herself at Hartsford Hall for a craft fair. One of those last minute things that she agreed to do to help distract herself from an upcoming lonely Christmas. Her crafting is her passion and she's not in it for the money - and that is what seemed to upset her ex! She is welcomed with open arms by the owners and despite never having visited the Hall before she feels at home! She's keen to learn more about the history and keeps catching glimpses of people dressed in vintage clothing which really adds to the historical atmosphere. I love the parallel timelines contained in this series. They work so well alongside each other, so in this book we get flashbacks to 1884 and the story of Charles and Millie. Both besotted by each other but hesistant to take things further, until a snowy Christmas brings them closer together. While Emmy is snowed in at the Hall she spends more time with Kate, who lives above the museum and her brother Tom is visiting for the holidays. He's been having very strange dreams recently about a woman and he's a little shocked to now see her in real life! Maybe spending Christmas with his sister and her family won't be so bad after all! The world works in mysterious ways or so they say! The blend of romance and history is a wonderful mix once more, and with a snowy setting it can't get any better! I loved being reunited with old characters from the series, but this can also easily be read as a standalone story, perfect to get you in the Christmas mood. Loved every single second of it!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anitajt

    Tom & Emmy, Charles & Millie intertwined into a Christmas story of past & present.A beautiful story of love a hundred years apart. Emmy feels so much at home here at Hartsford Hall, it was as if the Hall knew her and surprisingly she knew the Hall! Tom has had many dreams of a beautiful woman over the years, more so when he visited his sister Kate at the Hall. Could it be they are meant to be together. 1884, Charles and Millie fall in love, present day Tom and Emmy meet for the first time and fe Tom & Emmy, Charles & Millie intertwined into a Christmas story of past & present.A beautiful story of love a hundred years apart. Emmy feels so much at home here at Hartsford Hall, it was as if the Hall knew her and surprisingly she knew the Hall! Tom has had many dreams of a beautiful woman over the years, more so when he visited his sister Kate at the Hall. Could it be they are meant to be together. 1884, Charles and Millie fall in love, present day Tom and Emmy meet for the first time and feel a connection. What do these strange visions mean for both couples, read the story and you will find out. This is the author’s second Christmas novella and part of the Hartsford Mysteries series 1. I do love a mystery and enjoyed reading this one. The characters were likeable and the background story rolled along nicely Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Els

    The author takes us back to Hartsford Hall and I am happy to be reunited with some familiar faces. As usual, there are some new kids on the block whose past and present mix well in this wonderful series. Add a Christmassy background to this tale and you feel the emotions even more. Of course you can wait two months before you read the book, but why should you? It's so wonderful and well written that, as you can see, I could not resist it's call any longer. If I have to compare the books, I can hon The author takes us back to Hartsford Hall and I am happy to be reunited with some familiar faces. As usual, there are some new kids on the block whose past and present mix well in this wonderful series. Add a Christmassy background to this tale and you feel the emotions even more. Of course you can wait two months before you read the book, but why should you? It's so wonderful and well written that, as you can see, I could not resist it's call any longer. If I have to compare the books, I can honestly say that is one pulled my heartstrings the most. I did never really like time travel, but Kirsty Ferry changed my mind and made me fully appreciate the genre. For this I am very grateful, because I would not have wanted to miss out on these books. If I could give 6 stars, I would. Thank you, Kirsty Ferry and Choc Lit. https://bforbookreview.wordpress.com

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nessa

    Well I'm a total newbie to the Hartsford Mysteries series, but having read this delightful entertaining tale, it has certainly made me want to read the rest of the series. Such a beautiful cover too. I absolutely loved the story, which was done in such a way that it all just came alive, felt like you were there experiencing it all. It was so magical, romantic and full of festive moments. It had the perfect balance of history and current day, how it was in the past and then how it is in the presen Well I'm a total newbie to the Hartsford Mysteries series, but having read this delightful entertaining tale, it has certainly made me want to read the rest of the series. Such a beautiful cover too. I absolutely loved the story, which was done in such a way that it all just came alive, felt like you were there experiencing it all. It was so magical, romantic and full of festive moments. It had the perfect balance of history and current day, how it was in the past and then how it is in the present, many years down the line. It was all so cleverly entwined together. Looking forward to my next visit to Hartsford already.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Boekenfans

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  10. 4 out of 5

    Gaele

    Emmy Berry has accepted a last-minute booking to set up her mulled wine booth at Hartsford Hall’s Frost Faire just before Christmas. Instantly she’s finding odd things happening, and a feeling of coming home again that just won’t go away. With a snowstorm moving in and the inches piling up, the residents of the Hall, Elodie and Alex, have encouraged her to stay on. She’s not got any real reasons to go home to an empty house- her family isn’t gathering for the holiday, and she’s only planned a qu Emmy Berry has accepted a last-minute booking to set up her mulled wine booth at Hartsford Hall’s Frost Faire just before Christmas. Instantly she’s finding odd things happening, and a feeling of coming home again that just won’t go away. With a snowstorm moving in and the inches piling up, the residents of the Hall, Elodie and Alex, have encouraged her to stay on. She’s not got any real reasons to go home to an empty house- her family isn’t gathering for the holiday, and she’s only planned a quiet day in pajamas with the telly. She’s not the only one stranded unexpectedly, Tom Howard’s sister Kate runs the small ‘history museum’ for the village and estate, and he’s visiting for the holiday. He’s planning on staying in the Gardener’s cottage on the estate, cramming in with his sister’s family and waking to an overexcited three year old with a reindeer fascination this close to Christmas isn’t high on the list, and having a space to retreat to, away from the strange dreams he has in her flat is welcome. But then, he spots her the girl he’s always searching for in his dreams, the one who holds his thoughts and attention, awake and asleep. And there is something so special about her that he’s wondering just why he can’t turn away. Emmy is, down to her dimples and startlingly quiet manner that woman, and he’s certain that they know one another. Impossible, but they both feel it. And see things, snippets from the past. A man named Charles, two girls named Millie and Cat, and snowmen in the walled garden, ice skates in the museum, and a Christmas rose in the ballroom. The intertwining of two loves: one fated to go unresolved for decades, yet never does the pull and draw to one another go away. With carelessly (or are they) dropped hints, constant déjà vu, and the recognition from both Elodie and Kate that the “Hall takes care of family”, both Tom and Emmy are drawn to one another and comfortable together, even as the apparitions seem to show themselves to both of them, crossing the lines between real and imagined, dreams and waking moments. Oh this was a lovely story that read quickly, and could have lasted far longer. The concept of a Hall reuniting souls seeking the love denied through circumstance and social position until freely able to express itself is wonderful, and gives a sense of fate and meant to be to the story that builds with each new moment and revelation. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

  11. 4 out of 5

    Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)

    This is the second book I have read by Kirsty Ferry and yet again I was utterly mesmerized by this seasonal story of finding true love. Again we return to the magical and beautiful Hartsford Hall for another heart-warming and poignant love story that again entwines history, two beautifully written and enchanting stories that so seamlessly merges into one touching tale of finding love after loss with the help of one magical house. Emmy Berry has been asked at the last minute to Hartsford Hall to w This is the second book I have read by Kirsty Ferry and yet again I was utterly mesmerized by this seasonal story of finding true love. Again we return to the magical and beautiful Hartsford Hall for another heart-warming and poignant love story that again entwines history, two beautifully written and enchanting stories that so seamlessly merges into one touching tale of finding love after loss with the help of one magical house. Emmy Berry has been asked at the last minute to Hartsford Hall to work at the annual Christmas Frost Fayre, Emmy has never been to the hall and yet the moment she steps foot through the door she has the immediate sense that she has been there before, she feels as though she has finally come home. When she meets handsome yet lonely Tom Howard she is shocked that she has this all consuming feeling that she knows this man, she is drawn to him like a moth to a flame just as he is her. Tom is reluctantly spending the Christmas season with his sister, who is the manager of the Hartsford Hall museum, he would rather be else where he has always felt uneasy around the Hall, as though he has lost something or is looking for something and unable to find it. When suddenly the blizzard has blown in and the inhabitants of Hartsford Hall find themselves snowed in, Tom and Emmy must solve the mystery as to why they have this connection to each other, with the help from some ghosts they begin a journey of discovery that will change their lives. I do have a soft spot for time-slip stories, I love how they bring together two completely different eras and I have come to find that Ms ferry is a master at this genre. Her writing styles is attractive and engrossing the reader becomes transported into the story, never wanting it to end but yet, you are urging the character’s on to find their happily ever after and to solve the mystery. This is a wonderful seasonal novella that I devoured in one go, it really is the most beautiful little story that I’ve read and I am looking forward to reading more from this author. Highly enjoyable and recommended.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Silke

    Watch for Me at Christmas is part of the Hartsford Mysteries series. Something that went completely over my head when I picked this little novella up. But don’t worry, it is perfectly readable without the knowledge from the previous instalments in the series. Although I have to admit that I sometimes felt I was missing out on some inside information but nothing major. And as a reader you will be able to follow what is going. It might even be a good thing that I hadn’t read any of the other books Watch for Me at Christmas is part of the Hartsford Mysteries series. Something that went completely over my head when I picked this little novella up. But don’t worry, it is perfectly readable without the knowledge from the previous instalments in the series. Although I have to admit that I sometimes felt I was missing out on some inside information but nothing major. And as a reader you will be able to follow what is going. It might even be a good thing that I hadn’t read any of the other books in the series. That made the whole magical element in the story all the more surprising to me. And I have to admit that I do want to explore the other parts of the series now. In Watch for Me at Christmas we follow the story of Tom and Emmy meeting in present day Hartsford during the Frost Fayre. But at the same time we follow the blossoming romance between Charles and Millie, a century earlier. The interaction and the constant going back and forward between these two storylines was what made this story so very interesting for me. Especially the historical setting of Hartsford and Christmas more than a century ago. Readers of my blog might know that I am very keen on time travel stories. Don’t be mistaken, this book has nothing to do with time travel. But it is a wonderful time slip story. A very sweet, heart-warming time slip story. And the time slip is actually quite well educated, something you rarely see in books. But the author really did a wonderful job and made it actually quite believable. Especially because some of the mannerism from Charles and Millie are brought back to the present day characters. I loved how you saw those small tendrils still lingering inside of the story. A lovely, small, festive novella that will please every reader who loves Christmas and how loves a good historical setting. I quite enjoyed myself with this first festive read of the season.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Krystyna

    Echoes and ghosts A terrific read. Blending the past and the present together in a story of two people who loved, lost and won through in the end. Great character, full of emotion and life. In the present day it is almost Christmas and she has been asked to step in with a mulled wine stall. She would be alone this Christmas so she agreed. She has glimpses of people as she goes around the estate she has been snowbound in. He has agreed to come down after his niece puts him on a guilt trip. Now the Echoes and ghosts A terrific read. Blending the past and the present together in a story of two people who loved, lost and won through in the end. Great character, full of emotion and life. In the present day it is almost Christmas and she has been asked to step in with a mulled wine stall. She would be alone this Christmas so she agreed. She has glimpses of people as she goes around the estate she has been snowbound in. He has agreed to come down after his niece puts him on a guilt trip. Now the visions/dreams of the young woman he has had for sometime are getting stronger as is the feelings he seems to have for her. In the past - she has come down to see her best friend and has fallen in love with her brother. He has also fallen in love with her. However both of them keep seeing glimpses of another couple. What does the single gravestone hide? What is the connection between the two couples? Is love as strong as they say?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Terrie

    A short, enjoyable festive read. It took me a while to get into the story. At first, I found the slipping backward and forwards between times difficult to follow, but I soon overcame this and settled into the story. Emma takes a last-minute stall at Hartsford Hall Christmas fayre, but finds herself snowed in and unable to return home. She meets Tom with whom she feels an immediate infinity and a sense that she's met him before. If you're looking for something short and festive to snuggle up with, t A short, enjoyable festive read. It took me a while to get into the story. At first, I found the slipping backward and forwards between times difficult to follow, but I soon overcame this and settled into the story. Emma takes a last-minute stall at Hartsford Hall Christmas fayre, but finds herself snowed in and unable to return home. She meets Tom with whom she feels an immediate infinity and a sense that she's met him before. If you're looking for something short and festive to snuggle up with, this is the book for you.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marsha Keeper Bookshelf

    Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf First off, I cannot believe this is the first time I’m encountering Hartsford Hall. I have no clue how I missed these stories – but that was solved with a quick trip over to Amazon and I’ll be diving into this universe from the beginning over the next few weeks. Now, on to Watch For Me At Christmas. I easily fell under the spell of Hartsford Hall, even though I’ve not yet read the earlier stories. And that is important to mention. I’m a reader who always tries to read Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf First off, I cannot believe this is the first time I’m encountering Hartsford Hall. I have no clue how I missed these stories – but that was solved with a quick trip over to Amazon and I’ll be diving into this universe from the beginning over the next few weeks. Now, on to Watch For Me At Christmas. I easily fell under the spell of Hartsford Hall, even though I’ve not yet read the earlier stories. And that is important to mention. I’m a reader who always tries to read connected stories or series from the start. This time that fact slipped past me… but I wasn’t the least bit lost, completely enjoyed this story with these characters and now want to go back and learn more. Emmy and Tom make such a believable couple, even though some of the things they’re feeling and seeing defy logic. I liked that about them, that they could acknowledge that “something” is happening that doesn’t make sense but that they do and held on tight to that fact and each other. If you’ve followed the Hartsford Mysteries then you’ll recognize some familiar faces. And, actually, I cannot wait to go back and understand the nuances from the start – and I’ll probably do a re-read of Watch For Me At Christmas to experience this romance from a different perspective. I had a very enjoyable time in this world, and any story that welcomes me, makes me want to learn more of the past is a story that has impact upon readers… and should be paid attention to as well. Do you have to read any of the other stories? No. You’ll find a charming, magical Christmas romance right here in this story that will capture your imagination and make you smile. And that’s why we read Romance, right? *I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    It's been a tough time for my family recently and I found that books were, as usual, a good way to escape from reality for a while. I really needed a dose of feel-good, heart-warming fiction and this latest in the Hartsford Mysteries by Kirsty Ferry really delivered. It is also, officially, my first Christmas book of the year! I read Watch for Me by Candlelight earlier this year (you can read my review here) and loved the setting of Hartsford Hall. It was lovely to meet up with some familiar char It's been a tough time for my family recently and I found that books were, as usual, a good way to escape from reality for a while. I really needed a dose of feel-good, heart-warming fiction and this latest in the Hartsford Mysteries by Kirsty Ferry really delivered. It is also, officially, my first Christmas book of the year! I read Watch for Me by Candlelight earlier this year (you can read my review here) and loved the setting of Hartsford Hall. It was lovely to meet up with some familiar characters from the previous book and find out how they were getting on. As with the previous book I read, this story takes place in the past and the present. In Christmas Present, Tom comes to stay with his sister Kate who runs the local history museum. Emmy is a last minute stand-in providing the mulled wine stall at the village Frost Fayre. There is an immediate attraction between them which seems to be more of a case of recognising each other but how, when they have never met? In Christmas Past, the romance is between Charles and Millie and again, we meet up with characters from the previous books in the series. The Frost Fayre being organised for the village of Hartsford sounded magical, a lovely way to bring a village together. And when the snow started to fall and it became clear that the village was being cut off, well I couldn't think of a more perfect sounding place to be stuck for a few days. I really enjoyed both strands of the story and love the way Kirsty Ferry blurs the past into the present and vice versa. Characters from one time-frame get a tantalising glimpse of the other and then the reader moves smoothly into that time frame. It was such a romantic story, with the idea that soul mates find each other time and again and that we are drawn back to significant places and people. This novella intertwines past and present with snowy weather, a festive atmosphere and romance - a perfect short read as we head towards 'the most wonderful time of the year'!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    If you’ve read and enjoyed the earlier books in the series and enjoyed them anything like as much as I did, you’ll find this book an absolute treat. But even if you haven’t, you’ll find this one a simply perfect Christmassy romantic read – just the right length for that break between wrapping presents, decorating the Christmas tree and putting on the sprouts. Set against the familiar backdrop of Hartsford Hall, cut off from the outside world by an unexpected blizzard, shrouded in snow, there’s a If you’ve read and enjoyed the earlier books in the series and enjoyed them anything like as much as I did, you’ll find this book an absolute treat. But even if you haven’t, you’ll find this one a simply perfect Christmassy romantic read – just the right length for that break between wrapping presents, decorating the Christmas tree and putting on the sprouts. Set against the familiar backdrop of Hartsford Hall, cut off from the outside world by an unexpected blizzard, shrouded in snow, there’s a really lovely contemporary love story featuring Tom and Emmy, and the added depth of the story from the past. We’re back with the story of the ice-skates with Cat and Millie – with more focus on Millie this time, for very good reasons, and her very sad love story. I really loved the whole concept of this story, with the present day characters attracted to the setting by the pull of past lives, and the two stories – both equally strong, tender and emotional – are quite perfectly tied together through those echoes across time and the power of love. The writing is excellent, and although relatively short the book is emotionally satisfying with more than enough depth to the characters to draw you into their stories. I loved meeting again the characters from previous stories – but you’d equally enjoy encountering them for the very first time. And the whole book is so blissfully Christmassy – the Frost Fayre, the mulled wine, the footsteps on the snow-covered bridge. Just gorgeous, with a few tears, a touch of laughter, and a conclusion that warms the heart – really enjoyed this one!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    This gorgeous Christmas story is set in Hartsford Hall and is a stand alone book but part of a series. It starts with Emmy arriving at the Hall to run a stall for the the Frost Fayre after a booked stakeholder has dropped out. Almost immediately the Hall recognises her and the door to the past is opened. With Tom already due to stay there with his sister for Christmas the lives of Millie and Charles, Tom and Emmy will intermingle. This is a great romance tieing four lives together forever. If yo This gorgeous Christmas story is set in Hartsford Hall and is a stand alone book but part of a series. It starts with Emmy arriving at the Hall to run a stall for the the Frost Fayre after a booked stakeholder has dropped out. Almost immediately the Hall recognises her and the door to the past is opened. With Tom already due to stay there with his sister for Christmas the lives of Millie and Charles, Tom and Emmy will intermingle. This is a great romance tieing four lives together forever. If you enjoy Christmas you will love this book! It is about everything romantic and Christmassy, it wraps you up in a cosy blanket. Enjoy with a bar of chocolate and hot drink and be totally cosseted. You never know, you might even be fortunate enough to receive another book in the series under your tree!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Angela Britnell

    This is the first book I’ve read in the Hartsford Mysteries series but it won’t be the last! I thoroughly enjoyed this intriguing time slip romance and found the time changes easy to follow. I’m sure if you’ve read the earlier books you would pick up on things I missed but it definitely wasn’t necessary to enjoy this delightful Christmas story. The modern day couple Tom and Ellie experience unexplainable things at Hartsford Hall and gradually discover the historical story of their counterparts f This is the first book I’ve read in the Hartsford Mysteries series but it won’t be the last! I thoroughly enjoyed this intriguing time slip romance and found the time changes easy to follow. I’m sure if you’ve read the earlier books you would pick up on things I missed but it definitely wasn’t necessary to enjoy this delightful Christmas story. The modern day couple Tom and Ellie experience unexplainable things at Hartsford Hall and gradually discover the historical story of their counterparts from many years earlier Charles and Millie in a way that seemed perfectly logical under the unusual circumstances. A great, short romantic read with all the joy of Christmas.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Coco

    For Kristy Ferry's fans, her latest publication Watch for me at Christmas, based around Hartsford Hall's Christmas Frost Fayre will be a delight to read. During a snow storm, Emmy and Tom shelter at the Hall and while stranded waiting for roads to clear, they both have the strangest feeling that although total strangers it appears they have a joint past history. Characters from previous Hartsford Hall books appear for extra interest, the plot moves from past to present time mixing romance and my For Kristy Ferry's fans, her latest publication Watch for me at Christmas, based around Hartsford Hall's Christmas Frost Fayre will be a delight to read. During a snow storm, Emmy and Tom shelter at the Hall and while stranded waiting for roads to clear, they both have the strangest feeling that although total strangers it appears they have a joint past history. Characters from previous Hartsford Hall books appear for extra interest, the plot moves from past to present time mixing romance and mystery, with a moving conclusion. ARC generously provided by Choc-Lit, my review is my own opinion and completely unbiased.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Janette

    I have read and thoroughly enjoyed the other books in this series so was excited to start this one. I wasn't disappointed. It was just so wonderful to be able to go back to Hartsford Hall and visit some old favourite characters, alongside some new ones. A lovely blend of romance with history, a fantastic storyline and warm Christmas feeling. I really love a well written time slip novel and this one is fabulous. This is best read as part of the series, but could be read and enjoyed as a standalon I have read and thoroughly enjoyed the other books in this series so was excited to start this one. I wasn't disappointed. It was just so wonderful to be able to go back to Hartsford Hall and visit some old favourite characters, alongside some new ones. A lovely blend of romance with history, a fantastic storyline and warm Christmas feeling. I really love a well written time slip novel and this one is fabulous. This is best read as part of the series, but could be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel. Highly recommended. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Isabelle D

    What a treat for readers of the Hartford Mysteries series! We already know three of the four main characters, and other characters whose stories we followed in previous books are there too. Finding out more about Millie and Charles, seeing Tom meet someone very special and catching up with the others felt like an early Christmas present to me. Now what if you haven't read the other books yet? You could still enjoy this one. You would be like Emmy, meeting everyone for the first time. Then you wou What a treat for readers of the Hartford Mysteries series! We already know three of the four main characters, and other characters whose stories we followed in previous books are there too. Finding out more about Millie and Charles, seeing Tom meet someone very special and catching up with the others felt like an early Christmas present to me. Now what if you haven't read the other books yet? You could still enjoy this one. You would be like Emmy, meeting everyone for the first time. Then you would want to know more and the other books would be there to tell you everything.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    A delightful and nicely done very quick read. Heads up that this does go back and forth in time and it does have ghosts= but it also has a nice story. Emmy and Tom are snowed in together and discover there's more to things than meets the eye. Odd to say no spoilers about a romantic novella but here you have it- discover for yourself! Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A delightful and nicely done very quick read. Heads up that this does go back and forth in time and it does have ghosts= but it also has a nice story. Emmy and Tom are snowed in together and discover there's more to things than meets the eye. Odd to say no spoilers about a romantic novella but here you have it- discover for yourself! Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hanne

    British authors know what a good Christmas book makes. It's short and sweet and a bit on the supernatural side. I like this one. A bit messy and rushed but I forgive that since it meets my 'keep it short' criteria and still manages to keep me in the story. Easy read. British authors know what a good Christmas book makes. It's short and sweet and a bit on the supernatural side. I like this one. A bit messy and rushed but I forgive that since it meets my 'keep it short' criteria and still manages to keep me in the story. Easy read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Derwin

    Ghostly Christmas Cheer Although it’s a short book, a novella, I enjoyed this introduction to Kirsty Ferry’s worlds in which the past and the present intertwine. It’s romantic, fun, full of Christmas cheer

  26. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Another time-slip from Kirsty and I love going back to Hartsford Hall. Characters are wonderful and truly a rich, magical story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Ah, Charles and Millie are featured in this novella! You will know who I mean if you read Kate's book previously. Tom is also back with new character, Emmy. A really enjoyable return to Hartsford and a snowy and Christmassy tale. Nice to catch up with previous characters with a dusting of special magjc. Ah, Charles and Millie are featured in this novella! You will know who I mean if you read Kate's book previously. Tom is also back with new character, Emmy. A really enjoyable return to Hartsford and a snowy and Christmassy tale. Nice to catch up with previous characters with a dusting of special magjc.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tasha Williams

    ::..Reviewed for Red's Midnight..:: I was very kindly offered an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I have given Watch For Me at Christmas 3.5 stars. This is the first story I have read by Kirsty Ferry, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. This novella was short and sweet and sure to leave it's readers with those warm, festive feelings. I did initially struggle to get into it as the changes in eras and character POV were a little difficult to keep up but it was still an incredibly sweet, roma ::..Reviewed for Red's Midnight..:: I was very kindly offered an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I have given Watch For Me at Christmas 3.5 stars. This is the first story I have read by Kirsty Ferry, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. This novella was short and sweet and sure to leave it's readers with those warm, festive feelings. I did initially struggle to get into it as the changes in eras and character POV were a little difficult to keep up but it was still an incredibly sweet, romantic tale of how love transcends. I found this novella to be touching with a hint of magic and awe as the two love stories, hundreds of years apart finally interwove together. It was very clever and made for a great story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emma Rowson

    Kirsty Ferry is fast turning into one of my go-to authors for when I need a zing of brightness in my day! I was originally introduced to her work with Watch For Me By Candlelight and after reading and reviewing Summer at Carrick Park earlier in the year, I jumped at the opportunity to read this festive novella, Watch For Me At Christmas. The latest installment in the Hartsford Mysteries series, the reader is once again transported to the wonderfully charismatic Hartsford Hall, where Emmy Berry ar Kirsty Ferry is fast turning into one of my go-to authors for when I need a zing of brightness in my day! I was originally introduced to her work with Watch For Me By Candlelight and after reading and reviewing Summer at Carrick Park earlier in the year, I jumped at the opportunity to read this festive novella, Watch For Me At Christmas. The latest installment in the Hartsford Mysteries series, the reader is once again transported to the wonderfully charismatic Hartsford Hall, where Emmy Berry arrives to take part in the annual Frost Fayre. When a freak blizzard leaves her stranded in the run up to Christmas, she can’t quite shake the feeling that she is back where she belongs, a feeling which is only heightened when she meets Tom Howard. Even though they’ve never met before, they can’t ignore the feeling that they already know one another. As I have come to expect with a Kirsty Ferry novel, Watch For Me At Christmas is pure and blissful escapism, this time with a huge dollop of festive cheer. I recognised a number of characters from her earlier work and it was lovely to reconnect with them and see what they’re doing now – a little like catching up with old friends! As ever her writing is engaging and just so flipping lovely! She draws the reader in and paints such beautiful images in the minds eye. If I didn’t have children I could quite lose myself in one of her novels and devour in a single sitting. Her characterisation is wonderful. Whilst I didn’t fall in love with Emmy and Tom quite as much as I did with Rosa and Joel in Summer at Carrick Park, I was still totally invested in their story and their developing relationship. If you’re looking for a little romance and bags of festive good cheer all tied up into an enchanting tale; look no further than Watch For Me At Christmas.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Vibeke

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