Review by Veronica

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Series Name: Life on the Moors, # 8  

As if sensing him watching her, she turned and met his gaze, their eyes locking for a moment. She smiled and a bolt of attraction shot through him with such force it took his breath away.

The Christmas season is about to get cozier with this delightful book by Eliza J. Scott. 

It’s the most magical time of the year! Will Brogan and Nick find the happiness they crave so they can celebrate the festive season?

Christmas has always been a special time for Brogan, especially since her move to her grandparents’ small holding. Set near the picturesque village of Lytell Stangdale in the middle of the North Yorkshire Moors, it’s an idyllic location. But with the loss of her beloved grandparents still raw, she’s struggling to find her festive spirit.

Talked into going to a wedding by her friends, Brogan finds herself sitting next to a rather handsome stranger. Thinking she’ll never see him again, she dusts off her flirting skills and lets her fun-loving side loose.

Newly single Nick Heuston was dreading going to his friend’s wedding. But a chance encounter with a woman with captivating green eyes makes him think otherwise. He’s gutted when she disappears without leaving any way for him to contact her.

Telling himself he needs a break from relationships, Nick intends to focus all his attention on his job as a vet at a new practice. It proves easier said than done; he just can’t get Brogan out of his mind.

Meanwhile, Brogan’s been looking forward to starting her new job as a vet nurse at the new local practice.

On their first day at Danskelfe Veterinary Surgery, both are stunned when they come face-to-face once more – something Nick seems very happy about, but Brogan’s not so sure.

Despite her reluctance, it would seem fate is keen to push them together, and Brogan finds her feelings for Nick growing. As for Nick, the more he gets to know Brogan, the more he finds himself falling for her.

Just when their romance looks ready to bloom, something or someone seems to get in its way.

Will Christmas work its magic? Or are Brogan and Nick destined to be nothing more than a brief encounter?

Why not join Brogan and Nick, together with their canine companions Wilf and Maudie – and all the familiar Life on the Moors characters – for a heartwarming, festive trip to the moors? 

You know, I don’t think I will ever tire of reading these cozy romance books. They have this incredible ability to lift my mood and make me feel ever so happy. A Cosy Christmas with the Village Vet is the eighth book in the Life on the Moors series. If you are like me and haven’t read the previous books in the series, don’t worry, you will still be able to enjoy this book. I never felt lost or confused with what was going on. Eliza does a great job at bringing her readers up to speed. If you have read the previous books, you will enjoy all the cameos from characters from the earlier books in the series. You will have that wonderful feeling of catching up with close friends at your favourite pub. 

In this book, we hang out with Brogan and Nick; both characters are getting over bad relationships that have shaken their self-worth. A chance meeting at a wedding brings these two together, and sparks fly. They both can feel that instant deep connection and can’t deny their attraction. But before they can see where this attraction could go, Brogan flees, fearing that her heart will get broken again. It seems that fate has plans for these two, and they are both surprised when they meet each other again when they start their new job at the local veterinary clinic. This book is one of those fun, lighthearted romances you can easily get lost in for hours. I spent my whole Saturday reading this book, and when I was done, I went and bought the first and second books of the series because I wanted to spend more time in the Moors. There is something comforting about this book and its sense of community and coming together when others need help. It fills your heart with hope and happiness. Eliza does a great job continuing this series and allowing her characters to grow and change. Everything in this book was paced out beautifully. I never felt the story lagged or went off in a weird direction. The main story and all the side stories work together to make this charming and entertaining love story. 

The one thing that surprised me was that this book had a bit of mystery and action. As everyone is getting ready for Christmas, two shady characters have been spotted throughout the village, and no one is sure what they are up to. I found myself trying to guess if they were robbers, developers, or maybe secret government agents. Okay, so that last guess is far-fetched, but you never know. Adding in this side story made me want to keep reading even more. I wanted to see what would happen next and what these two men were up to. 

I need to give the animals in this book a standing ovation. If you are a fan of books with animals, you will want to read this book. Wilf and Maudie stole the show in this book. They had their own distinctive personalities that were larger than Life. I loved their interactions with their owners, and I found myself laughing at their antics. Anyone who has owned a pet will be able to relate to having full-blown conversations with your furry pal.   

Brogan and Nick are lovely characters. Both have all those characteristics that I have come to expect from my cozy romance books. They are kind and relatable. Their romance is a closed-door one, which I prefer for my Christmas stories. Their growing relationship hooked me. I loved how, even though they “hook up” at the wedding at the beginning of the book, the rest of it is spent letting them get to know one another before taking that plunge into becoming a couple. I love how they stopped and took the time to build that foundation. It made their relationship more believable. 

A Cosy Christmas with the Village Vet is a warm sweet holiday romance. 

Thank you, Rachel Random Resources, for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.