"A lovely treat of a feel-good and relationship novella set at Christmas on an island off of the Cornish coast."
With elements of folklore slipping nicely into a feel-good relationship tale, this really is a charming read. It sits as a novella, and focuses on an island village in need, a cat, and a young woman returning to memories of her childhood. Author Lili Hayward introduces the mysterious history of the island within the story at Christmas, ensuring a magical note sings throughout. Murr the cat is just gorgeous, everyone needs a Murr in their lives! I really enjoyed how the spotlight remains on the cottage and island, with each character becoming a part of the whole. While there is a potentially developing romance it doesn’t overtake the structure of the story, but rather snuggles in alongside. Highlighting love, kindness, and family, the plot absolutely sings as it reaches its conclusion. A Midwinter’s Tail is a joyous read, full of Christmas spirit and the fantastical.
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