Not Just For Christmas by Alex Brown REVIEW

Not Just For ChristmasNot Just For Christmas by Alex Brown
Published by Harper
Published 6 October 2016
88 pages
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I was given a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.


Kitty, who runs the Spotted Pig Tea-rooms in the picturesque village of Tindledale, thinks she’s come to terms with her husband Ed’s death on active duty. When she learns that Ed’s army dog, a black Labrador named Monty, is being retired and needs rehoming, it awakens her heartache once more.

Amber runs the pet parlour, but her love of dogs extends to rescuing abandoned pooches and now her tiny cottage is overflowing with homeless hounds. The only answer is to open a proper rescue centre but where will the money come from?

Kitty knows she could never take on Monty – it would be too painful, but with more than one dog needing a home this Christmas, is a miracle too much to hope for?


Army base, Market Briar, 2013

Hello, beautiful,

            I don’t know why I’m writing this letter because I hope it never gets to you, but if you are reading it then I guess my number came up and I’m sorry things didn’t turn out the way I planned.


I really enjoyed Not Just for Christmas. This delightful story made me feel all warm and gushy inside and got me in the mood for the festive period. This is the kind of story you can fall in love with. Now I really want a mug of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and some festive fruit bread. The story is set in the same village as the novel, The Secret of Orchard Cottage which I really liked so it was nice to revisit the place. This story is quite sad at times but lovely and heart-warming. I really wanted to adopt Monty, cover him with kisses and feed him biscuits. Despite my hard as hails exterior I’m a sucker for cute or old dogs. They get my heart every time. Damn you, Alex Brown for thawing the black ice inside me. Not Just for Christmas is not the kind of thing I usually read. I usually lean towards darker fiction but every now and again I’m made of human parts. I’d highly recommend Not Just for Christmas.




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