Book Review – Comfort and Joy by Cathy Bramley


Curl up with this feel-good short story, full of romance, surprises and a sprinkling of Christmas magic…!It’s been a busy year for Verity Bloom at the Plumberry School of Comfort Food, but Christmas Eve is finally here. With delicious treats all wrapped up and the ingredients packed away, Verity is looking forward to a relaxing few days with her new boyfriend.

Good food, family and friends – it’s a simple recipe for true comfort and joy, and all Verity’s friends in the village are full of excitement about the holidays too.

But the weather has other plans in store… Relentless rain leads to a power cut that spells disaster for many of Plumberry’s residents. It’s starting to look like this year’s celebrations could be a total washout.

With dreams of a perfect Christmas dashed, will the last of the festive cheer be swept away in the downpour? Or can the cookery school create a Christmas miracle for everyone Verity holds dear?


I wanted a nice festive read, one that wasn’t necessarily focussed on romance, and so when I found this book on the Library App I thought that I would give it a go. I am sure that I also saw that it was a good book on one of the Facebook reading pages I have joined so that further convinced me to give it a go!

Straight away I loved this book. Once I started it I couldn’t put it down. The writing was simple and the story was heartwarming. There were lots of things going on around the one main storyline and that kept my attention throughout. 

I loved the characters who were all likable in their own way. You were introduced to them all gradually and were given a brief outline of their background and how the Cookery School had in some way brought them together. Each of the characters stories blended well to result in this heartwarming read.

The village setting was excellent for this festive read, and really highlighted the positives of living in a small village. It also added to the warmth and comfort of the story. 

Lastly I loved the messages of love and friendship throughout the book and how even when things go wrong there will always be someone around to help.

I highly recommend reading this book. It has certainly been one of my favourite festive reads so far this month! 

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

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