The Chestnut Tree by Jo Thomas

This novella was sent to me by Headline in exchange for an honest review. 

At just 81 pages, this novella is short and sweet with loveable characters, both human and animal.

That’s not to say that it is perfect. As it is so short, there really wasn’t much development and the plot overall was extremely predictable but I think that’s all part of the charm of this kind of story, and besides the cover gives a lot away before you’ve even started reading.

The writing style was simplistic but suited the story well so I’m looking forward to reading Jo Thomas’ novel The Oyster Catcher soon. I am recently getting into more contemporary adult fiction and I think that Jo Thomas is a great author.

I loved the cooking theme throughout this story and it made me want to get into the kitchen! If there was ever a book that needed a recipe book companion, this is the one.

This story really does bring about all of the images of autumn: the crisp red leaves, the chestnuts, the roaring fires, the country fairs. It is a great little book to just curl up in front of the fire with on a chilly day.

Overall I would definitely recommend this short read. It’s short, sweet and charming which is sometimes just what you need!

3 out of 5 stars!


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