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#Review | Happy Christmas Eve by Jackie Ladbury #HappyChristmasEve @ChocLituk @RubyFiction @JackieLadbury

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Hellooo my friends, I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of this wonderful new Christmas book; Happy Christmas Eve by Jackie Ladbury. So grab a cuppa…and a sausage roll, or two and enjoy!

All I want for Christmas is you … or you?

Eve Halligan is back in her hometown for Christmas after a whirlwind few years touring with her band, the Molotovs. A lot has changed since she left, but two things have stayed the same. One: Eve is head-over-heels in love with Lucien Malikov, the Molotovs’ bad boy lead singer. Two: Lucien is completely indifferent to her.

Still, Eve dreams that this could be the Christmas where she convinces Lucien that they’re made for each other. But when childhood friend and local caterer Theo Wright comes back into her life bringing with him festive cupcake and sausage roll conundrums, Eve begins to question whether her Christmas dreams have been wasted on the wrong man …

I love a feel-good Christmas romance, and this is just perfect for those colder, chilly nights wrapped in a blanket with your fluffy socks on. It is pure festive joy; fun, charming, cheery and a very delicious romance, everything you would want from a Christmas book is right here….it even has sausage rolls, who doesn’t love a sausage roll at Christmas…or any time of the year? Yes, I am afraid to say that Jackie Ladbury did have me hooked from the moment a sausage roll making gorgeous guy was mentioned.

Eve is back home after years on the road with her band; the Molotov’s – well, when I say her band she is more like a roadie than a participating band member, she is in her own right a brilliant singer, songwriter and guitarist yet the bands lead; ridiculously arrogant and vain Lucien does push her into the background, Eve may like him and think that the sun shines when he is around but personally I thought he was a bit of a pillock and did take against him from the off, which I have to congratulate Jackie Ladbury for that brilliant piece of writing. Anyway, our Eve she has been infatuated with him since they were children, so when he asked her to tour with him and be his singer she literally jumped at the chance – unfortunately for Eve she soon learned that he didn’t want anyone to take the limelight from him so she became a basic dog’s body.

Once back home for Christmas she did hope that things would change and Lucien would change and start to see and treat as in the way she would like – really Eve, haven’t you heard that Leopards never change their spots, and this leopard is well and truly stuck in his, well that is until he realises there is competing for lovely Eve’s attention in the form of delicious and kind; Theo – ahhh, Theo – be still my beating heart!!

Theo is another of their childhood friends, whereas Lucien wants to be this hugely loved internationally adored pop star; our Theo is more than happy in the kitchen baking some delicious treat’s, yet he has made a name for himself and his catering business has soured and now they are all back together – in some sort of fashion. Now there are two men in Eve’s life, two completely different men; one is charming, natural, kind and actually see’s her as a person and the other is a notorious playboy, a rogue, charming yet arrogant and only interested because someone else is, but which one will sweep her off her feet and make this Christmas the best yet? I can tell you which one I was cheering on and for once it wasn’t the bad boy if a man-made me sausage rolls he would have my heart for life 😉

Well, I ain’t going to tell you, you’re going to have to read for yourselves! I’ll just say that this, I loved the journey Eve goes on to have her perfect Christmas, she has difficult choices to make. If you love your sweet, heart-warming and very festive romances then this is a perfect read, even if you don’t then I definitely recommend you give it a go. It is one of those stories that you will pull off the shelf every Christmas, I know that it will be one which I will be re-reading again.

This was an Arc copy from the publisher, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you Liz. Xx

Happy Christmas Eve is available now and can be found at Amazon.

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#BlogTour | Once Upon a Christmas Past; A Historical Romance Holiday Collection by Regan Walker, Paula Quinn, Catherine Kean & Brenda Jernigan. #OnceUponAChristmasPast #Feature

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Hello my friends, I have the huge pleasure to be todays stop on this fabulous blog tour for; Once Upon A Christmas Past; A Historical Romance Holiday Collection by Regan Walker, Paula Quinn, Catherine Kean & Brenda Jernigan.

Once Upon a Christmas Past; A Historical Romance Holiday Collection by Regan Walker, Paula Quinn, Catherine Kean & Brenda Jernigan

Christmas in Scotland or Christmas in England – it is the best time of the year.

NY Times & USA Today & Bestselling Authors present – Once Upon a Christmas Past – 4 full books of Christmas and Love.

A Secret Scottish Christmas by Regan Walker

Spies, Scots, and Shipmasters celebrate a very secret Christmas in Scotland as identical twins, Robbie and Nash Powell, spies for the Crown, compete for the love of the daughter of an Aberdeen shipbuilder.

A Highlander for Christmas by Paula Quinn

As the bard of the MacGregor clan, Finlay Grant is a natural-born charmer. He can easily win the heart of any lass . . . but somehow, the right words to express his love for stunning Leslie Harrison have eluded him. Yet as Christmastide approaches, Finn knows he must find a way to propose to the raven-haired beauty who has stolen his heart.

A Knight’s Redemption by Catherine Kean

Six Christmases ago, after refusing his kiss, Lady Mary Westbrook was locked in the dungeon by Lord Holden Kendall, a squire at Branton Keep. When an attempted child abduction days before Christmas brings Holden back to the castle, Mary must confront again what happened between them.

Holden is a grown warrior now, and he resolves to not only make matters right with Mary but finally win her kiss. Yet, as peril ensues, Mary must risk far more than a chance at true love. 

Christmas in Camelot by Brenda Jernigan

Sir Nicholas the Dragon’s orders are clear. He is to fend off the enemy besieging Noelle’s castle and bring the lady safely back to Camelot for her wedding day to Sir Gavin. But spending time with the proud beauty awakens an irresistible hunger in Nicholas. Now, as desire does battle with duty, Nicholas has only two choices — to surrender the woman he loves to another man or fight to the end to make her his own.

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Praise For The Collection

Four very talented authors created four well written and well executed stories. Each story is written in the author’s own writing style. Four full books of Christmas and Love by four bestselling authors. Each story will hold the reader in awe, as love, holiday magic and unexpected gifts and so More. Simply put, Wow, a not to miss holiday collection read!! – April; Goodreads Reviewer

Every single story in this collection was wonderful – Janice Hougland; Reviewer

Four wonderful authors and four excellent stories that take place at Christmas time. I thoroughly enjoyed each story… – Carole Burant; Reviewer
Is there a better way to get into the festive spirit then reading four gorgeous Christmassy historical romances? I can’t think of anything, this anthology is a real treat, there is something for every historical romance reader, whether it is handsome spies, devastating highlanders, sinful Knights or the Knights of the round table, I can guarantee no matter what you love about romance, you will find a whole new love somewhere in this anthology! – Chicks, Rogues and Scandals.

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About the Author’s

Regan Walker

Is an award-winning, #1 Amazon bestselling author of Regency, Georgian and Medieval romances. She writes historically authentic novels with real historical figures along with her fictional characters. Among the awards she has won are the International Book Award for Romance Fiction, the San Diego Book Award for Best Historical Romance, the RONE Award for her medievals and the Gold Medal Illumination Award.

You can find out more about Regan here – Regan Walker Author

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Brenda Jernigan

Is a bestselling author. Her books have been nominated for many awards – Book Seller’s Best Award, The Maggie Award, and The Holt Medallion Award. Publisher’s Weekly said, “Brenda Jernigan writes Romance, Adventure and Magic”

She grew up living the life of a tomboy – climbing trees, playing ball, and excluding starry-eyed romance from her daily repertoire. Brenda discovered the love of books while taking her son to Story Hour at the local library — she was hooked. She set an ambitious goal and began work on her first novel. She continued to write six more novels in rapid succession. She figured having the same birthday as Ernest Hemingway couldn’t hurt.

You can find more about Brenda here – Brenda J Books

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Catherine Kean

Is an award-winning, Kindle Unlimited All-Star author of medieval romances whose creative muse has coaxed her to also write in other romance genres. She wrote her first medieval romance, A Knight’s Vengeance, while her baby daughter was napping, and now has a backlist of over 20 published books. Catherine’s novels were originally published in paperback and several were released in Czech, German, and Thai foreign editions. She’s won numerous awards for her stories, including the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Her novels also finaled in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the National Readers’ Choice Awards, and the International Digital Awards. In 2019, she co-founded CPC Publishing with author Wynter Daniels and is busy writing books for the Cat’s Paw Cove Romance series.
When not working on her next book, Catherine enjoys cooking, baking, browsing antique shops, shopping with her daughter, and gardening. She lives in Central Florida with two spoiled rescue cats.

You can find out more about Catherine here – Catherine Kean

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Paula Quinn

Is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of medieval, Scottish historical, and paranormal romance. To date, four of her books have garnered a starred review from Publishers Weekly. She has been nominated for Storyteller of the year by RT Book Reviews and every one of her books from the Children of the Mist series have garnered Top Picks from RT Book Reviews. She also writes fantasy romance under the pen name of Genevra Thorne. Check out her newest series, Hearts of the Highlands on Amazon now!

You can find out more about Paula here – Paula Quinn

 

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Giveaway

For a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card fill out the Rafflecopter form here – Once Upon A Christmas Past

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Blog Tour Schedule

Oct 15
kickoff at Silver Dagger Book Tours
Rita’s reading room
It’s All About the Romance

Oct 16
Chicks Rogues and Scandals
The Sexy Nerd ‘Revue’

Oct 17
Antrim Cycle
Breanna Hayse Romance

Oct 18
Susan Heim on Writing
Literary Gold

Oct 19
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too!
Insane Books

Oct 20
Nicole’s Book Musings
Twisted Book Ramblings

Oct 21
Luv Saving Money
Romance Novel Giveaways

Oct 22
Book Corner News and Reviews
nanasbookreviews

Oct 23
Maiden of the Pages
2 chicks and a book

Oct 24
Always Love Me Some Books Blog
Reviews and Promos by Nyx

Oct 25
Book-Lover
Books all things paranormal and romance

Oct 26
Readeropolis
The Book Dragon

Oct 27
A Pinch of Bookdust
Teatime and Books Historical Reads

Oct 28
A Writer’s Life
Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Oct 29
TNT Book Promotions
A Blend of Sass and Class Blog
T.L. Gray Blog

Oct 30
A Wonderful World of Words
books are love

Oct 31
4covert2overt ☼ A Place In The Spotlight ☼
Books, Authors, Blogs

Nov 1
Dragon’s Den
Girl with Pen

Nov 2
Historical Romance Review
Scrupulous Dreams

Nov 3
Bedazzled By Books
Teatime and Books

Nov 4
Viviana MacKade
Kerrific Online   – REVIEW ALL

Nov 5
Inside the Insanity
Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read

Nov 6
❧Defining Ways❧
Word Processor, Romance, Cats, Kids and Creed

Nov 7
Alternative-Read.com
Paranormal Romance Trance

Nov 8
eBook Addicts
Better Read Than Undead

Nov 9
Chapters through life
Midnight Book Reader

Nov 10
Craving Lovely Books
The Bookshelf Fairy

Nov 11
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Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’

Nov 12
Sylv.net
T’s Stuff

Nov 13
Authors & Readers Book Corner
Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

Nov 14
JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder
Yearwood La Novela

Nov 15
Valerie Ullmer | Romance Author
Taryn Jameson

Full schedule and to follow the tour here – Silver Dagger Tours

#Blog Tour | Snowflakes at the Little Christmas Tree Farm by Jaimie Admans #SnowflakesAtTheLittleChristmasTreeFarm #Review @be_the_spark @HQDigitalUK

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Hello my lovelies, I have the huge pleasure to be todays stop on this wonderful blog tour for Snowflakes At The Little Christmas Tree Farm by Jaimie Admans, so as ever sit back grab some hot chocolate and maybe a piece of pumpkin pie – read the book and you will understand my reference to Pumpkin 😉 and enjoy!

Snowflakes At The Little Christmas Tree Farm by Jaimie Admans

All she wants for Christmas…

Leah Griffiths has woken up after a few too many glasses of Prosecco with a hangover – and discovers she’s accidentally bought a little Christmas tree farm in Scotland!

At first she’s horrified, but perhaps it’s the perfect way to forget all about her cheating ex.

And when she meets grumpy (but ridiculously gorgeous) pumpkin farmer Noel underneath the mistletoe, Leah begins to believe that at Christmas time, anything can happen…

Amazon / Goodreads

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I absolutely adore this book! I do have a real love for Christmas stories, they are like chocolate to me, I can read my fill of them and still want more and this wonderful. It is such a fabulously fun, joyful, very festive and romantic tale with all the hilarity and adorable moments that you love to see in romantic comedies – I could definitely see this made into a film. I loved the whole concept of this story, it’s completely out there original, but brings home the, message that if you truly want something then go out there and get it – yes, easier said then done, i know but if anything this book will inspire and make you feel all cosy warm.

Written first person through Leah’s eyes, we are taken on a laugh-out-loud, engrossing and marvellous festive journey, I can guarantee that you will be charmed from the start and you will be giggling away throughout.

After catching her boyfriend/boss having a fumble with another colleague at work, Leah Griffiths walks out after making quite the spectacle of her self and that of her amorous boss, she drowns her sorrows in three bottles of Prosecco and while under the influence she does what we all do when a wee bit intoxicated, she opens the computer, grabs the credit card and starts to buy. Only difference here is Leah doesn’t just buy shoes, storage boxes and garden ornaments (we’ve all done that right? Leah doesn’t do the ordinary binge buying trash she buys a Christmas Tree Farm in the middle of Scotland – as you do!

As much as spontaneously buying a Christmas Tree Farm sounds mad, Leah believes that this is exactly the thing she needs. Leah has been through the mill over the last few years, not only with walking out on her dead end job but she has had to cope with the death of her parents, having to sort everything out has been a weight on Leah’s shoulders and now she needs something else, for the first time in many years Leah feels free – that is until she actually sees what she has spent all of her savings on.

The pictures online didn’t exactly portray the whole truth, the farm has been abandoned these last four year and most of the trees are dead, the farmhouse is falling down around her ears, plus there is her neighbour; grumpy, moody, brooding ridiculously sexy in a rough around the edges sort of way, pumpkin farmer; Noel. To say he is a little put out by the city lass next door is an understatement, he firmly believes that she will give up and run off back to where she came from with her tail between her legs, but she surprises him by staying.

Oh be still be thundering heart, I have completely fallen head over heals for Noel, sigh!! He comes across as brusque and a bit of a group but he does have a real kind and soft heart, he is the sterotypical romantic comedy guy brooding with a lot of hidden virtues, he is as sexy as hell – but then again I have always had a love for the rougher heroes, add into that his Scottish accent and his love of dogs then you have my perfect man…even when he is baring a pain in the arse.

I have to comment on the dedication, Oh my word that tore at my heart, for anyone who has lost a dog will know exactly what I mean. Those few words alone with have you a bit teary and which made the whole having a dog in centre stage rather poignant.

This is a fast paced quick read, the story started off with great humour which carried on through out. From the first page ou will instantly feel a real kinship with Leah, she is fabulously down-to-earth and fun, you will be cheering her on as she negotiates her path from drunken stupor of chapter one to getting the Christmas Tree farm on its feet. This is the first I have read by Jaimie Admans, and I can certainly say without a doubt that it will not be the last, I really liked her engaging and witty writing, she grabs the readers attention and keeps a firm hold until the very last word.

Overall, this is a fantastic book, if you love your sweet rom-com’s with a gorgeous festive feel and some brilliant characters then this is the book for you.

This was a Arc via Netgalley, which I voluntarily reviewed as apart of this blog tour.

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About the Author

Jaimie is a 32-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots.

She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.

She has been writing for years but has only just plucked up the courage to tell people.

She is the author of chick-lit romantic comedies Kismetology and The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, and young adult romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Amazon / Goodreads

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Blog Tour Schedule

#Review | Once Upon a Christmas Past by Regan Walker, Paula Quinn, Catherine Kean & Brenda Jernigan #OnceUponAChristmasPast #ChristmasAnthology

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Hello everyone, I have the great pleasure to be sharing my review of this wonderfully festive anthology; Once Upon a Christmas Past by Regan Walker, Paula Quinn, Catherine Kean & Brenda Jernigan. So take a seat, grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy a little bit of Christmas in September.

Christmas in Scotland or Christmas in England – it is the best time of the year.

NY Times & USA Today & Bestselling Authors present Once Upon a Christmas Past – 4 full books of Christmas and Love

A Secret Scottish Christmas by Regan Walker

Spies, Scots, and Shipmasters celebrate a very secret Christmas in Scotland as identical twins, Robbie and Nash Powell, spies for the Crown, compete for the love of the daughter of an Aberdeen shipbuilder.

A Highlander for Christmas by Paula Quinn

As the bard of the MacGregor clan, Finlay Grant is a natural-born charmer. He can easily win the heart of any lass . . . but somehow, the right words to express his love for stunning Leslie Harrison have eluded him. Yet as Christmastide approaches, Finn knows he must find a way to propose to the raven-haired beauty who has stolen his heart.

A Knight’s Redemption by Catherine Kean

Six Christmases ago, after refusing his kiss, Lady Mary Westbrook was locked in the dungeon by Lord Holden Kendall, a squire at Branton Keep. When an attempted child abduction days before Christmas brings Holden back to the castle, Mary must confront again what happened between them.

Holden is a grown warrior now, and he resolves to not only make matters right with Mary but finally win her kiss. Yet, as peril ensues, Mary must risk far more than a chance at true love.

Christmas in Camelot by Brenda Jernigan

Sir Nicholas the Dragon’s orders are clear. He is to fend off the enemy besieging Noelle’s castle and bring the lady safely back to Camelot for her wedding day to Sir Gavin. But spending time with the proud beauty awakens an irresistible hunger in Nicholas. Now, as desire does battle with duty, Nicholas has only two choices — to surrender the woman he loves to another man or fight to the end to make her his own.

Is there a better way to get into the festive spirit then reading four gorgeous Christmassy historical romances? I can’t think of anything, this anthology is a real treat, there is something for every historical romance reader, whether it is handsome spies, devastating highlanders, sinful Knights or the Knights of the round table, I can guarantee no matter what you love about romance, you will find a whole new love somewhere in this anthology. I must admit that I did start this anthology a little biased as I had read A Secret Scottish Christmas Last year, I adore this book when I first read it and I loved it so much I was more then happy to read it again and I knew with having Ms Walker amongst this anthology I would be in for a treat – but then again Regan Walker could write a bus timetable and I would be in heaven. What I love about anthology’s is that you are introduced to author’s whom you have not read before and by the end your TBR pile has just tripled in size as you start adding all the authors past work to it.

So as you would have gathered this anthology is all historical romance, I have decided to review the anthology as a whole with little nod to each book, instead of my usual full individual book review, only because if I did this post would go on and on – really no one wants to fall asleep mid way through as I waffle on.

A Secret Scottish Christmas is just as I remember; a gorgeous, festive and beautifully written Christmassy romance. I love Regan Walker’s work, this was a favourite of mine the first time I read it, re-reading it has just confirmed what I new already; that Ms Walker has a beautiful eye for detail, her grasp at language that can take the reader to another time and place is stunning.

A Highlander For Christmas by Paula Quinn is a very loving and heart-warming story, the characters are so charming and well defined that they instantly make you cheer them on as they find their way to a happily ever after. The story is a real winner, it’s charming and very easy to read.

A Knight’s Redemption by Catherine Kean is such a fun and very witty romance, it’s a proper enemies to lovers (well that’s how I saw it) the story starts when they are very young and when they don’t exactly see eye to eye, then we fast forward to them as adults there is a lot for them to move past before they reach their happy ending.

Christmas In Camelot by Brenda Jernigan what a fabulous story this is, who doesn’t love the stories about Arthur and his Knights of the round table? This is just as compelling and engrossing as the Arthurian stories themselves, full of action and romance a real winner.

I thoroughly enjoyed this anthology, I liked how the stories complimented one and other, even though they are full length novels on their own the four stories seem to fit really well as they sit side by side. Each of the four authors are all so different in writing style, they each have their own way with words which will grab your attention and take you off on a festive adventure into the past – or should that be four festive adventure’s? You have rich detail, gorgeous settings, amazing and wonderfully crafted characters and four brilliantly engaging, romantic and atmospheric stories.

Overall an immensely romantic and utterly charming anthology that will make you feel warm and festive, this is like opening a Christmas gift, there is excitement for what is to come then when you have read each of the beautiful stories you feel a sense of serenity and joy.

This was a Arc copy via the author’s, which I voluntarily reviewed, Thank you Regan.

Once Upon A Christmas Past is to be released on 1st October and can be pre-ordered now.

#BlogTour | Christmas Every Day by Beth Moran #ChristmasEveryDay #Review @bethcmoran @BoldwoodBooks

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Hello my lovely friends, I have the great pleasure to be today’s stop on this amazing blog tour for the gorgeous; Christmas Every Day by Beth Moran, so grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy.

‘Life-affirming, joyful and tender. Beth Moran has written the perfect Christmas story to brighten up even the darkest Winter’s evening.’ Zoe Folbigg, author of The Note

When Jenny inherits her estranged grandmother’s cottage in Sherwood Forest, she has nothing to lose – no money, no job, no friends, no family to speak of, and zero self-respect. Things can only get better…

Her grumpy, but decidedly handsome new neighbour, Mack, has a habit of bestowing unsolicited good deeds on her. And when Jenny is welcomed into a rather unusual book club, life seems to finally be getting more interesting.

Instead of reading, the members pledge to complete individual challenges before Christmas: from finding new love, learning to bake, to completing a daredevil bucket list. Jenny can’t resist joining in, and soon a year of friendship and laughter, tears and regrets unfolds in the most unexpected ways.

Warm, wise, funny and utterly uplifting, what one thing would you change in your life before Christmas comes around?

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Praise for Beth Moran

‘Every day is a perfect day to read this heartwarming Christmas gem’ Shari Low

‘A British author to watch.’ Publisher’s Weekly

‘A wonderfully warm-hearted story full of love and laughter.’ Victoria Connelly, bestselling author of the Austen Addicts series

Links

Goodreads / Amazon

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I absolutely adore this book! his is a beautiful, feel-good, heart-warming and absolutely charming story, with a fabulous cast of character’s each with their own story to tell, I love the journey Jenny goes on it really captures your attention from page one. I love Ms Moran’s way with words, I’ve not read any of her work before – that will be rectified, the writing is strong and clear it flows so seamlessly.

The story open’s with a briefest look into what happened at the office Christmas party, where Jenny’s life was turned completely upside down, her life is in turmoil after the events of the party and her heart is broken and closed off to the world. Some may say her life was destroyed and in a way it was but the life she soon finds for herself in her little cottage is far better then the one she thought she wanted.

After the unforgettable events of the party, which turned everything topsy-turvy, Jenny has nothing, little money and no where to live, she moves into her late Grandmother’s cottage in the middle of Sherwood Forest which has been practically derelict for years. The cottage she soon finds is in a right old mess as her grandmother was a wee bit of a hoarder – junk shop would be the more accurate description, as she tries to clean the cottage she meets the mysterious, ruggedly attractive and very nice smelling Mack who lives next door – let us say that they don’t exactly get off on the right foot, a fair amount of growling and grumbling on both sides follows but he is a thoroughly decent chap and quite a handy one to have around.

She finds herself running out of money, she gets a job in the local café – unfortunately that is only paid in soup and sandwiches, that leads to not only a nannying job for one of the customers but finding herself in the middle of a book club with a bunch of squabbling women – honestly the five children she looks after are nothing compared to the book club members. But this is no ordinary book club they have decided to instead read a book but have decided to do undertake induvial challenges for Christmas.

Jenny is fabulous character, she has seen and been through a fair amount, the heart-break at the Christmas party was just a part of what she has been through in her life, everything from breakdowns, being cast aside by her family in favour of her much more pleasing sister and then finding herself homeless no wonder she is so guarded now and so determined to prove not just to others but to herself that she can survive on her own. I really like her, i like her determination, her resilience, jenny is one of those characters who think they are worthless and inept but in actually fact she is so much stronger then she gives herself credit for and I really love how through the story the real jenny comes out and we see her go from the insecure young woman with the weight of the world on her shoulders to the strong woman she becomes who is surrounded by people who genuinely care for her.

I really loved this book, I loved how it is pretty deceiving you come into this book thinking it’s going to be a sterotypical sweet little Christmas story, but oh how wrong you would be. It had me fooled too; Firstly, I wouldn’t class this as a Christmas book at all, the ‘Christmas everyday’ is more about the theme of the story and the plot. Secondly; as sweet and charming as this is there is a fantastic sub plot which really grabs your attention – in fact the whole book does – but there are some really unexpected moment’s where I sat there and went, “Well, I didn’t see that coming”

Overall a really gorgeous story.

This was a complimentary copy via the publisher, which I voluntarily reviewed.

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About the Author

Beth Moran is the author of three previous books, including Making Marion.  She regularly features on BBC Radio Nottingham and is a trustee of the national women’s network Free Range Chicks. She lives on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest.

Website / Twitter / Facebook / Boldwood Profile

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#CoverReveal | A Family By Christmas (Little Shops On Heart Street #1) by Viv Royce #AFamilyBYChristmas @VivWrites

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Hello everyone! I am so excited to be sharing the very first and exclusive look at Viv Royce’s up and coming book; A Family By Christmas and I have to tell you that this cover is just so pretty, it not only looks amazing but sounds it too, and I can’t wait to share it with you all, so go on take a peek for yourself…

A Family By Christmas by Viv Royce

Series: Little Shops on Heart Street, Book 1

Release Date: Oct 14, 2019

Page Count: 350

Genre: contemporary, holiday romance

Tropes: girl next door, opposites attract

Chocolatier Emma Miller has a new business selling bonbons to the residents of the quaint town of Wood Creek. When a tiny visitor stops by her shop with an interesting request, Emma is intrigued. The young girl needs chocolates that will help her widowed dad fall in love, preferably with her teacher. What Emma didn’t count on was Casey’s ever so charming and handsome dad, Grant, stepping into her life. She has to remind herself to be cautious because the one thing she learned in foster care is that people always leave.

Pilot Grant Galloway is touched by his daughter’s gift and is curious about the person who made the world-class chocolates. But when he steps into Emma’s shop full of delicious smells and tasty morsels, he forgets to breathe. And it has nothing to do with his favorite dessert. She’s pretty and kind, and when she has to deal with a difficult client, his protective instincts kick into high gear. But he risked his heart once. When his wife died, it left him broken. He’s just now beginning to pick up the pieces, and he and his daughter will be leaving town once the holidays are over.

Thanks to some Christmas wishes, though, these two might discover that their carefully laid plans are about to change.

Links

Amazon / Entangled Publishers / Goodreads / Netgalley

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About The Author

With the same trademark atmospheric settings, relatable characters and cute canines that made several of her cozy mysteries #1 Amazon US and Canada bestsellers in multiple categories, Vivian Conroy pens romance as Viv Royce, creating heartthrob heroes ranging from rugged pilots to royals reluctant to believe in true love who meet their match in that girl next door or the co-worker with the business ideas exactly opposing their own – happy endings guaranteed! When not frequenting fictional worlds, Viv loves to hike (especially in the mountains), craft with paper, felt and clay, and hunt for the perfect cheesecake. Quite active on Twitter, she’s the founder of #HistFicChat, a live Twitter chat about historical fiction, featuring authors like Kate Quinn, Anna Lee Huber and Susan Spann, and would love for readers to follow her and connect via Twitter : @VivWrites.

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#Review Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak (@FrancescaHornak) #BlogTour #SevenDaysOfUs #Christmas #Romance @LittleBrownUK

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I have the great pleasure to be sharing my review of Seven Days Of Us by Francesca Hornak as apart of this wonderful blog tour.

It’s Christmas, and the Birch family is gathering for the first time in years.

Olivia, the eldest daughter, has returned from treating an epidemic abroad and must go into quarantine for seven days. Her mother has decided it’s the perfect opportunity to spend some ‘special time’ together. Her youngest sister wholeheartedly disagrees. Her father isn’t allowed an opinion.

When no one can leave the house, seven days for the Birches feels like an eternity.

Especially when they’re all harbouring secrets. One of whom is about to come knocking at their door…

LOVED it! Warm and humane, funny and sad, with a great, twisty plot, Seven Days of Us is absolute pleasure reading from beginning to end. Francesca Hornak is a true talent. Just gorgeous!‘ Marian Keyes

I have read my fair share of emotional books, but this really is up there with the best. Seven Days Of Us is a roller coaster ride of emotions; funny, happy, sad, it fills your heart with so much warmth and makes you really evaluate your own relationship with your family. This is the first I have read by Francesca Hornak and it will definitely will not be the last, in fact I am looking forward to reading more from this talented author because this book is a pure joy to read.

For the first time in years, the Birch family are gathering to spend the Christmas holidays together, but not exactly in the way that they would have wanted. Eldest daughter; Olivia has just retuned from helping to treat a Haag epidemic and she must go into quarantine for a week, just in case she has caught the decease. So the whole family must be locked away in their family home for the week over Christmas, which would be fine if the whole family weren’t keeping secrets from one and other, secrets that could turn their worlds up-side down.

I love that this is written in the perspective of each family member, so you don’t just see the story unfold through one set of eyes but from all sides and that to me really makes this story as captivating and engaging as it is. Each character is beautifully created, and the relationship each have with the other members of the family is realistic and it’s wonderful seeing their individual stories progress throughout, which takes the reader on a wonderfully intense journey, which at it’s heart is family and the trials that the Birch’s go through as one and separately.

I absolutely loved it!! It is a heart-breaking, emotionally wrenching, warm, funny and beautifully written story of family and love. I shed far more tears then I expected, especially with Olivia’s story which for me was the one that really packed a punch and the ending is heart-breaking, and the epilogue is perfect with a hint of sadness. I cannot recommend this book enough, Seven Days Of Us is one of those that anyone can read and instantly fall in love with and I can guarantee that you will need a box of tissues at the ready.

Fabulous!

This was a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review as apart of this blog tour, Thank you Beth!

Seven Days Of Us can be purchased from Amazon.

 

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