#CoverReveal | Perfect Paris Christmas, Mandy Baggot #PerfectParisChristmas @mandybaggot @aria_fiction
Hello, Sunshines! I am super excited to be apart of this cover reveal for the up and coming Christmas book by Mandy Baggot. Perfect Paris Christmas looks and sounds absolutely amazing, I do have a real love of Christmas stories and this sounds right up my street and the cover is so gorgeous!!! I hope you all love it as much as I do – Christmas, Paris and Romance; Whats not to love?
Perfect Paris Christmas, Mandy Baggot
Publication Date: 3rd September 2020
Genre: Contemporary/Women’s Fiction/Christmas Fiction
Publisher: Aria Fiction
Format: Ebook / Paperback
United in grief. Pushed apart by tragedy.
Keeley Andrews knows more than anyone that you only live once. So when she receives an invitation to spend two weeks in Paris, all expenses paid, she jumps at the chance.
Ethan Bouchard has had the worst eighteen months of his life. He’s ready to give up on everything, including his hotel chain. So when he meets Keeley, it simply isn’t the right time.
As Keeley and Ethan continue to bump into each other on the romantic Parisian streets, they can’t help but wonder whether this is fate telling them to let go of the past and leap into the future…
Head to Paris this Christmas and fall in love under the lights of the Eiffel Tower with best-selling author, Mandy Baggot.
Pre-order links – Amazon / Kobo / Google Play
About the Author
Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer. The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016. Mandy’s books have so far been translated into German, Italian, Czech and Hungarian. Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor. Mandy is a member of the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.
Follow Mandy on Facebook: @mandybaggotauthor and Twitter: @mandybaggot
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#Review | Izzy’s Christmas Star by Berni Stevens #IzzysChristmasStar by Berni Stevens @Berni_Stevens1 @ChocLituk
Hello my festive Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of this gorgeous and hugely enjoyable Christmas story; Izzy’s Christmas Star by Berni Stevens. Be warned that is a fair amount of babble so I’d grab your hot chocolate and a snack. Enjoy!
You don’t only find stars on top of the Christmas tree …
Student and Zumba instructor Izzy Grant leads a pretty normal life, but in the run-up to Christmas an unusual encounter with a friendly Santa paves the way for the most wonderful and star-studded Christmas she’s ever experienced.
Because at almost exactly the same time, Izzy also meets Seth Roberts – as in the Seth Roberts, bona fide rock star and lead singer of Scarlet Gryphon. As their connection grows, Izzy’s Christmas countdown becomes a glittering whirlwind of after-show parties and classy restaurants – and does she have her mystery Santa to thank?
I love this!!! I have a real soft spot for ‘Girl-next-door-meets-sexy-rock-star’ romances, I have been reading this kind of Chick-Lit for as long as I can remember and I really adore this one. I love the story, I really, really adore the characters and I love the feel of magic that floats around you like a sparkly mist as you read. It is a charming, fun, delightfully heartwarming and a real joy to read, it makes you smile with every page. This is everything I want from a Christmas story, I want romance, I want complex and charming rock stars, I want heart-warming, I want an everyday relatable heroine, I want Christmas fun, I want glittery feel-good stories that have an essence of Christmas magic and this has it all.
Easily my favourite Christmas book this year, in fact, this is easily a firm contender for best Christmas book I’ve read – believe me I have read a fair few. I honestly cannot say enough great things about this, it is perfect to curl up with on these cold nights and lose yourself in for a few hours – only problem them once you have devoured it in one, as I did, you will be heartbroken it has finished, I desperately wanted more, I would love to see more of the Scarlet Gryphon gang.
Izzy Grant; Zumba instructor and English Lit student, she really is the girl next door, she is sweet and loyal, a young woman who many could see themselves in and a woman who you would love to be friends with, she is just an everyday stressed out young woman trying to juggle life. As Christmas draws closer and closer she starts to see more and more Santa’s on the high street, more seems to appear every day but it is an odd encounter with one silvery eyed Santa in particular that more or less changes the course of her Christmas with his cryptic and spookily correct assessments and comments.
She meets a sexy as hell, if a bit lonely looking guy in a coffee shop, a chance meeting that changes everything and turns her once everyday life around, as this chap isn’t just your regular coffee shop dweller, he is internationally acclaimed, rock star and lead singer of Scarlet Gryphon, the biggest rock band around; Seth Roberts – a fact that Izzy doesn’t realise, she just is overawed by the fact that this handsome man has a nice smile, beautiful twinkly eyes and unfortunately witnessed her spilling her dinner down her front – it’s ok Izzy, we have all been there – she never thought she would see him again.
Seth is instantly fascinated by the slightly clumsy, and very beautiful read head, she is a breath of fresh air for him, she becomes a balm for his damaged and already well-trodden on heart and soul. Seth, unfortunately, has become cynical and jaded, he loves his job, he is passionate about the band, about the music and about sharing his music with the world with tours, but he hates the darker side of being in the public life, such as every woman he comes across all faun on him either wanting something from him or wanting to enhance their own status by being with him. He has just left one deadly relationship and has no thoughts about becoming entangled with another camera lens obsessive starlet. Which is why he is so attracted to Izzy, she is so different to anyone within his sphere. He loves that she doesn’t want anything from him – in fact, he finds that fact she had never heard of him or his band very refreshing. She doesn’t play games she is just herself, she has a wary if feisty innocence about her that speaks to far more then words ever could.
I really, really have fallen head over heels for Seth, he isn’t just a crooning rock star who looks great in and out of his shirt 😉 and has the most amazing blue eyes, he is a proper gentleman too, he real charisma plus he has actual manners, he is passionate but wary, he has a bit of a lone wolf aura about him which I found as sexy as hell…I just love this guy!
They both meet this mysterious all-knowing and seeing; Santa, who seems to know far more than he should and helps guide them with his cryptic clues. I love the addition of Santa practically playing at matchmaker for our couple, it adds to the whole magic of the story and compliments the blossoming love story between Seth and Izzy.
Overall, I think I have already professed my love of this book enough, but hey this is my review and I’m going to do it again, I do love this book! It is such a pleasurable, delightful and charming little story that really if you love Christmas, if you love rock stars and if you love romance then this should be on your Christmas List – or miss out the letter for Santa and buy it yourself!
Now, I just need to find my own Christmas rock-star 😉
This was a Complimentary copy via the publisher, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you, Liz. Xx
Izzy’s Christmas Star is available now and can be purchased from Amazon.
#Review | Christmas in Little Penhaven (Little Penhaven #1.5) by Angela Britnell #ChristmasInLittlePenhaven @AngelaBritnell @ChocLituk
Hello, sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of the super lovely; Christmas in Little Penhaven by Angela Britnell, so grab a cuppa, a mince pie and enjoy.
Have yourself a little Cornish Christmas …
Wannabe author Jane Solomon is expecting an uneventful Christmas in her Cornish village of Little Penhaven.
But then super fit American gym owner Hal Muir comes to town, and suddenly the holiday season looks set to be far more interesting. Hal is keen on embracing every British tradition on offer, from mince pies to Christmas pub quizzes – and perhaps some festive romance too …
Is there anything better than a Choc Lit Christmas story? No, I can’t think of anything better or more festive either. Reading a Choc Lit book is like opening a box of your favourite chocolates – Strawberry Quality Street for me, just for future reference 😉 these delicious books make you feel all warm and full of seasonal joy, and this is no different.
This is actually the first I have read by Angela Brittnell, it certainly will not be the last. I love her cheery and sparkling writing, the story flows around you like a glittery mist, it captivates and wraps you up with Christmas cheer. the characters are so beautifully drawn, they aren’t the stereotypical happy-go-lucky twenty-somethings, they are real people who have problems, sadness and heart-aches in their lives, these are two people with past’s and who are unable to as yet see the happiness in the future and this is what we need, not everyone lives a fairy-tale but everyone has the chance for some Christmas cheer and that is what I am getting from this book.
This is apart of the ‘Little Penhaven’ series, which I actually didn’t know until after reading, not as though it mattered as this read to me as a stand-alone, after reading this one and meeting the resident Little Penhaven, I will definitely be visiting this adorable little village again.
This is a really charming little story, which is full of heart-warming festive cheer, meaningful and deserving romance, gorgeous Christmas traditions and a beautiful moral to the story of allowing yourself to move forward and let go of the past to find happiness, something we should all think about especially at this time of year when there are so many stresses.
After a tragedy that changes turns his life upside down, gym owner Hal Muir hives up the career he has spent is live forging out, and decides to leave sunny America behind and spend some time away from the memories that hare stalking him go to good old Blighty for Christmas, where he fully intends on tasting some British Christmas cheer, hopefully working on the mythical book he is said to be writing – but that is all a lie, he is essentially running away he wants to forget all about what happened to send him across the pond to stay with a cousin he hardly knew.
Honestly, I shattered just thinking about it – I may need to open the Quality Street tin!
Once reaching the little village of; Little Penhaven he meets selfless budding writer; Jane Solomon, who shows him that there can be happy if he is willing to move past his own demons. Jane is a wonderful woman, I could relate to her so much, stuck in a bit of a dead-end job, not a huge fan of Christmas, selflessly putting her life and everything she wants on hold while caring for her mother and trying to fulfil her dream to be a writer – honestly, did I just describe myself there? She really likes Hal, there is something very endearing and slightly otherworldly about him, she wants to help him find peace, but there is a sadness hidden behind his handsome eyes.
This is a really sweet and endearing story, there is a painful human aspect to it which runs hand in hand with all the Christmas spirit, which I really like. This is the perfect afternoon reading for anyone who likes to while away a few hours in the presence of fest joy.
This was an Arc copy via the publisher, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you Liz. xx
Christmas in Little Penhaven is available now and I definitely recommend grabbing a copy.
#Review | Bluebell’s Christmas Magic by Marie Laval #BluebellsChristmasMagic @Choclituk @MarieLaval1
Hello sunshines, I am so excited to be sharing my review of this magical book; Bluebell’s Christmas Magic by the very lovely Marie Laval, this book is soooo good, I am not ashamed to admit that I have waffled a fair amount, so grab your cup of hot chocolate, dive into that opened Quality Street tin and enjoy.
A flick of a feather duster and a sprinkle of Christmas magic …
Cassie Bell is used to mess. Her cleaning business, Bluebell Cleaning, is well known in the Cumbrian village of Red Moss. However, now it’s almost Christmas and Cassie has a slightly messier situation to deal with than she’s used to.
She’s been hired to help Stefan Lambert, an injured army helicopter pilot who’s staying at the local Belthorn Manor whilst he recovers. Stefan resents Cassie’s interference and is definitely not looking for Christmas cheer. But Cassie prides herself on sparkling surfaces – so, can she bring some festive sparkle to Stefan’s life too?
Perfect! That’s it, that is all I can say about this book, it really is perfect. I supposed I really should make an effort and actually write more to this review then just one word, but really when you have a book that is perfection, what more is there to say? I suppose I could lament about the beauty of the words and the originality and charming story and absolutely gorgeous hero and fabulous heroine, but once I start talking about this book, I may not be able to stop myself.
Oh, Stefan! My Gawd, how much do I love this man? I don’t think I can fully say how much I love this man… I need a gif!
He is THE perfect hero – in my eyes – handsome, brooding, protective, growling, glorious eyes …and other parts of his anatomy 😉 *clears throat, and thinks of something else* Anyone who knows me and who reads my reviews, will probably have an idea about Stefan and why I love him so much, I do love a tortured, fragile soul, a proud man who has been through his own hell and now a bit of a grouch as he tries to lock himself away instead of moving forward – plus he owns a uniform and he has the most seductive French accent – yep it’s true I am that shallow 😉
What I love about this and like all of Ms Laval’s stories, is that there is so much more hidden within the story then what first appears, there is more going on within this magical tale than just a gorgeous festive love story, there is a mystery or two that you become completely drawn into plus the touch of a little supernatural that weaves itself so beautifully through the background of the story. This is what Ms Laval does better than any other author, the way she so effortlessly entwines romance, mystery with the mistiness of magic is always so perfect.
Set in the Lake District, Cassie Bell is a busy little bee not only does she own the local Bluebell Cleaning business but with living with her grandfather she is practically his carer and she does worry about his lapses in memory. Bluebell Cleaning has been hired by the owner of the local Manor; Belthorn House to clean the house and look after it’s new guest and friend of the owner Charles. Stefan Lambert, French Army Helicopter pilot is there to recover from the accident that has left him injured and scarred, not just physically but he is wounded psychologically too as he suffers from nightmares about what happens to him.
Stefan wants nothing more than to be left alone to try and forget what had happened to him, hide himself away from the worlds and pitying eyes, he thinks that a desolate manor in the middle of the Lake’s would be perfect, a house that rather reflects his dire and brooding mood, only he doesn’t count on the chirpy, talkative, energetic dungaree wearing cleaner who refuses to let him wallow, she is insistent that he does exactly what he doesn’t want to and that is to start living instead of sinking into the gloom and darkness of his own mind.
I love their first meeting, her thinking him an intruder and she brandishes a feather duster at this huge, growling bear of a man who wants nothing more than to take his pain relief and be left in peace. The banter between them is brilliant, fun, witty, real, it’s laced with happiness and sadness, their different personalities just bounce off each other, Cassie and Stefan are proof that opposites do attract. I love her energy, the way she can never sit still for more than five minutes, the constant chatter even when she has nothing to say, she reminds me of myself…now I just need to find myself a brooding Frenchman who rather resembles Heathcliffe.
I do love Marie Laval’s work, she is easily one of my favourite authors as soon as I know that there is a new book of hers out there in the world, I need to read it, she is an unbelievably gifted storyteller who never disappoints, this one may be my favourite yet….but, I do say that with every one of her books 🙂
Overall, this is one of the best books I’ve read all year, it’s easily one of my favourite Christmas books, there isn’t a single thing I don’t like about this. The story is so wonderfully intriguing and enchanting, two lead character’s who will make your heart melt, plus an excellent varied support cast, it’s as the title proclaims; magical and I cannot recommend this beautiful book enough.
I will finish as I started; it’s perfect!
This was an Arc copy via the publisher, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank, you Liz. Xx
Bluebell’s Christmas Magic is avaliable now.
#Review | Christmas on the Isle of Skye (Tempest Sisters #4) by Kirsty Ferry #ChristmasOnTheIsleOfSkye @kirsty_ferry @Choclituk
Hello Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of the heart-warming; Christmas on the Isle of Skye by Kirsty Ferry, I have to say it is utterly charming, so settle in with your hot chocolate and enjoy!
How far would you go to be with the one you love at Christmas?
The Isle of Skye is a magical place, especially at Christmas, and there’s no place Zac Fallon would rather be. But whilst Zac has everything he needs on Skye, there’s still something missing – and that something is a somebody called Ivy McFarlane.
Ivy used to work with Zac but then spread her wings and moved to Glastonbury. He’s missed her ever since. Now it’s almost Christmas and Zac realises that the Ivy shaped hole in his life is too big to bear. So starts his festive mission to the mainland – but will he back in time to spend Christmas in Skye? And, more importantly, will Ivy be with him?
Oooh, I do love a festive romance and this is going straight on my favourite’s-to-be-re-read-again; list. Kirsty Ferry is fast becoming my go-to author fun, witty and feel-good romances, this has to be my favourite yet.
Don’t you just love a ‘will-they-won’t they’ romance? You are willing the couple on, at the time you want to bang their heads together and shout at them for being idiots and actually look at what’s in front of them, I love going through those emotions as we follow two people who we know are made for each other, basically foul everything up. This is no different, this is a fabulous festive romance, which will make you feel all cosy and make you want to set off and spend Christmas on the Isle of Skye – honestly, I have fallen in love with this place – and it’s hero 😉
This is the fourth book in the Tempest Sisters series, I have only read the previous; Jess’s Little Bookshop By The Sea which I had read as a stand-alone and the same can be said about this one, everything that you need to know from the previous books is in the story, so I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything by not having read the whole series, but I will be though as now I really want to read Angel’s and Rosa’s stories. Even though this is apart of the ‘Tempest Sister’s’ series, it is actually the story of the sister’s friend; Zac.
Oh, my word, how much do I love an emotionally uncomfortable bloke, think Charles out of Four Wedding and a Funeral add a Scottish accent and you will have an idea about our adorable Zac – he is way too cute for his own good.
Zac and Ivy have been secretly in love with each other for years, honestly, the moment you meet them on that first page where Ivy is leaving Skye to go to the mainland, you just know that they are supposed to be together. From that moment when Zac can’t say the words she wants to hear, the words that may stop her from leaving, you know that these two are going to make you go through it, you will want to sit them down have a very stern word with them and tell them to flaming well get on with it as well as sighing at just how cute Zac is – bless him he is so adorably uncomfortable at expressing himself, I fell in love with him right there.
Ivy used to work in Zac’s little tea room on Skye, but she needs to spread her wings and follow her dream, she wants to grow and prove she can make it in the real world with her little jewellery making business, but she deeply wants Zac, she hungers for him every day and missies him, she wished he would have gone with her but she knows that his heart will always be o Skye – which we can’t really blame him for, it really is the most beautiful place. But our lovely Zac misses her just as much and decides to actually go and visit her in Glastonbury, I know he actually steps off his little Scottish paradise to visit the mainland.
So we now have our two young lovers in the same place, but if you think; yes, Zac is going to pluck up the courage and say what he feels for her, well you’d be a wee bit wrong as his trip doesn’t exactly go to plan and they fall into the uncomfortable realm of missed opportunities with a side trip through misunderstanding valley. Really we go through the entire story with both of them admitting to themselves how much they love the other and neither actually saying it to the person who matters, will they ever say those three little words to each other? That is the question we all want to know isn’t it, even I had my doubts, but I won’t tell you what happens’ you’re going to have to read it for yourself.
I was completely charmed by this wonderfully heart-warming, festive romance, highly recommended – even if you read it just for the enchanting Isle of Skye atmosphere 😉
This was an Arc copy via the publisher, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you Liz. X
Christmas On The Isle of Skye is available now and I definitely recommend that you grab a copy.
#Review | Invitation To A Cornish Christmas by Marguerite Kaye & Bronwyn Scott #InvitationToACornishChristmas @MargueriteKaye @Bronwynscott @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
Hello Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of the beautiful Invitation To A Cornish Christmas by Marguerite Kaye and Bronwyn Scott. I have been very excited about this book, it is the perfect Christmassy read to enjoy through these colder nights. So grab your hot chocolate and enjoy!
Welcome to a Regency Christmas…
…in these two festive short stories!
Captain Treeve Penhaligon must return to Cornwall when he inherits his family’s grand estate. But could his meeting with Emily Faulkner on the wild beaches be even more life changing? Find out in Marguerite Kaye’s The Captain’s Christmas Proposal.
Then, discover what happens when Treeve invites composer Cador Kitto to complete the celebrations, and Cade clashes with local girl Rosenwyn Treleven in Unwrapping His Festive Temptation by Bronwyn Scott…
I adore this book and it is exactly what we need for Christmas, the two stories work alongside each other beautifully, the character’s all blend together to create a real community in their little town, it’s unique and I don’t know any other authors who can write together with such clear passion and solidity to create something as charming and enjoyable as this.
The Kaye and Scott Christmas stories will always have a special place in my heart, as it was through one of their past Christmas books where I was introduced to both of these fine ladies work and I haven’t looked back, I was hooked and have hugely enjoyed both their work since, so I was so happy to hear that again they were writing another Christmas book.
The Captain’s Christmas Proposal by Marguerite Kaye
Emily Faulkner is happily living her quiet isolated life, in her little cottage by the sea. She would far rather life quietly away from prying eyes, away from the scandal that she is running from, and away from those who know about her fall from grace, which is why she chose the tiny fishing village of Porth Karreck, it is the perfect place to shrink into the background and start a new life. A life away from society and away from men, she is happily settled into her little cottage, taking daily walks and swims while designing and making her jewellery her family are famed for, she is happy with her peaceful existence.
Well that is what she fully intended, but she didn’t bargain on falling in love with the newly returned prodigal son of Porth Karreck; Captain Treeve Penhaligon who has returned on leave from the Navy to sort out the estate after his brother’s death.
Treeve can think of other places he would rather be than back in his home village, his heart has always been at sea and now after so many years away he feels like an outsider and knows that because he is in the Navy and not a regular fisherman like so many in the village he is looked upon with distrust and wariness.
I adore these two even though at times I felt like banging their heads together, can’t they see that they are made for each other? But there are factors on both sides which prevents them from moving forward with their relationship, Emily has a secret that she is very unwilling to share and Treeve will be returning to the Navy after Christmas, can their love at first sight meeting really go the long haul?
At times I did wonder if they would find the courage to give their blossoming romance a go, but I understand why they were both so reluctant to tale the chance, they both must find their way through their own personal issues and only once they and loved the way that their romance was written, if loved their chemistry and how from that very first meeting on the beach they instantly clicked, it’s like at that moment something shifted for them both with the presence of this other person.
Ms Kaye’s writing is as ever; flawless, she has a real gift at spinning an emotionally wrenching and beautifully orchestrated romance, I loved every moment of Treeve’s and Emily’s story.
Unwrapping His Festive Temptation by Bronwyn Scott
Porth Karreck born; Cador Kitto is reluctantly back in town after being asked by Captain Penhaligon to produce a special Christmas Cantata for their grand celebration, Cador isn’t exactly infused to be back in his birthplace, but unfortunately for Cador his needs the money he will earn. He is in financial bother, yet he hasn’t produced anything new for a while, he has the musicians equivalent of writer’s block. So when he got asked to produce the cantata for the Captain he couldn’t exactly turn it down, it would be like smacking a gift horse in the mouth (as my gran used to say) but he wouldn’t be staying in that infernal place longer than was absolutely necessary.
Well, that is his plan, until he spots the most beautiful and enchanting woman he has ever seen, in the village church’s congregation. Rosenwyn Treleven; whom we met in the first story, is trying to distance herself from all men, trying to protect herself and her heart. She is not going to have her heart broken again by a cad. As much as the twinkly-eyed Cador is appealing she is still very reluctant to take their mutual attraction any further.
Cador soon woos Rosenwyn, not by his illustrious and shining reputation and career but by being himself, but they both know that he is leaving so obviously this relationship is going to go nowhere or is it? I love that initial spark of interest from each other, one single glance and boom they were unwittingly hooked by the other, I loved watching as these two lonely and untrusting people learn to love and to trust. They are made for each other, their personalities as different as very similar and they fit together like two-pieces of a jigsaw, their journey to happily ever after so beautiful.
Ms Scott woos the reader with her passionate and exquisitely written love story, I simply loved getting know Cador and Rosenwyn, this is a wonderfully engaging and richly detailed story.
These two fine ladies have done it again, they have created two perfectly in sync stories with a catalogue of the most beautifully written and engaging character’s that the reader instantly falls in love with. They have shown again that they are the master’s of the historical romance genre, they never fail to enchant you. Their difference in writing complements the others perfectly.
Two beautiful and heart-warming stories of second chances and finding true love at Christmas, they are simply splendid!
This was a complimentary copy via the authors, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you Marguerite and Bronwyn, apologies for how late this review is. Xx
Invitation to a Cornish Christmas is available now.
#Review | Happy Christmas Eve by Jackie Ladbury #HappyChristmasEve @ChocLituk @RubyFiction @JackieLadbury
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.
#Review | Once Upon a Christmas Past by Regan Walker, Paula Quinn, Catherine Kean & Brenda Jernigan #OnceUponAChristmasPast #ChristmasAnthology
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.
#Review A Daughters Christmas Wish (Cornish Tales #4) by Victoria Cornwall (@VickieCornwall) #WW1Romance #Christmas #ADaughtersChristmasWish #CornishTales @ChocLitUK
A Cornish Christmas wish sent across the ocean …
Christmas, Cornwall 1919
A promise to a fellow soldier leads Nicholas to Cornwall for Christmas, and to the teashop managed by Rose; the youngest daughter of a family whose festive spirit has been blighted by their wartime experiences. But as Nicholas strives to give Rose the best Christmas she could wish for, he begins to question whether his efforts are to honour his friend, or whether there is another reason…
This is a beautiful book that captures a moment in history, that really emphasises the emotional suffering that gripped the country. Set after the great war , The Daughters Christmas Wish focusses on the aftermath of that horrendous war. The main character’s Rose and Nicholas have both lost and now trying to move on with their lives, which I think Ms Cornwall has portrayed beautifully, not that I’m surprised as she is a wonderfully skilful writer who can enchant and engage the reader from the very first page.
It’s 1919, the great war is finally over and people are attempting to move on and rebuild their lives after years of heartache and suffering. Nicholas is back home, after the war he couldn’t face returning home without his best friend so he re-enlisted for another year but now he is back to fulfil a promise he made to fellow soldier and fallen friend; Sam. That was to go back to home to Cornwall and give Sam’s fiancée; Rose the best Christmas she could ever wish for. I love the way he comes to make her Christmas special and how she wanted it, he took a poem that she wrote to Sam about Christmas and made every line of that poem reality for her. Which really is the most romantic thing that you have ever read and really shows just what an incredibly kind and honourable and gentle man Nicholas is. He too has been affected by his experiences from the war, those experiences have imprinted on him a sense of needing to over come loss.
Rose doesn’t really feel like celebrating Christmas, she is deeply unhappy, her whole life has completely changed, but not for the good. Rose and her family have all been scarred by the war, her brother Arthur and her fiancée Sam have both been killed on the front which has left her in a deeply unhappy state and that of her parent’s too, who have become grief stricken to the point that they are stuck in the darkness and forget about their daughter. My heart broke for Rose, she is clearly in pain, she is struggling and a bit lost, but she has an inner strength that makes her get up and put one foot in front of the other.
I loved this book, it’s a beautiful and poignant love story that is written with absolute care and sensitivity for the era and subject. The character’s are realistic to the time, they have a heart-breaking tender and sweetness about them that will make you fall in love with them. This is an emotional book that will have you reaching for the tissues and fill your heart with love and joy for the festive season.
I am in absolute love with this book, simply stunning!
This was an ARC via the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The Daughters Christmas Wish is available from Amazon.
#Review – Love and Lies at The Village Christmas Shop by Portia MacIntosh (@PortiaMacIntosh) #Blogtour #Christmas #Romance #LoveAndLiesAtTheVillageChristmasShop @HQDigitalUK
I have the great pleasure to be the last stop on this great blog tour, and to be sharing my review of Love and Lies At The Village Christmas Shop by Portia MacIntosh.
Blast the Michael Bublé, wrap your hands around a cinnamon latte and enjoy this warm, hilarious Christmas novel!
Ivy loves Christmas. As owner of Christmas Every Day, the year-round festive store, you’d expect nothing less!
The only thing missing in Ivy’s life is a dash of romance – something her twin sister Holly will not let her forget…
When her mother passed away, Ivy vowed to take over the running of her mother’s store and keep the Christmas spirit alive in the idyllic seaside town of Marram Bay.
But all this changes when an enigmatic businessman moves to the town, threatening to bulldoze her beloved shop to make way for a holiday complex.
Can Ivy save her shop before Christmas? Could there be a different side to the newest resident of Marram Bay that would make all her Christmas wishes come true?
The brand-new laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from bestseller Portia Macintosh. Perfect for fans of Zara Stoneley and Tilly Tennant.
Well this is splendid, what a great way to get yourself into the festive spirit! I will admit that this is ashamedly the first book I have read by Portia MacIntosh, where have I been to let this wonderful author pass me by? Anyway, I will definitely be seeking out more of Ms MacIntosh’s work because this was wonderful.
For Ivy there is nothing better in this world than Christmas, she loves it’s, breathes it and lives it everyday something that she shared with her dear late mother. So it will comes at no surprise that she runs a Christmas shop; ‘Christmas Everyday’ which used to belong to her mother. Situated in the little Yorkshire town of Marram, Ivy has vowed that she will always be here and run her mother’s shop as she would have wanted it to be run.
I really like Ivy, she gave up a lot for the Christmas shop and her family, she gave up a brilliant carer as a chef, everything she has done has been for the shop and her family. She is a glorified book worm, she is more than happy sitting quietly in a corner reading. She is by far one of the most selfless women, she has given up her dreams of being whisked of her feet by a handsome stranger, her entire life solely revolves around the shop and I for one can relate to her. At times Ivy was so real to me it was like reading about myself, I have never related to a character as much as I have Ivy she spoke to me on a level I have never experienced before, I understood her. This for me is what makes this book such a winner, Ms. MacIntosh has created this real and likeable young woman who is very normal. There are no airs and graces about Ivy she is a normal, working class young woman who is in need of a boost of self confidence.
But all is not fine in the shop, Ivy is struggling to get people through the door other then at Christmas. After all not everyone is like he and her late mother, some are like her Christmas hating twin sister; Holly. Honestly you never have though that these two completely different women were even related let alone, twin sisters, they are like chalk and cheese and in many ways I think people will relate to Holly just as much as Ivy. She believes that there is more to life then Christmas trees, decorations and carol singing and she worries that her sister has given too much for their mothers Christmas shop legacy, I can see her point of view too. When Ivy finds out that he land lord is selling the shop to a mysterious stranger who wants to turn her precious mothers shop into holiday lets she now must fight for her mother’s legacy and for herself, especially once she meets the very man who could change her whole life.
Seb and Ivy are such a cute couple, even though they are in competition there is a lot of flirting, giggles and good natured bantering between them. He is a sexy, confident and kind man who knows what he wants and will do what ever he can to get it, even though that does sounds as though he is ruthless, but to me I think it’s more the fact that he is a charmer and everyone falls under his spell.
I have to say that even though Seb is mightily attractive and a decent man, I was more drawn to the rough around the edges, heavily tattooed and a but scruffy Gaz, and it has nothing to do with the fact that as soon he appeared in the book I envisioned Tom Hardy, oh, alright it has more or less everything to do with that 😉 he’s a bit gruff, but there is something very enticing about him.
Love and Lies and the Village Christmas Shop is a light-hearted, witty and seasonally perfect romance. The plot is fun, easy to read and entertaining, there is a lot of laugh-out-loud moments to be had, especially from the witty banter from all character’s. The cast of character’s are each brilliant in their own way, each one has his/her own style and quirkiness that you will instantly love. Ms. MacIntosh’s writing is a real joy to read, there is a lot of passion for the story and the character’s that really comes through in the story.
An utterly charming and feel-good festive romance that will have you reaching for the hot chocolate and fluffy socks and settling in for the night.
This was an ARC copy via the publisher for this blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
Love and Lies and The Christmas Village Shop can be purchased from Amazon.