Posted in Adult Fiction

You Me and Mr Blue Sky by Craig Lancaster & Elisa Lorello

I have previously read Craig Lancaster and jumped at the chance to review this ahead of release date at the end of January.

I loved this book following the journey of Linus, Jo Jo and their guardian angel Mr Bluesky.

Each chapter is the individual journey they are embarking on and the different paths they choose to take and how their paths become more interwoven as the book progresses.

A lovely feel good read that makes you reflect and think about decisions you make and the affect they have both on you and those around you. I look forward to reading more books written by this brilliant duo.

Book Blurb

Is love a choice, or is it fate?

Jo-Jo Middlebury is done with love. Linus Travers wants one more shot at it. Mr. Blue Sky, their 1970s-loving guardian angel, offers perspective on both when he’s not busy diving into reruns of “Happy Days” and “Barney Miller.”

Linus can save Jo-Jo’s business, but Jo-Jo makes it clear that she needs no one to rescue her, least of all him. Add to that an ex-fiancé with a change of heart, a single mom who wants a good time, and a married couple who’ve blurred the boundaries of their respective friendships with Linus and Jo-Jo.

All the while, Mr. Blue Sky observes, explains, and ever-so-gently interacts.

Available to preorder on Amazon

Posted in Seasonal

My AMAZING Book Themed Christmas 😍

So so happy with my beautiful book themed Christmas gifts from my wonderful family and totally overwhelmed that the wonderful Amanda Prowse spoke with my husband to arrange signed copies of Christmas for One and The Girl in the Corner. They look amazing on my Amanda Prowse bookshelf. I couldn’t have asked for more thoughtful Christmas gifts 😍

If you haven’t read The Girl in the Corner yet check out my review it’s a superb read!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you a very Happy and Healthy 2019!

Love n Hugs Kel & Daisy xx

The Girl in the Corner available to purchase on Amazon

Posted in 5*, Childhood Classic, Seasonal, Younger Readers Age 9-12

Day 24 Christmas Eve! Today Daisy is reviewing The Polar Express by Chris Val Allsburg

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Christmas eve has always been one of my favourite days of the year as it has an air of magic about it and has always been a day to spend with my family and friends.

Today I will be watching Christmas films and baking with Daisy so we thought we would make our final review of a firm Christmas family favourite The Polar Express.

Yesterday I read The Polar Express I have loved reading this book since I was little. This is a fun read that is full of magic with a boy who goes on the train to visit Santa in the North Pole and receives the first Christmas present of the year. The boy then loses the present that he has been given but when he gets up the next morning it is waiting under the tree for him with a letter.

I love this book, it has really good illustrations and is written and drawn by the author. I recommend this book for all ages as is still just as much fun to read now I am older as when I used to read it with Mum or Dad when I was little.

Book Blurb

Late on Christmas Eve a boy boards a mysterious train that waits for him: the Polar Express, bound for the North Pole. When he arrives there, Santa offers him any gift he desires. The boy modestly asks for one bell from the reindeer’s harness. It turns out to be a very special gift, for only believers in Santa can hear it ring.

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Available to purchase on Amazon

Finally we would like to thank everyone who has been reading and sharing our Festive Reads thread and wish them a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2019, watch out for more reviews in the new year! Love Kel & Daisy x

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Seasonal

Day 23 – It’s a Wonderful Night by Jaimie Admans

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I have seen this been recommended on twitter so I got myself a copy and snuggled down to have a read! This is my first book by Jaimie Admans and now I wonder what wonderful books I have been missing out on as this book was superb!

This is a fantastic story that makes you laugh, cry and reflect on how important those around you are and if you really do know how they are. A brilliant story that is really current covering mental health, whilst reiterating the importance of family and friends and having people you trust and can talk too.

I was instantly swept along in this magical story and just kept reading as I was so lost in the story of Georgia and Leo I had no idea what was going on around me. This is easily in my top 5 festive reads that I have already read for this year and would highly recommend it as it is a story full of festive cheer and the sense of belonging.

 

Book Blurb

One night will change their lives forever…

Georgia Bailey is closing up her little charity shop in Oakbarrow when she gets a mysterious late night call from a stranger, threatening to jump off the town’s bridge.

Something about the man’s voice is faintly familiar but all she can do is stay on the line and after talking for hours, losing sense of time passing, coax him back from the edge.

The next morning, Georgia walks to work, buys a festive latte from Leo (who she’s had a crush on for months!) at the local coffee shop, and is shocked when she suddenly recognizes the voice from last night…

A heartwarming festive love story that reminds us that even in the darkest of times, hope is always just around the corner!

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Available to purchase on Amazon

 

About the Author

JAIMIE ADMANS 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.

Jaimie loves to hear from readers, you can visit her website at http://www.jaimieadmans.com or connect on Twitter @be_the_spark.

Posted in Adult Fiction, Seasonal

Festive Reads Day 22 – The Christmas Lights by Karen Swan

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The Christmas Lights is the story of Bo and Zac, they are living the dream life touring around the world creating an endless portfolio of instagram pictures for their followers. It isn’t until they reach the snowy fjords of Norway in the middle of nowhere does Bo begin to question how happy she really is.

This is a lovely story focused around the lovely Bo staying in the remote and basic farm and also crosses back to the 1930’s when Signy spent her first summer on the very same farm.

As the story unfolds Bo starts a new journey of self discovery and starts to reflect on what she really wants from life, whilst Signy is revisiting her memories from all those years ago and starts to relay snapshots to Bo.

I really enjoyed this idyllic location and loved the descriptions and research that had gone into creating the perfect remote location in the Norwegian mountains.

Book Blurb

Indulge in the perfect winter’s day treat and escape to the snow-fringed fjords of Norway with The Christmas Lights, a delicious tale full of drama and mystery, heartache and hope by Sunday Times bestseller Karen Swan.

December 2018, and free-spirited influencers Bo Loxley and her partner Zac are living a life of wanderlust, travelling the globe and sharing their adventures with their millions of fans. Booked to spend Christmas in the Norwegian fjords, they set up home in a remote farm owned by enigmatic mountain guide Anders and his fierce grandmother Signy. Surrounded by snowy peaks and frozen falls, everything should be perfect. But the camera can lie and with every new post, the ‘perfect’ life Zac and Bo are portraying is diverging from the truth. Something Bo can’t explain is wrong at the very heart of their lives and Anders is the only person who’ll listen.

June 1936, and fourteen-year old Signy is sent with her sister and village friends to the summer pastures to work as milkmaids, protecting the herd that will sustain the farm through the long, winter months. But miles from home and away from the safety of their families, threat begins to lurk in friendly faces . . .

The mountains keep secrets – Signy knows this better than anyone – and as Bo’s life begins to spiral she is forced, like the old woman before her, to question who is friend and who is foe.

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Available to purchase on Amazon

 

About the Author

Karen Swan was previously a fashion editor and lives in East Sussex with her husband and three children.

Visit Karen’s website at http://www.karenswan.com, or you can find her author page on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @KarenSwan1 and Instagram @swannywrites.

Posted in 5*, Seasonal, Younger Readers Age 9-12

Children’s Festive Read – The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher

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The review for Christmasaurus is bought to you today by Daisy, she read this book last year and loved it so much she has gifted this festive book to her cousins for Christmas this year.

I loved this book it was really fun to read but sad in places about a lonely dinosaur and a lonely disabled boy who met on Christmas eve. I didn’t like the bully Brenda in this story and she made me sad for William as she was so mean and I hate bullies.

I found this book magical and memorable it was a fun adventure with lots of silliness and fun words that made me feel really Christmassy.

I was lucky enough to have the musical edition and love the soundtrack that goes with the book, it is a book that will cheer you up as it is full of fun and music and Christmas with brilliant illustrations of William and the dinosaur that I loved. My friend is reading the book at the moment and she loves the illustrations and we have been talking about it at school.

I am really excited to hear that Tom Fletcher is writing another book and I will definitely read it next year when it comes out.

Book Blurb

The Christmasaurus is a story about a boy named William Trundle, and a dinosaur, the Christmasaurus. It’s about how they meet one Christmas Eve and have a magical adventure. It’s about friendship and families, sleigh bells and Santa, singing elves and flying reindeer, music and magic. It’s about discovering your heart’s true desire, and learning that the impossible might just be possible . . .

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Available to purchase from Amazon

 

About the Author

Tom Fletcher is one of the UK’s bestselling authors for children. He is the creator of The Christmasaurus, which was the biggest debut middle-grade novel of 2016, as well as being one half of the duo behind the Dinosaur That Pooped picture book series, which has sold over a million copies. Tom is also a musician, Guinness World Record holder and vlogger. His YouTube channel has had almost 100 million video views and 630 thousand subscribers. Tom’s books have been translated into thirty-one languages and his most recent is called There’s A Dragon in Your Book.

 

 

Posted in Adult Fiction, Seasonal

Day 21 – Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights by Carole Matthews

 

I always enjoy reading a Carole Matthews book and snuggled down to enjoy this festive read. It was lovely to get to visit Fay & Danny again and be surrounded in talk of cake.

This is a lovely read that focuses on the importance of family and friends and how important it is to never give up. Throughout this story you feel like part of a family that is working hard to protect eachother and you keep hoping that they will find a way to achieve their goals.

I really enjoyed this lovely festive read, it left me feeling warm and fuzzy and ready for Christmas.

 

Book Blurb

Indulge in this wonderful, cake-filled novel of romance and friendship. Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights is Sunday Times bestselling Carole Matthews doing what she does best!

Fay and Danny are madly in love and it’s all Fay’s ever dreamed of. But she left everything – including the delightful cake shop she used to run – to be with Danny on his cosy canal boat The Dreamcatcher. And as she soon finds out, making delicious cakes on the water isn’t always smooth sailing!

Then Fay gets a call from her friends, a call that sends her back to her friends and the Cake Shop in the Garden. It will be hard being away from Danny but their relationship is strong enough to survive . . . isn’t it?

Fay soon falls happily back in love with her passion for baking – especially now she’s on dry land again! – and starts to wonder if she ever should have left. With Christmas around the corner, Fay is determined that her friends will have a very merry time, but does that mean even more time away from Danny? Can Fay really get everything she ever wanted in Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights

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Available to purchase on Amazon

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Seasonal

Day 20 – Love at the Northern Lights by Darcie Boleyn

What a beautiful story! I picked up this book as loved the sound of a Christmas theme and I love the northern lights and this book did not disappoint.

It was a beautiful story of the lovely Frankie, who the morning of her wedding decides she needs to take ownership of her life and do what she wants to do. A story about relationships, finding happiness and having the confidence to follow your heart.

I was enthralled once I picked it up and did not put it back down until I had finished the story of how Frankie embarks on a quest to find happiness and write her own destiny.

This wonderful story is firmly in my Top 5 festive reads that I have read in the lead up to Christmas this year!

Book Blurb

‘Climbing out the window in her dress and tiara wasn’t exactly how Frankie imagined her wedding day…’

Runaway bride Frankie Ashford hops a plane to Norway with one goal in mind – find her estranged mother and make peace with the past. But when a slip on the ice in Oslo lands her directly in Jonas Thorsen’s viking-strong arms, her single-minded focus drifts away in the winter winds.

When it comes to romance Jonas knows that anything he and Frankie share has an expiration date – the British heiress has a life to return to in London that’s a world away from his own. But family is everything to Jonas and, as the one man who can help Frankie find the answers she’s seeking, he’ll do whatever it takes to help her reunite with her mother.

Now, as Christmas draws closer and the northern lights work their magic Frankie and Jonas will have to make a choice…play it safe or risk heartbreak to take a chance on love.

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Available to purchase on Amazon

About the Author

Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Seasonal

Day 18 – Christmas at the Beach Hut by Veronica Henry

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OMG I picked up this book and lost myself entirely into the world of Lizzy and did not want to stop reading. This is a story that will ring true with so many Mum’s who are trying to juggle everything, especially at this time of year when there are even more balls to keep in the air than normal.

I loved the descriptions in this book and instantly loved how cosy Pepperpot Cottage comes across and how this was then compared to the Beach Hut. I have always lived by the beach and can relate to the sea air clearing your head and emptying your thoughts. I loved curling up with this book and could feel myself feeling more festive as I kept reading.

A brilliant book that I highly recommend, it is full of festive cheer and is a heart warming feel good read that will leave you feeling all fuzzy and you may even shed a tear or two.

Book Blurb

Everyone adores Christmas . . .

Especially Lizzy Kingham. But this year, she is feeling unloved and under-appreciated by her family. The present-buying, decorating and food shopping have all been left to her. So she wonders … what would happen if she ran away and left them to it?

Lizzy heads to her favourite place: a beach hut on the golden sands of Everdene. There she meets an unlikely collection of new friends, all running away from something. But the spirit of Christmas gets under Lizzy’s skin: soon the fairy lights are twinkling and the scent of mulled wine mingles with the sea air.

Back at Pepperpot Cottage, her family are desperate to find her. For Christmas isn’t Christmas without Lizzy. Can they track her down in time and convince her she means the world to them, every day of the year?

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Available to purchase on Amazon

 

About the Author

Veronica Henry has worked as a scriptwriter for THE ARCHERS, HEARTBEAT and HOLBY CITY amongst many others, before turning to fiction. She won the 2014 RNA NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD for A NIGHT ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. Veronica lives with her family in a village in north Devon.

Find out more at http://www.veronicahenry.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @veronica_henry

 

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Seasonal

Day 17 – I Won’t Be Home for Christmas by Amanda Prowse

I read this last Christmas and enjoyed it so much I wanted to include with my festive reads. This book captures your heart from the off, with the fantastic friendship between Elle & Viv who have been best friends since childhood. The characters of these ladies are instantly bought to life with feisty Elle & quieter Viv in a way that Amanda Prowse always achieves, the way in which the friendship is delivered makes you feel warm and fuzzy and fills you with laughter as they set off on their adventure to New Zealand.

Once I had snuggled down I was transported to their world and barely put the book down until I had finished as I was desperate to know the destiny of all these fantastic characters. I picked this up expecting it to be a Christmas book, however although it is based in the lead up to the festive holidays it is a story predominantly about love, friendship, tradition and how sometimes you just have to give life another chance.

Book Blurb

While her free-spirited daughter travels the world, Vivienne prepares for a lonely Christmas in Bristol, with her best friend Ellen and her ancient dog Bob.

Then a letter arrives that changes everything. Vivienne’s daughter is getting married in New Zealand, and she wants her mum and Ellen by her side.

But out on the rugged coast of Tutukaka, the sea sparkles, romance beckons – and Vivienne falls under the spell of another life. Will she leave everything she holds dear for a chance at happiness? Or will her daughter be the only one to fall in love this Christmas?

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Available to purchase on Amazon