I Won’t Be Home for Christmas by Amanda Prowse

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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?

My 5* Review

I love nothing more than snuggling down with a good read on the cold evenings and this book did not disappoint. As we are headed towards Christmas I thought I would get some festive reads in as I can’t read a Christmas book other than in the lead up to the big day.

This book captures your heart from the off with the fantastic friendship captured between Elle & Viv who have been best friends since childhood and the way in which Amanda Prowse has bought to life the characters of these ladies with feisty Elle & quieter Viv. 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 didn’t 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 about love, friendship, tradition and how sometimes you just have to give life another chance.

The Great Escape by Megan Rix

The Great Escape is a gripping and heartwarming story for 9+ readers about three pets who are separately from their beloved owners in Second World War London, fleeing to the countryside to survive.

Perfect for fans of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse and Lauren St John.

BUSTER is a lively Jack Russell
TIGER is a feisty white and ginger tom
ROSE is a faithful Collie

Robert and Lucy Edwards love their pets more than anything; but the threat of the Second World War forces them to flee to Devon – leaving their animals behind. And as the air raid sirens sound over London, the frightened animals are sent to be put down.

Buster, Tiger and Rose make a daring escape but with danger at every turn, can the trio make it across the country as it prepares for battle – and cheat death for the second time?

Daisy’s 5* Review

This book is based on the story of Buster, Tiger & Rose who are left behind when the children are evacuated.
I found it really descriptive, I could imagine the animals and their journey. It made me feel sorry for those caught up in the war and it made me think about the animals back then and what would have happened to them. I enjoyed the whole book with no favourite part and would definitely recommend it.

Bad Dad by David Walliams

The new heart-warming and hilariously brilliant story from number one bestselling author David Walliams. Beautifully illustrated by artistic genius, Tony Ross.

Dads come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

There are fat ones and thin ones, tall ones and short ones.
There are young ones and old ones, clever ones and stupid ones.
There are silly ones and serious ones, loud ones and quiet ones.
Of course, there are good dads, and bad dads . . .

A high-speed cops and robbers adventure with heart and soul about a father and son taking on the villainous Mr Big – and winning!

This riches-to-rags story will have you on the edge of your seat and howling with laughter!

5* Review

I pre ordered the latest David Walliams book – Bad Dad for my daughter so that it arrived to her very excited hands on release day. She has loved all of the David Walliams books to date and this book did not disappoint.

I lost her to the book almost as soon as it arrived and she thoroughly enjoyed his latest release.

Here is her review from earlier this week when she finished reading it:

This was a really funny book, which made me laugh throughout the book. I felt sorry for Frank as the story went on as his Dad did a bad thing and got into trouble. The story is based around Frank and how his Dad made some bad decisions, it made me laugh a lot and I kept wanting to read more to find out what happened next.

My favourite things about the book are:
* It was really funny, David Walliams always makes me laugh
* Illustrated well – I really liked the illustrations in the book
* I would definitely read it again and have already recommended it to my friends

If you are looking for a book to purchase your kids for Christmas this book would definitely be worth adding to your list as David Walliams appears to be a master in writing funny books to entertain our children.