Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Wednesday Words - christmas reads

Each month on Wednesday words I will share with you what I have been reading that month.Back in December I shared with you my 12 reads for Christmas  . The plan was that were to see me through the festive season, and into the new year.Here's what I read and my thoughts for my christmas dozen;
  1. Just for Christmas - Scarlett Bailey ~ Alex flees Edinburgh after the love of her life announces his engagement. She seeks refuge in a new job and life in a Cornish fishing village as far away from Scotland as possible. Befriended by a vagrant dog Buoy and clashing heads with her neighbour Ruan this book is so much more than a girl and unrequited love. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it covers many issues, complete with a sprinkling of snow and christmas magic its delightful.
  2. Wish upon a Star - Trisha Ashley - Cally a single mum and her little girl Stella find themselves moving back to the village of Sticklepond and in with her eccentric artistic mum Martha. Cally's reasoning is to save money for a life saving operation for her daughter in America. Cally is enveloped into the heart of the village as they take on the mission of raising money to help Stella. With an ex-partner back on the scene, Cally's weekly baking column and a sexy baker on the scene, this book is a welcome return to Sticklepond. Not as Christmassy as expected it still is a lovely read, which envelopes you back into village life. 
  3. Christmas at the Gingerbread cafe - Rebecca Raisin - a little cupcake war novella - Lily finds competition on her hands when Damon opens a bakery opposite the Gingerbread Cafe,  a fun read with a sprinkling of icing sugar and a dash of cinnamon.
  4. Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe - Jenny Colgan - A welcome return to the cupcake cafe and the life of Izzy, still in love with Austin and Pearl & Caroline still in residence at the cafe. Izzy embarks on creating the perfect Christmas. Austin's job soon leads him to New York. This should be Izzy's dream but soon her life becomes to unravel..... It was so lovely to catch-up with Izzy & co. The New York moments bought back so many fab memories, the recipes doted  through were delicious and as like the first I wish that Izzy's cafe was round the corner to where I lived. I don't think I would leave it!
  5. Calling Mrs Christmas - Carole Matthews Cassie finds herself unemployed and a little demoralised when she stumbles on an idea of becoming Mrs Christmas - creating the perfect christmas for people to busy or unable to do so themselves. With the assistance of her partner Jim and You Tube she teaches herself lots of skills to help her new venture and soon Mrs Christmas is born. Soon gorgeous millionaire Carter is calling on her services and Cassie has to make some choices. ... Carole Matthews has done it again with a corker of a read. This book isn't   just froth, it deals with some serious issues. I loved the relationship that Cassie & Jim developed with the 2 ex-inmates Kieron & Andrew. Sandwiched between the perfect Carter Christmas its a treat.... this quite possibly could be my perfect job!
  6. Christmas at Claridges - Karen Swann - Clem is the socialite party girl, house sharing with her adored brother and PR at the family business she appears to be the party girl of Portobello road. But behind the party facade, Clem is hiding  a big secret which puts her home, job and relationship with brother under threat. From the market stalls of Portobello road to the magic of Portofino Clem tries to keep her secret and help her brother, by taking on a venture to decorate a millionaires Villa. With romance, intrigue and long lost friendships rekindled I loved this book. As with all of Karen Swann's books the title and cover are a red herring to what this book is about, its so much more than just Christmas at Claridges.  My only wish was that there was a little more Christmas & Claridges in the book.
  7. Christmas at the Beach Cafe - Lucy Diamond a lovely little novella where we catchup with Evie and Ed's first christmas at the Beach cafe. Evie plans the perfect christmas with just her and Ed, suddenly Eds brother Jake is on the doorstep, along with Evie's best friend Amber. Desperately trying to finish her recipe book along with finding Ed the perfect present her plans soon go array ..... A welcome return to the Beach cafe and the life of Evie & Ed, sometimes the perfect Christmas isn't what you dreamed..
  8. Christmas at the Cresent - Veronica Henry - another little slice of Christmas in a small novella. Georgie lives at a much desired address in Pelham crescent in the heart of bath along with her baby boy Titus. Titus's father Giles decided fatherhood for him within an hour of his birth.  With a dashing neighbour in residence, Georgie's Christmas is some what different to what she planned. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and hope that Georgie appears in another of VH's novels in the future
  9. Coming home for Christmas - Jenny Hale set in the town of Virginia Allie lands a house managers job at Ashford house looking after the Marley family. Allie's job is to manage christmas and then get the house ready for sale. Robert the oldest son, battles his grandmother, brother & sister to sell the house. Each Marley family member has their own story to tell and they find a kindred spirit in Allie.... I enjoyed this book, much different to what i imagined it would be... an easy christmas family read
  10. Meet me under the Mistletoe - Abby Clements Laurie & Rachel were friends in school but now communicate via the odd email and christmas card. Laurie lives the London life, where as Rachel has the perfect chocolate box cottage family in Yorkshire. A family and life emergency suddenly see the 2 old friends swapping houses for the run up to Christmas, suddenly each others perfect lives are not so perfect as they both thought. I loved this book and I'm sorry its languished in my to read pile for so long. If you loved The Holiday, then this book will tick so many boxes for you. delightful.
  11. Christmas at Carringtons - Alexandra Brown A welcome return to Carringtons and the life of Georgie & Tom. With a camera crew in tow to film the lives of a department store at Christmas its a pantomime of a read.... its like Towie meets Mr Selfridge in a riot of a read..... loved loved loved this... laughed out loud behind the scenes of a reality tv show & department store. 
  12. I heart Christmas - Lindsey Kelk I was so looking forward to curling up with Angela  and her Christmas in New York, but this left me a little disappointed. Christmas in New York is magical and I'm afraid this book didn't capture it enough for me.  
My 12 reads of Christmas were a treat and I cannot wait to start compiling a new list for 2014. As well as sucking me into the magic of Christmas they have contributed to a wish list of things to do, see & eat over the 2014 holiday period.
A holiday to a Cornish cottage at Christmas  is being explored along with a trip to New York!...An evening at Claridges and an amble through the georgian Bath streets and Christmas market are a must! Along with copious amounts of Eggnog, Cupcakes dusted with cinnamon and a pile of festive reads, here's to a happy 2014 holiday!



1 comment:

Archies Mum said...

I love your reading posts Teresa. You must be such a fast reader wish I could read as fast as you. Since reading your post I have so far bought Meet me under the mistletoe and Christmas at the Crescent. Thanks and I'm looking forward to reading them and to see more of your lists please :) x

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Wednesday Words - christmas reads

Each month on Wednesday words I will share with you what I have been reading that month.Back in December I shared with you my 12 reads for Christmas  . The plan was that were to see me through the festive season, and into the new year.Here's what I read and my thoughts for my christmas dozen;
  1. Just for Christmas - Scarlett Bailey ~ Alex flees Edinburgh after the love of her life announces his engagement. She seeks refuge in a new job and life in a Cornish fishing village as far away from Scotland as possible. Befriended by a vagrant dog Buoy and clashing heads with her neighbour Ruan this book is so much more than a girl and unrequited love. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it covers many issues, complete with a sprinkling of snow and christmas magic its delightful.
  2. Wish upon a Star - Trisha Ashley - Cally a single mum and her little girl Stella find themselves moving back to the village of Sticklepond and in with her eccentric artistic mum Martha. Cally's reasoning is to save money for a life saving operation for her daughter in America. Cally is enveloped into the heart of the village as they take on the mission of raising money to help Stella. With an ex-partner back on the scene, Cally's weekly baking column and a sexy baker on the scene, this book is a welcome return to Sticklepond. Not as Christmassy as expected it still is a lovely read, which envelopes you back into village life. 
  3. Christmas at the Gingerbread cafe - Rebecca Raisin - a little cupcake war novella - Lily finds competition on her hands when Damon opens a bakery opposite the Gingerbread Cafe,  a fun read with a sprinkling of icing sugar and a dash of cinnamon.
  4. Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe - Jenny Colgan - A welcome return to the cupcake cafe and the life of Izzy, still in love with Austin and Pearl & Caroline still in residence at the cafe. Izzy embarks on creating the perfect Christmas. Austin's job soon leads him to New York. This should be Izzy's dream but soon her life becomes to unravel..... It was so lovely to catch-up with Izzy & co. The New York moments bought back so many fab memories, the recipes doted  through were delicious and as like the first I wish that Izzy's cafe was round the corner to where I lived. I don't think I would leave it!
  5. Calling Mrs Christmas - Carole Matthews Cassie finds herself unemployed and a little demoralised when she stumbles on an idea of becoming Mrs Christmas - creating the perfect christmas for people to busy or unable to do so themselves. With the assistance of her partner Jim and You Tube she teaches herself lots of skills to help her new venture and soon Mrs Christmas is born. Soon gorgeous millionaire Carter is calling on her services and Cassie has to make some choices. ... Carole Matthews has done it again with a corker of a read. This book isn't   just froth, it deals with some serious issues. I loved the relationship that Cassie & Jim developed with the 2 ex-inmates Kieron & Andrew. Sandwiched between the perfect Carter Christmas its a treat.... this quite possibly could be my perfect job!
  6. Christmas at Claridges - Karen Swann - Clem is the socialite party girl, house sharing with her adored brother and PR at the family business she appears to be the party girl of Portobello road. But behind the party facade, Clem is hiding  a big secret which puts her home, job and relationship with brother under threat. From the market stalls of Portobello road to the magic of Portofino Clem tries to keep her secret and help her brother, by taking on a venture to decorate a millionaires Villa. With romance, intrigue and long lost friendships rekindled I loved this book. As with all of Karen Swann's books the title and cover are a red herring to what this book is about, its so much more than just Christmas at Claridges.  My only wish was that there was a little more Christmas & Claridges in the book.
  7. Christmas at the Beach Cafe - Lucy Diamond a lovely little novella where we catchup with Evie and Ed's first christmas at the Beach cafe. Evie plans the perfect christmas with just her and Ed, suddenly Eds brother Jake is on the doorstep, along with Evie's best friend Amber. Desperately trying to finish her recipe book along with finding Ed the perfect present her plans soon go array ..... A welcome return to the Beach cafe and the life of Evie & Ed, sometimes the perfect Christmas isn't what you dreamed..
  8. Christmas at the Cresent - Veronica Henry - another little slice of Christmas in a small novella. Georgie lives at a much desired address in Pelham crescent in the heart of bath along with her baby boy Titus. Titus's father Giles decided fatherhood for him within an hour of his birth.  With a dashing neighbour in residence, Georgie's Christmas is some what different to what she planned. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and hope that Georgie appears in another of VH's novels in the future
  9. Coming home for Christmas - Jenny Hale set in the town of Virginia Allie lands a house managers job at Ashford house looking after the Marley family. Allie's job is to manage christmas and then get the house ready for sale. Robert the oldest son, battles his grandmother, brother & sister to sell the house. Each Marley family member has their own story to tell and they find a kindred spirit in Allie.... I enjoyed this book, much different to what i imagined it would be... an easy christmas family read
  10. Meet me under the Mistletoe - Abby Clements Laurie & Rachel were friends in school but now communicate via the odd email and christmas card. Laurie lives the London life, where as Rachel has the perfect chocolate box cottage family in Yorkshire. A family and life emergency suddenly see the 2 old friends swapping houses for the run up to Christmas, suddenly each others perfect lives are not so perfect as they both thought. I loved this book and I'm sorry its languished in my to read pile for so long. If you loved The Holiday, then this book will tick so many boxes for you. delightful.
  11. Christmas at Carringtons - Alexandra Brown A welcome return to Carringtons and the life of Georgie & Tom. With a camera crew in tow to film the lives of a department store at Christmas its a pantomime of a read.... its like Towie meets Mr Selfridge in a riot of a read..... loved loved loved this... laughed out loud behind the scenes of a reality tv show & department store. 
  12. I heart Christmas - Lindsey Kelk I was so looking forward to curling up with Angela  and her Christmas in New York, but this left me a little disappointed. Christmas in New York is magical and I'm afraid this book didn't capture it enough for me.  
My 12 reads of Christmas were a treat and I cannot wait to start compiling a new list for 2014. As well as sucking me into the magic of Christmas they have contributed to a wish list of things to do, see & eat over the 2014 holiday period.
A holiday to a Cornish cottage at Christmas  is being explored along with a trip to New York!...An evening at Claridges and an amble through the georgian Bath streets and Christmas market are a must! Along with copious amounts of Eggnog, Cupcakes dusted with cinnamon and a pile of festive reads, here's to a happy 2014 holiday!



1 comment:

Archies Mum said...

I love your reading posts Teresa. You must be such a fast reader wish I could read as fast as you. Since reading your post I have so far bought Meet me under the mistletoe and Christmas at the Crescent. Thanks and I'm looking forward to reading them and to see more of your lists please :) x