Sunday, 18 January 2015

14 festive reads from 2014...

Over recent years festive reads have become part of my Christmas musts and a glorious way to spend some 'down'time during the busy holiday season.
I love a Christmas book... and look forward every year to compiling my seasonal wish list... this years selection is as varied as a tin of quality street and as delicious to unwrap.
Here's my thoughts on the 14 read for 2014;
  1. Christmas in the Snow - Karen Swan Allegra and Isobel are sisters, however they couldn't be more different. Allegra works in the cut-throat world of finance and is pitching the biggest deal of her life. Isobel is a yummy mummy to a toddler and happy to be a stay at home mum. Although their lives are different they have a mutual bond in caring for their mum who is in the grips of alzheimers. Mysteries and secrets unfold as a 60 year old hut is discovered in the swiss alps which link the girls to the body found. This leads to a impromptu visit to this ski village, where further secrets unfold. Aside from this Allegra is fighting for her pitch and career as a gorgeous one-night stand becomes a business rival and her safe and controlled world starts to un-ravel. I devoured this book when stuck on a delayed train and loved it. It takes you from the corporate financial world of London to the apres ski resorts of the swiss alps, throw in a gorgeous man and a little mystery along with some sisterly bonding and family secrets and you really do have a glorious read *****
  2. The Perfect Christmas - Kate Forster ~ Hollywood movie star Maggie embarks on an impromptu trip to London over the festive season with her friend and manager Zoe. Maggie plans to have the 'perfect' Christmas in London. Holly who works at the hotel that they stay at sets on arranging the perfect treats & sights for them during the holiday season, .. Maggie & Zoe embark on their own matchmaking trip during their stay at the hotel, which all culminates in Christmas eve carols at St Paul's Cathedral.... a lovely little read, showcasing London and some festive favourites in a gorgeous little read. ****
  3. Forever his Darling ~ Sarah Randall ~ Anastacia is at the top of her modelling career when she finds herself snowbound in the heart of Yorkshire at a Melville House - home and stud farm to Matt Darling. With an abandoned shoot and Christmas approaching Matt & Ana get to know each other with a lot of meddling from his sister and housekeeper. This seasonal read is filled with much fun, misunderstanding and some great characters.... a romp of a read, with a gorgeous brooding leading man.... loved it ****
  4. Christmas with Billy and me ~ Giovanna Fletcher ~ in this lovely little novella we re-join Sophie and her movie star boyfriend in Rosefont Hill at the little tea shop. Sophie is anonymously emailed to ask if the Little Tea shop can be used for a Christmas eve proposal, agreeing Sophie along with help from her family create the perfect proposal venue, culminating in a lovely surprise. It was lovely catching up with Sophie & Billy and their lives, especially set in such lovely festive surroundings. This little novella was like a big mug of hot chocolate, warming, delicious and like a very big hug. ****
  5. Little Shop of Hopes & Dreams ~ Fiona Harper ~ Alex is the New Years eve kiss that Nicole can't forget and now she finds herself planning his wedding to someone else with her wedding proposal business, the Little Shop of Hopes & Dreams. Alex & Nicole's paths keep crossing, culminating in another New Years eve. This was a lovely read and you completely start to root for Nicole from the start as she embarks on her business adventure, overcoming the school bullies and dealing with the 'one that got away'. ****
  6. The Little Christmas Kitchen ~ Jenny Oliver ~ When Ella & Maddy's parents divorced, Maddy lived with her mum in Greece and Ella stayed in London with her dad. Now adults, the girls find themselves trading places at Christmas due to Ella's errant husband's affair and Maddy desperately wishing to leave the Greek island that is home. Both girls embark on adventures that will not just change their Christmas but their lives... with a sprinkling of gorgeous greek christmas bakes and a great supporting cast of characters, this book whisks you from London to Greece in a great little read.***
  7. One Hundred Christmas Proposals ~ Holly Martin ~ in this Novella we join Harry & Suzie from One Hundred Proposals in the busy Christmas period. They have committed to arranging 100 proposals in December, culminating in a special New Years eve finale. Engaged themselves, Suzie starts to doubt if Harry still wants to marry her, especially when he starts to behave a little secretly. This was a lovely return to one of my favourite books from 2014 and a gorgeous festive read. delightful. ****
  8. Maybe this Christmas ~ Sarah Morgan ~ this is the 3rd book in Sarah Morgans snow trilogy, and the story of Brenna & Tyler. Brenna has lusted after Tyler since she was a schoolgirl, however Tyler has only ever seen her as his skiing partner and best friend... this Christmas things get shook up and suddenly Brenna & Tyler are more than friends. This book was a lovely return to Vermont and the family ski resort, catching up with old friends. This really is the ideal book of what the perfect christmas would be in a ski lodge, from the breathtaking snow capped mountains to the hot men!.. this book is like a winter snow globe, sprinkling magic and fairy dust on all. ****
  9. Sealed with a Christmas Kiss ~ Rachel Lucas ~ returning to the Scottish island of Auchenmor and the lives of Kate and the laird Roddy. Having decided to open up the ancestral home Duntarvie House for weddings, they find themselves agreeing to host a wedding over Christmas for an acquaintance of Kate's who is launching a wedding planning site. When things don't go according to plan with the wedding couple, Plan B kicks in involving Kate & Roddy and a Christmas eve wedding.... loved returning to Auchenmor and Rachel Lucas has written a gorgeous Christmas novella wrapping up Kate & Roddy's story in sumptuous festive style... ****
  10. The Great Christmas Knit off ~ Alexandra Brown ~ Heartbroken at being jilted at the altar, Sybil finds solace in her knitting, now her flat is filled with the overflow of her obsession. Realising that she may have caused a huge mistake at work, she flees to her best friend and the village of Tindledale. Here she finds Hattie's House of Haberdashery which is 'run' by Hattie who is now in her 80's and being bullied by her nephew to move into a nursing home. Sybil embarks on helping Hattie reestablish the house of haberdashery by knitting Christmas Jumpers... this was a delightful read, filled with fun and as warming as any Christmas jumper. It will make you want to move to the village of Tindledale and pull out your knitting needles, delightful. ****
  11. The Christmas Party ~ Carole Matthews ~ Single mum Louise is new to the corporate world and this is her 1st Christmas party at Fossil Oil Corporation... in amongst the fun, & frivolity of the festive party things aren't as perfect as they first appear and during the evening secrets begin to unravel and loves lost and new attractions start to rekindle and blossom. Spanning 3 days, Carole Matthews yet again sucks you into a story that you don't want to end. A fabulous read with some great characters that become like friends as you get to know them. Bravo CM.. rapidly becoming a Christmas tradition. *****
  12. I'll Take New York ~ Miranda Dickinson ~ I adored this book and desperately want the bookshop in Brooklyn owned by Bea. I think it helped that I was visiting New York when I read this book, which made it even more delightful. This book follows Fairytale in New York, but can easily be read as a stand alone. Beas boyfriend lets her down in spectacular style so she swears herself off men, Jake Steinmann moves back to NY from San Francisco after his wife asks for a divorce, a chance meeting as the 2 only singletons at a party see the pair make a pact to no relationships.... as friends they begin to explore the city and realise that the city may have other plans for them. Miranda Richardson has written a book, where New York becomes the 3rd character in the story and I loved exploring some of the paces that feature in this book... a must for any NY fan, culminating in a real "When Harry met Sally" moment on New Years eve.... magical *****
  13. Mistletoe Mansion - Samantha Tonge ~ masquerading as a housesitter- newly single & homeless Kimmy moves into Mitletoe mansion over the holiday season. Here she meets WAG Melissa who soon helps her launch her cupcake business by ordering lots of her Merry Berry cupcakes .. with a distracting handyman and a equally disturbing ghost Kimmy begins to live the life she always imagined. A fun read which eased my commute and had me chuckling on the tube. ***
  14. The Christmas Bucket List - Ella Fairlie ~ a cute little novella which follows Isobel as she works through her Christmas bucket list in London. Isobel's christmas in her native south africa is a continent away from her perfect christmas imagined. When her boyfriend/boss goes awol 5 days before Christmas, Isobel finds herself working through her list with work colleague Jamie. a delightful read filled with everything we imagine a perfect christmas to be... perfect for curling up in a cozy armchair with a hot chocolate.***
I throughly enjoyed working my way through these 14 reads at Christmas ~ thankyou ladies for such fabulous reads and for keeping me entertained during my commutes & travels over the festive season.
As delicious as a warm mince pie and a cream filled hot chocolate.....
As you can see there is one book I haven't reviewed... pop over here for my thoughts on Alli Mcnamara's From Nottinghill with four weddings actually....

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Sunday, 18 January 2015

14 festive reads from 2014...

Over recent years festive reads have become part of my Christmas musts and a glorious way to spend some 'down'time during the busy holiday season.
I love a Christmas book... and look forward every year to compiling my seasonal wish list... this years selection is as varied as a tin of quality street and as delicious to unwrap.
Here's my thoughts on the 14 read for 2014;
  1. Christmas in the Snow - Karen Swan Allegra and Isobel are sisters, however they couldn't be more different. Allegra works in the cut-throat world of finance and is pitching the biggest deal of her life. Isobel is a yummy mummy to a toddler and happy to be a stay at home mum. Although their lives are different they have a mutual bond in caring for their mum who is in the grips of alzheimers. Mysteries and secrets unfold as a 60 year old hut is discovered in the swiss alps which link the girls to the body found. This leads to a impromptu visit to this ski village, where further secrets unfold. Aside from this Allegra is fighting for her pitch and career as a gorgeous one-night stand becomes a business rival and her safe and controlled world starts to un-ravel. I devoured this book when stuck on a delayed train and loved it. It takes you from the corporate financial world of London to the apres ski resorts of the swiss alps, throw in a gorgeous man and a little mystery along with some sisterly bonding and family secrets and you really do have a glorious read *****
  2. The Perfect Christmas - Kate Forster ~ Hollywood movie star Maggie embarks on an impromptu trip to London over the festive season with her friend and manager Zoe. Maggie plans to have the 'perfect' Christmas in London. Holly who works at the hotel that they stay at sets on arranging the perfect treats & sights for them during the holiday season, .. Maggie & Zoe embark on their own matchmaking trip during their stay at the hotel, which all culminates in Christmas eve carols at St Paul's Cathedral.... a lovely little read, showcasing London and some festive favourites in a gorgeous little read. ****
  3. Forever his Darling ~ Sarah Randall ~ Anastacia is at the top of her modelling career when she finds herself snowbound in the heart of Yorkshire at a Melville House - home and stud farm to Matt Darling. With an abandoned shoot and Christmas approaching Matt & Ana get to know each other with a lot of meddling from his sister and housekeeper. This seasonal read is filled with much fun, misunderstanding and some great characters.... a romp of a read, with a gorgeous brooding leading man.... loved it ****
  4. Christmas with Billy and me ~ Giovanna Fletcher ~ in this lovely little novella we re-join Sophie and her movie star boyfriend in Rosefont Hill at the little tea shop. Sophie is anonymously emailed to ask if the Little Tea shop can be used for a Christmas eve proposal, agreeing Sophie along with help from her family create the perfect proposal venue, culminating in a lovely surprise. It was lovely catching up with Sophie & Billy and their lives, especially set in such lovely festive surroundings. This little novella was like a big mug of hot chocolate, warming, delicious and like a very big hug. ****
  5. Little Shop of Hopes & Dreams ~ Fiona Harper ~ Alex is the New Years eve kiss that Nicole can't forget and now she finds herself planning his wedding to someone else with her wedding proposal business, the Little Shop of Hopes & Dreams. Alex & Nicole's paths keep crossing, culminating in another New Years eve. This was a lovely read and you completely start to root for Nicole from the start as she embarks on her business adventure, overcoming the school bullies and dealing with the 'one that got away'. ****
  6. The Little Christmas Kitchen ~ Jenny Oliver ~ When Ella & Maddy's parents divorced, Maddy lived with her mum in Greece and Ella stayed in London with her dad. Now adults, the girls find themselves trading places at Christmas due to Ella's errant husband's affair and Maddy desperately wishing to leave the Greek island that is home. Both girls embark on adventures that will not just change their Christmas but their lives... with a sprinkling of gorgeous greek christmas bakes and a great supporting cast of characters, this book whisks you from London to Greece in a great little read.***
  7. One Hundred Christmas Proposals ~ Holly Martin ~ in this Novella we join Harry & Suzie from One Hundred Proposals in the busy Christmas period. They have committed to arranging 100 proposals in December, culminating in a special New Years eve finale. Engaged themselves, Suzie starts to doubt if Harry still wants to marry her, especially when he starts to behave a little secretly. This was a lovely return to one of my favourite books from 2014 and a gorgeous festive read. delightful. ****
  8. Maybe this Christmas ~ Sarah Morgan ~ this is the 3rd book in Sarah Morgans snow trilogy, and the story of Brenna & Tyler. Brenna has lusted after Tyler since she was a schoolgirl, however Tyler has only ever seen her as his skiing partner and best friend... this Christmas things get shook up and suddenly Brenna & Tyler are more than friends. This book was a lovely return to Vermont and the family ski resort, catching up with old friends. This really is the ideal book of what the perfect christmas would be in a ski lodge, from the breathtaking snow capped mountains to the hot men!.. this book is like a winter snow globe, sprinkling magic and fairy dust on all. ****
  9. Sealed with a Christmas Kiss ~ Rachel Lucas ~ returning to the Scottish island of Auchenmor and the lives of Kate and the laird Roddy. Having decided to open up the ancestral home Duntarvie House for weddings, they find themselves agreeing to host a wedding over Christmas for an acquaintance of Kate's who is launching a wedding planning site. When things don't go according to plan with the wedding couple, Plan B kicks in involving Kate & Roddy and a Christmas eve wedding.... loved returning to Auchenmor and Rachel Lucas has written a gorgeous Christmas novella wrapping up Kate & Roddy's story in sumptuous festive style... ****
  10. The Great Christmas Knit off ~ Alexandra Brown ~ Heartbroken at being jilted at the altar, Sybil finds solace in her knitting, now her flat is filled with the overflow of her obsession. Realising that she may have caused a huge mistake at work, she flees to her best friend and the village of Tindledale. Here she finds Hattie's House of Haberdashery which is 'run' by Hattie who is now in her 80's and being bullied by her nephew to move into a nursing home. Sybil embarks on helping Hattie reestablish the house of haberdashery by knitting Christmas Jumpers... this was a delightful read, filled with fun and as warming as any Christmas jumper. It will make you want to move to the village of Tindledale and pull out your knitting needles, delightful. ****
  11. The Christmas Party ~ Carole Matthews ~ Single mum Louise is new to the corporate world and this is her 1st Christmas party at Fossil Oil Corporation... in amongst the fun, & frivolity of the festive party things aren't as perfect as they first appear and during the evening secrets begin to unravel and loves lost and new attractions start to rekindle and blossom. Spanning 3 days, Carole Matthews yet again sucks you into a story that you don't want to end. A fabulous read with some great characters that become like friends as you get to know them. Bravo CM.. rapidly becoming a Christmas tradition. *****
  12. I'll Take New York ~ Miranda Dickinson ~ I adored this book and desperately want the bookshop in Brooklyn owned by Bea. I think it helped that I was visiting New York when I read this book, which made it even more delightful. This book follows Fairytale in New York, but can easily be read as a stand alone. Beas boyfriend lets her down in spectacular style so she swears herself off men, Jake Steinmann moves back to NY from San Francisco after his wife asks for a divorce, a chance meeting as the 2 only singletons at a party see the pair make a pact to no relationships.... as friends they begin to explore the city and realise that the city may have other plans for them. Miranda Richardson has written a book, where New York becomes the 3rd character in the story and I loved exploring some of the paces that feature in this book... a must for any NY fan, culminating in a real "When Harry met Sally" moment on New Years eve.... magical *****
  13. Mistletoe Mansion - Samantha Tonge ~ masquerading as a housesitter- newly single & homeless Kimmy moves into Mitletoe mansion over the holiday season. Here she meets WAG Melissa who soon helps her launch her cupcake business by ordering lots of her Merry Berry cupcakes .. with a distracting handyman and a equally disturbing ghost Kimmy begins to live the life she always imagined. A fun read which eased my commute and had me chuckling on the tube. ***
  14. The Christmas Bucket List - Ella Fairlie ~ a cute little novella which follows Isobel as she works through her Christmas bucket list in London. Isobel's christmas in her native south africa is a continent away from her perfect christmas imagined. When her boyfriend/boss goes awol 5 days before Christmas, Isobel finds herself working through her list with work colleague Jamie. a delightful read filled with everything we imagine a perfect christmas to be... perfect for curling up in a cozy armchair with a hot chocolate.***
I throughly enjoyed working my way through these 14 reads at Christmas ~ thankyou ladies for such fabulous reads and for keeping me entertained during my commutes & travels over the festive season.
As delicious as a warm mince pie and a cream filled hot chocolate.....
As you can see there is one book I haven't reviewed... pop over here for my thoughts on Alli Mcnamara's From Nottinghill with four weddings actually....

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