#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | THE ACCIDENTAL LIFE OF JESSIE JEFFERSON (Jessie Jefferson #1) by Paige Toon @PaigeToonAuthor (30th January 2014, Simon Schuster @simonschusterUK)

THE ACCIDENTAL LIFE OF JESSIE JEFFERSON (Jessie Jefferson #1) by Paige Toon
Published; January 30th 2014, Simon & Schuster UK

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Meet Jessie, the daughter of Johnny Jefferson, as featured in Johnny Be Good and Baby Be Mine…

My fifteenth birthday was the worst day of my life, and it’s inconceivable to think that any single day in my future will ever be as bad. My mum was killed in a freak accident on her way to pick up my cake. Even when there was still no sign of her after two hours later, and my friends started to arrive at our house, it never occurred to me that she wouldn’t be coming back.

That was six months ago. My mum died without telling me who my real dad was. And for a while I hated her for it. I thought she’s taken the secret of my father’s identity with her forever. But she didn’t. Holy hell, she didn’t.

Because three weeks ago I found out the truth. And I’m still reeling from the shock of it. My dad is none other than Johnny Jefferson, mega famous rock star and one-time serial womaniser. And now I’m on my way to LA to meet him and his family.

My tiny little world has just got a whole lot bigger…

Paige Toon is always a favourite of mine but when an author steps away from their usual style and releases something else it always makes me a bit weary but I had absolutely no need to be.

I would recommend that you read the three books in the Johnny Jefferson series first as this contains Johnny & Meg and although you don’t need to know their story it will help to understand a bit better if you do.

THE ACCIDENTAL LIFE… is Paige’s first attempt at young adult and although you can tell it is aimed at younger readers it didn’t take any of the enjoyment out of it for me, in fact I enjoyed that it was so easy to read and it left me feeling really warm and cute inside.

Cute is a good way to describe this story. I loved being back with Johnny and Meg and seeing how happy they are and although Jessie is a shock they soon embrace her into their fold.

The story doesn’t end in a cliffhanger but there is definitely more to Jessie’s story and with two more installments already released we don’t have to wait to find out what else life has in store for Jessie.

A proper feel good heart warming story that leaves you feeling all fuzzy inside.

You can buy THE ACCIDENTAL LIFE OF JESSIE JEFFERSON (Jessie Jefferson #1) from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | THE MILLER’S DANCE (Poldark Saga #9) by Winston Graham (19th August 2011, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

THE MILLER’S DANCE (Poldark Saga #9) by Winston Graham
Published; August 19th 2011, Pan Macmillan

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Cornwall 1812. At Nampara, the Poldark family finds the new year brings involvement in more than one unexpected venture.

For Ross and Demelza there is some surprising – and worrying – news. And Clowance, newly returned from her London triumphs, finds that her entanglement with Stephen Carrington brings not only happiness but heartache.

As the armies battle in Spain, and the political situation at home becomes daily more obscure, the Poldark and Warleggan families find themselves thrust into a turbulent new era as complex and changing as the patterns of The Miller’s Dance…

Being back in the lives of the Poldarks is always so exciting. So much seems to happen in each book. We are now on book 9 and yet again this book seems to be based more on the lives of the children Jeremy and Clowance. Both finding love and suffering for it in different ways.

Still Ross and Demelza are the back bone of the story and as they face more challenges, although not as big as previous books, their love of each other still remains.

Winston always managed to write some awful characters. In every single book I have read so far in the series there is always one person that makes me want to throw my book at the wall. It was Stephen’s turn this time. From the way he seems to pressure Clowance to how he encourages bad behavior there was something about him that made me want to punch him in the face. I spent the first half of the book willing Clowance to open her eyes and see him for what he really is. Obviously George Warleggan is still included and doesn’t redeem himself in the eyes of the reader.

Although there are a lot of historical references in the book it doesn’t take away from the story for me. I think it quite adds to it to know that people living in those times would have had to deal with similar issues. It’s good to see that Winston did lots of research when writing the novels.

As Jeremy struggles to deal with his heartbreak and goes looking for more unsavoury ways to try to make it a bit easier and I guess exact revenge, Clowance seems to grow from hers. It’s almost like her eyes are opened in a way she never expected and I hope we get to see her grow more in the coming books.

I really enjoyed this book and I cannot wait to read the remaining books in the series.

You can buy THE MILLER’S DANCE (Poldark Saga #9) from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | MIRACLE ON REGENT STREET (Evie Taylor #1) by Ali Harris @AliHarrisWriter (13th October 2011, Simon & Schuster UK @simonschusterUK)

MIRACLE ON REGENT STREET (Evie Taylor #1) by Ali Harris
Published; October 13th 2011, Simon & Schuster UK

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Evie Taylor, a girl with a big heart, gets lost in the big city. For the past two years, Evie has lived an invisible life in London. Her neighbours think she’s just moved in, her sister mistakes her for a live-in nanny, and even Evie’s manager at work can’t remember her name.

But all that is about to change …this Christmas has brought a flurry of snow and unimaginable possibilities into town. Evie works in the stockroom of an old-fashioned, family-run, London fashion department store. Hardy’s is a beautiful, wood-panelled jewellery box of a building, but it’s in dire need of a makeover.

One day Evie overhears that if the entire store’s takings don’t turn round by Dec 26th – 3 weeks’ time – the family who own it will be forced to sell to one of the big chains. Hardy’s is in need of a Christmas miracle. Determined to save her beloved store, Evie hatches a plan to secretly transform it into a magical place to shop again. But has the time come for her to be noticed too?

When an accidental romantic encounter with handsome, enigmatic Joel gives her the chance of a whole new identity, she takes it.

When I picked this book to read after having it sat on my kindle for a long time I was looking for something light and fluffy to read alongside another book.

It was certainly heart warming, light and fluffy but it completely surprised me with how much I enjoyed it. It completely sucked me in and I found myself eager to keep reading.

Set in a struggling modern day dept store this story is based on the stockroom girl who feels invisible to all those around. It’s a tale of a lost soul who does everything for everyone but forgets to follow her own heart. Based at Christmas time this story leaves you with a full heart.

It’s a magical story that gets us asking ourselves what we would change about our lives and what we would do in this situation.

There are parts that are predictable for readers of chick lit but it didn’t feel like a story I’d read a 100 times before. The setting made it feel different and even a little bit special.

I fell in love with the characters & their individual stories and felt as invested in all of them as I did the main character. I actually feel that some of them deserve their own book. I’d love to read more about Lily’s dancing career and Dehilia and Will’s relationship. They were all written in such a way I was very invested in them all.

This book left me feeling warm, fuzzy with a heart full of love and a feeling I could conquer the world. Highly recommended and definitely an author I will read more of.
You can buy MIRACLE ON REGENT STREET (Evie Taylor #1) now from the following booksellers (although there are many more!);

Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK)

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | MOST OF ALL YOU by Mia Sheridan @MSheridanAuthor (17th October 2017, Forever @ForeverRomance)

MOST OF ALL YOU by Mia Sheridan
Published; October 17th 2017, Forever

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A broken woman . . .

Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. Feeling nothing at all is far better than being hurt again. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior and carries within her a deep mistrust of men, who, in her experience, have only ever used and taken.

A man in need of help . . .

Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there’s an undeniable goodness in him. And even though she knows the cost, Crystal finds herself drawn to Gabriel. His quiet strength is wearing down her defenses and his gentle patience is causing her to question everything she thought she knew.

Only love can mend a shattered heart . . .

Crystal and Gabriel never imagined that the world, which had stolen everything from them, would bring them a deep love like this. Except fate will only take them so far, and now the choice is theirs: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts.

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When you enjoy an author’s work and start to read the back catalogue sometimes it starts to feel repetitive. I was dreading that would be the case with Mia Sheridan. I have read most of her books now amd enjoyed them all so when I picked up Most Of All You, her first traditional published novel I was a bit nervous. I sbouldn’t have been though. It became the 2nd favourite of hers, Number 1 will always go to Archer.

When you read the prologue you know it’s going to be hard hitting. A little girl being dropped at a father’s who didn’t know about her and didn’t want her. This sets the standard of the story. Although it is a romance there are points that are very dark and would be hard for some people to read.

The characters are both very likeable and evoke alot of sympathy. Both Crysyal/Ellie and Gabriel have been through things that I could never imagine. There are points where your heart is in your mouth and you have to keep reading to know they are ok.

You know a story is going to rip your heart out when you get to page 200 and there is the perfect ending but the story still has over 100 pages to go. At this point you ask yourself can these people really take anymore? Those last 100 or so pages are fast paced and keep you sat at the edge of your seat as you can’t turn the pages fast enough.

Ultimately this is a love story with a will they/won’t they theme throughout but it’s interesting to read what they have to go through to believe they are good enough for each other.

Although I struggled at times with the dark sides of the story they do make it what it is and overall it is a great story that I really enjoyed. I am looking forward to reading more books by Mia who is becoming one of my favourite authors!

 

You can buy MOST OF ALL YOU now from the following booksellers (although there are many more!);

Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK)

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | GRAYSON’S VOW by Mia Sheridan @MSheridanAuthor (10th September 2015, Indie Published)

GRAYSON’S VOW by Mia Sheridan
Published; September 10th 2015, Indie Published

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A full-length, standalone romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Archer’s Voice.

Kira Dallaire is desperate.

Some challenges in life seem too hard to overcome. With little money, and even fewer options, the quick-witted and vibrant twenty-two-year-old needs to reinvent herself. Known for her generous heart and impulsive personality, she devises a survival plan, possibly her most outrageous idea yet.

Grayson Hawthorn is losing hope.

Some obstacles in life seem too hard to overcome. Betrayal definitely being one of them. With limited capital, and dwindling resources, he is attempting to resurrect his failing family vineyard, a self-imposed vow seemingly destined to fail. That is until a young woman enters his office with an outlandish, unexpected proposition impossible to refuse.

What begins as a temporary business arrangement, soon evolves into more as vivacious, spirited Kira challenges detached, arrogant Grayson to want more from life. To want more for himself. But as their wills clash and fiery passion ignites, they’ll realize that sometimes the past creates walls too difficult to climb, and that lies and deception rarely precede a happily every after.

As Kira and Grayson race toward their destiny, they will discover that some vows are meant to be broken, and others are worth risking everything for . . . even your very own heart.

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Whenever you decide to pick up a Mia Sheridan you know you need to prepare yourself for one hell of a ride.

From the very start of GRAYSON’S VOW, I knew that this was going to be the same. First of all we meet Kira who seems to be down on her luck and withdrawing her very last amount from the bank and Grayson who is utterly defeated.

What happens when the two meet? A marriage of convenience that quickly becomes inconvenient for them both. As the 2 begin to learn about each other the lines soon become blurred and sparks fly.

As soon as our hearts are swooning Mia manages to pull them right out and stamp all over them. From misunderstandings to people crawling out of the woodwork the path to love doesn’t run smooth.

I adored the fun easy going nature of Kira and her crazy ideas. Grayson is a lot more serious and we see just why this might be. It’s hard to understand why he had to suffer the way he has but easy to see why he is affected the way he is.

This is a story about too people on a slow ride to love and them learning to enjoy each other and let go of past hurts and humiliations to be able to trust and be happy together.

I absolutely loved this story and couldn’t stop turning the pages.
You can buy GRAYSON’S VOW now from the following booksellers (although there are many more!);

Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK)

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | KYLAND by Mia Sheridan @MSheridanAuthor (24th January 2015, Indie Published)

KYLAND by Mia Sheridan
Published; January 24th 2015, Indie Published

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A full-length, standalone romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Archer’s Voice.

Dirt poor. Hillbilly. Backwoods hick. Mountain folk.

Tenleigh Falyn struggles each day to survive in a small, poverty-stricken, coal mining town where she lives with her sister and mentally ill mother. Her dream of winning the college scholarship given to one student by the local coal company and escaping the harshness of her life, keeps her going.

Kyland Barrett lives in the hills, too, and has worked tirelessly—through near starvation, through deep loneliness, against all odds—to win the Tyton Coal Scholarship and leave the town that is full of so much pain.

They’re both determined not to form any attachments, but one moment changes everything. What happens when only one person gets to win? When only one person gets to leave? And what happens to the one left behind?

Kyland is a story of desperation and hope, loss and sacrifice, pain and forgiveness, but ultimately, a story of deep and unending love.

THIS IS A STANDALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY TAURUS. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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love Mia Sheridan. I have read a few of her books now and I enjoy every single one. Kyland didn’t disappoint. It was a crazy rollercoaster ride of emotion from start to finish.

Our two main characters Tenleigh and Kyland are from a poor neighbourhood and don’t know where their next meal is coming from. We soon see that Kyland selfless when we discover he would provide food for a homeless person in need than feed himself. We see how hard the struggle is and the only thing that keeps both our hero and heroine going is their dream of winning the scholarship so they can get out of the place they live.

Then they meet each other and suddenly everything changes as their priorities shift. This is when the real rollercoaster begins as we feel their struggle to avoid falling in love but ending up deeper than ever.

I really enjoyed this story. Both Kyland and Tenleigh are very likeable characters and you soon lose yourself deep into their story and the whole time I was reading I was sat on the edge of my seat with my heart in my mouth.

The story is predictable but that doesn’t stop you enjoying the story – you spend the whole time hoping your right.

A wonderful of second chance romance that steals your heart, stamps on it and puts it back together bit by fragile bit.

 

You can buy KYLAND from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | THE ANGRY TIDE (Poldark Saga #7) by Winston Graham (1st June 2008, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

THE ANGRY TIDE (Poldark Saga #7) by Jay Asher
Published; June 1st 2008, Pan Macmillan

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The seventh novel in the acclaimed Poldark series. Cornwall, towards the end of the 18th century: Ross Poldark sits for the borough of Truro as Member of Parliament – his time divided between London and Cornwall, his heart divided about his wife, Demelza.

His old feud with George Warleggan still flares – as does the illicit love between Morwenna and Drake, Demelza’s brother. Before the new century dawns, George and Ross will be drawn together by a loss greater than their rivalry – and Morwenna and Drake by a tragedy that brings them hope…

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After taking a break from reading this series I loved getting stuck back in. I didn’t struggle to get into this one as much as I did books 5 and 6, straight away I found I was hooked and wanted to keep reading.

 

The Angry Tide doesn’t start out being about Ross and Demeleza but about the other characters we know and love. It didn’t spoil the story at all, Ross and Demeleza do come back into the story and I really enjoy the side stories too. We meet new charaters of which we dislike.

 

As I have come to expect with Poldark books there are births, deaths and marriages as well as gun battles, sarcasm and of course the usual battle of wits. There are times when you really feel like Ross and Demeleza need their heads banging together as yet again they mis communicate on so many occasions.

 

The thing that I love about the Poldark books are when I feel there is just no where to go with the story Winston manages to shock and surprise me. Each book in the series has been full of adventure and takes me on a ride of ups and downs.

 

I can’t wait to see where the next 5 books lead us and ultimately where Ross and Demeleza will end up.

 

You can buy THE ANGRY TIDE (Poldark Saga #7) from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Book Depository | Waterstones

 

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay Asher @jayasherguy (18th October 2007, Razorbill Books @RazorbillBooks @PenguinTeen)

THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay Asher
Published; October 18th 2007, Razorbill Books

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You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

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When you see a book is about suicide you expect it to be hard hitting but THIRTEEN REASONS WHY really hits you in the stomach. I read most of it with my heart in my mouth.

 

I read this in two days because I really could not put it down. I was enthralled and gripped by this story like no other. Yes it was tough to read with a subject matter that would be hard to deal with but it’s written in such a captivating way that you need to know the ending.

 

Now you know from the beginning this isn’t a happy ending. A girl is dead but hearing the reasons for it really make you stop and think. Do we really know what that girl is thinking? Should we say hi to the person we pass on the street everyday just so they know they have been noticed?

 

Suicide is such a taboo topic but Jay deals with it in such a way that I think it will make people ask for help and other people notice someone who may need it.

 

This book is not easy to read. Not only does it deal with suicide there are other gut wrenching issues too like rape. It is very difficult and some people would struggle.

 

This book will stay with me for a very long time and it’s one I would read again just to remind myself what a rumour can do.

 

This is definitely a 5 star read for me.

 

You can buy THIRTEEN REASONS WHY from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Book Depository | Waterstones

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | MAYBE SOMEDAY (Maybe #1) by Colleen Hoover @colleenhoover (18th March 2014, Atria Books @AtriaBooks)

MAYBE SOMEDAY (Maybe #1) by Colleen Hoover
Published; March 18th 2014, Atria Books

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Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble—she’s a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life. But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts.

The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope….

Maybe someday…

Colleen Hoover draws you in to this passionate tale of music, love and betrayal…

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** WARNING – CONTAINS SPOILERS **
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover was gifted to me for Christmas by my fellow P Turner *L* and after hearing rave reviews by all the P Turner ladies, I decided that this book would be one, of a couple, to be read on a read-a-thon. Although I didn’t finish the book in 24 hours, I spent my New Year’s weekend engrossed in Ridge and Sydney’s story.
And what a story this is. Here is a couple that are unlike other couples from a romance novel, Ridge is a beautiful man, his character so well structured you cannot help but fall in love with him. The relationship between him and our heartbroken heroine Sydney is not your typical relationship but even more beautiful for being so. Sydney is lost, or at least I felt as if the character is, until she finds Ridge. The same can be said for our hero, whose heart splits in two when the friendship between himself and Sydney becomes something more.
Sydney is beautiful and kind, aware throughout that she is walking a thin line with Ridge, learning to communicate with him through sign language and music. As much as she tries to fight her heart, it is safe to say the heart always wins. Hoover has created two amazing characters that draw you into their relationship. We want things to work out between them, we feel every emotion with them, shed tears when they cry and feel happy when they get what their heart desire. This is one of my favourite literary couples.
Hoover is a fabulous writer, one who I feel puts her heart and soul into these characters, you know with every chapter just how much she loves the story and it makes the reader fall in love too. This is a more romantic tale than I’m accustomed to, no over the top scenes here but when we are granted an intimate and steamy scene it is well worth the wait. The sensuality and intimacy of the scene between our characters is divine. I fell in love with Ridge and Sydney even more. Romantic and handled with the utmost care.
A fantastic addition to my bookshelves and one novel I know will be revisited again and again. Thank you *L* for the introduction. I am officially in love with this story and these characters.
My aim for the New Year is to work through reading all the amazing books that have been gifted to me by my fellow P Turners, because I’ve come to trust these ladies whole heartedly, they never steer you wrong.

You can buy MAYBE SOMEDAY from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Book Depository | Waterstones

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | CHRISTMAS AT LILAC COTTAGE (White Cliff Bay #1) by Holly Martin @HollyMAuthor (25th September 2015, Bookouture @bookouture)

CHRISTMAS AT LILAC COTTAGE (White Cliff Bay #1) by Holly Martin
Published; September 25th 2015, Bookouture

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Welcome to the charming seaside town of White Cliff Bay, where Christmas is magical and love is in the air…

Penny Meadows loves her home – a cosy cottage decorated with pretty twinkling fairy lights and stunning views over the town of White Cliff Bay. She also loves her job as an ice-carver, creating breathtaking sculptures. Yet her personal life seems frozen.

When Henry and daughter Daisy arrive at the cottage to rent the annex, Penny is determined to make them feel welcome. But while Daisy is friendly, Henry seems guarded.

As Penny gets to know Henry, she realises there is more to him than meets the eye. And the connection between them is too strong to ignore…

While the spirit of the season sprinkles its magic over the seaside town and preparations for the ice sculpting competition and Christmas eve ball are in full swing, can Penny melt the ice and allow love in her heart? And will this finally be the perfect Christmas she’s been dreaming of?

Like a creamy hot chocolate with marshmallows, you won’t want to put this deliciously heartwarming novel down.

Spend the perfect Christmas in White Cliff Bay this year. Snowflakes on Silver Cove coming very soon.

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If you need something to get you feeling festive then give Christmas at Lilac Cottage a go, it has everything you could ever need in a christmas book….snow, christmas trees, ice sculptures, mulled wine and minced pies.

This book was very predictable from the start, as soon as we meet our main characters we can see where the story is going but its still fun to see how they get there and get to know our characters better.

I feel Daisy is a little spoiled at times but I can also understand why she may be a little insecure. The only think I was a little disppointed in is why we don’t understand the reason for her change in feelings.

Holly paints a lovely picturesque town which is very lovable. I certainly feel we all know of a town just like it – everyone knows each others business but when it comes down to it the community sure come together to get stuff done.

All in all this is a very easy festive read and I would recommend for someone wanting to lose themselves for a little while. You certainly finish with a smile on your face.

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You can buy CHRISTMAS AT LILAC COTTAGE from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones

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