Friday, 4 December 2020

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

 I always waver between favouring stand-alone books or series of stories.

I'm an impatient person so I much prefer a series when they've already all been released, which means I don't have the horrific, long wait for the next book to come out.

There is however a couple of sets of books where I'm willing to make an exception.

One such series is the Shopaholic novels from Sophie Kinsella. From the very first one I fell in love with the character of Becky Bloomwood and found myself laughing ( an awful lot) with each book that I read. 

Combine Becky with Christmas and there was no way I wasn't going to buy this story, p.s. can't believe I waited so long to read it!

Tis the season for change and Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) is embracing it, returning from the States to live in the charming village of Letherby and working with her best friend, Suze, in the gift shop of Suze’s stately home. Life is good, especially now that Becky takes time every day for mindfulness—even if that only means listening to a meditation tape while hunting down online bargains.

But Becky still adores the traditions of Christmas: Her parents hosting, carols playing on repeat, her mother pretending she made the Christmas pudding, and the neighbors coming ’round for sherry in their terrible holiday sweaters. Things are looking cheerier than ever, until Becky’s parents announce they’re moving to ultra-trendy Shoreditch—unable to resist the draw of craft beer and smashed avocados—and ask Becky if she’ll host this year. What could possibly go wrong?

Becky’s sister demands a vegan turkey, her husband insists that he just wants aftershave (again), and little Minnie needs a very specific picnic hamper: Surely Becky can manage all this, as well as the surprise appearance of an old boyfriend–turned–rock star and his pushy new girlfriend, whose motives are far from clear. But as the countdown to Christmas begins and her bighearted plans take an unexpected turn toward disaster, Becky wonders if chaos will ensue, or if she’ll manage to bring comfort and joy to Christmas after all.

One word sums up this book, hilarious. With every turn of the page - or press on the Kindle screen - my cheeks hurt from smiling so much. I would challenge anyone to not cry from laughing when reading this story.

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Christmas Island by Natalie Normann Book Review

 It's December.

That means it really is safe to talk about Christmas now right?

So I'm kicking this festive month off with a fantastic review for Natalie Normann's latest novel. Christmas Island.

In the bleak midwinter…

A really frosty wind is making Holly’s life absolutely miserable

After all the years of hard work it took Londoner Holly Greene to become a doctor, now it could all be taken away and she only has herself to blame. She’s retreating to her brother’s rustic home on an island off the coast of Norway to lick her wounds. Only, it’s the middle of winter and icy slush plus endless darkness isn’t exactly the cheery, festive getaway she had imagined.

Nearly stumbling off the edge of a cliff in the dark, Holly is saved by Frøy, a yellow-eyed cat of fearsome but fluffy proportions, and his owner – grouchy, bearded recluse, Tor. Tor has his own problems to face but the inexplicable desire to leave a bag of freshly baked gingerbread men on Holly’s doorstep is seriously getting in the way of his hermit routine.

First of all, the front cover. 

It screams love and all things Christmas. 

Monday, 30 November 2020

Read With Me 2020 #49

 Hello there.

Welcome to this weeks Read With Me.

I'm making the decision that from the end of this year I will no longer run the Read With Me linky via the blog. There has been less and less interaction and if I'm honest it takes time thinking about setting this up every week. 

I don't want to miss your posts though so I'd really like it if you could share your book reviews with me via Twitter so that I can read them and also RT so others can find them too.

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Queen of King Street by Tom McLaughlin Book Review

 Best-selling author Tom McLaughlin is back with a laugh-out-loud debut with Barrington Stoke - Queen of King Street.

When the Queen’s brother, Unlucky Bertie, gambles away the entire family fortune, it’s goodbye to Buckingham Palace and hello to a little house on King Street for the royals. How will they ever survive? Follow their hilarious mishaps as the Queen forges a new career in reality TV, her sister-in-law becomes a social-media star and son Harry tries to survive the local comp. Who knew that life in the ordinary world could be so hard?

I love Barrington Stoke books, they are all massively entertaining whilst being super readable for anyone that wants to give a story a go.