Wednesday 7 October 2020

Christmas Must Reads

 If you know me then you'll know that a) my favourite time of the year is Christmas and that b) I'm a sucker for a good romance. So when you have. festive cheer and love all rolled into one book then it is 99.9% certain that I will fall in love with that story.

Now I know many of you are thinking that it is too early to mention the C word, but seen as I already have I shall carry on with my post.

Having been gifted some promising Xmas themed books via Netgalley recently, I thought it was only fair that I share those that I think will be Christmas must reads with you all. So here are my top three:

One Family Christmas by Bella Osborne

A big family. A whole lot of secrets. A Christmas to remember…

This year, Lottie is hosting one last big family Christmas at the home she grew up in – just like her Nana would have wanted.

But when her relatives descend on the old manor house, Lottie gets more than she bargained for. Every family has its secrets, but in this family, everybody has one!

So, between cooking a Christmas dinner, keeping tensions at bay and a stray dog out of mischief, she has plenty on her plate (and not just misshapen sausage rolls and a frozen turkey). And then her first love shows up – nine years after he walked out of her life.

Can Lottie make their last family Christmas one to remember… for the right reasons?

If you are going to read anything Christmas themed this year then let it be this book.

Filled with love and laughter this is just perfect for the festive season.

Lottie and her family are celebrating one last family Christmas at her Nana's manor after her sad passing earlier that month.

Between bad cooking, wild pets, bickering family members oh and not forgetting long lost boyfriends, this is shaping up to be a Christmas that they will never forget.

I was in fits of laughter over the dynamics of this bunch, their conversations and the situations that they kept finding themselves in ... even better than an episode of Eastenders.

Highly entertaining from start to finish, a real feel good novel. Just what was needed during these not so happy times.

I dare you to read this and try not to smile!

Christmas Wishes by Sue Moorcroft

Hannah and Nico are meant to be together.

But fate is keeping them apart…

As soon as Hannah bumps into her brother Rob’s best friend Nico in Stockholm, the two rekindle a fast friendship. But Hannah has a boyfriend – and Nico has two children to look after.

When Hannah loses her beloved shop in Stockholm, though, she is forced to move back to the little village of Middledip – only to find Nico has just moved in too. Under the same snowy sky, can the childhood friends make a romance work – or are there too many obstacles standing in their way?

Anything festive puts me in a good mood.

Xmas vibes plus a sweet romance, what could be better?

Sue Moorcroft has written a simple yet satisfying read.

My only real complaint was that Nico's daughter Josie sounded too grown up for her age, the dialogue felt less natural because of the words used.

Over all a feel good book perfect for the winter season.

Finding Love at the Christmas Market by Jo Thomas

As a single mum, care-home caterer Connie has thrown herself into online dating - or she had until one dating disaster too many. Now she's hesitant...hurt in the past and with her son to consider, she won’t rush into anything. Then one of Connie's elderly patients sets her up on a date at a beautiful German Christmas market – with the promise she’ll take a mini-bus load of pensioners with her...

Amongst the twinkling lights and smell of warm gingerbread in the old market square, Connie heads off on her date with a check-list of potential partner must-haves. Baker Henrich ticks all the boxes, proving to be reliable, thoughtful and keen. But when Connie meets Henrich's rival William, she starts to wonder if ticking boxes is the answer.

I fell in love with Jo Thomas's writing when I read Escape to the French Farmhouse and now I'm well and truly hooked. If you are a fan of romance, or perhaps a lover of the festive season then you will adore this novel.

It has just the right mix of emotion and excitement.

Connie is a woman that after failing at love in the past is now using a tick list system (a girl after my own heart) and online dating to choose the perfect man for her.

The trouble is even with all the right ingredients a recipe doesn't always come out how you think it should - not very pinterest worthy.

A trip to Germany, a minibus filled with eccentric old people and maybe the ideal man waiting..... just perhaps not the one Connie had originally pictured.

Finding Love at the Christmas Market ticked all those boxes that for me a novel should have:

A good set of characters

A range of emotions.

Enough drama to keep you turning the pages.

But most importantly ...

All the feels

You may think it is too early to be thinking about the C word but let me tell you, this is the story that you want to be reading when curled up next to the Xmas tree this year.

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