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Him With The Beard by Pernille Meldgaard Pedersen @rararesources @Pernille56 #bookreview #giveaway

Happy happy December!

Excited to share with you today this charming little gem! Huge thanks to Rachel for my invitation and to Pernille for her lovely words!🎅🏻🤶
Him With The Beard

Him With The Beard by Pernille Meldgaard PedersenDo you remember that moment you stopped believing in Santa Claus?

When nine-year-old Mille suddenly no longer believes in Santa Claus, it turns the house upside down.

Her mother, Stella, is in a pickle as the hunt to find Santa Claus unearths some family secrets.

Christmas is at risk!

And there’s only one person who can save it.

My Thoughts

A suite short story about everybody’s favorite red suited man,Santa 🎅🏻

There was a whohohole lot of Christmas cheer packed into this little gem… a story about believing with all your heart the unbelievable… A story about the joy and generosity of Santa Claus being in the heart and soul of each and every one of us…

Stella is a mother, A believer in Santa, and a mall Santa Claus elf 🧝🏻‍♀️ she is disappointed and determined dealing with her daughter beginning not to believe in Santa and then begins struggling with her own doubts…

Charming and delightful this story will make a believer out of you! So don’t forget the cookies and milk this Christmas!🍪🥛

Purchase  Links

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pernille-Meldgaard-Pedersen/e/B07HXLPDSJ/

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Pernille-Meldgaard-Pedersen/e/B07HXLPDSJ/

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Itunes UK – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/isbn9788797086216

Itunes US – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9788797086216

Pernille Meldgaard PedersenAuthor Bio –

Pernille was born in 1988 and loves that she was born in the decade with the tallest hair, the most colourful clothes, and the best music.

Her imagination never stands still, and it’s often expressed in words and pictures.

She wrote her first story when she was six years old. It was about the cat she unfortunately never got but wished for more than anything.

She loves autumn and Christmas and believes in elves.

From day to day she is a knight in training, an animator, and a secret agent – she has saved the world a few times by now.

She’s also a professional daydreamer.

She thinks the recipe for a good book is the same as the one for having a good life – a sense of kinship, humour, love, and that one thing that gives you a daily smile.

Vestercity is a fictional city based on her upbringing near the city of Herning in Denmark.

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A Lion Is Not Just For Christmas by Henriette Gyland @henrigyland @rararesources #bookreview #giveaway

Happy December!

Excited to share with you today my review for this darling gem of a story! Thank you so much to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and two Henriette Gyland for her wonderful words!🦁🎄

A Lion is Not Just For Christmas

ALINJFC - high resIs there life after the circus has left town?

Circus performer Justine Belmont works with big cats, but when the circus is disbanded and the old lion is sold to a private menagerie at a stately home in Norfolk, she is asked to spend a few weeks settling him into his new environment. When she arrives at the estate, however, she receives a mixed welcome.

The groundsman Tom Yates resents her presence as he doesn’t feel he needs her help with the lion. He revises his opinion when he sees the bond between her and the big cat, and she and Tom grow closer, although Justine remains torn about her feelings for him. The lady of the house, Priscilla – who is married to the reclusive owner, Lord Brooks’s, grandson – is not so easily convinced. She perceives Justine as a threat for the male attention and her plans for the manor. And her two young daughters are a little too curious about the lion for their own good.

When unsettling events occur, Justine begins to wonder if there is more to Priscilla’s animosity than meets the eye. Can Justine keep herself and everyone else safe until it’s time for her to leave again and start a new life elsewhere?

My Thoughts

This was a delightful story full of whimsy, romance, and a peppering of mystery…

How could I resist a book with both the word Christmas and lion in the title? I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but this book was so much fun, I haven’t read a book about the circus in a very long time… although the majority of the story did not take place at the circus we still learn A lot about the circuits from Justine….

Justine was a wonderful character I loved how down to earth she was and how lovely her bond was with the lion, Rexus… Justine’s life is the circus, she works helping her father with the big cat show… that is until things change and the circus closes… The lion is sold to a menagerie and Justine goes along to make sure he gets settled in OK…. And so the real story begins… with Justine at this stately homes with Tom, Henry, Priscilla, grandfather, and the kids! Oh and I can’t forget the hyenas!

I loved the interactions with the lion, he was quite clever… I also loved the emerging romance… there was a fun little twist at the end and a sprinkling of mystery that I savored….

This was a fun cozy quick read that I recommend to anyone who is young at heart! A book full of lions, and romance, and Christmas, oh my!

*** many thanks to the author and Rachelle for my copy of this book ***

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lion-Christmas-Norfolk-Mysteries-novella-ebook/dp/B0782X1QHV

US – https://www.amazon.com/Lion-Christmas-Norfolk-Mysteries-novella-ebook/dp/B0782X1QHV

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Henriette Gyland grew up in Northern Denmark but moved to England after she graduated from the University of Copenhagen. She wrote her first book when she was ten, a tale of two orphan sisters running away to Egypt, fortunately to be adopted by a perfect family they meet on the Orient Express.

Between that first literary exploit and now, she has worked in the Danish civil service, for a travel agent, a consultancy company, in banking, hospital administration, and for a county court before setting herself up as a freelance translator and linguist. Henriette recently began to pursue her writing in earnest winning the New Talent Award in 2011 from the Festival of Romance and a Commended from the Yeovil Literary Prize.

Henriette lives in London.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/henriette.gyland

Twitter: @henrigyland

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The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan @SarahMorgan_ @HarlequinBooks #bookreview #holidayread

Happy Monday and happy countdown to Christmas!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this heartwarming festive story from a fabulous author❄️✨

The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan

My Thoughts

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A heartwarming story of love, loss, forgiveness, and acceptance sprinkled with a generous dose of holiday cheer!🎄

Sarah Morgan is fast becoming a favorite author… she does an amazing job of developing wonderful realistic characters… breathing life into them with her words… along with a beautiful storyline her books are quite the treat… this festive story is the perfect bow on top of any Christmas present!🎁

The McBride sisters are coming home to Scotland for Christmas… Suzanne is delighted to have all her girls under the same roof, but there are still some wounds that need to be healed… I appreciated how we got each sister’s point of view, we really got a true glimpse into each of their lives and hearts… Posie had an extremely adventurous side and a budding Romance that was the talk of the town… Beth, was probably the most relatable to me, a mother struggling with the decision to go back to work or not, feeling overwhelmed and under appreciated… Hana, was a reserves workaholic who played her cards close to her vest… each girl had their own triumphs and struggles, and each was impacted by the death of their parents in a different way… Suzanne had her struggles as well, suffering from survivors guilt and determined to succeed in her role as adoptive mother to these three wonderful sisters… so, can these sisters now adults come to terms with things that happened in the past?

The delightful snowy setting of Scotland added a festive vibe to the story… I really felt a connection with all these characters, and wanted nothing but the absolute perfect Christmas for them all!This book truly evoked some strong emotions in me, I felt as though I was living and breathing this book along with these sisters… a wonderful winter read that will make you smile more times then it’ll make you cry…. A book of love, laughter, and life lessons, seasoned with snow and holiday cheer!

Absolutely recommend as the perfect addition to your holiday reeds❄️

*** A huge thank you to Harlequin for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

In the snowy Highlands of Scotland, Suzanne McBride is dreaming of the perfect cozy Christmas. Her three adopted daughters are coming home for the holidays and she can’t wait to see them. But tensions are running high…

Workaholic Hannah knows she can’t avoid spending the holidays with her family two years in a row. But it’s not the weight of their expectations that’s panicking her—it’s the life-changing secret she’s hiding. Stay-at-home mom Beth is having a personal crisis. All she wants for Christmas is time to decide if she’s ready to return to work—seeing everyone was supposed to help her stress levels, not increase them! Posy isn’t sure she’s living her best life, but with her parents depending on her, making a change seems risky. But not as risky as falling for gorgeous new neighbor Luke…

As Suzanne’s dreams of the perfect McBride Christmas unravel, she must rely on the magic of the season to bring her daughters together. But will this new togetherness teach the sisters that their close-knit bond is strong enough to withstand anything—including a family Christmas? 

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One Day in December by Josie Silver @JosieSilver_ #6bookbestiesonedayindecember #6bookbestieapproved #bookreview

Happy Tuesday bibliophiles!

So excited to share with you today this beautiful love story that is definitely making my favorites of 2018 list! We were all so very lucky that Jennifer was offered this book from Goodreads and the publisher to read with her book Besties💕💕💕 such a beautiful story to get to share, read, and discuss together!😍

One Day in December by Josie Silver

My Thoughts

LOOOVED IT!!! Every page, every sentence, every word, every letter!!!

In case you cannot tell I have fallen head over heels in love with this book! It has earned a place on my fave shelf and is absolutely one of my top five reeds of 2018… such a beautiful story, so full of love and heart…. this is an epic love story spanning an entire decade… a story with all the feels, you will laugh, you will cry, you will smile, you will shake your head, you will fall in love… this book will break your heart over and over again and then fill it back up with love just as many times! Simply put it was MAGICAL!

Laurie doesn’t believe in love at first sight until she glimpses a boy at the bus stop…Laurie was such a wonderful character so well developed, I felt as though I would know her if she were walking down the street… adored her friendship with Sarah, one of my absolute favorite parts of this book… such a positive realistic portrayal of what a female friendships should be…. of course they have their ups and downs, but at the end of the day they were always there for one another…. all three of the main characters in this book Laurie, Sarah, and Jack were well drawn likable characters that you definitely could relate to…

Told from alternating points of view… we got the insights and perceptions of both Laurie and Jack threwout the decade… The book was structured brilliantly you never were confused as to who was narrating and what year it was… in fact the entire book is told linearly, there was no jumping around kind of nice for a change….

I absolutely recommend this stunning story to everyone with a heart! A wonderful Christmas read!

This was a group read with my Book Besties… Jennifer was approached by Goodreads and the publisher with this book and just as a true friend does she included all of us! How appropriate for a group of friends to read a story with such a tremendous focus on friendship… we had a wonderful discussion, we were all captivated by this story! We also thought it would make a fantastic movies, we even casted it… I thought I’d share our choices with you all!

Laurie we thought should be played bye Shailene Woodley, Sarah played by Jennifer Lawrence, and Jack buy either Liam Hemsworth or Zac Efron… have you read this? What do you think?

*** huge thanks to Goodreads, Crown Publishing, and Jennifer for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

A love story about what happens after you meet, or rather, don’t meet the one.

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness. 

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The Besties

Be sure to check out all the Bestie’s reviews we all absolutely fell head over heels in love with this book!💕💕💕

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Holly @ Dressed to Read

Be sure to check out Kendall and Melisa’s reviews on Goodreads!

Book friends are the best friends! Berit☀️✨

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The Italian’s Christmas Housekeeper by Sharon Kendrick @HarlequinBooks #novemberrecomendedreads #bookreview

Title: THE ITALIAN’S CHRISTMAS HOUSEKEEPER
Author: Sharon Kendrick
Genre: Romance
Harlequin Imprint: Presents
Blurb:
From making the billionaire’s bed… To Christmas between his sheets!
Shy housekeeper Molly Millar always tries her best. She’s anxious to impress outrageously wealthy houseguest Salvio de Gennaro, but instead is unfairly criticized by her employer! When she’s found sobbing by Salvio, he comforts her…with the most amazing experience of her life. But when that incredible encounter costs Molly her job, Salvio rescues her with an irresistible proposition: become his temporary housekeeper—just in time for Christmas!

My Thoughts

Well now… this was one suite but frustrating Sizzling romance…

The blurb says this is a Cinderella story, but somebody failed to notify the hero in this book! This book was very reminiscent of a oldschool Harlequin romance… you know the type you picked up at the neighbors garage sale? I mean this in the best possible way, sometimes it’s just nice to escape… also I have not read a romance like this in a long time, so it was quite nostalgic…

Molly is Shy and stressed with the burden of her brothers gambling debt… while working as a Housekeeper for a very evil woman she meets Salvio…. after a night of passion Molly end Salvio agree this is just a one night stand… BUT after evil lady finds out she sacks Molly and Molly ends up working for Salvio… and then our prince Salvio has a complete personality change….

Molly was very likable although a little too insecure…Salvio started out as a dashing hero, but then he turned into a pompous ass… will the real Salvio, please stand up… I was as frustrated with Salvio if not more then Molly… so did these two resolve their issues? Does prince charming ever show up? You will need to read this book to find out!

Recommend two all true romance lovers…

*** many thanks to harlequin for my copy of this book ***

To the horror of my parents, I left school at sixteen and held a bewildering variety of jobs: I was a London DJ (in the now-trendy Primrose Hill), a decorator and a singer. After that I became a cook, a photographer and, eventually, a nurse. I waitressed in the south of France, drove an ambulance in Australia, saw lots of beautiful sights but could never settle down. Everywhere I went I felt like a square peg–until one day I started writing again and then everything just fell into place. I felt like Cinderella must have when the glass slipper fit!
Today, I have the best job in the world, writing passionate romances for Harlequin. I like writing stories which are sexy and fast-paced, yet packed full of emotion–stories that readers will identify with, laugh and cry along with.
My interests are many and varied–chocolate and music, fresh flowers and bubble baths, films, cooking and trying to keep my home from looking burglarized! Simple pleasures–you can’t beat them!
I live in Winchester, one of the most stunning cities in the world, but don’t take my word for it–come see for yourself! I regularly visit London and Paris. Oh, and I love hearing from my readers all over the world…so I think it’s over to you!
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Title: WANT ME, COWBOY
Author: Maisey Yates
Genre: Romance
Harlequin Imprint: Desire
Blurb:
Her rancher boss is looking for the perfect wife… and she wants the job!
Poppy Sinclair kept her feelings for Isaiah Grayson secret for a decade. When her infuriatingly gorgeous Stetson-wearing boss enlists her help in finding him a convenient wife, she threatens to quit. Until Isaiah counters with an interesting proposal: Why doesn’t she marry him? Can she say yes to sharing his life and his bed, but not his heart?

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.

In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

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Title: AN AMISH WIFE FOR CHRISTMAS
Author: Patricia Davids
Genre: Romance
Harlequin Imprint: Love Inspired
Blurb:
Will marriage save her family? Christmas with the North Country Amish.
Bethany Martin has until Christmas to prove to the Amish community that she can raise her siblings—including her mischievous brother—without a husband. Then handsome newcomer Michael Shetler arrives, winning over Bethany’s siblings. He might be the answer to their prayers, but Michael has a troubled past. Can Bethany love a man with secrets…even if it’s the only thing keeping her family together?
USA Today Bestselling author Patricia Davids grew up on a Kansas farm with four brothers. After college she began a wonderful career as a nurse. In 1973 Pat wrote a letter to a lonely sailor. Little did she know her talent with words would bring her love, marriage and motherhood.
An avid reader, Pat longed to write a book, but put her dream on hold as she raised a family and worked in an NICU. It wasn’t until 1996 that she began writing seriously. Today, Pat enjoys crafting emotionally satisfying romances where love and faith bring two people together forever.
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The Coco Pinchard Box Set: A Very Coco Christmas by Robert Bryndza @RobertBryndza @CocoPinchard @BOTBSPublicity #TeamBryndza #bookreview

Happy Monday book friends!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this fun and festive story! A huge thank you to Sarah for my invitation to the tour and to Robert Bryndza for his wonderful words🤓

‘Coco Pinchard has to be one of my favorite female characters. If you love the Bridget Jones series, then you need to check this out!’ Kerensa, Amazon Reader

For the first time, all 5 books in Robert Bryndza’s bestselling Coco Pinchard romantic comedy series are available in one! And this box set includes a new introduction by the author.

Coco_Boxset_TransparentBook 1: The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard

If you enjoyed flipping through Bridget Jones’s diary, you’ll love perusing Coco Pinchard’s emails! Coco confides in her quirky, supportive friends as she deals with her life falling apart. Read the emails that tell the heart warming and often hilarious tale of Coco picking up the pieces, in this fun, feel-good Romantic Comedy.

Book 2: Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding

Coco thinks she’s on the road to happily ever after with Adam, until he inexplicably breaks up with her. Will one mistake cost them their whole future? Coco sets out to discover what has really happened, and uncovers a shocking secret Adam has been hiding from her… Full of hilarious twists and turns, Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding is a witty, heart-warming, romantic comedy – the stand-alone sequel to no.1 bestselling, The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard.


Book 3: Coco Pinchard, the Consequences of Love and Sex

Coco Pinchard has a great life, a bestselling memoir, and a handsome second husband. Things are going exactly as planned — until her adult son runs into disaster, her ex’s mother butts back into her life, and she finds out she’s pregnant! Maybe life is more fun if you throw your plans out the window… The third book in Robert Bryndza’s bestselling Coco Pinchard series (which can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone story) is a hilarious diary with Coco’s trademark wit and honesty, tracing the raging hormones and extraordinary twists that take her to motherhood for the second time.

Book 4: A Very Coco Christmas

It’s 1985, and eighteen-year-old Coco Pinchard is home for Christmas after her first term at University. She’s fallen hopelessly in love with Daniel Pinchard, but Coco’s mother wants her to be with Kenneth, the son of posh friends Adrian and Yvonne Rosebury, who will be joining them for Christmas.

As snow falls softly over the city, and Coco tries to juggle a series of hilarious events, the stage is set for a Christmas lunch like no other. A Very Coco Christmas is a delicious, stand-alone prequel short story to Robert Bryndza’s smash-hit Coco Pinchard series.

Book 5: Coco Pinchard’s Must-Have Toy Story

A sparkling feel-good comedy, which asks the question – how far would you go to get your child the must-have Christmas toy?

It’s December 1992, and children are going crazy for the Tracy Island toy – almost as crazy as the parents! Christmas day is fast approaching and Coco Pinchard is desperately trying to track one down for her four-year-old son Rosencrantz.

From dodgy dealings in a motorway lay-by, to extreme shopping in Hamley’s with a Sylvanian Families fanatic, to having a go at the Blue Peter make-your-own Tracy Island, Coco tries everything in the hope that four-year-old Rosencrantz will open his must-have toy on Christmas morning.

My Thoughts on A Very Coco Christmas

This book would make Santa’s belly shake when he laughs like a bowl full of jelly…HoHoHo 🎅🏻

this hilarious novella was the perfect appetizer to the cocoa Pinchard series… this book definitely wet my appetite and left me craving more….This book was the perfect blend of romance, humor, and Christmas… The characters in this story were absolutely delightful, but perhaps it was the turkey that stole the show….

Coco was absolutely fantastic I would love to be friends with the girl… Daniel was the perfect amount of bad boy… there two mothers were just perfect to play off each other, I really got a kick out of Daniel‘s mother Ethel! I mean what’s not to love about a book set in the 80s filled with aquanet, a turkey, and the Christmas dinner from hell! This book just made me smile the entire time, it also made me want to drop everything and dive into this series! And I truly would have if I didn’t have so many other books I need to get to…

Fantastic festive read that kicks off what looks like a must-read romcom series!

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Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice, which is the first in his Detective Erika Foster series. It has sold over one million copies.

The Night Stalker, Dark Water, Last Breath and Cold Blood are the second, third, fourth and fifth books in the series. The sixth book, Deadly Secrets, has just been published.

Robert’s books have sold over 2.5 million copies and have been translated into 28 languages.

In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

You can find out more about the author at www.robertbryndza.com and on Twitter and Instagram @RobertBryndza

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Snowy Nights at the Lonely Hearts Hotel by Karen King @karen_king @bookouture #bookreview ⛄️

Happy Sunday bibliophiles!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this dazzling and festive holiday Red!🎄

Snowy Nights at the Lonely Hearts Hotel by Karen King

My Thoughts

A dazzling heartwarming story full of comfort and joy!

This was a fantastical festive story that made me smile from first page to last…. A wonderful Christmas book is like the star on top of the Christmas tree; it just makes the season brighter…. This truly is a perfect Christmas book for those of us that could read a Christmas book in the middle of July! You know who you are! This book thoroughly embraces the Christmas spirit, not a good book for a Grinch! Although it would probably make your heart grow two sizes larger!

Saffy works hard and parties harder, or so everyone thinks…. when her sister calls pleading with her to host her annual Christmas single parent party, Saffy reluctantly agrees… not necessarily the type of party she had planned to bring her Christmas cheer…. with the help of her sisters handsome single neighbor Logan and his adorable daughter Chloe, Saffy is determined to make this party a success! Festive decorating, a beautiful Christmas tree, holiday perfection…. and snow, snow, and more snow….

This book was packed full of delightful characters….Saffy was such a fun character with a big heart, Logan was just a good guy, and Chloe was adorable quite often stealing the scene!Saffy’s neighbors Robbie and Dunkin added some humor and drama to this fantastic story…. i became so invested in the lives of these characters throughout this book, I sure am hoping there is a follow up….

A wonderful holiday Reid that will leave you feeling merry and bright… absolutely recommend to anyone who enjoys a festive story filled with wonderful characters that will leave you feeling warm all over…

*** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Snowy rooftops, mulled wine, and a hot single dad. Not the Christmas Saffy wished for… but maybe the one she needs? 

Twenty-nine-year-old Saffron Baxterknew her fun holiday plans didn’t stand a chance the moment her sister called to say she was stuck abroad with no hope of being home before Christmas. Saffy would just have to abandon thoughts of wild festive parties in the city and head down to remote Cornwall. 

Because every year her sister hosts a huge Christmas meal for all the single parents in her village. And Saffy knows it’d break her heart to let them down. 

Arriving as snow starts to fall over the thatched cottages of the little harbour town of Port Breok, she meets Logan – the tall, fair-haired, blue-eyed, devoted single dad who lives over the road, with his adorable daughter Chloe. At first she thinks he might help her make Christmas Day extra-memorable, but he just seems convinced she’ll never manage – that she’s just a party girl who doesn’t care about family, or anyone’s feelings. Maybe he’s right. After all – she doesn’t want to settle down, she’s only there for a few days… But she’s still determined to do her sister proud with gorgeous decorations, the most beautiful real tree – complete with extra twinkly lights, and delicious mince pies. To make it a Christmas everyone will remember, especially little Chloe. Even if, when the mistletoe comes down, she knows she’ll probably never see Logan again… 

The perfect festive romance novel, ideal for fans of Nora Roberts, Jenny Hale and Debbie Macomber. 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!🎄 berit❄️✨

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Christmas Spirit by Nicola May @nicolamay1 @rararesources #bookreview #giveaway

Happy hump day!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this festive short story! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and two Nicola May for her wonderful words!🎁

Christmas Spirit

coverIt’s two days before Christmas – and Evie Harris finds herself both manless and jobless. After a chance encounter with handsome Greg (and egged on by her toy-boy-eating friend, Bea) she agrees to work at a homeless shelter on Christmas Day.
Striking up an unlikely friendship with homeless Yves, Evie begins an unwitting journey of spiritual awakening, all set against the sparkling winter backdrop of London landmarks. 

A New Year’s Eve revelation is on its way . . . but will it leave Evie with a happy heart, or will she allow the pre-Christmas past to dictate her future?

My Thoughts

A charming and festive Reid, a powerful story in a little package! 🎁

This was a suite short story all about the magic of Christmas… a story filled with peace, hope, and strength… a lovely story about finding wisdom and tranquility where you least expect it…

Evie goes out with her BFF Bea, for a night of drinking and forgetting… forgetting that she just broke up with her boyfriend a few days before Christmas… while out she meets the handsome Gary with a heart shaped birthmark…. with some arm twisting from Gary and Bea, Evie is convinced to volunteer at a soup kitchen on Christmas Day… while at the soup kitchen she meets Yve and that’s when all the magic begins…. there is something very special about Yve, is he Evie’s very own guardian angel?

Such a beautiful story sprinkled with so much magic and love! I absolutely loved the message of this book… and yes the romance moves quickly, but it had two they’re only 58 pages… I have to say there’s quite a bit packed into this short book… I love the message, I love the lessons, I loved the watercolors, I love the poetry, I love the characters, I love the setting…. my favorite part though was the magical twist at the very end!

A holly Jolly story that will put you in the holiday mood and fill your heart with hope❤️💚❤️

*** thank you so much to Rachel for my copy of this book ***

Purchase Link:

Amazon UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Spirit-Nicola-May-ebook/dp/B00GG2O66U

Amazon US –  https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Spirit-Nicola-May-ebook/dp/B00GG2O66U

LowRes_DSC6798Nicola May – Biography

Nicola May lives near the famous Ascot racecourse with her black-and-white rescue cat, Stan.  Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks – and, naturally, enjoying a flutter on the horses.

Nicola likes to write about love, life and friendship in a realistic way, describing her novels as ‘chicklit with a kick’.

She has written eight novels, with Christmas Spirit being her first novella.

Follow Nicola May

Website – www.nicolamay.com

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Twitter – https://twitter.com/nicolamay1

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/author_nicola/

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48 days until Christmas! Have you started shopping yet? I haven’t! Berit☀️✨

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What Happened to Us? by Faith Hogan @GerHogan @Aria_Fiction #bookreview

Happy Sunday! Did you remember to fall back??? We had a time change overnight in the US, so I got an extra hour!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this charming story many thanks to faith Hogan for reaching out and inviting me on her blog tour! 💕

9781788548588Carrie Nolan is devastated when she is dumped by Kevin Mulvey after more than a decade without even a backwards glance! On reflection, she has sacrificed her own long term happiness establishing their critically acclaimed Dublin restaurant and pandering to his excessive ego.

Meanwhile Kevin can’t believe his luck. Valentina, their new waitress is a stunner, the kind of girl that turns heads when she walks in a room and surprise, surprise she has chosen him! He is living the dream!

Carrie seeks solace from a circle of mismatched friends who need her as much as she needs them. Jane, who struggles to run the pub on the opposite side of the street, Luke, who has stopped drifting while his father settles in a nearby nursing home and Teddy, a dog who asks for nothing more than the chance to stay by Carrie’s side.

With Christmas just around the corner, all is not quite as it seems and a catastrophic sequence of events leads to the unthinkable…

How far do you need to fall before you learn the true value of family and friends? And is it ever too late to start again…

My Thoughts

This was a delightful heartwarming story, comfort food for the mind!!!

Carrie is being added to my book BFF list! Loved her! She was such a wonderful character, who was going through such a terrible time, and she handled it like a champ! I loved riding the roller coaster of emotion with her throughout this book… I cried with her… I raged with her… I laughed with her… I smiled with her… Love reading a story that completely sucks you into the character’s life…

Carrie is devastated when her longtime boyfriend Kevin breaks up with her… even more devastating Kevin is also her business partner and his new girlfriend Valentina works at the restaurant that he and Carrie co-own… it sure was fun hating on Kevin and Valentina throughout this book, and they sure made it easy! Soon after the break up carry realized how much time she had spent not only taking care of Kevin but his high maintenance mother as well…. Carrie also made several new friends including: Jane an elderly lady, Luke a handsome potential love interest, and Teddy an adorable dog… I absolutely loved the bond that all these characters formed with one another, they were so there for each other… and for those of you who believe in karma, as carrie’s life was getting better and better, Kevin began to realize how much he needed her! Kevin my friend Karma is a bioch!

Such a charming story of new beginnings and second chances with a bit of a festive feel! As Christmas approaches there are some strange goings-on in the restaurant… there is also a question of romance between carry and Luke? Will these two find their way under the mistletoe? I strongly encourage you to pick this book up and find out for yourself! It is such a treat, a little escape that will give you hope!

*** many thanks to Faith Hogan and Aria for my copy of this book ***

Buy links

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Hogan_FaithAbout the author

Faith was born in Ireland and currently lives there with her husband, four children and two fussy cats. She gained an Honors Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate from University College, Galway. She was a winner in the 2014 Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair- an international competition for emerging writers. When she’s not writing, she’s an enthusiastic dog walker and reluctant jogger.

Follow Faith

Twitter: @gerhogan

Facebook: @faithhoganauthor

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Promise Me by Jade Beer @JadeBRIDES @bookouture #bookreview

Trick or Treat!👻🎃

This is probably not the most appropriate book to post on Halloween, but it is a story sure to make you scream! With delight! Much more of a treat then a trick, this book is as sweet as Halloween candy!🙄

Many thanks to Kim for my invitation and to Jade Beer for her lovely words!🧡🖤

Promise-Me-KindleIf you could wish one thing for your daughter, what would it be?

Jenny lost her beloved mother as a teenager, and was left devastated. As a parting gift she left her daughter a bundle of letters, one for each significant day of Jenny’s future. First date, first broken heart, graduation day… and one for the day Jenny meets the love of her life.

Her mother’s letters are everything to her, but how can Jenny ever become the confident, successful woman her mother wanted her to be when her heart is broken by her loss? When an unexpected meeting has Jenny mistaken for somebody she’s not, Jenny learns that sometimes pretending is the easiest way to tell the truth and that loving someone can mean letting them go…

An absolutely unforgettable book club read that will break your heart. If you love Jojo Moyes, Cecelia Ahern and Nancy Thayer you will love this unputdownable page-turner.

My Thoughts

A festive and beautiful story filled with wedding bells and Christmas trees….

I absolutely loved Jade Beer’s first novel “The Almost Wife”…. so I was so delighted to see that this book featured some of the characters I had grown to adore in that book, Helen the owner of the wedding boutique and her daughter Betsy… Helen was an absolute stand out in the previous book, and she definitely did not disappoint in this one! She is The mother everyone deserves, and the mother who is not completely appreciated by her own daughter….

The blurb for this book is a bit missleading, the focus is not solely on Jenny but also on Helen, her daughter Betsy, and Nat… all these women bring something wonderful and different to the story… Helen brings her heart, Jenny brings her vulnerability, Betsy brings her confusion, and Nat brings her sass…. and what we get is a lovely and engaging read filled with romance, friendship, and laughter! You will cry for these girls… you will laugh with these girls… you will roll your eyes at these girls… you will want to reach through the pages and hug these girls… and by the end of this book you will adore each and every one of them!

Jade Beer paints this delightful story about women for women…. what I love so much is on the surface this appears to be about weddings, wedding dresses, wedding drama, etc. etc. etc. but at its heart this book is about women and how strong they are, and how smart they are, and how amazing the bond is between them…. just like a woman this book is pretty and soft on the outside, but on the inside it is fierce! A ferocious story in a fluffy package!

Absolutely recommend to anyone who is a fan of women’s fiction, this is an author not to miss!

*** A huge thank you to Bookouture for my copy ***

Promise Me by Jade Beer
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Jade Beer author photoAbout me by Jade Beer:

Hello!
I’m Jade. I’m a novelist, mother to two young daughters and the editor of Conde Nast Brides.

I love writing about women and all the challenges we face in our daily lives. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some incredibly talented women throughout my career as a journalist and editor – ones who juggle the most all-encompassing careers with family and friendships and everything else that life throws at them. They often make it look so easy. But we all know it’s not. And that need to present one version of yourself to the world, while keeping the grittier, less polished reality under wraps, is a thread that runs strongly through my debut novel, The Almost Wife.

In my day job as the editor of Conde Nast Brides, I share my working life with editors of some of the glossiest, luxury brands in the world – Vogue, Tatler, Glamour – and I have the enormous priviledge of travelling the world and sitting front row at beautiful fashion shows and working with the world’s leading florists, cake makers and stylists. But I also take a daily peek into the lives of young women who are engulfed in one of the most exciting times of their lives – planning their wedding days. This, above everything else, is the really fun bit. Being on the front line if you like. Hearing their thoughts, fears, worries and ambitions for the future. This really powerful cocktail of glamour and reality dances across every page of The Almost Wife and is currently being poured into my second novel which is due out in October this year.

I’m not sure I could have written The Almost Wife without making it personal too, feeding some of my own quiet fears into the mix. I’ve sat in important meetings, dropping huge clangers that years later still make me cringe. I’ve got more than my fair share of self-doubt and suffer like many other women from the dreaded imposter syndrome. I worry constantly about my family. How much time I have left with them. Am I doing any of it right? Will I be riddled with regret in later years? Will my daughters be critical of the choices I made? Am I failing the people I love the most?

Although work places me full time in London, my heart is in the countryside where I live with my husband and our two daughters. The Cotswolds is where my husband and I used to spend romantic weekends plotting our future together long before children came along and is now where I watch them both run free, hoping I will keep them close for many years to come.

Take a peek inside my life on Instagram @jadebeerbrides

Have a spectacular day! Berit☀️✨