chick-lit · Christmas · romance

The Christmas Wedding – James Patterson & Richard Dilallo ★★★★★

Blurb; The tree is decorated, the cookies are baked, and the packages are wrapped, but the biggest celebration this Christmas is Gaby Summerhill’s wedding. Since her husband died three years ago, Gaby’s four children have drifted apart, each consumed by the turbulence of their own lives. They haven’t celebrated Christmas together since their father’s death, but when Gaby announces that she’s getting married–and that the groom will remain a secret until the wedding day–she may finally be able to bring them home for the holidays.

But the wedding isn’t Gaby’s only surprise–she has one more gift for her children, and it could change all their lives forever. With deeply affecting characters and the emotional twists of a James Patterson thriller, The Christmas Wedding is a fresh look at family and the magic of the season.

My Review; With Christmas 27 days away it’s time to read some Christmas books. This is a stunning read. Devoured it in one day. A Christmas wedding but with a twist… After receiving three marriage proposals noone knows who she is about to marry. Suspense. It’s a coming home and bringing the family together again story. Warm. Cosy. Comfort read. Beautiful. A happy ending for all. Adored this. Short chapters throughout. A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend. Isn’t that cover just stunning though. Won’t forget this one in a rush.

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chick-lit · Emotional · romance · Young adult

Breathless – Jennifer Niven ★★★★

Blurb; You were my first. Not just sex, although that was part of it, but the first to look past everything else into me. Some of the names and places have been changed, but the story is true. It’s all here because one day this will be the past, and I don’t want to forget what I went through, what I thought, what I felt, who I was. I don’t want to forget you. But most of all, I don’t want to forget me.

For her last summer before college, Claudine Henry and her mother head to a remote island off the Georgia coast. There, amidst the wild beauty of the place, she meets the free spirited Jeremiah Crew. Their chemistry is immediate and irresistible, and even though they both know that whatever they have can only last the summer, maybe one summer is enough . . .

My Review; This is one of my best friends favourite authors so ofcourse I had to read it. YA/romance. Emotional reading in parts. Claudine is an amazing main character, after her parents split she finds herself with her mother on a remote island with no phone signal. What will she do? Surely she won’t fall in love will she? That is exactly what she does. A story all about first love. Overcoming her parents break up, learning about herself & her family past. A beautiful story. Does contain sex scenes.

Devoured the majority of this in one day. Absolutely loved it. The ending annoying me. Well a certain part. No spoilers but highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me. Stunning. A read that stays with you and reminds you all about your first love. Cute.

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chick-lit · Children's · Comedy

Jacky Ha-Ha – James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein ★★★★

Blurb; In his new middle grade novel that debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, James Patterson introduces his hilarious new heroine, Jacky Ha-Ha, a class clown who makes people laugh with her so they can’t laugh at her.

With her irresistible urge to tell a joke in every situation–even when she really, really shouldn’t–twelve-year-old Jacky Ha-Ha loves to make people laugh. And cracking wise helps distract her from thinking about not-so-funny things in her life, like her mom serving in a dangerous, faraway war, and a dad who’s hardly ever home.

But no matter how much fun Jacky has, she can’t seem to escape her worries. So one starlit night, she makes a promise to keep her family together…even if she has to give up the one thing that makes her happy. But can she stop being Jacky Ha-Ha, if that’s who she really is?

My Review; Another children’s book I have devoured today at over 300 pages long. This book is extremely similar to Jacqueline Wilson style & her characters which I absolutely adore. An easy read with plenty of illustrations throughout.

Meet Jacky. Class clown. Funny. Sometimes naughty. Mischievous. Top of the class for receiving detentions. But in this story she finds something to put all her attention into. Maybe this is how she could turn herself around? Be someone to be proud of. A brilliant story of using her attitude and jokes for the better… This is Jacky writing to her daughters about her younger years.

Short chapters. Funny. Determined character. I loved Jacky. Highly recommend! A well deserved four stars from me. There is also a follow on from this which I have not found yet. This is book one.

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