Christmas · Emotional

The Deal Of A Lifetime – Fredrick Backman ★★★★

Blurb; A father and a son are seeing each other for the first time in years. The father has a story to share before it’s too late. He tells his son about a courageous little girl lying in a hospital bed a few miles away. She’s a smart kid—smart enough to know that she won’t beat cancer by drawing with crayons all day, but it seems to make the adults happy, so she keeps doing it.

As he talks about this plucky little girl, the father also reveals more about himself: his triumphs in business, his failures as a parent, his past regrets, his hopes for the future.

Now, on a cold winter’s night, the father has been given an unexpected chance to do something remarkable that could change the destiny of a little girl he hardly knows. But before he can make the deal of a lifetime, he must find out what his own life has actually been worth, and only his son can reveal that answer.

My Review; From the bestselling author of A Man Called Ove comes a short, not your average, cheerful Christmas story. A beautiful story. A sad story. A thought provoking story… One that will stick with you.

The Deal Of A Lifetime is 70 pages long and can be quickly devoured in less than an hour. It contains beautiful illustrations throughout. A great snappy read for those readers with not much time. An ending open to the readers imagination. A story that could have been so much more detailed and longer but perfect as it is.

Loved it. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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chick-lit · Christmas · romance

*BLOG TOUR* The Christmas Wish – Tilly Tennant ★★★★

Blurb; Christmas is coming but it doesn’t feel that way for Esme Greenwood. Recently jilted by her cheating fiancee Warren, she’s had enough of London life and escapes to Thimble Cottage in the Peak District, home of her beloved grandmother Matilda.

While Esme mourns for the wedding she’ll never have, Matilda puts her granddaughter back together again with comforting words and generous helpings of fruitcake and together, they plan the trip of a lifetime, to Lapland to see the northern lights, somewhere Matilda has always dreamt of going.

But tragedy strikes and when Matilda dies, Esme screws up the courage to go on the trip on her own to honour her beloved grandmother’s wishes. At the airport she meets a motley crew of characters including Zach, a handsome, brooding, out-of- work actor and together they set off for an adventure.

Beneath the indigo skies of Lapland, Esme and Zach grow closer. But when Esme is bombarded by messages from Warren promising he’s changed and she discovers that Zach is hiding something very significant – will her head be turned? And when a trip to the northern lights reveals the full extent of Zach’s own secret past, is there any hope that Esme will get the happy ending that her grandmother wished for her?

My Review; Happy Publication Day! Awwh I absolutely loved this story. Got me feeling festive and ready for Christmas already! I lost myself in this story, I was right there beside Esme the whole time. I loved the setting, snow, the adventures, santa and the Christmas village. It was perfect!

I did feel that poor Esme was having a very tough time for the most part of the book… Not having much luck with life. This holiday was well needed for poor Esme, she needed a break from life. From the start I didn’t like Warran, too controlling and firm for me. But when four solo travellers get together to go on this holiday it may be the best thing yet for Esme.

I loved the group. The most unexpected of allies and friends to comfort each other while on holiday. I loved them all Zach, Hortense and Brian all very different, unique and have their own characteristics but making the perfect group and the story even better. It was just what I needed making a perfect little film in my mind. A brilliant heart-warming ending too. Will Esmes life ever get better? Will she find her perfect ending?

This is a cracking Christmas read I would highly recommend to you all! A well deserved four stars. Take yourself away onto a little Christmas break! Perfect. Beautiful.

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chick-lit · Christmas · romance

*BLOG TOUR* The Christmas Cafe at Seashell Cove – Karen Clarke ★★★★

Blurb; It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the café at Seashell Cove, where there’s hot chocolate to keep you warm – and the man of your dreams could be waiting…

Interior designer Tilly Campbell loves being carefree and single. But her latest job is redecorating the cosy local café for a Christmas party, and when her friends confess their plans for the big night – including a proposal, a declaration of love and a pregnancy announcement – Tilly starts to wonder if she might be missing out…

Transforming the café into a winter wonderland is more of a challenge than she thought, so when she bumps into gorgeous newcomer Seth, Tilly welcomes the distraction. Seth is a single father, struggling to settle his son Jack into their new cottage, and Tilly is determined to help them make their house into a home in time for Christmas.

But with the café still in chaos just days before the party it looks like it’s going to be a Christmas to remember for all the wrong reasons… With friends old and new relying on her, can Tilly save the Christmas party?

And could she finally find love waiting for her under the mistletoe?

My Review; My first Christmas book of 2018 and it was brilliant! Got me right into the Christmas spirit and mood now, even though I’ve already started my Christmas shopping! Eee.

I absolutely loved Tillys character she just wants everything done in time for Christmas and happy to help anyone, putting others before herself. I also liked Seth what a handsome man who is trying his best to settle with his son. I loved it all. Especially towards the end. This has to be the perfect Christmas read for 2018. Perfection.

Beautifully written, easy to read, fast paced. I loved it. Devoured it. Perfect for these cold nights snuggled up in bed! Parts had me laughing away to myself. I think I’m falling in love with Seashell Cove a little bit. A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend! Will Tilly get her happy ever after?

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