chick-lit · Christmas · romance · Short Stories

*BLOG TOUR* Sea Holly & Mistletoe Kisses – Laura Briggs ★★★★

Blurb; Christmas is coming to Port Hewer and the hotel Penmarrow, where Maisie is suffering a case of the holiday blues far from home this year — until Gavin, a young American businessman staying at the hotel through Christmas, talks her into joining him as his partner in the hotel’s ice sculpting competition in a mutual pact to enjoy the holidays to the fullest.

Meanwhile, Maisie experiences the village Christmas season vicariously through Sidney, and continues writing her Poe-inspired story with only Sidney aware of her secret novel. She soon learns, however, that criticism and praise go hand in hand when he takes issue with her latest chapters, which puts pressure on their friendship, too.

But is that what’s really the issue between them? Because handsome Gavin has more than ice sculpting in mind when it comes to Maisie’s time, which comes as a surprise to no one who’s seen them together. As Maisie faces this sudden romantic dilemma, she realizes what she wants most in her life … and faces a question of what her heart wants most, too.

My Review; It appears this is book three in A Little Hotel in Cornwall series, which I didn’t know. However, it read perfectly fine as a standalone. It is a short read at just under 200 pages. Set in a hotel in Cornwall. You get a good background of the main character Maisie so I don’t have a clue what happened in book one or two, I will have to go back and read these.

A beautiful setting for the story and a brilliant time of year AKA Christmas! Could romance be on the books for Maisie this year? It sure is possible. Brilliantly written however, there is no chapters at all in this book, just one long story which is hard to find places to stop. I also learnt a lot from this book about Ice sculpturing. Different.

An easy, different festive read for 2019! A well deserved four stars from me.

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chick-lit · romance · Short Stories

*BLOG TOUR* Saving Grace – Jess B. Moore ★★★★

Blurb; Brandt Grace is trouble no matter what he says or does, always getting in his own way, and trying to prove he can do better and be better only to fall on his face. Saving Grace follows Brandt’s unintentional fall for Lola Donovan, the previously friendly girl turned quiet ghost of a girl. They connect at rock bottom, finding an unexpected source of strength in each other. Can they find a way to leave the past behind and build a future together?

My Review; What a beautiful cover. A shortish read too. The story is told through the two main characters Lola and Brandt… Good girl. Bad guy. Or is it??? Saving Grace is an easy, fast paced read set in a small town where everyone knows each other…

Bless Lola she’s holding on to the past and isn’t letting go which is affecting her present. Brandt is a bad boy who’s claiming he has changed but has he? These two totally different characters end up together in a way they never expected. It’s a beautiful story with some challenges along the way and an ending that was perfect!

A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. I really enjoyed reading this one. Brilliantly written. Short chapters.

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Adapted to film · chick-lit · Emotional · Short Stories

If I Stay – Gayle Forman ★★★★

Blurb; Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.

Stay, he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.

My Review; This is one I borrowed from a friend it is a short read at just over 200 pages which spans over a long two days. Mia experienced something a young girl should never have to experience… It’s an eye opening, heart-breaking and emotional read in parts. You really feel for Mia.

It’s a different story as Mia can see everything thats happening around her even when she’s in a coma, having surgery and at deaths door. Like a ghost… She realises some truths along the way and some devastating facts. I was with her the whole time… The ending is like a woah, what happens next? Which is why I really need to dive into book two to see what happens. A cliffhanger.

A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend. I can’t wait to see what happens in book two… and to watch the film.

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