Christmas · Short Stories

*BLOG TOUR* The No-Hopers Christmas Club – Geraldine Ryan ★★★★

Blurb; As warming as a mince pie and a glass of sherry, these eighteen festive-themed shorts are just waiting to be unwrapped.
A lonely dog shelter volunteer battles to find new homes for her long-time canine residents while realising her own future is just as uncertain. As the new year approaches, can a fellow animal lover give her the fresh start she so wants for her dogs.
A widowed grandmother prepares to reunite with her forbidden first love, only to discover the grand country pile from where he’s sent her a Christmas card isn’t quite what it seems.
A single woman finally meets a man to couple up with over the festive season, but will the eccentric mistress of her late father destroy her plans?
An ambitious 20-something attends a lavish Christmas party with only one aim – to bag a rich husband. But her plans are derailed when a troubling connection with the aristocrat she’s set her sights on is revealed.
Geraldine Ryan is a prolific short-story writer whose work has appeared in Woman’s Weekly and Take a Break’s Fiction Feast magazines. This yuletide collection follows hot on the heels of her first published anthology Riding Pillion with George Clooney. While Christmas comes but once a year, these moving and humorous tales will stay with you for a lifetime.

My Review; This is a collection of short christmas stories and each is very different in many way. Perfect for readers who don’t have much time. My favourite story had to be the dog shelter one, who doesn’t love dogs? Some stories are longer than others but all are perfect. A nice easy, cosy and relaxing read full of beautiful stories. Highly recommend for the run up to Christmas. A well deserved four star from me.

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Bestsellers · chick-lit · romance

You and Me on Vacation – Emily Henry ★★★★★

Blurb; Two friends. Ten trips. Their last chance to fall in love…

*Also known as People We Meet On Vacation*

12 YEARS AGO: Poppy and Alex meet. They hate each other, and are pretty confident they’ll never speak again.

11 YEARS AGO: They’re forced to share a ride home from college and by the end of it a friendship is formed. And a pact: every year, one vacation together.

10 YEARS AGO: Alex discovers his fear of flying on the way to Vancouver.
Poppy holds his hand the whole way.

7 YEARS AGO: They get far too drunk and narrowly avoid getting matching tattoos in New Orleans.

2 YEARS AGO: It all goes wrong.

THIS YEAR: Poppy asks Alex to join her on one last trip. A trip that will determine the rest of their lives.

My Review; I read book lovers before this and fell in love with this author so ofcourse I had to read her other books and this was just as brilliant. A holiday rom-com. Raced through this. The chapters flick from their current holiday to their past 12 holidays together. A beautiful story. Uplifting. Warm. Full of friendship and love. Perfect read. Would highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me. I loved both Alex and Poppy’s characters. I love this author, her stories and writing style.

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Bestsellers · mystery · suspense · Young adult

The Final Gambit – Jennifer Lynn Barnes ★★★★★

Blurb; Avery’s fortune, life, and loves are on the line in the game that everyone will be talking about.

To inherit billions, all Avery Kylie Grambs has to do is survive a few more weeks living in Hawthorne House. The paparazzi are dogging her every step. Financial pressures are building. Danger is a fact of life. And the only thing getting Avery through it all is the Hawthorne brothers. Her life is intertwined with theirs. She knows their secrets, and they know her.

But as the clock ticks down to the moment when Avery will become the richest teenager on the planet, trouble arrives in the form of a visitor who needs her help—and whose presence in Hawthorne House could change everything. It soon becomes clear that there is one last puzzle to solve, and Avery and the Hawthorne brothers are drawn into a dangerous game against an unknown and powerful player.

Secrets upon secrets. Riddles upon riddles. In this game, there are hearts and lives at stake—and there is nothing more Hawthorne than winning.

My Review; Wow. I devoured this. What a way to end the trilogy. Yes they must be read in order, but this final book just blew me away. A trilogy I don’t think I will ever be able to forget. Full of games, secrets, lost family members/ties, lies and loss. Wow. I wish I could read it all over again for the first time. A brilliant wrap and up and way to end it. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars ofcourse. (No spoilers for Mel, hurry up and read the damn book).

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