chick-lit · Christmas · romance

*BLOG TOUR* The Christmas Swap – Sandy Barker. ★★★★

Blurb; Chloe, Jules, and Lucy meet at a Maui resort kids’ club, aged 11, forging a lifelong friendship spanning two decades and three continents.

Twenty-two years later, they decide to swap Christmases, none of them expecting the hilarity and romantic escapades that will ensue.

Chloe from Melbourne spends her Christmas with Lucy’s mum and dad in a sleepy village in Oxfordshire, England, stunned to the core when she discovers who grew up across the road from Lucy.

Lucy, who has jetted off to snowy Colorado for her dream-come-true white Christmas, is taken into the fold of Jules’s loud and brash family, discovering more about herself in a few short days than she has in years.

And Jules leaves the cold climes of Colorado to spend a balmy ‘Orphan’s Christmas’ with Chloe’s friends in Melbourne, finding that time away from her mundane life is just what she needed.

Join these three lovable women as they each get a Christmas to surpass their wildest dreams.

My Review; 3 girls. 3 best friends. 3 sisters. 3 different Christmases. Meet Chloe, Lucy and Jules. It all begins when they decide they all want to swap their Christmases around. I mean we all would like to get away huh? But this is different…

It’s a chick-lit, romance and Christmas story all in one. Perfect. Told through each of the characters we get a glimpse into each of their Christmases and none of them expected what would happen to them… They all come back together at the end for New Year and it’s a beautiful happy ending. Their three way friendship is amazing and strong. This story highlights the power of that… Friendship and love. Brilliant endings for all three of them and I’d love to read more about their futures.

Parts had me giggling away so add in a bit of comedy too. It’s a story that will make you smile and warm your heart! Perfect to cosy up with and look forward to Christmas yourself. Brilliantly written. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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*BLOG TOUR* The Cornish Key to Happiness – Laura Briggs ★★★★

Blurb; Past secrets return to complicate Maisie’s future with the charming Sidney Daniels in the final installment of the Cornish romance series.
Picking up where book seven left off, Maisie’s plans to celebrate her book’s thrilling news remain on hold after Sidney has vanished from Port Hewer overnight, following a brush with his secret past. His departure leaves Maisie with a head full of questions and a heart torn in two, made even worse by the rumors flying about him through the town. Where and why has he gone? Will he ever come back again? And—foremost in Maisie’s mind—was the heartache from his younger days somehow to blame for his sudden and mysterious flight?
But when Dean convinces her that Sidney may be facing a choice that could ruin his life, Maisie must set out to find him, once again leaving behind the Cornish seaside haven of Port Hewer she’s come to think of as home, and leaving behind the answer to a secret she’s been longing to know since the beginning. Not knowing when or if she’ll return, she’s taking the biggest risk with her heart so far…and the truth she discovers waiting for her at the end of her journey will make her wonder if things can ever possibly be the same as they were before.
Questions are answered, secrets are spilled, and the biggest reveal of the series is finally unveiled as A LITTLE HOTEL IN CORNWALL reaches its exciting conclusion.

My Review; Well ain’t I an idiot huh? This is book eight in a little hotel in Cornwall series and I have not read any books before this one. D’oh! Stupid me eh. Didn’t really work for me as a standalone as I came into this series extremely late.

Also there was no chapters at all! It’s one continuous long story from start to finish, would have been better for me with chapters added. I understood the story but it was mostly set in one location a huge mansion… The ending was nice though. We all love a good ending right?

Sidney/Alex is torn into two between his past life, family and secrets and the future and life he wants to live. Maisie just wants to make sure he does what he thinks is best and make sure he happy. I liked her character. An easy, shortish read. Four stars from me. A good read.

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chick-lit · Christmas · romance

*BLOG TOUR* The Winter We Met – Samantha Tonge ★★★★

Blurb; When charming, mysterious Nik sits next to Jess on a plane home from a Christmas toy trade fair, she never could have imagined the impact he’d have on her life. As they touch down in London, Jess is hesitant to let Nik walk away, and before she knows it, she’s invited him to visit.

As the two take in the delights of the toy store where she works, Jess gets an upsetting phone call. Willow Court, her Grandmother’s care home, is to close before Christmas. Jess is determined to find the perfect new home for her Gran – and throw the best Christmas party Willow Court has ever seen!

But time is running out with the closure looming and Jess becomes increasingly drawn to enigmatic Nik who joins forces with her and best friend Oliver to realise those plans.

Will a chance encounter on an aeroplane bring love to Jess’s life or is this Christmas miracle too good to be true?

My Review; Happy Publication Day. I loved this. From the start I was just intrigued about this Nik guy, how they met and just what would happen in general. However, I did have a few doubts about him myself kind of a too good to be true thing. Part chick-lit, romance and Christmas makes a perfect cosy read in these current dark nights!

And THERE’S A DOG! We all love dogs right? I loved everything about this story. The OAPS, the OAP home, the characters and the setting. The big finale/party is what it all comes to in the end. A book full of love, hope, friendship and new beginnings. Was all just perfect to me. Brilliantly written and a easy, light read for me. I love the cover too! A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend.

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