Children's · Christmas · fantasy

The Christmas Pig – J.K. Rowling ★★★★

Blurb; A heartwarming, page-turning adventure about one child’s love for his most treasured thing, and how far he will go to find it. A tale for the whole family to fall in love with, from one of the world’s greatest storytellers.

One boy and his toy are about to change everything…

Jack loves his childhood toy, Dur Pig. DP has always been there for him, through good and bad. Until one Christmas Eve something terrible happens — DP is lost. But Christmas Eve is a night for miracles and lost causes, a night when all things can come to life… even toys. And Jack’s newest toy — the Christmas Pig (DP’s replacement) — has a daring plan: Together they’ll embark on a magical journey to seek something lost, and to save the best friend Jack has ever known…

My Review; This is one I got for Christmas. I will never be to old for J.K Rowling or children’s books. I absolutely loved this. Very similar to toy story with objects down in the land of lost coming to life. Set my imagination on fire. Beautiful illustrations throughout. Short chapters. Easy reading. A story about a boy trying to find his lost pig. Heartbreaking in parts. But he’s a strong determined character and learns a few lessons along the way. Highly recommend! A well deserved four stars.

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One Christmas Night – Hayley Webster ★★★★

Blurb; Nine lives. One street. And a secret behind every door.

Christmas is ruined on Newbury Street, Norwich.

Presents have been going missing from resident’s homes. There are rumours going around that it’s one of their own who’s been stealing from the neighbours. Festive spirit is being replaced with suspicion and the inhabitants of Newbury Street don’t know who to trust. The police presence isn’t helping matters, especially when they all have something to hide.

But Christmas is a time for miracles… and if they open themselves up to hope and look out for each other, they might discover the biggest miracle of all.

My Review; This was a buddy read with Mel from Melanie’s Reads. It is set local to her so she will be familiar with the area unlike myself. It’s a story that focuses on one street and the community. Told through several different characters it’s a bit doom and gloom at first surrounding the robberies but towards the end the community comes together. Uplifting. Hopeful. Happy endings. There was one certain character I didn’t like from the start and I soon figured out who the criminal was but it was still an enjoyable read. A well deserved four stars.

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chick-lit · Christmas · romance

The Cosy Christmas Tea Shop – Caroline Roberts ★★★★

Blurb; From sleigh bells to wedding bells . . .

After a rocky start, Ellie Hall baked her way into everyone’s hearts at Claverham Castle – even the miserly Lord Henry was won over – and the run-down teashop regained its old sparkle.

Now Ellie has upgraded cupcakes for fairytale masterpieces as the proud caterer for an ever-growing list of weddings at the castle. The teashop team love baking to the tune of happy ever afters, but can they pull together when a certain bridezilla pushes them all to boiling point?

Christmas is just around the corner, and a last minute booking threatens to snow the team under. Ellie and her hunky hubby Joe have their own Christmas dreams to chase, but they’re determined to pull through and give this special couple the winter wonderland wedding they deserve.

Will Christmas at the Cosy Teashop be a showstopper to remember?

My Review; A new author to me but one I enjoyed. Read well as a standalone but is apparently book two in the cosy teashop series. An easy read full of romance, festive cheer and community spirit. Trigger warning it does contain the mention of miscarriage. But a beautiful story for all the characters, uplifting and heart warming. A brilliant ending.

A beautiful setting of the castle and teashop. Loved everything about it. I look forward to going back to read book one. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars.

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