Christmas · Historical fiction · War

Christmas on Coronation Street – Maggie Sullivan ★★★★★

Blurb; Elsie Grimshaw lives in one of the worst streets in Weatherfield and is desperate to escape from life at home with a brutal father and the drudgery of working at the local mill. Grabbing at the slim chances that come her way, Elsie emerges from the heartbreak of first love and her marriage to bad boy, Arnold Tanner at only sixteen years old, if not much older, then certainly wiser.

Going under her married name of Elsie Tanner, she and Arnold move in to No.11 Coronation Street in 1939 as war breaks out. Her cheeky self-confidence immediately puts her at loggerheads with local busy-body Ena Sharples and Annie Walker, landlady of the Rovers Return.

As Christmas approaches, the residents of Coronation Street must put their petty squabbles aside if they are to survive the worst that Hitler’s Luftwaffe can throw at them. And as the Manchester Blitz grips their home town of Weatherfield, the residents must pull together to make this a Christmas to remember – for all of the right reasons…

My Review; This was my Christmas read over the festive period. I absolutely loved it. I fell in love with the sisters Elsie and Fay. Although having a tough upbringing they both manage to get away and live happy lifes.

This book is an up and down book at times, plenty of happy, shocking moments but also plenty of the bad including deaths. Has you feeling the whole range of emotions. I was hooked. A real page turner. Highly recommend.

This story takes you to coronation street and the surrounding streets during the war and Christmas. It was lovely to see both Elsie and Fay growing up throughout this book. A lovely ending. A well deserved five stars from me.

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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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