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.
Blurb; The Christmas-crazy Carrolls are back – and this time, they have an ice-skating baby penguin!
There’s a new family in town determined to steal the Carrolls’ tinselly crown. Can Holly and her family win the Christmas Chronicle’s competition for the Most Festive Family? Or will they discover that there is more to life than perfect Christmas decorations, a personal toboggan run, and more pressies than you can shake a candy cane at?
My Review; I loved book one of this, I would recommend reading these in order as does refer to the previous book and gives a good background into this family and characters. It is illustrated throughout, a perfect children christmas read. Funny. Christmassy. Festive. It is a competition for who has the best christmas, so ofcourse the Carrolls are in with a chance of winning but with Holly getting older and wanting to celebrate Halloween this year do they have a chance to win? The competiton is mega and the other family is quite rude and very different from the Carrolls as they have their own Christmas village. It’s a race against time who will win? Parts had me laughing away, perfect for all children (and big kids like me). Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me. Did I also mention? This book has the most adorable little penguin who likes to escape, so it’s a must buy from me.
Blurb; With her new-found happiness unexpectedly crushed, Clara is struggling to move forward. It’s hard – especially with step-sister Lois bouncing around the place with joy and making all sorts of plans for the future. When step-mum Irene starts behaving oddly and a neighbour makes a shocking accusation, Clara finds herself in an impossible position. And it’s a situation that threatens to destroy her blossoming romance almost before it’s begun . . .
My Review; Book one before this (Clara’s Secret Garden) needs to be read first otherwise you will not understand this story as fully as you could, does not work as a standalone. But I absolutely loved this. It is a short read which follows straight on from book one. I adore Claras character. Now she is part of a very dysfunctional family and her step sister is dating the man of her dreams and there is ALOT of family drama in this story but there is also the resolving of said issues, hope, a happy ending and an adventure awaits which I’m guessing will take us straight into the next book. It does contain the famous Duck Pond Cafe as she works their part time but this little trilogy focuses more on Clara and her family. Another book I devoured and loved and would highly recommend to you all. I am a huge Rosie Green fan. I look forward to book three already. A well deserved four stars from me.
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