chick-lit · Christmas · romance

A Christmas Gift – Sue Moorcroft. ★★★★

Blurb; A sumptuous, festive read from the #1 bestseller, Sue Moorcroft.

Georgine loves Christmas. The festive season always brings the little village of Middledip to life. But since her ex-boyfriend walked out, leaving her with crippling debts, Georgine’s struggled to make ends meet.

To keep her mind off her worries, she throws herself into organising the Christmas show at the local school. And when handsome Joe Blackthorn becomes her assistant, Georgine’s grateful for the help. But there’s something about Joe she can’t quite put her finger on. Could there be more to him than meets the eye?

Georgine’s past is going to catch up with her in ways she never expected. But can the help of friends new and old make this a Christmas to remember after all?

Curl up with the gorgeous new book from the Sunday Times bestseller, perfect for fans of Carole Matthews and Trisha Ashley.

My Review; This is another from my library pile after the poop year we have had I picked up some Christmas books to get me into the spirit. However, this isn’t an uplifting, romance, perfect Christmas. This story focuses on the production of a play and an old friend (Joe) returning from the past. The story also includes talks of debt and ballifs so not all that festive of a read for me.

However, it was a brilliant story and I really enjoyed it, it just wasn’t what I expected at first. The story all comes together towards the end where it does turn into a proper Christmas, happy, successful story. The play is going ahead and fantastic. While we learn all about Joe and his secret life he wanted to keep hidden… Intriguing. An easy read. Different from the ‘normal’ Christmas stories. A little bit of romance towards the end.

A well deserved four stars from me. I would recommend! You’ve got to remember life still goes on at Christmas and many people struggle and don’t like it and that’s included in this story. Ballifs don’t stop for the festive period and neither does debt.

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chick-lit · Christmas · drama · romance

The Little Village Christmas – Sue Moorcroft ★★★★

Blurb; Alexia Kennedy – interior decorator extraordinaire – has been tasked with giving the little village of Middledip the community café it’s always dreamed of.

After months of fundraising, the villagers can’t wait to see work get started – but disaster strikes when every last penny is stolen. With Middledip up in arms at how this could have happened, Alexia feels ready to admit defeat.

But help comes in an unlikely form when woodsman, Ben Hardaker and his rescue owl Barney, arrive on the scene. Another lost soul who’s hit rock bottom, Ben and Alexia make an unlikely partnership.

However, they soon realise that a little sprinkling of Christmas magic might just help to bring this village – and their lives – together again.

My Review; Another great Christmas read from Sue Moorcroft. I awarded four stars. The Little Village Christmas has everything drama, romance, christmas and chick-lit. I loved the setting of the cute little village Middledip and especially the character Ben with his pet owl and cosy little cottage. This story is easy to read and written well. I much prefer this story compared to The Christmas Promise I have previously reviewed. If you haven’t read it already I would recommend you give this story a try. It also has one of those perfect heartwarming endings. 

chick-lit · Christmas · romance

The Christmas Promise -Sue Moorcroft ★★★★

Blurb; On a snowy December evening, Sam Jermyn steps into the life of bespoke hat maker Ava. Sparks fly, and not necessarily the good ones.

Times are tough for Ava – she’s struggling to make ends meet, her ex-boyfriend is a bully, and worst of all, it’s nearly Christmas.

So when Sam commissions Ava to make a hat for someone special, she makes a promise that will change her life. She just doesn’t know it yet…

My Review; Well, its nearly Christmas so I decided to dive into this story. The cover is beautiful! Now I must admit this is not your average romantic, uplifting Christmas story. This is a story that is very different. It contains the subject of cancer within and contains blackmail throughout the first half of the story which does make it a bit of a downer to read and enjoy. 

However, it is also a one of a kind story that includes main character Ava, a couture millinery (hat maker) which I have never read about before! While we are talking about characters I must say that I fell in love with Sam from the beginning what a gentleman! But… I had a strong dislike for Harvey. 

If you’re looking for a happy, uplifting, excited for Christmas book this is not it. However, it is still a good read which is why I awarded four stars. It is written well and easy to read. I would recommend you all check this book out. I will be reading more by Sue in the future.