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Release day frenzy for Maxine Morrey & The Christmas Project! (@Scribbler_Maxi) @HQStories

Happy publication day to you,
Happy publication day to you,
Happy publication day to Maxi,
Happy publication day to youuuu!!!

It’s a very special day here on The Writing Garnet as we help celebrate Maxine Morrey’s publication day! Alongside other bloggers, TWG is taking part in a publication day frenzy for Maxine’s new release, The Christmas Project. Of course, it is a super polite way of saying ‘oi, buy this’, but you really need to buy this book. Want to find out why? It’s review time!


This Christmas fall in love in the snow with Maxine Morrey

Christmas in the city has never been more magical!

Professional organiser Kate Stone has never – NEVER – been tempted to hit a client over the head with a snow shovel, but Michael O’Farrell is the most obnoxious – and heart-stoppingly gorgeous – man she has ever met. If he weren’t her best friend’s brother, she would not have waited on his doorstep in the freezing cold for five minutes, let alone an hour.

Kate knows, however, that her job isn’t just about tidying up, sometimes she needs to be part therapist too, and Michael clearly needs her help to declutter his heart as well as his home.

But with the festive season just around the corner there isn’t much time to get Michael’s house ready for the O’Farrell family celebrations, but everyone knows that at Christmas anything can happen…

What does TWG think?

‘The Christmas Project’ has been on my radar ever since I spotted the cover on HQ’s Facebook page. I spent ages trying to figure out what this book could be about, (aside from the obvious Christmas reference), as I didn’t want to read the blurb! Thankfully, HQ got in touch asking me to get my frenzy on and read the book ready for publication date. I’ll tell you what though, Maxine’s book cover is a sly old fox!

Have you ever been in a position where you may have wanted to physically harm a client or customer, due to their pain in the bauble nature? Kate Stone has! Been in that position I mean, not actually done it, I don’t think anyway! Kate comes face to face, (an hour late I must add), with her latest client, Michael. A man who is so set in his way that he makes plaster of Paris seem like a walk in the park. No joke. Kate has been asked by her best friend to help him add a little organisation to his life, but there seems to be a slight issue!  Michael is phwoar, a total hunk yet his mouth seems to bring out the worst in Kate. Will Kate manage to organise Michael’s home AND tame his sharp tongue? Christmas Project indeed!

Oh my goodness, what a book!! The storyline was completely different to what I thought based on the cover, yet I am super glad that it was! Kate is a fiery, feisty type of woman as she knows what she wants and how to get it without shouting her mouth off. I instantly adored her character because of that. As for Michael’s character; well, he was most definitely a pain in the  Christmas pudding, yet somehow I felt quite drawn to him. Oh, that sounds weird haha. I mean, his personality is the type of personality that I go for in a guy (a real one) as it was clear that the man had good banter!

I must admit, I did find myself laughing out loud at a few of the situations in the storyline! One book that is mentioned within the story I now cannot read, or look at, without snlaughing and thinking of ‘The Christmas Project’. The humour throughout the book is absolutely brilliant; it all came across so naturally written and unforced. Cringy antics sometimes don’t get me wrong, but oh so fabulous!

There is absolutely nothing negative that I can say about ‘The Christmas Project’, aside from the obvious not wanting it to end. As soon as I picked up my kindle to read it, I didn’t put it down until I had finished. Completely hooked for a total of four hours. A truly majestic 4 hours thanks to Maxine Morrey and ‘The Christmas Project’.  I even went onto Twitter right after I had finished reading it, to talk about it with a fellow blogger (Hi Rachel Gilbey!), but she hadn’t finished it at that point! We agreed, however, that it was a truly hilarious book (even up to where she was at!).

The Christmas Project has organised itself into my list of ‘top books for 2016’, and quite rightly so. I am truly amazed at how one author can create such a beautifully written, hilarious novel with such ease. Reading this particular book it is extremely clear that Maxine loves what she does because of the joy that oozed from the words. It made me smile. It made me laugh. It even made me wish Michael was a real person!

A truly magnificent, gem of a book which will have you hanging onto every word that Maxine has written. Absolutely brilliant, a true joy to read. Maxine Morrey has set the bar high with this novel!

Thank you HQ and Maxine!

The Christmas Project by Maxine Morrey, published by HQ is available to buy from TODAY (14th November), from Amazon

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