TWG’s Top 24 Books of 2016! @Bookouture @headlinepg @HQStories @canelo_co @littlebrownuk &more

Seeing as the end of 2016 is nearly upon us, it seems to be the ‘in thing’ to share your top books from 2016, so of course I had to do it too! I have even come out of hiding to share just some of my top reads this year. I’m not going to lie, having read 153 books this year (will be 154 by the end of tonight!), narrowing it down proved to be such a difficult task! Let me know if one of your top reads of 2016 appear in this list! So many fantastic books were published this year, and already 2017 is looking dazzling in the book world!

In no particular order, here are SOME of my top reads for 2016:

A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love by Linn.B.Halton, published by Choc Lit.
Review: Blog Tour! ‘A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love’ by Linn B Halton (@LinnBHalton) @BrookCottagebks

Melody Bittersweet and the Girls Ghostbusting Agency by Kitty French, published by Bookouture.
Review: Book review of ‘Melody Bittersweet and The Girls Ghostbusting Agency’ by Kitty French.

Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan, published by HQ.
Review: #Review! Miracle On 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan (@SarahMorgan_) @HQStories

A Life Without You by Katie Marsh.
I realised that I hadn’t written a review for this one, BUT, I will change that asap.

All That Is Left Of Us by Catherine Miller, published by HQ.
Review: Blog Tour! Review – Catherine Miller’s (@katylittlelady) ‘All That Is Left Of Us’ @UKCarina

A Very Manhattan Christmas by Darcie Boleyn, published by Canelo.
Review: #Review! A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas by @DarcieBoleyn @canelo_co @fayerogersuk

The Christmas Project by Maxine Morrey, published by HQ.
Review: Release day frenzy for Maxine Morrey & The Christmas Project! (@Scribbler_Maxi) @HQStories

The Little Antique Shop under the Eiffel Tower by Rebecca Raisin, published by HQ.
Review: Book review of ‘The Little Antique Shop Under the Eiffel Tower’ by Rebecca Raisin.

The Paris Effect by K.S.R.Burns.
Review: #Bookreview – The Paris Effect by Karen Burns.

A Mother’s Confession by Kelly Rimmer, published by Bookouture.
Review: Publication day #review! A Mother’s Confession by Kelly Rimmer (@KelRimmerWrites) @Bookouture

The Day I Lost You by Fionnuala Kearney, published by HQ.
Review: Review: ‘The Day I Lost You’ by Fionnuala Kearney (@fionnualatweets) @HQstories

Mistletoe on 34th Street by Lisa Dickenson, published by Little Brown Books.
Review: It’s publication day for Lisa Dickenson(@LisaWritesStuff) & ‘Mistletoe on 34th Street’!#Review

A Year and a Day by Isabelle Broom, published by Penguin.
Review: #Review! A Year and a Day by Isabelle Broom (@Isabelle_Broom) @MichaelJBooks

We Were On A Break by Lindsey Kelk, published by HQ.
Review: Review! ‘We Were On A Break’ by Lindsey Kelk (@LindseyKelk) @HarperCollinsUK

The Gift by Louise Jensen, published by Bookouture.
Review: #Review of The Gift by Louise Jensen (@Fab_fiction) @Bookouture #psychologicalthriller

The Stepmother by Claire Seeber, published by Bookouture.
Review: #Blogtour – The Stepmother by Claire Seeber.

My Husbands Wife by Amanda Prowse, published by Head of Zeus.
Review: Book review – My Husband’s Wife by Amanda Prowse (@MrsAmandaProwse) @HoZ_Books

Christmas at the Little Knitting Box by Helen Rolfe.
Review: #Review of Christmas at The Little Knitting Box by @HJRolfe @RNATweets #tuesnews #RNA

The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir by Lesley Allen, published by Bonnier Zaffre.
Review: #Review! The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir – (@Lesley_Allen_) @BonnierZaffre #antibullyingmonth
Also linked to the book is my personal story: How @Lesley_Allen_ & Biddy Weir gave me courage to tell my own story – #BullyingAwarenessWeek

The Perfect Gift by Emma Hannigan, published by Headline Books
Review: #Review – The Perfect Gift by Emma Hannigan (@MsEmmaHannigan) @HachetteIRE @headlinepg

Take A Chance On Me by Carol Wyer, published by Bookouture.
Review: Review – ‘Take A Chance On Me’ by Carol Wyer (@carolewyer) @bookouture #publicationday

Waiting For You by Catherine Miller, published by HQ.
Review: Book review – ‘Waiting For You’ by Catherine Miller (@katylittlelady) @UKCarina

Saving Sophie by Sam Carrington, published by Avon Books.
Review: Guess who’s back, back again…TWG is! Review of ‘Saving Sophie’ by Sam Carrington.

Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty, published by Penguin.
Review: Book review! Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty. @PenguinUKBooks #LianeMoriarty

24 books out of a 153 read is nothing. My list, like others, could have carried on and I would have been here for ages. However, if you didn’t end up on this list, doesn’t mean I disliked your book! Special shout out to Sue Moorcroft, Sue Watson and Heidi Swain for their fantastic books and fantastic friendship. All three of you would have ended up with ALL your books in the list.

Also, big thanks to all of the publishers and authors for allowing me to read their fantastic books (some of them early!)  Roll on 2017!

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#Review! A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas by @DarcieBoleyn @canelo_co @fayerogersuk

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I have been waiting for this book since the moment Darcie began writing it! Yes, I’m an eager beaver but if you have read Darcie’s previous book, you’ll know why I am so excited! LOVE HER! Squeal! Today it’s my stop on the ‘A Very Merry Blog Tour’ and I have the honour of bringing you a review, as well as the all important ‘to buy’ information! Enjoy!

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Blurb.

Lucie Quigley hates Christmas. It’s the time of year when everything goes wrong in
her life. So this year, when she’s asked to be a bridesmaid at her friend Petra’s

Manhattan wedding, she jumps at the invitation to escape the festivities.

Dale Treharne has been best friends with Lucie for as long as he can remember. He’s
used to looking out for his oldest friend and when she asks him to be her plus one, he
can’t seem to find a reason to refuse. Instead, he sees it as a way to help Lucie get

through what is, for her, the most miserable time of the year.

In New York, as the snow starts to fall, Lucie and Dale start to realise that their
feelings run deeper than just friendship. But can they overcome their pasts, and

make it a very merry Manhattan Christmas?

What does TWG think?

Can opposite genders ever REALLY be ‘just friends’? Lucie Quigley seems to think so, after all, her best friend, Dale, has been by her side through thick and thin. So when Lucie gets asked to be involved in her friends Manhattan wedding, the only person she wants to accompany her is Dale. Unfortunately for Lucie , the wedding is just before Christmas and given the fact she dislikes the festive season, she is will be heading to a city that takes Christmas quite seriously. Not that ideal really is it!
Will Lucie and Dale’s relationship stay in the friend-zone, or will their feelings for each other begin to sparkle, just like Lucie’s new-found lust for Christmas?

I have no idea whether my review will do the book justice, but I’m certainly going to have a go! I fell in love with Dale’s character as soon as he appeared in the book. His generosity and kindness was such a breath of fresh air; it would have been hard NOT to adore him as he is such a loveable character. As for Lucie, I didn’t dislike her as a person, I merely disliked some of the decisions that she made as she seemed to run before she could walk. Nevertheless, she was a very sweet girl and I did feel sorry for her because of her past, such a shame.

For me it was quite clear from the beginning that Dale and Lucie felt way more for each other than they were letting on, especially seeing as Dale’s family came to the conclusion that they WERE actually together! Eep! At least they managed to get a test-run relationship just in case, eh?

‘A Very Manhattan Christmas’ is a Christmas book that we didn’t know we needed, until it arrived, as the amount of beauty that shone from Darcie’s writing has given the Christmas star a run for its money. Darcie has given the book world such a gift this Christmas with her festive hug in a book, a book that kept on giving right until the very end. A book that kept filling my heart with its obvious beauty as well as its hidden beauty. A book which taught me that no matter what life throws at you, good or bad, as long as you have the right person or people by your side, you can achieve absolutely anything.

I’ll be honest, there were times I laughed and there were times I cried whilst reading A Very Manhattan Christmas, but believe it or not, they weren’t tears of sadness. Instead, they were tears of happiness for certain situations throughout the storyline. They were tears for feelings I never thought I could experience whilst reading a book, feelings I cannot explain. I absolutely adore this book. It is such a beautifully written, warm and inviting read that once read, it felt as though a part of me was missing. Daft maybe, but it is true.

‘A Very Manhattan Christmas’ is in my Top 3 of  favourite Christmas books, EVER. A perfect and must read this Christmas, and any time of the year, Darcie Boleyn has totally outdone herself with this gem. Just….beautiful, truly beautiful.

Thank you Canelo!

A Very Manhattan Christmas by Darcie Boleyn, published by Canelo, is avaible to buy now from Amazon.

Author Information.

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Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and
movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive
imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to
become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far,
far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she
rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it –
especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues
uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her

laptop.