#BlogTour! Pee Wee The Christmas Tree by George Wells. @authorightukpr

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Blurb.

Heart-warming illustrated story about a Christmas tree overlooked for his small size who
refuses to give up on finding a family to spend the holidays with.
For years, Pee Wee has lived in the shadow of the bigger trees on the Christmas farm.
Without enough sunlight to grow tall and strong, he has been forced to watch helplessly as
the other bigger and more attractive trees are picked every year, going home with a happy
family. Just as Pee Wee is about to give up hope that he will ever get the chance to bring joy
to a family during the holiday season, he is finally cut down to be sold!

After years of waiting, Pee Wee is disappointed to find that he is still overlooked by
customers wanting fuller trees to decorate. With his dream of celebrating Christmas with a
family of his own fading fast, he is at last discovered by two children who tell their father that
they found one that is the perfect size. Driven back to their home and adorned with lights
and decorations, Pee Wee is finally able to accomplish his life’s big dream: to make children
happy at Christmas!

Pee Wee the Christmas Tree by George Wells is the perfect story for young kids this holiday
season, encouraging them to never give up on their own dreams and proving that – large or
small – there is room for us all.

Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

What does TWG think?

Step aside Rudolph as there is another cute little fellow fighting for attention this year; and he goes by the name Pee Wee! That’s right girls and boys, Rudolph isn’t the only memorable character this Christmas now that Pee Wee is on the scene! Poor Pee Wee is a little small. Usually size wouldn’t matter, but seeing as Pee Wee is a Christmas tree, families seem to reach for the taller trees first meaning Pee Wee is left on his own. Such a shame for a little tree! He just wants a family to love him for who he is, rather than the size he is not.
Luckily for Pee Wee, two children shout to their father that he is a perfect tree. Maybe Pee Wee will get his happily ever after this Christmas?

One word; AWWWW!!!! Poor Pee Wee!!! As far as trees go, he is on the cute side I must admit. His poor little face when he realises he isn’t getting cut, again, it’s such a shame!
I loved the illustrations as they’re so bright and colourful, they will certainly get children’s attention rather quickly. Not too complicated either, they stand out in such a simple yet effective way.

I think that this is such a great book for children as it sheds light on something very important; judgement. Nobody should be judging anyone else based on their looks, Christmas trees included! Regardless of how many people think that we are far from perfect, there will always be someone who will feel that you are more than perfect. Be who you are and there will always be someone who loves you. I’m glad Pee Wee ended up happy!
Thank you Authoright!

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About the author.

George Wells has been a songwriter for over fifty years with over 100 of

his songs having been recorded. He has worked with artists including Charlie Walker, Neil
Bonnett and Patsy Trigg and has had a song featured in the 1969 film, From Nashville With
Music, as well as numerous television and radio programs over the course of his career.
Wells currently resides in Huntsville, Alabama. Pee Wee the Christmas Tree is his second
book
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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.

 

 

The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime by Lynsey James (@Lynsey1991) @NeverlandBT @HQDigitalUK

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Blurb.

This Christmas pantomime is about to be the talk of the town! Luna Bay’s festive preparations are well under way and the much anticipated annual pantomime is to be, once again, the highlight of the season. Too bad that the village’s very own actress and darling of Broadway, Alice Woods, isn’t feeling in the mood for Christmas.

Until the pantomime comes under threat and a grief-stricken Alice is forced to push her personal pain aside and step up to direct – after all, the show must go on..

So with (more than) a little help from her new found friends, not to mention one very gorgeous Hollywood A-list celebrity, the play begins to come together, but will Alice finally believe that Christmas is a time for miracles after all?

What does TWG think?

Silver bells, silver bells, soon it will be Christmas dayyyyyyy!! I seriously cannot be the only person to sing that song upon reading the title of the book! It’s my stop today, on the blog tour for Lynsey James’ festive read. Just like the other books in the Luna Bay series, it is a standalone so it can be read without reading the other books beforehand.

We are back with Alice in Luna Bay this Christmas and it seems as though it will take more than a mince pie and an elf, to get her into the Christmas spirit this year! The downside to not being in the Christmas spirit, is the fact it is made ten times worse as the rest of the town are channelling their inner Buddy from Elf whilst they arrange the villages pantomime. Will Alice stop being a Grinch? Or will Hollywood need to send an A-list celebrity to try to win her over?

The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime is my favourite book of the Luna Bay series, hands down. The humour that jingles out of the book like a Christmas carol, is on point and gives the book a another dimension. Even though it was pretty clear that there would be some action under the mistletoe at some point within the storyline, it didn’t make me think any less of the book. Instead, it made me want to curl up with mulled wine (I hate mulled wine), and sing Santa Baby into my hairbrush. Yes, I’m odd, but Lynsey’s book brought out my Christmas spirit in more ways than one!

I thought that it was brilliant how Lynsey managed to incorporate a celebrity into the mix, making the pantomime stand out from the rest. I have never watched a pantomime, but if Alice and Luna Bay’s pantomime hit the stage locally, I would be there with bells on…silver ones!

Such a fun, majestic and truly festive read; The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime will have you curled up on the sofa with a box of chocolates on your lap, this book in hand and a double CD of Christmas songs playing in the background.

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day if Lynsey’s book was part of the deal. Fabulous!

Thank you HQDigitalUK, Lynsey James and NeverlandBT!

Buy: Amazon | Goodreads

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About the author.

Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She’s an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she’s sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)

A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn’t a “good option” and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left my job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven’t looked back since.

When Lynsey‘s not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she’s daydreaming about the day Dylan O’Brien FINALLY realises they’re meant to be together. It’ll happen one day…

Author Links: Twitter | Facebook | Blog

#review! The Christmas Cake Café by Sue Watson (@suewatsonwriter) @Bookouture

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Blurb.

Heart-warming and hilarious, a story that will make you laugh, cry and bring a smile to your face.  Get ready for another deliciously amazing Christmas treat from Sue Watson….

As the Prosecco chills and Bing Crosby croons, Jen Barker just knows that her long-term boyfriend is about to propose.  But instead of a diamond ring nestled in her champagne flute, Jen finds cold flat rejection.  Her once perfect life and dreams of a husband and family seem even further from reach.

A working holiday to the Swiss Alps with her younger sister Jody might not be the Christmas Jen had it mind, but it offers her the chance to recharge her batteries and recover from heartbreak.

When Jen meets handsome ski instructor Jon Zutter her hopes for a happy-ever-after seem within her grasp again. Jon is kind and gorgeous and as they bond over Sachetorte at the picturesque Cake Café, Jen thinks he might just be her perfect man. But a relationship with him comes with a catch – and there are some things even cake can’t fix.

As the snow falls and Christmas approaches, could this be the place that restores Jen Barker’s faith in love? 

What does TWG think?

Those who know me well know that I absolutely adore Sue Watson’s books, she is one of my most favourite authors. As soon as I found out that she had another Christmas book coming out, I just HAD to read it! Her first Christmas book, Bella’s Christmas Bake Off, was one of the first books that I reviewed on my blog back in April, so I am absolutely thrilled to be reviewing her second festive treat!

Oh my word, I could literally feel Jen’s excitement as she got ready to go out, especially given the fact that she thought that her long-term boyfriend was going to propose to her! I didn’t quite realise that I had stopped breathing in shock as the events unfolded; that was until I tried to shout ‘BARSTEWARD’, and realised that breathing first might be the most logical next step. Ahem.

Heartbreak can be as horrible as finding out that you picked up a roasted parsnip instead of a roast potato during your Christmas meal. Seriously uncalled for!

Luckily for Jen, her younger sister comes to her rescue and tries to persuade Jen that a working holiday to the Swiss Alps will be the perfect remedy. Ladies an gentleman, notice that I said TRIES.

During the story, I soon realised that Jen doesn’t exactly ooze good luck and I am sorry to say that I found it absolutely hilarious. Obviously, if I found myself in the situations that she found herself in once or twice…or thrice, I probably wouldn’t be laughing. But I couldn’t help myself and decided that laughing like a seal would be my ‘go to’ action of the book!

Once again Sue Watson has completely outdone herself as she has written another fantastic book which oozes her trademark humour and huggable writing. Despite the moments of hilarity; the storyline covers a few moments of heartbreak and re-building relationships which I felt added another dimension to the storyline and showed another side to each of the characters involved. One of the topics that Sue has covered in the story is quite complex and unfortunately quite popular in todays society. However, Sue has written about it so beautifully and in such a sensitive manner, it made the topic come across as ‘the norm’ instead of possibly frowned upon.

Whenever Sue writes a book I always want to give her a huge hug after reading it as it’s very clear that the book has been written from her heart and filled with love. ‘The  Christmas Cake Cafe’ is the home away from home; a truly magical book that is filled with intense emotion and a lot of love. Such a hug in a book that showcases Sue’s fabulous writing, one of her best books to date!

Thanks to Bookouture for my ARC.

Happy publication day Sue! ‘The Christmas Cafe’ by Sue Watson, published by Bookouture,  is available to buy from today (14th October) from Amazon UK.

Review of Jenny Hale’s (@jhauthor) ‘All I Want For Christmas’ @bookouture

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Blurb.


Snowflakes are falling, there’s carol singing on every corner, and Leah Evans is preparing for a family Christmas at her grandmother’s majestic plantation house in Virginia. It won’t be the same now that her beloved Nan is gone, but when Leah discovers she has inherited the mansion, she knows she can give her daughter Sadie the childhood of her dreams.

But there’s a catch. Leah must split the house with a man called David Forester. Leah hasn’t heard that name in a long time. Not since they were kids, when Davey was always there to catch her.

Now David is all grown up. He’s gorgeous, successful, and certain of one thing: Leah should sell him her half of the house.

They can’t agree, but as they share memories over wine by the log fire, Leah notices a fluttering in her stomach. And by the look in his eyes, he’s starting to feel it too.

Will it be Leah or David who must give up their dreams? Or, with a little bit of Christmas magic, will they finally understand Nan’s advice to them both about living life without regrets … and take a chance on true love?


What does TWG think?


I’m not going to lie, as soon as I read the title of the book, TWG became Mariah Carey. Found my inner diva, not that it was hard mind you. ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMASSSSS ISSSSS YOUUUUUUUUUUU.
Uncanny resemblance I know.

Due to the fact that I an additional two words to the title in my head, I automatically thought that the book was going to have the lovey dovey, see a man in the distance, fall madly in love then realise he’s a snowman, type feel to it. How wrong could I have been. There were no snowmen, just uncertain and familiar males.

It’s the festive season and Leah is trying to give her daughter the best Christmas, despite barely being able to make ends meet. Leah’s daughter, Sadie, has a wise head on young shoulders so she understands that her mum tries her best and will give her what she can for Christmas. However, one of Sadie’s Christmas wishes looks as though it may stay just that, a wish. Will Leah be able to work out what her Nan means in the letter that she left for her? Or will Leah’s Nan’s legacy no longer be kept in the family?

It didn’t take me long to work out that this Christmas book wasn’t going to be the fluffy type of read as by the end of the first chapter, I was well and truly gripped by the events that were unfolding before my very eyes. The fact that everything was well and truly up in the air, obviously, made me eager to find out more. I wanted to know what the hell was happening with her Nan’s old business and what secrets were being kept. Incredibly mysterious and very unexpected.

My heart went out to Leah several times throughout the story as I could feel the emotion and fear that she was carrying around with her. She was trying to do her best for her daughter’s future, but it seemed as though all she has ever known was being taken away from her by one single name. I found Leah’s friend, Roz, such a hoot to read about. She had the air of someone who couldn’t give a flying mince pie what anyone thought of her, unless you messed with the ones she loved. Her humour and sarcastic remarks were brilliant, definitely added another dimension to the storyline.

As I read further into the story, it became clear that I was feeling an incredibly strong hidden message, and it is one that goes rather unnoticed. Some people might think that Christmas means loads of gifts, expensive ones at that, or even going to a different country just because. If that’s what you do, then good for you. However, Jenny Hale has unearthed what often goes unappreciated; family. Leah wanted to recreate her family Christmas like the ones she had with her Nan, whilst keeping the magic there for Sadie. I believe that Jenny pulled that off for her main character for sure. The rawness that was unwrapped on Christmas morning within the story, was emotional unnerving. Tears were pricking my eyes over such a minor detail of the book, yet the meaning behind it was larger than life.

The powerful moments didn’t stop there as every situation flowed naturally into another one, every character gelled like old friends, and intense emotions were heightened. Extremely heightened, (for me anyway), I finished the book crying my eyes out. The intensity of Jenny’s words were extremely overwhelming, and very enriching. I felt as though the book just walked into my soul, set up camp and read ‘All I Want For Christmas’ to me.

Jenny writes with such ease and authenticity that her words usually stop me in my tracks. She has THAT edge. Whilst Jenny’s other books are brilliant, she has outdone herself with her latest as this is now my favourite book of hers.

All I Want For Christmas is a soul hugging, emotional and poignant read that highlights the true magic of Christmas, and family. An undeniably joyful yet emotional read that will stay in my heart for a very, very long time.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via Netgalley in return for my unbiased views.

‘All I Want For Christmas’ by Jenny Hale, published by Bookouture, is available to buy from today! Happy publication day to Jenny & Bookouture!
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It’s publication day for Lisa Dickenson(@LisaWritesStuff) & ‘Mistletoe on 34th Street’!#Review

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Blurb.

‘A perfect Christmas treat’ Miranda Dickinson

A sparklingly festive and romantic story set in New York at Christmastime, Mistletoe on 34th Street is readers’ favourite Lisa Dickenson at her side-splitting, funniest best! Perfect for fans of Giovanna Fletcher and Claudia Carroll.

Olivia has never experienced a snow-covered, ‘traditional’ Christmas before. Having grown up in a family that chose winter sun over decking the halls, she’s not sure what all the fuss is about. So when she and her colleagues are stranded in New York after a work trip, Olivia is perfectly happy spending the holiday season in the Big Apple.

Jon, Olivia’s friend, on the other hand is desperate to get home in time for his big family get-together. Nevertheless, determined to make the best out of the situation, he sets out to show Olivia how enchanting Christmas in New York can be. And when handsome New Yorker Elijah is added to the mix, could the magic of the season finally be working its charm on Olivia? As 25 December draws closer, Olivia suddenly finds herself with a decision to make: who does she really want to kiss under the mistletoe this Christmas?

What does TWG think?

The first time that this book caught my eye, was over on Instagram believe it or not. Casually scrolling through my InstaFeed one day, getting hungrier by the minute by all of the photos of InstaFood, when it happened. I spotted this book on Lisa’s Instagram! I was drawn to the cover just like Susan from Miracle on 34th Street was drawn to the light from her mothers ring! (Yes, I did just do that!).

Seeing as the cover is very, very Christmassy, imagine my surprise when I find out that one of the characters isn’t really fussed about the festive season. I say not fussed, Olivia really isn’t fussed, but that is all she knows. She hasn’t experienced jumping on her parent(s) bed at stupid o’clock in the morning, pulling them downstairs to see if Santa has been. So how can you really enjoy something that you haven’t really had much experience of?
But oh ho ho ho, that’s going to change hopefully! Everyone needs the magic of Christmas! Olivia has to jet off to New York for work, counting down the days until she can return home, lay on the sofa in her pjs and sleep. How will she survive amongst the razzle and dazzle of New York at Christmas?

Having only ever experienced an English Christmas so to speak (not that I’m complaining), it was AH-MAZ-ING to be able to ‘see’ Christmas in New York, thanks to Lisa’s wonderful words. The festive magic oozed out of the story with such incredible force, I forgot that it was only September (when I read it) and not December. I was absolutely captivated by the entire storyline and didn’t want it to end at all. I warmed to Olivia and Jon straight away because of their humour and big hearts, and, funnily enough, I didn’t actually dislike any of the characters either! Well, until further on in the book. Read it, you’ll see what I mean.

I absolutely loved the fact that there was ALWAYS something going on in the storyline, whether it was from a character point of few, or a situation. It kept me guessing, it kept me laughing, and most of all, it kept me wanting more. Lisa’s natural hilarity shines through from start to finish, completely unforced. It actually left me having to put my kindle down as I was laughing so much.

There is something so very special about this book and  I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is. All I know is that it made me feel young again, reliving the true magic of Christmas and appreciating every little detail about the festive season. Magical, just, magical.

Once I had finished reading ‘Mistletoe on 34th Street’, I just wanted to hug Lisa for writing such a soul grabbing book. Yes, it was full of hilarious moments, innuendos and plenty of tinsel. But, it was also full of magic, love, finding your inner elf and knowing that its okay to lay on the ground and make snow angels in your thirties, or kiss under the mistletoe wherever you are. Ideally on 34th street though, yeah?

Lisa Dickenson, you are truly magnificent with your words, thank you for making me feel young again and for writing a book that has become my favourite Christmas book of all time.

I received a copy of the book in return for my honest views.

Mistletoe on 34th Street by Lisa Dickenson, published by Little Brown Books UK, is available to buy for your kindle right now from Amazon UK & Amazon US. Don’t fret though, if you prefer paperback copies, or just want to buy it because it is beautiful, you can get your hands on one from the 3rd November 2016. Secure your copy by pre-ordering it right here!

Review – ‘A Cornish Christmas’ by Lily Graham (@lilywritesbooks) @bookouture.

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Nestled in the Cornish village of Cloudsea, sits Sea Cottage – the perfect place for some Christmas magic …

At last Ivy is looking forward to Christmas. She and her husband Stuart have moved to their perfect little cottage by the sea – a haven alongside the rugged cliffs that look out to the Atlantic Ocean. She’s pregnant with their much-longed for first baby and for the first time, since the death of her beloved mother, Ivy feels like things are going to be alright.

But there is trouble ahead. It soon emerges that Stuart has been keeping secrets from Ivy, and suddenly she misses her mum more than ever.
When Ivy stumbles across a letter from her mother hidden in an old writing desk, secrets from the past come hurtling into the present. But could her mother’s words help Ivy in her time of need? Ivy is about to discover that the future is full of unexpected surprises and Christmas at Sea Cottage promises to be one to remember. 

What does TWG think?

Having fallen in love with Lily’s previous book; The Summer Escape, I had extremely high hopes for ‘A Cornish Christmas’. I just couldn’t wait to see where it was going to take my imagination. When the story begins, it feels as though you’re walking into a story half way through, there is no gradual build up to each character or their lives as they’re right there, waiting for you to find out more about them. What a way to start a book, it pulled me in straight away and the book didn’t leave my hands until I had finished it. I just couldn’t put it down, something special had me hooked, but at that moment, I couldn’t quite place what it was.

‘A Cornish Christmas’ follows the lives of Ivy (a children’s book illustrator) and Stuart (mr jam man). After jumping many, many hurdles, Ivy is finally pregnant. The thing is, when you’re pregnant, the only person you really want…is your mum. Ivy’s mum passed away a few years prior, and she is now getting round to looking through her mum’s old desk. Ivy stumbles across a little something that unearths a lot of questions, some that may be left unanswered.

At first when I met Ivy and Stuart, I thought that their life would be straight forward. After all, their relationship is cosy, I didn’t want to think that the storyline would go any other way except happiness! Such wonderfully written characters. Further into the story, a little Christmas magic begins to happen, and oh my goodness me!!! I could not fathom exactly what was happening. I was in shock, my arms were covered in goose bumps, and I had to work out how to prop my kindle up as one hand was covering my mouth. Beautiful, just…beautiful. Whether you believe in a bit of magic or not, I don’t think it matters as the way Lily wrote the Christmas magic into the storyline, will have anyone and everyone believing it. I did.

Unfortunately, there is one character that made me think ‘oh mistletoe!!’, quite a few times in my head. There is nothing worse than an interfering person, but, after a few stern words with Rudolph, I had to grit my teeth and just go with the snow…sorry…flow. Ahem.

The Christmas magic situation does pop up multiple times with the storyline and as the book went on, the more powerful the magic became. I’m sure you know where I am going with this now, yes? Yes, I sobbed my heart out; not in a devastatingly sad way, but in a ‘that melted all the ice around my heart’ type of way. The emotion that poured from the book was unbelievable, so much feeling and heartache in so few words, yet the story became an intense and powerful work of art.

When it comes to Christmas, everyone associates it with magic and cosiness. ‘A Cornish Christmas’ is both of those. Not only does the book contain heartache, tragedy and jam, it oozes love, warmth and magic. I cannot fault Lily’s novel at all, the whole thing from start to finish was absolutely magnificent. I knew that Lily was a fantastic author, but after reading this, wow, I am in awe.
Inspiring, emotional and completely magical; if I could have ‘A Cornish Christmas’ under my Christmas this year, I will be one very happy lady. Another fantastic book from Lily Graham, ‘A Cornish Christmas’ is one of my favourite books of all time. Just, wow.

Thank you to Bookouture and Netgalley – I received a complimentary copy in return for my honest opinion.

‘A Cornish Christmas’ by Lily Graham, published by Bookouture, is available to buy 30th September from Amazon UK

Review: ‘Christmas at the Little Village Bakery’ by Tilly Tennant (@TillyTenWriter)@bookouture

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It’s time to get toasty by the fire with a glass of mulled wine and a slice of chocolate yule log sprinkled with a little romance. Welcome to Christmas at the Little Village Bakery.

Snow is falling in Honeybourne and Spencer is bringing home his American fiancée Tori for a traditional English Christmas with all the trimmings. But when his hippie mum and dad meet her high maintenance parents, sparks of the wrong sort start to fly. Then Spencer bumps into his first love Jasmine and unexpected feelings come flooding back.

Millie is run off her feet with Christmas orders at the Little Village Bakery and new baby Oscar. Thank goodness her cousin Darcie is here to help her. Although she does seem to be rather flirty with Millie’s boyfriend Dylan.

Will Darcie ever find true love of her own? And is marrying Tori a terrible mistake for Spencer if his heart is with someone else?

What does TWG think?

**Thank you to the publisher for offering me a complimentary copy in return for my honest and unbiased thoughts.**

Squeal!!! We are back in Honeybourne courtesy of the delectable Tilly Tennant! The first instalment of the series saw us being introduced to The Little Village Bakery, as well as getting to know the residents of Honeybourne.

In this next instalment of the series; ‘Christmas at the Little Village Bakery’, we get to visit Millie at the bakery and meet the newest bun to the baker’s dozen, Oscar! As it quite well known, I do get a little bit weary before reading second or third books in a series. Sounds daft I know, but, Tilly Tennant raised the bar exceptionally high with the previous book, and I wanted this one to follow suit. Perhaps I was a little nervous?

I had no need to be, at all. Honeybourne itself is a very dramatic village in terms of its residents. Add Christmas to the mix and I’m surprised Millie hasn’t conjured up mince pudding or Christmas pies instead of mince pies and Christmas pudding! Millie is in luck though, not only does she have Dylan working in the bakery with her, her cousin, Darcie, has offered an extra pair of hands. There is one slight issue though! Darcie has taken a shine to more than a tiger loaf or a cinnamon swirl, it seems as though she would like to make Dylan her dough boy!

More often than not, it seems as though Christmas is the time for family rifts, arguments and a family member getting drunk. Or is that just Honeybourne? Let me simplify it for you, Spencer + fiancé = young love. Young love + both sets of parents = you’ll have to read the book won’t you! Although, I side completely with Spencer’s parents. I probably shouldn’t, but their down to Earth nature and ability to find a laugh in anything, had me in giggles. Rebel, I know.

I was super excited to find out what Millie and co had been up to since the last book, so I was super pleased to be able to slot back into the story. Felt like I was catching up with old friends. I’m not surprised with the amount of drama that went on throughout as all of the characters have very strong personalities and are bound to find something to disagree on. It also meant that there was always something happening. Always. Especially given the fact that the storyline switches between characters, and it is brilliant.

I adore the way that Tilly Tennant writes, and this book is certainly no different. Tilly’s trademark humour completely oozes from the book, even in a ‘time of need’ situation, Tilly manages to incorporate hilarity to the storyline. I personally think that that is a true talent as it adds even more depth to the novel, but for a completely different reason than the drama does.

‘Christmas at the Little Village Bakery’ had me in hysterics, but it also had me quite solemn when the dynamics of the storyline changed. My heart went out to a few of the characters because of the circumstances that they found themselves in, but, I did get rather miffed with one or two of them. I won’t say who as I wouldn’t want to give too much away. But yes, a few of them definitely rubbed me up the wrong way! I actually like it when I read a book with personally unlikable characters as it makes the read even more interesting! Plus, I enjoy seeing whether the character can persuade me to warm to them ha!

Tilly Tennant has outdone herself once again with this festive treat, and, after reading it, I was very gutted that it wasn’t Christmas in reality! Tilly has written such an enticing book, not only for the delicious treats, but also because of the strong storyline that left me wanting more. I wanted to find out what happened to each of the characters, even after the book finished.

‘Christmas at the Village Bakery’ for me, is such a hug in a book, a festive treat and yet another fantastic read from a very talented author. If this doesn’t make you want to stick your ‘kiss the cook’ apron on to bake mince pies, I have no idea what will!

‘Christmas at the Little Village Bakery’ by Tilly Tennant, published by Bookouture, is available to buy right now from Amazon UK. Happy publication day Tilly!!

**Cover Reveal!!** Mince Pies & Mistletoe at the Christmas Market by Heidi Swain.

Oh my goodness me, I actually cannot contain my excitement today! I LOVE Heidi Swain’s books, she has an extremely cosy way of writing, so, when I heard under the mistletoe that not only will she be releasing another book, she is releasing a CHRISTMAS BOOK!!! The cover of the book alone makes me want to curl up all cosy, and that is even before I have managed to read it! Luckily for you, I have been asked by the lady herself to help reveal her cover of her newest book. Are you ready?

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Isn’t it GORGEOUS?!? The title even has mince pies in it, and I’m a sucker for a mince pie…or two. Oh who am I kidding, LOADS of them, and now they’re in book form! So, so excited to read this book, if it’s anything like her other two, we’ll be in for an absolute treat.

Blurb.

Ruby has been away at university but now she’s back in Wynbridge. With Christmas around the corner, she takes on a stall at the local market, and sets about making it the best Christmas market stall ever. There’ll be bunting and mistletoe and maybe even a bit of mulled wine.

But with the new out-of-town superstore just opened, the market is under threat. So together with the other stallholders, Ruby devises a plan to make sure that locals make the Christmas market their first port of call for all their Christmas present needs.
But it’s hard to concentrate when she keeps bumping into her ex, Steve – and especially when she realises that her feelings for him are still there.
Join Heidi Swain for some Christmas sparkle – and see who might be under the mistletoe this year…

Released: 17th November 2016.

‘Mince Pies & Mistletoe at the Christmas Market’ is available to pre-order right now from Amazon in both paperback and E-book!