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!

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Blog tour! TWG is getting festive with ‘A Winter Affair’ by Minna Howard (@Adelica) @Aria_Fiction

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TWG is getting festive…in September! No time is the wrong time for cosy festivities, especially where Minna Howard and ‘A Winter Affair’ is concerned! I had the honour of being asked by Aria Fiction to review this book on tour, after my review of Minna’s ‘Mothers and daughters’ went live. Truly honoured and thank you for the ARC!

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Blurb.

With a recent divorce and empty nest Eloise Brandon is facing Christmas alone until a harried phone call from her godfather changes everything.

Accepting his challenge, Eloise finds herself en-route to Verbier and to her godfathers chalet in the beautiful Swiss Alps to help cater for some seriously rich, high rolling guests.

What ensues makes it a Christmas to remember. A heady alpine mixture of old friends, ex-husbands, mega-rich, super demanding guests, a dishevelled proprietor and Bert the dog.

What does TWG think?

Having just finished reading Minna’s previous book, I was rather excited to read ‘A Winter Affair’. After all, Christmas in the Swiss Alps, how can you not be excited? Easy for me to say I guess, I’m not the one cooking and running around after high-end clientele all day. Luckily (or unluckily) for Eloise, she gets to spend the festive season with other people, and not alone as originally planned. Will Eloise find herself burying her head in the snow if it gets too much? Or will she brave the slopes like a trooper and grab the challenge by the ski-boots?

There is nothing worse than the prospect of a Christmas on your own, unfortunately, Eloise was faced with exactly that. Christmas day would be just Eloise….and her boxes. Or would it?

By the end of the first chapter, I was already curled up on the sofa in my Minnie mouse dressing gown, with my kindle in one hand, and a cuppa in the other. I had no intention of moving from the sofa until the book was completed. There was something quite different about ‘A Winter Affair’, I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was. All I knew was that I had to keep reading, the force behind Minna’s writing was too powerful to ignore.

I couldn’t believe how ‘busy’ the storyline became, there seemed to be a constant conveyor belt of situations and turmoil to try to resolve. Usually a storyline like that would be too much in an ‘easy read’ but I felt as though the books true depth came from the intense circumstances and feisty characters. Just like any book that I read, there were characters that I gelled with more than others, and some that had me riled up. I won’t say the names of the characters, but all I will say is that one is male, and the other female! Doesn’t narrow it down at all I know ;).

I LOVED the dog, he is the legend of the book. The things that Bert got up to had me in absolute hysterics. I adore the way Minna described his antics, as well as the responses of the characters around him. Genius. I think he should get his own book to be honest, ‘Bert the dog…and friends’.

The cosy feeling captured me early on in the book, so I was rather hopeful that it would stay with me as I continued reading. Which it did! I consider ‘A Winter Affair’ to be an easy read, a book that doesn’t make me think too much yet is soulful with its words.
The only thing that didn’t quite work for me was the fact the wrap up of the storyline felt a tad hurried.

Minna Howard has written such a soul enriching read which involves you in every aspect of the storyline through her words alone. When certain characters were sad, the book came to a standstill in a good way, it was as though the focus needed to be on that one person and as the reader, I felt as though I connected to the emotions that that one person expressed. It’s incredible that 26 letters of the alphabet create such comprehensive words with intense meanings, tugging at your heart-strings in the process.

‘A Winter Affair’ is a book about going for it, sticking with it and realising your own worth. Nobody can fix everything for you, but they can often give you the tools to help you on your way. Take Eloise for example, if she can grab life by its ski-boots with the help of Minna Howard, then who are we to judge? Another fantastic read from the talented Minna Howard. If you have to unwrap something this festive season, make sure it is this book. It will give you your own kiss under the mistletoe this Christmas.

A Winter Affair by Minna Howard, published by Aria, is available to buy now from Amazon UK.

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