Thursday, 31 December 2015

Books of the Year 2015

My favourite books 2015

Into the „draw“ for my ultimate FAVES came all my Books of the Month of 2015:

·      Ice Cream at Carrington's by Alexandra Brown
- Tied Up With Love by Amelia Browne/Holly Martin

·      Don't tell the Brides-to-Be by Anna Bell
- First Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan
- The Venice Bucket List by Ella Fairlie

·      The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel
- The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance by Kirsty Greenwood

- The Day We Disappeared by Lucy Robinson
- Just the Way You Are by Lynsey James
- From Notting Hill With Love Actually by Ali McNamara

·      The Definition of Icing by Aven Ellis
·      The Sun in Her Eyes by Paige Toon
·      Me Without You by Kelly Rimmer

·      Summer by the Sea by Jenny Hale
- Return to Bluebell Hill by Rebecca Pugh
- The Secret Daughter by Kelly Rimmer

·      Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin

·     Picnics at Hyde Park by Nikki Moore
·      The Aubrey Rules by Aven Ellis

·      Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin

·      Breakout by Aven Ellis

·      Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale
·     Every Time a Bell Rings by Carmel Harrington

·      Meet Me in Manhattan by Claudia Carroll

When I look at this list, I thought "Where is The Silent Hours"? I really ADORED that book and I can't explain why it didn't make it into my books of the month, that's why I'd like to nominate that one as well. 

So, here are my books of 2015, in no particular order:

·      The Definition of Icing by Aven Ellis
·      The Aubrey Rules by Aven Ellis
·      Breakout by Aven Ellis
·      Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin
·      Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale
·      The Day We Disappeared by Lucy Robinson
·      The Silent Hours by Cesca Major
·      The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance by Kirsty Greenwood
·      Picnics at Hyde Park by Nikki Moore
·      Meet Me in Manhattan by Claudia Carroll

The Definition of Icing by Aven Ellis

OMG, I just loved this book!!! The story, the characters and the setting. Even has a really gift of writing spellbinding and unique books. Nate is a hockey player and I'm still swooning over him!!! Kylie is a very relatable character and full of passion. Their story is amazing, is still keep thinking about it. The emotions come across really well and it feels like being there with the characters. PERFECT!!!
My review

The Aubrey Rules by Aven Ellis

Another FABULOUS book by Aven Ellis. This one is the first in the Chicago on Ice series, I love that it's set there. This story is very funny and amazingly well written. The storyline flows beautifully and captured me immediately. Yet again Aven managed to create wonderful characters and a cute and dorky male lead, I just love Beckett!!!

Breakout by Aven Ellis

Yes, I hear you! Aven Ellis again, but I'm sorry she is my favorite author and she writes BRILLIANT books! The Dallas Demons Series continues with this one and this one is full of sparks and special moments. An awesome bunch of characters again, a great mal lead and a first kiss scene to die for!!!

Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin

Holly created the perfect fairytale story including, a castle, a love story, romance, ghosts, mystery, fun, dangerous situations and a lot of memorable scenes. This book is truly magical!!!! Holly’s writing is unique and very special, she really understands how to draw in the reader. 

Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale

Jenny Hale did it once again. She created a PERFECT, MAGICAL, FESTIVE and ADORABLE read! It will mae your heart warm up and leave a smile on your face. It’s a remarkable book full of love, sweetness, life lessons and much more!!!

The Day We Disappeared  by Lucy Robinson

Lucy has left me SPEECHLESS with this book!!!! So brilliant, clever, moving, unique and so much more!!! This is a real masterpiece with a big surprise and written in a warm, funny, down to earth, catchy and wonderful way! GENIUS!!!

The Silent Hours by Cesca Major

 It’s a very shocking story and she managed to describe things in a beautiful and yet very touching way, the scenes and moments seem very autentic and it’s truly the only wartime story that really touched my heart. Cesca has an incredible way with her words and she makes a story special and unique through them. This book is touching, deep, emotional, shocking and yet so beautiful. Truly unforgettable!!!

The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance by Kirsty Greenwood

Kirsty is a wonderful writer, who writes with passion and heart. The storyline has a beautiful flow and the scenes are vivid and detailed, I enjoyed every single second of this book! GRIPPING, FABULOUS AND AWESOME!!!!!!!!!
My review

Picnics at Hyde Park by Nikki Moore

Nikki’s style of writing is really unique. She always finds a gripping way to engage the reader, the scenes flow beautifully and have an authentic and unique spark. London and the settings seemed vivid and I felt like being there with the characters and that’s what I love for in a story!!! FABULOUS, TERRIFIC and JUST AWESOME!!!!!

Meet Me in Manhattan by Claudia Carroll

It’s gripping, touching and covers several topics, that make it more than just a chick-lit novel. Claudia is a very talented author, who makes a story incredible with her writing. The atmosphere is unbeatable and full of sparks. There are funny moments, sweet ones, emotional ones and also shocking ones. This book is BRILLIANT!!!!!

What are your books of the month?

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Book of the Month - December

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The books I read this month:

-       My Big Fat Christmas Wedding – by Samantha Tonge 4/5
-       The Accidental Guest – by Tilly Tennant 5/5
-       Meet Me in Manhattan – by Claudia Carroll 5/5
-       One Wish in Manhattan – by Mandy Baggot 4.5/5
-       Bella’s Christmas Bake Off – by Sue Watson 3.5/5
-       The Boy under the Mistletoe – by Katey Lovell 4/5
-       The Winter Wedding – by Abby Clements 5/5
-       The Years of Loving You – by Ella Harper *started*

Meet Me in Manhattan – Claudia Carroll

The bit on the back:

What if THE ONE isn’t who you think he is?

You don’t mess with aspiring journalist Holly Johnson! The man she fell for is not all that he seems – because sometimes dating online doesn’t quite go to plan. She’s decided to fly to the Big Apple to surprise him and to get some answers. And if her plan works she’ll also get the scoop of her career …

But as she steps out of her yellow taxi and the first snowflakes start to fall, it’s Holly who has the surprise of her life.

What should be a dream come true is looking a little like a nightmare. But Holly is determined to get her New York happy ending!

My opinion:

It’s gripping, touching and covers several topics, that make it more than just a chick-lit novel. Claudia is a very talented author, who makes a story incredible with her writing. The atmosphere is unbeatable and full of sparks. There are funny moments, sweet ones, emotional ones and also shocking ones. All the characters in this book are really unique and special. Their personalities come across really well and together they create a wonderful little group, playing together so well. This book is BRILLIANT!!!!!

Claudia on Twitter: @carrollclaudia

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

COVER REVEAL - Time To Say Goodbye by S.D. Robertson

 out 11th February 2016

A heart-rending story about the unique bond between a father and his daughter, for fans of JOJO MOYES and JOHN GREEN.


Will Curtis's six-year-old daughter, Ella, knows her father will never leave her. After all, he promised her so when her mother died. And 
he's going to do everything he can to keep his word.

What Will doesn't know is that the promise he made to his little girl might be harder to keep than he imagined. When he's faced with an impossible decision, Will finds that 
the most obvious choice might not be the right one.

But the future is full of unexpected surprises. And father and daughter are about to embark on an unforgettable journey together . . .

Monday, 28 December 2015

The Boy under the Mistletoe - by Katey Lovell

Original Cover
My own copy

The blurb:

A gorgeously romantic short story, part of The Meet Cute series.
Every Happily Ever After began with a Once Upon a Time…
After working a busy Christmas Eve shift at her family's flower shop, Chelsea can barely keep her eyes open for her Gran's annual festive get-together. Can her Christmas dreams come true under the mistletoe?
My Opinion:

*Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Here we go with another cute short story by Katey. I loved the three first ones she has published and was really excited about this Christmas one. The title is perfect and the cover is beautiful. 

Now about the story. It follows Chelsea. Chelsea has finished a busy shift at the family flower shop and just wants a comfy night in. But no! It's her Gran's Christmas Eve party and she has to go there, it's family after all. The party holds a big surprise for her though...

Chelsea is a lovely characters and so is Simeon, the perfect hero.

Another sweet and cute story by Katey, perfect for a short break! 


My possible cast:

Chelsea: Rachel Nichols

Katey on Twitter: @Katey5678
Goodreads - Amazon UK - Amazon US 

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Christmas Fashion Corner

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At first I didn't plan to show you some festive and christmassy outfits, but I bought some great things, so here we go. 

First up my awesome Christmas lessons, I am in love with them, so comfy. They are from maddison.

Here is my new Christmas jumper. The jumper is from Yes or No, the jeans are Miss Sixty and the boots are Gabor. 

Mum got my a Onesie and some awesome Christmas socks from Abercrombie and Fitch.

The next outfit I wore when we celebrated Christmas. The skirt is Maje.

This outfit I wore for the Christmas party at work. The skirt is Zara and the blouse is sandro. 

Now, last but not least, two Christmas jumpers that I had last year already. The blue one is SuperDry and the other one is H&M.