Friday, 2 January 2015

Book of the Month - December

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The books I read this month:

-       The Christmas Party – by Carole Matthews 3/5
-       Skating at Somerset House – by Nikki Moore 5/5
-       The Christmas Bucket List – by Ella Fairle 5/5
-       Surviving the Rachel – by Aven Ellis 5/5
-       The Year of Taking Chances – by Lucy Diamond 4.5/5
-       Wild Addiction – by Emma Hart 5/5
-       The Chateau – by Karen Aldous 5/5
-       The Year Of Taking Chances – by Lucy Diamond 4.5/5
-       The Curvy Girls Club – by Michele Gorman 4/5

Another month with some amazing books, three of them stood out for me:

Skating at Somerset House – Nikki Moore

The bit on the back:

The first short story in the fun & flirty #LoveLondon series from exciting new chick lit author Nikki Moore!

There’s nothing Holly Winterlake loves more than Christmas and skating, so working as an Ice Marshall at London's Somerset House is a dream come true.

Noel Summerford hates the festive season and is a disaster on the ice, so taking his godson to Somerset House is his idea of the nightmare before Christmas!

Things are bound to get interesting when these two collide…

With a forty foot Christmas tree, an assortment of well meaning friends and relatives, and a mad chocolate Labrador, will this festive season be one to remember … or forget?

My opinion:

This book has put a huge smile on my face, great character, amazig storyline and much more. Nikki’s writing is bubbly and vivid and I loved the atmosphere in this book. Read the whole review here:

Nikki on Twitter:@NikkiMoore_Auth

The Christmas Bucket List – Ella Fairlie

The bit on the back:

It’s Christmas time in London: there’s snow in the air, Regent Street is bustling, and the Trafalgar Square tree’s all a-glitter. Isobel Gray is dreaming of a perfect movie-style Christmas for her first Noël away from home, and with a hot man and a bucket list of festive fun ready to be ticked off, she thinks she has it all wrapped up. But when her boss-slash-boyfriend goes AWOL just days before the holiday, she finds herself a little Lost, Actually instead. Will she end up home alone, or is there a Christmas miracle waiting under the mistletoe?

‘The Christmas Bucket List’ is a fun, festive romcom novella (25,000 words approx.) - perfect for curling up with on a chilly winter night!

My opinion:

The scenes in this book were such a joy to read about and full of heart. Ella described them with such detail and flow, I fell in love with her writing, the characters and the story. This story is authentic, genuine, sweet, magical and glowing story. A new star in the author world was definitely born, you’re brilliant!!!

Ella on Twitter: @EllaFairlie

Surviving The Rachel – Aven Ellis

The bit on the back:

Life after college graduation is not at all what twenty-one-year-old Bree Logan expected. Unable to find a professional communications job, dumped by the guy who was THE ONE, and stuck with a pricey city apartment she can’t afford, Bree ends up moving back home with her parents the suburbs and working as a cocktail waitress at a posh Chicago hotel.
In a desperate attempt to get a fresh start, Bree goes to a hip salon and requests that the first available stylist chop off her long dark hair. Alarmed when the stylist suggests “The Rachel,” after the famous haircut from the show Friends, Bree is hesitant, but decides to go for it when she is assured it will be a “fresh, modern adaptation” of the infamous 90’s cut. Unfortunately for Bree, it turns out to be exactly the same cut, but with horrific heavy bangs added to it. Hideous doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Bree is convinced nothing will ever go right when she meets neighbor Jack Chelten, a twenty-five-year-old German translator. Not that Bree is looking to date anyone, but there's something quirky and intriguing about his freckle-splashed face and blue eyes. And suddenly Bree finds herself seeking out different opportunities and challenges . . . as well the boy next door.
In her new adult life, Bree learns that sometimes you have to go through crises to get to where you need to be. And if you can survive The Rachel, you can survive anything, right?

My opinion:

This  Aven Ellis beauty has so much spark. And uniqueness.  The main characters are perfectly lined out and genuine, I could really relate to them. Jack and Bree are the perfect match in my eyes and he’s amazing – attentive, smart, sweet, passionate… The story is unique and full of special moments and glimmering scenes. I was taken into the story immediately, the brilliant writing makes it easy to dive into this world. It comes from the heart and is full of authentic emotions.

Aven on Twitter: @AvenEllis


  1. I haven't read/heard any of the books you listed above but they sound pretty promising. I'll definitely add those books to my TBR shelf. Great post! <3