Thursday, 14 December 2017

Christmas in St Ives - by Miranda Dickinson

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The blurb:
Heartbroken Cerrie Austin is doing her best to hold it together in the run up to Christmas. Not easy when her cheating ex works in the same school and everyone’s eyes are on her. The last thing she needs is a new teacher meddling in her beloved nativity play, even if he is charming, handsome and a talented musician. The Christmas performance is her pride and joy, and she won’t be undermined.
Seren McArthur has recently returned to her Cornish hometown and is enjoying being close to her family and her oldest friends again. St Ives is at its most magical at Christmas, with fairy lights and tinsel in every shop window, tempting locals and holidaymakers alike as they pick up gifts. But an exciting opportunity is just around the corner: will she stay or will she go? 
Meanwhile, the St Ives Christmas celebrations are in crisis: plans for a giant lantern parade through the starlit streets have ground to a halt. As the snow starts to fall, can Cerrie, Seren and their friends Kieran and Aggie rally around in time to save the big day? 
Christmas in St Ives is a charming novella that introduces you to the characters from Miranda Dickinson’s upcoming novel, Somewhere Beyond the Sea. 

My Opinion:

Christmas in St. Ives a lovely and festive short story introducing us to the characters of Miranda Dickinson’s upcoming novel Somewhere Beyond the Sea.

My favourite character was Cerrie Austin. She is a teacher preparing her class for the Christmas play. The trouble is her ex works at the school, he cheated on her and then another teacher comes along, getting involved into the play. I could really relate to
Cerrie and loved following her story.

Seren McArthur has returned to her hometown and finds herself close to her family and old friends again. She makes beautiful jewellery. Aggie and Kieran are wonderful characters as well, just a great bunch of friends to read about.

I absolutely adore Miranda Dickinson’s writing. It’s warm, passionate, full of details and just magical. I loved every second of this book and it made me really excited for the full size book coming next year. Do I really have to wait until June 2018?!

The story covers topics like love, family, relationships, friendship, trust, honesty and much more. The setting is absolutely beautiful and of course it includes a lot of christmassy elements, which is just fantastic.

JUST MAGICAL!!!

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Miranda Dickinson on Twitter: @wurdsmyth
Website: https://miranda-dickinson.com
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Guest Post - Letter to Santa from Kayla


Dear Santa,

I'm sorry I haven't written in a while (your poor inbox this time of year, you must be crazed!) I bet you know what I'm going to ask for and well you're probably 100% correct! I always want the same thing; a 6 foot 4 handsome man who has a great sense of humor and likes hockey. But this year I want a few more things, I've been exceptionally good, so I think it's okay to push my luck! Serious stuff first; I would like health and happiness for those closest to me. Good fortune for the less fortunate. And no more gun violence. Now for the fun stuff; I even included links ;) 

Books: Any off of my want to read list! Which includes Seven Ways We LieTell Me Three ThingsThere's Someone Inside Your House

I hope your trip around the world goes by quickly, all the cookies are delicious, and you get home to Mrs. Claus safe & sound! Until next year, xo-Kayla

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Things I Love About Christmas


Christmas is one of my fave times of the year, it's also the only time I actually like darkness, snow and the cold weather ;). 

There are so many things I love about Christmas, here the are: 

Christmas means family. I get to spend time with the people I love and I get to thank them for being awesome. It's wonderful to have everyone together and just enjoying the atmosphere. 

Christmas also means food, lots of food. I love baking Christmas cookie and of course eating them. Mulled wine is the best drink every and it keeps you warm. We always eat Fondue Chinoise (meat fondue) and of course there is lots more. Christmas is basically the excuse to eat a lot and I'm totally fine with it. 

The music and the movies. I like them and I get to listen to them day in day out and when it's over that's ok, because there have been a lot. After a 10 month break though, I'm happy to have them back. I like all kinds of Christmas songs and my fave movies are the Hallmark movies. It's actually a tradition to listen to Christmas music while decorating the tree. It's always so much fun. 
The movies I usually watch while baking and wrapping presents. 

I adore all the lights outside, they are so pretty and then I don't mind the darkness. The decorations inside just add to this. There are so many possibilities and I just love looking at them. 

I get to sleep in and enjoy my time off. 

I'm not really a winter girl, but snow around Christmas is fabulous and makes everything more festive. 

I get to wear my Christmas jumpers, yay!!! And no, mine are not ugly ;). 

What are your faveourite things about Christmas?!


Monday, 11 December 2017

Christmas at the Candied Apple Café - by Katherine Garbera

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My own copy

The blurb:

There’s nothing so magical as Christmas in New York… 
Santa is coming to New York!
Snow is falling, excitement is high and the delicious scent of chocolate drifts along Fifth Avenue – the Candied Apple Café is ready for Christmas! And no one is busier than publicist Iona Summerlin. With so much to do, she doesn’t have time to think about men, dating, or the fact her last boyfriend ditched her for her brother… Relationships are off the menu!
Hotel boss Mads Eriksson is not looking forward to the first Christmas since losing his wife. His six-year-old daughter Sofia has lost her belief in Christmas magic along with her mother, and he has no idea what to do. But an unusually festive business meeting at the Candied Apple – and meeting the beautiful Iona – starts to defrost Mads’ frozen heart, and suddenly life seems full of light and sparkle again.
If only they dare to believe, maybe all their Christmas dreams will come true!

My Opinion:

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

This is the perfect book to get you into the Christmas spirit. It’s set in beautiful New York and the characters are adorable!

It follows Iona Summerlin, who is a publicist and works at Candied Apple Café with her friends Cici and Hayley. She doesn’t want to think about men or dating, she is busy enough with work.

However, Mads Eriksson comes along and everything changes. He is a hotel boss, his a six-year-old daughter and lost his wife after Christmas last year. It’s a lot for him and he also sees, how his daughter Sofia struggles. Sofia is absolutely adorable and gets along with Iona very well. She calls her dad “papa”, which makes it even cuter and I alove all the moments she shares with her dad and after a while also with Iona. Sofia definitely adds a lot of sparks to the story.

Iona and Mads share a lot of deep and exciting moments as well and the chemistry between them is on fire. However, there is still his grief and it kind of stands between them.

Candied Apple Café is fabulous and so full of heart. I really liked the place from the start. Katherine Garbera captured this wonderful and festive atmosphere of the café and of New York beautifully. It’s like being there with the characters.

I loved the storyline, but at times it wasn’t authentic enough for me and things moved pretty fast, that’s a bit of a shame, because the idea around it all is great.

A lot of traditions are part of the story and that was marvellous to read about. It’s the perfect holiday read, very uplifting, sweet and wonderful.

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Katherine Garbera on Twitter: @katheringarbera