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What’s more to say about my blog about books I’ve read?

Well, this is my blog about books I’ve read 😀.

I always liked reading books, and it all started on a very silly way… It’s always good to blame my dad, so he is the cause of my reading addiction.

When I was still a little girl, a looooooong time ago, I saw him always going to the bathroom with the newspaper. One day I wondered why he did that, so I took a book and tried to see the fun of that.

And since that day, you can find everywhere in the house a book of mine.

A while ago, I had the opportunity to review some books, and now a new opportunity came to post them on an own blog.

So here we are, my own blog!

I read books, and I will post my thoughts about them.

Some books I’ll like, some I won’t like that much…. but you can be sure that I’ll give you my personal and honest opinion about them.

I hope you enjoy reading it!

‘The Cornish Key To Happiness’ – written by Laura Briggs #BookReview @PaperDollWrites @rararesources

How will this all end???

Synopsis

Past secrets return to complicate Maisie’s future with the charming Sidney Daniels in the final installment of the Cornish romance series.

Picking up where book seven left off, Maisie’s plans to celebrate her book’s thrilling news remain on hold after Sidney has vanished from Port Hewer overnight, following a brush with his secret past. His departure leaves Maisie with a head full of questions and a heart torn in two, made even worse by the rumors flying about him through the town. Where and why has he gone? Will he ever come back again? And—foremost in Maisie’s mind—was the heartache from his younger days somehow to blame for his sudden and mysterious flight?

But when Dean convinces her that Sidney may be facing a choice that could ruin his life, Maisie must set out to find him, once again leaving behind the Cornish seaside haven of Port Hewer she’s come to think of as home, and leaving behind the answer to a secret she’s been longing to know since the beginning. Not knowing when or if she’ll return, she’s taking the biggest risk with her heart so far…and the truth she discovers waiting for her at the end of her journey will make her wonder if things can ever possibly be the same as they were before.

Questions are answered, secrets are spilled, and the biggest reveal of the series is finally unveiled as A LITTLE HOTEL IN CORNWALL reaches its exciting conclusion.

My review

Maisie is having contradicting feelings. On one hand, she Is excited about the news of her book. Yet she is heartbroken after Sidney left without an explanation. And all the rumours aren’t exactly helping.
She has so many questions… where did Sidney go? Will he come back? And who is to blame for his sudden leave?
After Dean convinces her that Sidney may lose himself, Maisie sets on a journey to find answers to her questions.

It was with a little bit pain in my heart when I started reading this next chapter in the story of Maisie. I knew it would all come to an end, but I started to care about everyone and I was sad knowing that there would be no more adventures for Maisie to read about.

This last story showed again how much Maisie has matured over all her adventures. Not only does she truly chases her dreams, but she also doesn’t avoid confrontations. She wants to hear from Sidney himself what is going on and be by his side. She wants to be with him, but if that is not an option, she still wants to be there for him as a friend.

I think that this last part was more about Sidney and his demons, instead of Maisie’s. without giving too much away, he didn’t grew up in a family like mine or yours. He comes from a whole different world and I understood why he wanted to get away from it all.

In this book, it’s made clear that getting away from a situation is easy, but without closure, your past will always catch up.
There were some people I instant disliked, but because of Sidney, I tried to understand that way of thinking. And even if I didn’t agree with them, I understood them.

Maisie and Sidney are probably facing the hardest obstacle in their relationship. Yet they both show how much they care and love each other. They are ready to make decisions that will break their hearts, if it would mean that the other one would be where they want to be.

All my questions got answered, some surprised me, some not. After reading the last page, I felt a bittersweet emotion. It was an end of an amazing adventure for Maisie, but also for me as reader.
And maybe I’m being too optimistic, but I see a lot of potential for more adventures?😁

‘The  12 Christmases Of You & Me’ – written by Jennifer Joyce #BookReview @writer_jenn @rararesources

What would you change if you could go back in time?

Synopsis

What if you could go back in time and fix the biggest mistake of your life?

Two years ago, Maisie’s best friend walked out of her life and she hasn’t heard from him since. When she wakes up in 1994, she naturally assumes she’s dreaming. But when she finds herself in the past again the next night and her actions in the dream alter her present-day life, she begins to wonder if she’s somehow hopping back in time. And if she is time-travelling, can she save her friendship with Jonas?

When Maisie is forced to relive Christmases of the past, will she face up to her mistakes, or make them all over again?

The 12 Christmases of You & Me is a magical tale of friendship, first loves, and learning to live in the present.

My review

Maisie is looking forward seeing her best friend getting married. Only is she afraid to see her other best friend again, as it has been 2 years since she last heard from him.

When she finds herself suddenly back in 1994, she is obviously dreaming, right? But when the next day she discovers that the things she dreamed about have altered her past, she starts to believe that she actually went back in time. especially when the next night she dreams again of going back in the past!

How strange it may be, will this be a way to save her friendship with Jonas again? And whatever she decides to do in her ‘dreams’, how will they affect her present?

Whenever I read a story where time travelling is taking place, I found it a difficult concept to grasp. Yet in this story I found it fit perfectly in Maisie’s story.
Thanks to the time travelling, I got the opportunity to understand Maisie better, learning what happened in her past.
And meeting this intriguing character that Jonas is…

I loved reading how Maisie grew up, how friendships were born and lasting through the years. Maisie has the opportunity to make several changes in her past, but what to change and what not?
It was beautiful to see how her feelings are changing through the story and despite her desire to make them clear in the past, she knows that the most important thing of her present would never be happening.

I found this an amazing story to read. Of course, not everything is 100% realistic. But it allowed us readers to get to know these characters on a special way. And it showed me that sometimes you have to go through very hard times, but that when the time is right, all pieces fall into place.

I think that this book should come with a warning: once you start reading, you will find it nearly impossible to put it away.
What happens in the story is magical, but that magic pulls you into the story, and does not let you go. I loved every bit of it!

‘Christmas Reunion In Paris’ – written by Liz Fielding #BookReview @lizfielding @rararesources

When you meet you first love again in Paris.

Synopsis

Parisian reunion
With the one that got away!

Celebrity chef James Harrington never expected to find himself face-to-face with Chloe, his first love, again… Especially, with her working as a chambermaid at his luxury hotel! Their chemistry’s as strong as ever, but she’s hiding a secret. Can James convince Chloe that their love is worth taking a chance on – again?

Katie Fforde wrote, when honouring her with the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2019 said – “Liz Fielding’s books, with their warmth, humour and emotion, have charmed millions of readers. She is a true star of the romantic fiction genre.”

My review

Chloe is working as a housemaid in a luxury hotel. It’s not her dream job, but at least it pays the bills. One day she gets the shock of her life, because while she is doing her chores in a room, celebrity chef James Harrington enters the room.
Chloe is in shock, not because she meets a celebrity, but because James was her first love.
The chemistry is between them is still palpable, but Chloe does not want to give their love a second chance, as she is hiding a secret.

Will James be able to change Chloe’s mind?

Reading a story about meeting a first love again, of course you just hope it will go how you pictured the story in your mind.
And yes, of course it is such a story!

But there was more to this story than I thought, and it was a pleasant surprise!
Chloe her family is not your standard family, and that made her escape from them, trying to make a life on her own in Paris, forgetting her past.

And then we have James. He is known all over the world as a cook, yet there is something he is still missing.
When he sees Chloe again, he does whatever he can to persuade her to give him and their love a second chance.

The chemistry between Chloe and James is obvious. The attraction they had in the past, is still there. But now they are both different and have truly grown up, both literally as figuratively.
As Chloe has been forced to do as her father pleased for too long, now she won’t allow James t do just the same.
Even if James is having the best of intentions, the way he expresses himself is not the way to Chloe’s heart.
And I think that this is the most important message this story wants us to learn. A relationship is not made of getting it your way, but talking about it, asking the opinion of the on you love and find a common ground.

It’s not only a story with 2 people and a chance of love again, but I found it also bittersweet. The things this couple had to endure when they were younger, broke my heart. But despite that hardship, they came out of it even stronger.

Their meeting is also the reason they dare to face their demons of the past and show that they aren’t broken.

Overall, this was a beautiful story, taking place in beautiful surroundings. I did not only enjoy reading about Paris, but also the Chateau stole my heart.
A lovely romance, about past mistakes, looking at the future, daring to be your truly self. And all around Christmas! I loved every bit of it and I cannot wait to read more from this author!

 

‘The Ticklemore Christmas Toy Shop’ – written by Liz Davies #BookReview @lizdaviesauthor @rararesources

One of the sweetest stories I’ve ever read!

Synopsis

You’re never too old to fall in love…

There is a disturbance in the force and octogenarian Hattie Jenkins can feel it in her water. Still active and spritely, she guesses that the miserable-looking gentleman sitting morosely in the café where she works, might be the reason.

Widowed Alfred Miller has recently moved in with his daughter because she is worried that he’s becoming too frail and forgetful to look after himself. And he’s not in the least bit happy about it, especially since his home is soon be cleared and sold.

But when he enlists Hattie’s help to save some of his precious belongings, he doesn’t realise that Hattie’s mission is to save more than a few sticks of furniture. She’s on a mission to save him, too.

My review

Alfred Miller has recently moved in with his daughter. She is afraid Alfred is becoming too forgetful and is not capable anymore to take care of himself.
Of course Alfred is not happy with him moving out of the home he shared with his wife and being kept an eye on. Having to sell everything he once cared so much about, has changed him in a grumpy man.

But when he meets Hattie, he doesn’t know yet how his life will change. It all starts when Hattie helps him with saving his belongings.
Hattie is the total opposite of Alfred and she is also determined to make him feel needed and having a purpose.

I can honestly say that this is such a sweet story!

From the very start I fell in love with Hattie and her enthusiasm and energy! For being a lady of a certain age, she surely is very active!
And then we have the total opposite in Alfred… since his wife died, he is a bit letting himself go. And I surely understood him! losing the love of your life, and feeling that you are a burden to your own daughter, I would feel also depressed!

When Alfred meets Hattie, he doesn’t like her interfering. But just as Hattie, I knew it was a kind of a defence mechanism. Thanks to Hattie, Alfred is getting out of his shell and even starts to enjoy life again, despite his daughter bothering him. Now, before you start thinking bad about the daughter, just don’t… slowly it will all become clear.

But did story took me by surprise! I know this author so I knew it would be a beautiful story, but I didn’t expect to fall totally in love with all the characters, the community and the toys!
Alfred has a hidden talent, making the most amazing toys, and how I wished I could see them for real!

But this story is not only about the toys and the good will of people. It is also about caring about our elder people. Just because you are of a certain age, doesn’t mean that you are superfluous or only capable of sitting in a chair doing nothing.
I think everybody should take Hattie as an example. When you read about her, you would almost think she is a young woman.
And her energy is surely contagious! I loved reading about Alfred being dragged along in Hattie’s enthusiasm and starts melting and starts to enjoy everything he does!

Even if Alfred and Hattie are not of the youngest ages, I loved reading about their bickering and their growing friendship. This also proves that you are never too old for a new adventure, and that age is just a number.

If you are looking for one of the sweetest stories ever, about people being there for each other, I definitely recommend this one!

‘The Other Woman’ – written by Amanda Brookfield #BookReview @ABrookfield1 @rararesources

There is always more than 1 side of a story…

Synopsis

‘No one gets to the heart of human relationships quite so perceptively as Brookfield.’ The Mirror

On a normal day, in a normal house, on a normal street, wife and mother Fran has had enough. She packs a case, leaves a note for her bullying husband Pete, and one for her beloved twenty-year-old son Harry, and heads to the airport – and freedom.

In another house, on another street, Helena is desperately baiting her husband Jack into a fight. These days it feels like the only way to get Jack to take notice of her. Passionate, volatile, increasingly fragile, Helena is fast running out of hope.

What Helena and Fran don’t know, is that soon their lives are going to come crashing together in ways neither expect nor understand. And if Fran and Helena are going to change their own futures, then first they will have to change each other’s.

Amanda Brookfield is back with a triumphant, crackling story about love, marriage, lies and fate, and how our destinies can be changed by the smallest decisions. Perfect for fans of Sheila O’Flanagan, Jane Fallon and Jane Green.

My review

Fran is bullied by her husband Peter. Despite her love for their son Harry, Fran has had enough. She pack her case, left notes and is ready to start all over again with her lover Jack. Yet at the airport, Jack does not appear…

Meanwhile is Helena feeling that she is losing her husband… her only resources are the bottle and picking fights with Jack, hoping to salvage their marriage.

This is the story of two total different women, with only one thing in common… the man they love. But who will get their happily ever after? And does such thing really exist?

When I started reading this story, I was having a bit of a hard time to understand Fran’s motives. I don’t like stories about people cheating on their partners, because there are always people getting hurt somehow. Yet slowly when the true nature of Fran her marriage come at light, I felt sorry for her and I was hoping that she somehow could find her happiness even if it was not the solution I liked.

I have to admit, when Jack does not appear at the airport like agreed, I was afraid of the consequences for Fran.

This story exists of 3 parts. And obviously the first part is about Fran. And in the second part there is Helena. She is married to Jack. And even if they seem to have a happy marriage, Helena senses that there is something wrong.
Yet I couldn’t shake the feeling that Helena was selfish… she wants to “own” Jack at any cost. Even if that means being in an unhappy marriage.

In this story I got disappointed in many people… Fran for having an affair (but being forgiving towards her after knowing her life), Helena for being a spoiled, selfish woman, Jack for not showing up and whatever happens next. Oh and obviously despise for Peter…

But I’m not dismissing this book as a bad one, because it isn’t a bad book, on the contrary. Because in the third part of it, it all comes together. And so many things are clearer. It shows that to a story there are more than just one side. This was not only about Fran, but also about Helena, and about Jack. Every decision has a reaction, and not always we get the result that we want.

Fran did not get to escape to a new life with Jack. But because of it not happening, she starts making other decisions, also changing her future.
Helena and Jack seem to be a happy couple initially, but are they the real winners of this story?

This story is not one you can put easily away. There are lies, betrayal, but also many signs of love, the courage of wanting to start over. And that even if a plan doesn’t come together as imagined, when one door closes, another one opens.

‘One Family Christmas’ – written by Bella Osborne #BookReview @osborne_bella @rararesources

When you want it to be perfect…

Synopsis

A big family. A whole lot of secrets. A Christmas to remember…

This year, Lottie is hosting one last big family Christmas at the home she grew up in – just like her Nana would have wanted.

But when her relatives descend on the old manor house, Lottie gets more than she bargained for. Every family has its secrets, but in this family, everybody has one!

So, between cooking a Christmas dinner, keeping tensions at bay and a stray dog out of mischief, she has plenty on her plate and not just misshapen sausage rolls and a frozen turkey. And then her first love shows up – nine years after he walked out of her life.

Can Lottie make their last family Christmas one to remember… for the right reasons?

My review

After losing her beloved Nana Lottie wants to host one last big family Christmas at her Nana’s home. But her wonderful idea quickly falls apart, when she meets Murphy’s Law…
When her relatives start to come in, it’s obvious that some are there against their own will. And every family has its secrets, but that each member has one, is hard to digest during Christmas.

Will Lottie manage to have her perfect Christmas, between misunderstandings, secrets coming out, a frozen turkey and oh, also a first love showing up out of nowhere?

I truly enjoy reading a beautiful Christmas story. But when everything is going wrong, I’m having so much fun!
Yes, I know it’s a mean thing to think, but keep in mind it’s all fictional, so having fun at their expense, is not so bad, right?

Yet from the very start, Lottie is someone I truly started to care about. She has just lost her Nana, who was more a mother to her than her actual mother. So when her house is going to be sold too, all what Lottie truly wants is this last Christmas with her family. And I understood her perfectly!

The moment everybody started to come in, it’s the start for all the possible dramas you can imagine! If you think that your family is a recipe for drama, you obviously don’t know Lottie’s family!

Of course, it’s not a story that will make you sad or angry, on the contrary. The dramas were so funny to read about, and Lottie trying to salvage her Christmas. Talking about Murphy and his Law to make this the most terrible, funny Christmas ever! The author made sure that every drama was so witty, I found myself laughing and just a bit feeling sorry for the involved people.

I can honestly tell, that I liked every character in this book. Although it took some more time for me to appreciate them. Even the most superficial, or selfish person found a way to warm me towards them. It showed me again that there is more than sees the eye…

This story is about how perfectly imperfect Christmas can be. But even the most disastrous Christmas is a way to get your family closer and appreciate everyone more.

I loved reading about every bit going wrong, but it warmed me reading about how it all got together. And of course, it’s about Christmas! What do you need more?!?

‘The Christmas Swap’ – written by Sandy Barker #BookReview @sandybarker @rararesources

Who wants to swap Christmas with me if I can have the same adventure ???

Synopsis

Christmas is coming and best friends ChloeJules, and Lucy are needing change… so swapping homes for the holidays could be the perfect present for all of them!

Australian Chloe spends her Christmas in a sleepy village in Oxfordshire, England. She is totally star-struck when she discovers who lives across the road.

Lucy, who has jetted off to snowy Colorado for her dream-come-true white Christmas, is taken into the fold of Jules’s loud and brash family, discovering more about herself in a few short days than she has in years.

And Jules leaves the cold climes of Colorado to spend her Christmas on a beach with Chloe’s friends in Melbourne, finding that time away is just what she needed.

The only thing better than one Christmas romance is three, and this wonderful festive novel is perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan, Holly Martin and Karen Swan.

My review

Chloe, Jules and Lucy are best friends. They share everything whenever they can, despite living in different places in the world.
Christmas is nearby and all three the girls feel they need a change. Being inspired by ‘The Holiday’, they decide to swap homes.

So Chloe is going to spend her time in a typical English village in Oxfordshire. Lucy is dreaming of a real white Christmas, so is going to Colorado and Jules will find herself on a beach in Melbourne.

Will they all have the Christmas they dreamed of, or is their traditional Christmas as they know what they will end up missing?

If you loved ‘The Holiday’, you will ADORE this book!
All three women are obviously fictional characters, yet they are so recognizable. They could be mine or your best friends.

The idea of just swapping your house is a wonderful thought. And when you swap with your best friends, you know you won’t find your house back in a mess.
So if anyone wants to propose the same deal to me…

Back to the story…
Oh this story is just perfect to bring you in the Christmas spirit! Every girl is having her own story and is having a Christmas that is different than her previous ones. I just loved reading each story, and I just cannot say which one I liked the most. Each adventure is just perfect in its own way, and even if it’s different from the other ones, I wouldn’t wat to have it any other way for that particular friend!

Being on a different place, allows the women to think about their lives and what they truly want. And of course, there is something going on concerning love too, otherwise what Christmas story would it be!
Each of the men are different from each other, but yet so utterly perfect! I think I fell in love with all three of them!

This Christmas story made me sit back, with a hot drink in my hands and dreaming about being in the story myself!
I just loved it!

‘What If?’ – written by Shari Low #BookReview @sharilow @rararesources

Imagine a quest in a world without Internet or social media!

Synopsis

The book that started it all! A classic retro romcom from #1 bestselling author Shari Low.

1999.
Carly Cooper is 30, single, and after coming close to saying ‘I Do’ to six different men, she’s wondering if she accidentally said ‘goodbye’ to Mr Right.
But there is a problem.
Her ex-boyfriends are scattered all over the world and Carly lives in 1999; an era before Facebook, Google, smartphones, 4G and Broadband, when it was impossible to track people down with a few clicks of a mouse.
On a mission to discover if she walked away from her ‘happy ever after’, Carly quits her job, her flat, her whole life and sets off on a quest to track down all the men she has ever loved.
Her Mr Right is out there, but can she find him?
And what if he’s moved on from the ex-girlfriend who said goodbye? A wonderful classic 20th-anniversary re-release.

My review

Carly Cooper is 30 and single. Despite being engaged several times, she never made it to the final step.
Overthinking every relationship she has been in, makes her wonder if perhaps she already met her Mr. Right but tossed him away. So now she has a new mission: track all het previous boyfriends and see if he was The One.

Only problem…. It’s 1999 so there is no such thing as Facebook or internet. And the ex-boyfriends are scattered all over the world.

Will she succeed in her mission and find the love of her life? And will he be forgiving her for breaking his heart in the past?

I had so much fun reading this story! Even if sometimes I had to remind myself that it’s taking in place in 1999!
Everybody is so used to Internet, Facebook and other social media, it’s hard to imagine that only 20 years they didn’t exist!
So reading about Carly and her mission was truly entertaining!

I did initially have my doubts about liking Carly, because how can someone be engaged so many times, and not be sure about her feelings?
But slowly I started to understand Carly. It’s not that she didn’t love them, but she was just not ready to take that huge step, and she was just doubting every decision she was making. During her relationships, she also found it hard to be really open, speak her mind. She found herself always wanting to please the boyfriend/ fiancé and she wanted to prevent for them getting hurt, getting obviously the opposite result.

I loved being on the quest with Carly, curious to know what have happened to the men she left behind. 
I was curious to see how Carly would handle the awkward situations.
The beauty of this story was, despite Carly’s absurd mission, we got to see how she has grown. She understands that what she did in the past was just wrong, even if it was done with the best intentions. And that even if the man doesn’t appear to be the One for her, she at least has the opportunity to apologize.

This story is a throwback in the not so far away past, about a woman wanting to put things right. And it is a hilarious read, thinking back about the Millennium Bug, a world where people have to actually talk to each other and ghosting avant la lettre!

And if you are wondering if Carly found her Mr. Right… well, you’ll have to read this funny book to find out if the ex became a no longer ex!

 

‘A Widow’s Vow’ – written by Rachel Brimble #BookReview @RachelBrimble @rararesources

When your future is doing the same you did in your past.

Synopsis

From grieving widow…

1851. After her merchant husband saved her from a life of prostitution, Louisa Hill was briefly happy as a housewife in Bristol. But then a constable arrives at her door. Her husband has been found hanged in a Bath hotel room, a note and a key to a property in Bath the only things she has left of him. And now the debt collectors will come calling.

To a new life as a madam.

Forced to leave everything she knows behind, Louisa finds more painful betrayals waiting for her in the house in Bath. Left with no means of income, Louisa knows she has nothing to turn to but her old way of life. But this time, she’ll do it on her own terms – by turning her home into a brothel for upper class gentleman. And she’s determined to spare the girls she saves from the street the horrors she endured in the past.

Enlisting the help of Jacob Jackson, a quiet but feared boxer, to watch over the house, Louisa is about to embark on a life she never envisaged. Can she find the courage to forge this new path? 

A Widow’s Vow is the first in a gripping and gritty new Victorian saga series from Rachel Brimble. You won’t be able to put it down.

My review

Louisa thought she finally escaped a life of prostitution, by getting married. She enjoyed her life as a housewife, but when a constable knocks on her door, her dream falls apart. Her husband has been found dead in a hotel room and left her a property in Bath and many debts.

Now that Louisa has no more income, she sees no other option than returning to her old job. But this time it will be on her conditions. She won’t run just a random brothel, but one for upper class gentlemen. And to make sure that every woman in the house is safe, she needs someone to watch the house. And her eye falls on boxer Jacob Jackson.

Will Louisa succeed in run the brothel how she envisions it? And can she truly protect the girls?

Initially I couldn’t’ imagine that I would like Louisa. Maybe in my own naivety, I found it hard to understand why someone would go back into prostitution, after just escaped from it. I thought that there would be other solutions.

But okay, putting my own thoughts aside, I had to admire Louisa’s determination to be different. She truly wants the best for the girls and goes lengths to provide protection.
Once she made her decision, she is sticking by it, and will not allow anyway to bully her away.

When she meets Jacob, she immediately sees he is exactly what she needs. Jacob is a boxer, so I understood he wasn’t jumping at this opportunity.
Jacob was a hard nut to crack. He strongly beliefs that because he was raised with violence, that he is also a violent man. He thinks that violence runs in his blood and nothing can change his mind.

All the people in this story make an evolution. Louisa has to learn to love again, daring to allow someone in her life and heart again. Jacob has to learn that violence isn’t the solution and that he isn’t born to be a violent man.

This is not a story where it’s all rainbow and sunshine. It shows how hard life can be if you are not so lucky.
But it also shows that determination can change your life and that you don’t have to be only a victim.
And being in a difficult position, but having people that care about you, is all that matters. The people that are about you and you care about can come in different sizes and shapes. It can be a friend that you know for years, the latest addition of your brothel and even that boxer that needs to provide the protection.

It’s a dark story, but with silver linings that made this story an enjoyable read. I found myself feeling compassionate about the characters, hoping that they would see the light and not just give up.

‘Winter Wishes At Swallowtail Bay’ – written by Katie Ginger #BookReview @KatieGAuthor @rararesources

Love is not like in a romance book!

Synopsis

Grab your cosiest jumper and escape to the beautiful Swallowtail Bay!

Christmas and romance are in the air and Nell is obsessed! She can’t stop watching her favourite Christmas romcoms and dreaming of the day when she meets her own romantic hero, especially as she is hosting the first ever wedding at her small hotel, Holly Lodge.

Nell’s best friend, Tom, has been in love with her ever since they met. But Nell has never seen him that way, and he’s always kept his feelings a secret in case it ruins their friendship.

After the opening of the glamorous Langdon Mansion Hotel in the bay, Nell’s hotel is struggling for survival and she must fight, with Tom’s help, to keep Holly Lodge open. Can the magic of Christmas help two old friends save Holly Lodge and open Nell’s eyes to a love that was always there the whole time?

Winter Wishes at Swallowtail Bay is the hilarious new romantic comedy from Katie Ginger, perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Veronica Henry and Holly Martin!

My review

Nell is known for her love of Christmas and romcoms. She often just dreams away, thinking how she will meet her own hero and have her own happily ever after, just like in the movies she loves.
She also loves her Holly Lodge hotel and she is ready to host her very first wedding there! And not just any wedding, no it will be the wedding of her best friend Cat!

But since the glamourous Langdon Mansion Hotel opened in the bay, Nell’s hotel is not as flourishing as it was before!
So now, not only Nell has to organize a perfect wedding, she must fight to keep her hotel in business. But luckily for her, in time of need, she can always count on her best friend Tom, who would do anything to see Nell happy. Everything, except telling his true feelings…

Will Nell manage to keep her hotel, organize the wedding and see what’s right in front of her, instead of dreaming of impossible loves?

You know that feeling that you know you will love a book even before you’ve read one single word of it? Well, I had this feeling with this book!

This is not only about Nell trying to find love around Christmas. But it was also about her being there for her friends, sticking up for them. And about her friends being there for her.

Nell is not just a woman with her head in the clouds, but she is also concerned about her community. When on several occasions people of her community are facing some problems, Nell shows how  altruistic she is. She opens her hotel just out of the kindness of her heart, without ulterior motives.

She also shows what a good friend she is, when Cat is getting ready for her wedding.  Cat has not the easiest mother, and Brenda is more a bridezilla than the bride herself!
Nell knows when she has to push a little bit, in Cat’s best interest, but she also knows when she has to stop.

And is there anywhere in the world a more caring best friend than Tom???

When a serious matter occurs, my heart nearly skipped a beat… at first I thought it didn’t fit in the story, but I had to adjust my opinion, because in the end, it showed the true heart of everyone, and especially Nell.

I can go on about what’s to like about this story, but I hope you can trust me on my word that you will find this a heart-warming story, being spot-on  with every feeling, good ones and bad ones. Just sit back, keep calm and start reading this lovely book!