Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights

Sooooooo I said a while ago I wasn’t sure if I’d get this book while it was only out in hardback because it doesn’t fit so well on my shelves! BUT I couldn’t not get it and it dropped right down in price…. and I mean it’s not Christmas without a new Christmas chicklit book!

I LOVE Carole Matthews books and I adored “The Cake Shop in the Garden” when it came out. So when I realised this was another book with Fay in I couldn’t resist, plus it’s set at Christmas and it features lots of cake! What could be better? πŸ˜‰

So in “Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights” we catch up again with Fay as she travels the canals of Britain with Danny. However, a phone call from Lija calls Fay home to what used to be her cake shop. Poor Stan is ill and Lija and Fay, along with new employee Rainbow slowly see him better. But that’s not the only drama happening at the Cake Shop this Christmas! Throw in a baby, Fay’s sister and a major downpour, this Christmas is definitely one that Fay will remember!

I absolutely adored this book! I couldn’t stop reading it. The only thing is, I wish I’d read “The Cake Shop in the Garden” again before picking this up as I had a little trouble remembering some things, but Carole Matthews does a fantastic job of catching you up with the story as you read, so in fact this could be easily read separate from “The Cake Shop in the Garden”! πŸ˜€

The characters are all just as loveable as I remembered them to be… Where can I go to meet Danny?! πŸ˜‰ And new character Rainbow is just brilliant. She’ll probably annoy you a lot to begin with but she definitely grew on me through the book! And her nan sounds brilliant! I want to meet her!

This is a great little story which I loved to bits and it really got me in the Christmas spirit… and made me want to make lots of cake! πŸ˜€ If you love a Chicklit book and are looking for a new one this Christmas then Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights is a must! πŸ™‚

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The Chocolate Lovers’ Wedding

So this is the last book (at the moment) in the Chocolate Lovers’ series and having read the rest of the books recently I decided to finish the series while it was all still fresh in my mind πŸ™‚

So Lucy is finally getting married, but things keep getting in the way… Lucy loses her job, Nadia feels unsafe in her home and moving to the Lake District to be with her new love seems more than appealing. Chantal is faced with some devastating news, while Autumn is building a relationship up with her daughter. Everything is getting in the way, and Lucy starts to doubt she’ll get the happily ever after she so desperately wants.

In the “Chocolate Lovers’ Wedding” we are in the build up to Lucy finally marrying Aiden (Crush), however life is getting in the way and Lucy’s selfless nature means she gives her wedding away to someone who needs it more. Throughout the story we start to see characters getting their happily ever afters, which makes me believe that this may be the last we see of the Chocolate Lovers’ Club. This story was surprisingly not predictable. Some chicklit books can be quite predictable, but this one wasn’t which surprised me, and everything I kept thinking didn’t actually happen. Plus it definitely wasn’t “and they all lived happily ever after” at several times in the book!

“Whatever happens, this won’t be the end of the Chocolate Lovers’ Club. We might be heading off in different directions but there are strong ties that bind us. We are true friends, and true friendships endure for a lifetime.”

The Chocolate Lovers’ Club series is a great series demonstrating friendship at its best, where the girls stick together through thick and thin and are always there for each other. I couldn’t not put in those final two sentences of the book because they are really heartwarming and are definitely what the whole Chocolate Lovers’ series is all about.

All in all, this was a great book (and an enjoyable series) where even if this is the end of the Chocolate Lovers’ series it was a lovely book to go out on, where I think all lose ends from the series were tied. If you’re looking for a gentle, but enjoyable read about friendship this is definitely a great series for you! πŸ™‚

You can find my reviews for the other books here πŸ™‚

The Chocolate Lovers’ Club

The Chocolate Lovers’ Diet

The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas

The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas

I was debating whether to start this book yet or not because in principle I never think about Christmas until after my birthday next month. But I decided that while The Chocolate Lovers’ Club and The Chocolate Lovers’ Diet were still fresh in my mind I’d give this a read now.

Lucy is now running Chocolate Heaven, well more like looking after it while the owners are having a break, but she’s run off her feet and her relationship with Aiden is suffering. But as per usual her ex-boyfriend Marcus turns up and makes trouble. Chantal is adapting to life again with her husband Ted and their baby daughter Lana, but Chantal can’t help but feel there is still something going on between Ted and Stacey (who Ted also has a child with as a result of an affair) and soon their relationship starts to falter. Autumn is struggling in her relationship with Addison after the death of her brother, but he begins to push her away and starts using her for money, then Miles walks into her life. Finally, Nadia is starting to get back on her feet after the tragic death of her husband Toby, but things get uncomfortable when her sister’s husband starts making moves on her.

I love being able to read series like this back to back so you don’t forget what has been going on in the series if there is a long gap between reading books. Sometimes if a series goes on too long it can get a bit dull and repetitive but actually I really enjoyed this book just as much as the others in the series, maybe actually a little more than the other books because I’ve come to love the characters in all their little ways.

Although this book is supposedly a Christmas based book it isn’t *too* Christmassy. I mean it is Christmassy in that it is set in the run up to Christmas with the book ending on Christmas day, but I didn’t feel too strange reading it even though its only October.

As with some Chick lit books the plot was really predictable which I don’t really mind but I know a lot of people hate, but it didn’t stop me enjoying the book. I also love Carole Matthews books because they’re so easy to read. As I know I keep saying, one of my biggest hates with books is really long chapters. I prefer shorter chapters and Carole Matthews does this really well in her books, she writes shorter chapters which aren’t too short.

Anyway, all in all this was a lovely little festive chick lit/romance book which I really enjoyed reading and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series (The Chocolate Lovers’ Wedding) πŸ™‚

 

The Chocolate Lovers’ Diet

Having finished “The Chocolate Lovers’ Club” I couldn’t wait to move on to the next book in the series – The Chocolate Lovers’ Diet. I really love Carole Matthews books and these books are proving to be just as good as the others that I’ve read! πŸ™‚

Survival tips for times of stress:
1. Take deep breaths
2. Count to ten
3. Eat chocolate

Lucy thought she had got her happily ever after with the gorgeous Aidan but things aren’t turning out the way she had hoped they would. But she’s not the only one with problems – Autumn’s new boyfriend has yet to meet her parents, Nadia’s husband has sworn he’s given up gambling but she’s finding that hard to believe, and Chantal is doing all she can to save her marriage. It’s clear that these girls are going to need a lot of chocolate.

Things seem like they’re going great for the Chocolate Lovers’ Club girls, but they aren’t really… everything is going wrong. Bring in Lucy’s disastrous relationships and Autumn’s drug-addict brother and everything is going wrong.

I loved this book, I honestly couldn’t put it down and it was great fun to read. OK is is a tad predictable but the characters are all brilliantly written and I love the friendship that Carole Matthews creates between the characters. Aside from the obvious things that are going to happen, The Chocolate Lovers’ Diet was a great read with a good, enjoyable storyline.

Some of the story is actually completely tragic, but I enjoy the way that Carole Matthews makes such contrasting things happen in the characters lives. So while something may seem bad for one of the girls, actually another one is going through a much bigger problem. But all in all, this is a great book (and series) that really highlights the importance of friends!

The Chocolate Lovers’ Club

I really like Carole Matthews’ books and “The Chocolate Lovers’ Club” was one of her books that I was desperate to read. Swansea has this great WH Smith with a clearance section where they sell some older books for really cheap and I was really excited when I found this book for the bargain price of Β£2! πŸ™‚

Lucy, Nadia, Autumn and Chantal make up the Chocolate Lovers’ Club and as soon as one of them has a crisis they can call on each other to meet at Chocolate Heaven, a little speciality chocolate cafe in the heart of London.

Lucy is having trouble with her boyfriend Marcus who says he’s changed, but he really hasn’t; Chantal is struggling in a loveless relationship where cracks are starting to show; Nadia is struggling to keep a roof over her and her son’s head because of her husband’s gambling addiction, while Autumn is having family issues.

As a group they definitely have plenty to talk about and help each other with!

I really enjoyed “The Chocolate Lovers’ Club” so much so that I’ve gone out and bought the next 3 books in the series already! The characters were lovable, especially Lucy and I really enjoyed going through all their dramas with them! Carole Matthews writes the characters really well and although the story was a little predictable at times it didn’t stop me enjoying it! πŸ™‚

A word of warning though, if you do want to read this book and those that follow, don’t read the blurbs of the next book until you’ve read the first book because the blurbs basically contain spoilers! πŸ˜€

But all in all this was a great book which I really enjoyed reading and I’m looking forward to reading the next books in the series πŸ™‚

The Chick Lit Tag

The other week An Historian About Town tagged me in this Chick lit tag for me to share some of my favourites. Chick lit books are seriously underrated in my opinion where many people save them for a cozy night in or a holiday beach read. But actually I love them and they’re my go to everyday book. They definitely aren’t are fluffy as everyone makes them out to be! Yes OK they aren’t as educational as perhaps Charles Dickens but they are definitely reads in which you can learn something!

So in this tag I’m going to share with you some of my Chick lit favourites and you should definitely check out An Historian About Town’s post too! πŸ™‚

Rules
1. Answer the questions…
2. Link the books to Goodreads/Amazon/Chapters/Barnes and Noble, etc… when possible.
3. Be honest…
4. Tag some people who are fans of chick lit, or might become fans!
5. Have fun πŸ™‚

Questions

1. First piece of chick lit that you read?
2. Best piece of chick lit that you have read?
3. Favourite chick lit author?
4. Most recent piece of chick lit that you have read?
5. Favourite chick lit trope?
6. Why do you think people should give chick lit a chance?

My Answers

1. First piece of chick lit that you read? Photo 19-07-2017, 19 07 39

The first I remember was “I Heart New York” by Lindsey Kelk. I’d just finished my A Levels and had a long summer ahead so I wanted to get back in to reading. I was quite in to Sex and the City at the time and wanted a book that wasn’t a children’s or young adult one. So after ages of searching I finally landed on this one πŸ™‚ I now love Lindsey Kelk!

2. Best piece of chick lit that you have read?Β 


That’s a really hard one. I think “The Beach Cafe” by Lucy Diamond or “Billy and Me” by Giovanna Fletcher.
3. Favourite chick lit author?Β 

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You can’t ask me that! I love loads of them! I think it would probably be a toss up between Carole Matthews and Lucy Diamond. I’ve already told you by favourite Lucy Diamond book, so my favourite Carole Matthews book is probably “The Cake Shop in the Garden

4. Most recent piece of chick lit that you have read?Photo 09-08-2017, 19 06 22
The last chick lit book I read was Lucy Diamond’s latest book “The House of New Beginnings“. It isn’t the best of Lucy Diamond’s books but it was still an enjoyable read! πŸ™‚

5. Favourite chick lit trope?Β 
Just anything with drama! Usually my favourites are someone finding out they’re cheating on someone else and it is all drama. Basically the plot in “A Cottage by the Sea“. I loved that book!Photo 04-08-2016, 11 17 25

6. Why do you think people should give chick lit a chance?
They’re so full of drama it’s unreal so they’re pretty good in that sense, but also I think they’re more realistic and relatable than a lot of other books!

My Nominees

Sophie Samantha

And anyone else who enjoys a bit of chick lit! (Maybe Angela and Cheila – but I’m not sure if you’re in to it?)

 

 

Book releases I’m looking forward to

It feels like there are quite a few books coming out that I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on. So I thought I’d share some of them with you today πŸ™‚

1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Illustrated Edition)

Pottermore

Coming out on 7th November, I can’t wait to get my hands on this. πŸ™‚ I’ll probably ask for it for my birthday or Christmas πŸ™‚

2. Some Kind of WonderfulΒ 

Fantastic Fiction

This is the next fiction bookΒ by Giovanna Fletcher. I’m really excited for it as I love Gi’s books! It comes out the day before my birthday (16th November) so I know what I’ll be getting! πŸ˜€

 

3. I Heart ForeverΒ 

Lindsey Kelk

I was sooooooo excited when Lindsey Kelk announced this book as I love the I Heart Series and the characters in it πŸ™‚ This book comes out really soon (7th September) now!

 

4. Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights

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I absolutely adored The Cake Shop in the Garden, so when I heard there was a Christmas based sequel coming out I was really excited πŸ™‚ I love a good Christmas book. This comes out on 19th October on Kindle and in Hardback with is a little sad. I’d rather get the paperback so it fits on my shelf with my other Carole Matthews books. No doubt I’ll end up buying it if it’s not too expensive though! πŸ™‚

 

5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated Edition)

Bloomsbury

I know a lot of people argue that once you have one copy of Harry Potter you don’t need another as they’re all the same. But the illustrated editions are beautiful and I think they’re keepsakes for the future! πŸ™‚ The Prisoner of Azkaban illustrated edition comes out on 3rd October πŸ™‚

Are there any books coming out soon that you’re looking forward to getting your hands on? πŸ™‚