Blogmas Day 13: Festive Books

We’ve made it half way! How are you enjoying Blogmas so far? Today is all about Christmassy books. It is safe to say that in my time I’ve read my fair share of Christmassy books, ok, they’ve mostly all been Chicklit books, but I do love a good Christmas book! So today I thought I’d share with you some of the Christmassy books that I’ve read šŸ™‚

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Christmas with Billy and Me – Giovanna Fletcher

I’m not sure I share enough how much I love the Billy and Me books by Giovanna Fletcher, but “Christmas with Billy and Me” is the sequel to Billy and Me and it is a short Christmas ebook.

Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights – Carole Matthews

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I read this book last month and loved it. I was originally going to wait until it came out in paperback but I couldn’t wait! This is a lovely Christmassy chicklit book that will make you want to bake loads of Christmas goodies.

I Heart Christmas & I Heart Forever – Lindsey Kelk

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I love the I Heart series by Lindsey Kelk and these two books are no exception. Both are set around Christmas, so you’re bound to get your Christmas fix reading these books.

I’ll Take New York – Miranda Dickinson

This book is obviously set in New York during Christmas. It was the first book by Miranda Dickinson that I read and I absolutely loved it and couldn’t put it down. šŸ™‚

A Girl’s Best Friend – Lindsey Kelk

Another Christmassy Lindsey Kelk book! “A Girlā€™s Best Friend” is a fantastic book, combining the “I Heart” series with the “About a Girl” series. Again, set in Christmassy New York it is a great read.

The Christmasaurus – Tom Fletcher

I know this is a kids book, but is is absolutely brilliant and I loved reading it. In fact I may read it again now in the lead up to Christmas!

The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas – Carole Matthews

If you’re looking for a book that is Christmassy, but not too Christmassy (and also Chicklit) then “The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas” is a great book to read šŸ™‚

The Christmas Party – Carole Matthews

I really enjoyed this book when I read it 2 years ago. I don’t think it is as good as the other Christmassy Carole Matthews books, but it is still a great festive read! šŸ™‚

Calling Mrs Christmas – Carole Matthews

I LOVE this book. I read it so quickly because it was too good to put down. It definitely has to be one of my favourite Christmas chick lit books and I would highly recommend it if Chicklit is your thing!

The Cosy Christmas Tea Shop – Caroline Roberts

Finally, “The Cosy Christmas Tea Shop” by Caroline Roberts. I really enjoyed the book and am really looking forward to the new one written by her which I’ve just downloaded to my kindle.

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I really love reading Christmassy books. Have you read any of these? What is your favourite Christmas read?

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Highland Fling

So not that long ago I was recommended Highland Fling by An Historian About Town. I’d never read any books by Katie Fforde before so I was quite excited to give it a go!

In Highland Fling we join Jenny as she heads up from home in Surrey up to Scotland to work on a project for her boss. Working with a family in the area Jenny must fight to save the local clothing mill battling both her feelings and family in the process.

I absolutely loved this book and was so glad that I was recommended it to read! It was such an easy read and definitely a feel good, kind of Christmassy chick lit book. I loved all the characters and I especially loved the love/hate relationship between Jenny and Ross…. and Lady Dalmain!

All in all this was a fantastic book and I really really enjoyed reading it! šŸ™‚ Do you have any other Katie Fforde books that you can recommend me? šŸ™‚

I’m sorry it is such a short post today! šŸ˜¦ But you should all definitely go and check out this book!

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? šŸ˜‰

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”! šŸ˜€

The characters are all just as loveable as I remembered them to be… Where can I go to meet Danny?! šŸ˜‰ 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! šŸ˜€ If you love a Chicklit book and are looking for a new one this Christmas then Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights is a must! šŸ™‚

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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 šŸ™‚

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! šŸ™‚

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

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) šŸ™‚

 

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! šŸ™‚

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 Ā£2! šŸ™‚

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! šŸ™‚

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! šŸ˜€

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 šŸ™‚