Blogmas Day 3 – Christmas Books

We’ve made it to day 3! I got up early this morning so I have some time to write this before starting my work!

Today’s post is about Christmas books! I’ve read several Christmas themed books in the last few years so I thought I’d share with you briefly my favourite three as well as some of the other ones that I’ve read and would recommend to anyone trying to get in the Christmas mood!

1. Calling Mrs Christmas 

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I read Calling Mrs Christmas this time last year and I loved it. It was great fun:

“Cassie Smith has been out of work for a while but she has an idea. Drawing on her love of Christmas, she begins charging for small things: wrapping presents; writing cards; tree-decorating. She’s soon in huge demand and Cassie’s business, Calling Mrs Christmas, is born.

Carter Randall wants to make Christmas special for his children so he enlists Cassie’s help, and his lavish requests start taking up all her time. Thank goodness she can rely on her partner Jim to handle the rest of her clients.

When Carter asks Cassie to join them on a trip to Lapland, she knows she shouldn’t go. As much as tries, Cassie can’t deny how drawn she is to Carter and everything he has to offer, but she still loves her warm-hearted Jim. Suddenly Cassie finds herself facing a heart-breaking choice that could change her entire life.”

2. I Heart Christmas

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I haven’t reviewed this book on my blog here as I read it before I started my blog, but this is a brilliant book by Lindsey Kelk and is currently the last in the brilliant “I Heart” series which I could recommend to anyone who loves chick lit books!

Angela’s planning her very own fairytale of New York…

• Enormous Christmas tree
• Eggnog
• Eccentric British traditions
• Gorgeous man

But Santa’s throwing her a few curveballs – new job (as if it’s not mental enough already), new baby-craze from her best friend Jenny, and Alex determined they should grow up and settle down. Once friends start turning up uninvited on her doorstep (and leading her astray), can Angela really have a merry little Christmas? So much for happy holidays – something’s got to give…”

3. Christmas With Billy and Me

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Again, I haven’t reviewed this book on here, but I have reviewed the sequel “Always with Love“. I absolutely adore the Billy and Me series from Giovanna Fletcher and cannot recommend it enough to anyone. They’re some of my favourite books and I love the characters, and I really really hope we get more of these Billy and Me books!

“Christmas has come to Rosefont Hill and it’s destined to be a particularly special festive season for Sophie May.

When a smitten stranger emails Sophie to ask her if he can propose to the woman he loves in her little teashop, the romantic in her finds it impossible to refuse. Even though Christmas is her busiest time of year she has her own sweetheart, Hollywood actor Billy Buskin, to lend a helping hand. How could she say no to making someone’s dream come true?

As Sophie and Billy work together to plan the perfect fairytale proposal for this couple, excitement in Rosefont Hill is mounting. Who is this mysterious man? And who is the lucky lady he’s about to get down on one knee for?”

Other Christmas books that I’ve read and recommend

What Christmassy books have you read? What would you recommend me reading?

We Were on a Break

I love Lindsey Kelk’s books and again I was really excited for her latest novel. This time I picked it up in Tesco rather than Amazon and I couldn’t wait to get going.

Liv has been on holiday with Adam. Adam’s brother is married to Liv’s best friend, Cassie. Cassie lets slip to Liv that he was planning to propose on the last day of their holiday in Mexico… But it all goes wrong. Adam wimps out of proposing and the disastrous holiday comes to an end with Adam telling Liv that he “needs a break”.

Adam knows he has messed up and tries to get Liv back… But now she needs a break from Adam’s unusual behaviour and the situation he has put them in. With the chasm between Adam and Liv growing every day, and Adam’s brother stirring things up, can they ever find a way back to each other?

All in all We Were on a Break was a good book, and Kelk does not fail to disappoint. I can’t say this book was as good as the other books that Kelk has written but it was still enjoyable. I loved Liv and Adam (to begin with) before he went all funny on Liv and he made me hate him and side with Liv… and then I started to get a soft spot for him as he tried to win Liv back. As usual Lindsey Kelk has crafted wonderful characters and I love that you almost fall in to the story with them.

The storyline was great, not overly predictable like many chick lits can be and I honestly began to wonder if this was going to stray from stereotypes and not have an happy every after!

All in all this was another great book, the only thing I didn’t like was how long some of the chapters were, but you can’t really complain about that!

I look forward to Lindsey Kelk’s next book… Please can we have Angela back?! 🙂

A Girl’s Best Friend

I absolutely love Lindsey Kelk’s books and after finishing Always the Bridesmaid back in the summer I was incredibly excited to hear that Lindsey Kelk had another new book coming out in 2015.

First things first, what isn’t to love about the cover of this book. It is sooooo lovely you can’t help but feel all snug and festive just looking at it. And it gets so much better when you actually snuggle up in bed and read it!

Tess Brookes has had a disastrous 6 months. Everything in her life has changed after she found out that her ex flatmate (Vanessa) had stolen her photos (and camera) to gain a job as a photographer. But Tess’s life changed even further when she answered Vanessa’s phone one day. Tess has visited both Hawaii and Milan and struggled with her feelings over two guys along the way.

Deciding last minute to head to New York to visit her best friend Amy (and her old friend Al and co.) Tess lands (or perhaps you could say blags) herself a photography job for none other than Angela Clarke (editor of the US Gloss magazine) meeting Angela’s friend Jenny Lopez on the way. Tess also then bumps in to Nick in New York, one of the guys she is unsure whether she is in love with or not. After a disastrous meeting with him Tess spends Christmas in New York with Amy still unsure of who she is in love with; Nick, or her best friend Charlie from home. But who will Tess decide to try a relationship with? Nick or Charlie?

Firstly I need a fan girl moment! I absolutely adore Lindsey Kelk’s “I Heart Series” and I adore the main characters, particularly Angela. So when I read Tess meeting Angela I had to have a little squeal! It was so amazing to see the two stories collide! It made me so excited! 😀

PLEASE LINDSEY CAN WE HAVE MORE OF ANGELA CLARKE?!

Anyway, the story was great and not at all predictable. I love both Tess and Amy (Amy reminds me so much of Jenny in the “I Heart” Series) and I was pleased to read about the happiness that both Amy and Tess found at the end of the book. Nick is a somewhat annoying character, but for that reason I love his character more and would love to read more about Tess and Nick in the future.

A Girl’s Best Friend was a great book which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I would recommend it to anyone and can’t wait to read more of Kelk’s books in the future! 🙂

Always the Bridesmaid

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I was so excited to hear there was a new Lindsey Kelk book. I love Lindsey Kelk books, in particular the “I Heart” series. They’re some of the best books I’ve read!

The blurb reads:

“Everyone loves a bridesmaid – except Maddie, who’s perpetually asked to be one.
Everyone loves a wedding – except Maddie’s best friend, who’s getting divorced.
And everyone loves the way Maddie’s so happy behind the scenes – except Maddie herself.
One best friend is in wedding countdown while the other heads for marriage meltdown. And as Maddie juggles her best chance at promotion in years with bridezilla texts and late-night counselling sessions, she starts to wonder – is it time to stop being the bridesmaid?”

This is a must read for anyone who loves Chick Lits, it was gripping and I couldn’t put it down. I don’t often find myself so into books that I get upset, but this book (along with “The Last Song” by Nicholas Sparks) really gripped me and near the end I just wanted to go hug Maddie! I must warn you this review contains spoilers!

In this book Maddie finds herself in so many situations that many people find themselves in as best friends, including some impossible situations. From planning her best friend’s wedding, while at the same time helping her other best friend through her divorce, as well as going through it at work with a horrible, manipulative boss, who sabotages her big chance to gain a promotion in the world of event planning, as well as taking abuse from her family who don’t understand the “purpose” of her job, and most sadly of all, being used by a guy who already has a girlfriend.

We see so many ups and downs for Maddie in this book and it’s a great book to show how important friends are, as well as showing the day to day tasks that people have to balance, work, friends, family and a relationship. But no matter what happens, best friends always stick together.

You cannot go wrong with a Lindsey Kelk book, and I could hardly put the book down, and if it hadn’t been for exams I wouldn’t have put it down! This is a great book and I highly recommend it to anyone! 🙂