Sunshine, With a Chance of Snow

I love Carole Matthews’ books and when I saw this book come out I couldn’t resist. This is a collection of short stories written by Carole Matthews (which have never been released before) including the story “Sunshine, With a Chance of Snow” (which was previously released as an ebook). I initially wasn’t going to get this book so soon, but then I found out it was a limited edition print so the urgency to grab it was greater! 😀

I really enjoyed this little book and enjoyed reading all the little comments Carole Matthews had written about where the story came from. The title story “Sunshine, with a Chance of Snow” was such a lovely story too which I really enjoyed. In fact, I wish it was a full length book!

I’m sorry it’s only a short post today, I’m not too sure what else to say about this book except it is great and a lovely quick read. 🙂

See you again soon 🙂

Christmas With Billy and Me

After finishing Billy and Me a couple of days ago, I decided to read “Christmas With Billy and Me” straight after so I could continue Sophie and Billy’s story while it was all fresh in my mind, plus I wasn’t ready for their story to end!

“Christmas with Billy and Me” is a short novella set in the lead up to Christmas. Sophie now owns the little tea shop in the village in which she grew up and she gets an anonymous email asking whether “the proposer” can use Sophie’s tea shop to propose to his partner on Christmas Eve. Of course Sophie says yes, and this novella leads up to Christmas and tells the story of Sophie, Billy, Sophie’s mum, Colin (Sophie’s mum’s partner), and Colin’s children as they prepare for this mysterious event of the year. But who is “the proposer”?

“Christmas With Billy and Me” as a great little book. It was much shorter than I remember it this time through though! But I still really enjoyed it and it was nice to have some more story with the characters I’d grown so fond of in “Billy and Me”!

All in all this is a great little book and I love it. My only complaint is that is isn’t long enough! XD

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
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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?

A Baby at the Beach Cafe

Having discovered Lucy Diamond in the summer and falling in love with the Beach Cafe Series (The Beach Cafe, Christmas at the Beach Cafe and Christmas Gifts at the Beach Cafe) I was really excited when I found that there was another Beach Cafe book coming out… Even if it did mean waiting a long time for it!

At the end of “Christmas Gifts at the Beach Cafe” we find out that Evie is pregnant with her’s and Ed’s first child. “A Baby at the Beach Cafe” picks up Ed and Evie’s story several months later when Evie is now heavily pregnant with her baby due any day.

Evie fails to understand that in order to look after herself and their baby she needs to start taking things easy. With Evie’s blood pressure rising and her ankles swelling Ed posts an advert in their cafe for a temporary cafe manager so that Evie can begin her maternity leave.

Helen and her husband have just moved to Cornwall from Birmingham looking for some time away from work. Helen used to run a pub and after seeing Ed’s ad at the cafe, decides to jump in and help at the Beach Cafe. But things don’t start out well as tempers between Helen and Evie fray. Can their relationship improve before the arrival of the baby?

I absolutely loved this little novella from Lucy Diamond, it was such a lovely little story to bring us up to date with some of my favourite characters. The characters were great, at first I didn’t particularly like Helen, but she grew on me once the story developed. As usual I loved Evie and Ed and it was a great little storyline. The only problem was that it was too short! Something I hate about novellas, I never want the story to end!

I remember reading somewhere that this would be the last Beach Cafe story and I’ll be really sad if this is the case! But if this is the end then this is a perfect little book for us to say goodbye to Evie, Ed and the Beach Cafe! 🙂

Dream a Little Christmas Dream

I’ve quite enjoyed the latest books by Giovanna Fletcher and I was looking forward to “Dream a Little Christmas Dream” coming out. At the end of “Dream a Little Dream” I was slightly disappointed that we didn’t get to hear more of the relationship between Brett and Sarah, but Dream a Little Christmas Dream does a good job of filling a bit of a gap.

I’m really not one to start thinking about Christmas until after my birthday in the middle of November, so I was in two minds about picking up a Christmas novella at the beginning of October! But I decided to give it a go, so I charged up my Kindle and bought the book off the Kindle store.

I must say the one thing I really really hate about Kindle books vs. “physical” books, is that it is near impossible to tell how far away you are from the next chapter unless you keep pressing the down arrow and then losing your place in the process!

Novellas are difficult because at such a short length the author has to make sure the story gets started straight away and we as the readers aren’t left with all the normal full length story descriptions and everything squeezed in to a 70 page book! I also always find novellas a bit frustrating because I never want them to be over! I always want to know so much more about what happens at the end of the story, particularly in the case of Dream a Little Christmas Dream! Still, I can hope that we will get more of Sarah and Brett in the future from Gi!

With Sarah’s best friend and housemate deciding to move out and with her boyfriend Bett acting a bit strange Sarah is desperate to know what the future holds for her and Brett as Christmas creeps closer and closer.

Dream a Little Christmas Dream was a lovely christmassy story that catches up with Brett, Sarah and all their friends 10 months later. After not getting much about Brett and Sarah’s relationship in Dream a Little Dream it was so lovely to hear more from both of them in this book. The story was good and kept moving at a good pace, and there was a nice little story in there, nothing too much for a 70 page book, but enough for it to feel like a good read! The characters are all likeable and the writing is good, and I will have to say this, but it was much better than “Dream a Little Dream”!

Please give us more books in the future Gi! 😀

Christmas Gifts at the Beach CafĂ©

A year on from Christmas at the Beach Cafe, Christmas Gifts at the Beach Cafe reunites us with Evie and Ed at their Cornwall beach cafe. But is this Christmas going to be the romantic one with Ed that Evie really hopes for?

With Evie’s sister having just divorced her husband, Evie invites Ruth down to Cornwall for Christmas in an attempt to cheer her up. But the relationship between Evie and Ruth is far from perfect. And then after the death of Ed’s father, Ed decides he needs to spend Christmas in London with his mum. But nothing turns out the way it should for Evie when a lost dog turns up and Evie collapses while judging the local bake off competition. But what is wrong with Evie, and will Ed come back to help Evie save Christmas?

Christmas Gifts at the Beach Cafe was another great short book from Lucy Diamond and I couldn’t stop reading it once I’d started. With the ending of the novella I really really really hope we get another full length Beach Cafe book from Lucy Diamond as I am desperate to know what is going to happen next in the lives of Evie and Ed!

My only problem with the book was it was too short! I want more! Please!

Christmas at the Beach CafĂ©

Having just enjoyed “The Beach CafĂ©” by Lucy Diamond, I was so happy to see that my Beach Cafe adventure was not yet over when I came across both “Christmas at the Beach Cafe” and “Christmas Gifts at the Beach Cafe”!

I am not a big fan of buying Kindle books. I have a Kindle as I inherited it off my mum when she decided to buy a Kindle touch instead, but I can rarely ever bring myself to buy ebooks, I still much prefer to have the physical book in my hand, and plus, they look great on my book shelf! But I know some books, such as these ones are Kindle only.

My only complaint about the book is that I wanted it to keep going! I didn’t want it to be as short as it was. I loved reading Christmas at the Beach CafĂ©. Following on from the Summer at the end of The Beach CafĂ©, Christmas arrives at Evie and Ed’s beach cafĂ©. But it isn’t just Christmas that arrives… Evie’s best friend Amber turns up, Ed’s brother turns up and Evie’s parents all turn up in time for Christmas. With tempers flaring between Evie and Ed’s brother Jake, will Christmas be the cosy holiday that Evie wanted alone with Jake?

What I loved:

  • The characters
  • The story
  • Everything!

What I didn’t like

  • How short it was… I want more of Ed and Evie!

All in all, I loved the book. Even through its set at Christmas and I read it in the middle of the summer! Great book, highly recommend!