One Wish in ManhattanThe Blurb

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…to fall in love

The temperature is dropping, snow is on its way and Hayley Walker is heading for New York with one wish on her mind…to start over.

With her nine year-old daughter Angel, Hayley is ready for an adventure. From hot chocolates and horse-drawn carriage rides in Central Park, to ice-skating at the Rockefeller Centre, and Christmas shopping on 5th Avenue – they soon fall in love with the city that never sleeps.

But there’s more to New York than the bright twinkly lights and breathtaking skyscrapers. Angel has a Christmas wish of her own – to find her real dad.

While Hayley tries to fulfil her daughter’s wish, she crosses paths with billionaire Oliver Drummond. Restless and bored with fast living, there’s something intriguing about him that has Hayley hooked.

Determined to make her daughter’s dream come true, can Hayley dare to think her own dreams might turn into reality – could A New York Christmas turn into a New York Forever?

Travel to the Big Apple this Christmas and join Hayley and Oliver as they both realise that life isn’t just about filling the minutes…it’s about making every moment count.

The Review

Oh how I love a good contemporary Christmas romance. And, my friends, that is exactly what you get with the latest Mandy Baggot Novel.

Having read many Mandy Baggot novels, I knew that I would enjoy One Wish in Manhattan. What I wasn’t expecting was to enjoy it so much that it just made me feel happy. Even in its moments of high drama or sad scenes, the writing is just so warm that you feel your heart expanding with happiness.

Essentially, the book is about relationships. Not just the loving kind though they do feature in it but also familial relationships. Central to the storyline is Hayley’s relationship with her daughter Angel. You read about how these characters are not only mother and daughter but best friends too. For me, this was one of the best things about the novel. Some stories will focus on the romantic relationship – it is a modern romance after all – however, the mother daughter bond is never put on the back burner. The story is essentially about Hayley trying to be the best mum that she can be.

We watch them go through the trials and tribulations of trying to find Angel’s dad; Hayley owning up to how she acted when she acted as an irresponsible teenager and how both Angel and Hayley deal with burgeoning relationships.

Hayley’s romantic dalliance with Oliver almost seems like a secondary story. The two plot threads are evenly balanced and you do really get some book bang for your buck with One Wish in Manhattan.

The one thing you can say about Mandy Baggot is that she always delivers the good…like Santa.

Everyone needs to put One Wish in Manhattan on their Christmas wish list.

One Wish in Manhattan by Mandy Baggot is available now.

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Christmas at Lilac CottageThe Blurb

Welcome to the charming seaside town of White Cliff Bay, where Christmas is magical and love is in the air…

Penny Meadows loves her home – a cosy cottage decorated with pretty twinkling fairy lights and stunning views over the town of White Cliff Bay. She also loves her job as an ice-carver, creating breathtaking sculptures. Yet her personal life seems frozen.

When Henry and daughter Daisy arrive at the cottage to rent the annex, Penny is determined to make them feel welcome. But while Daisy is friendly, Henry seems guarded.

As Penny gets to know Henry, she realise there is more to him than meets the eye. And the connection between them is too strong to ignore…

While the spirit of the season sprinkles its magic over the seaside town and preparations for the ice sculpting competition and Christmas eve ball are in full swing, can Penny melt the ice and allow love in her heart? And will this finally be the perfect Christmas she’s been dreaming of?

Like a creamy hot chocolate with marshmallows, you won’t want to put this deliciously heartwarming novel down.

Spend the perfect Christmas in White Cliff Bay this year. Snowflakes on Silver Cove coming very soon.

The Review

Hello, my name is Lisa and I am a card carrying brand new member of the Holly Martin Fanclub.

Ok, I don’t think such a thing exists but if it did then I would be there with Christmas bells on. I have just finished Christmas at Lilac Cottage and I can honestly say that it was one of the warmest, richest and funniest stories that I have read this year.

I was really happy to find an author whose book I connected with so quickly; even though I have never read a book by Holly Martin before, I do have a growing backlog of books that does include many of her titles. Hurray for me and my future reading!

Christmas at Lilac Cottage is a story about Penny, she is in her late twenties, single and if she is really honest, she is a little bit lonely. She hasn’t had a relationship in years; all her friends are married and having babies but Penny keeps telling herself that she likes things this way; that she is happy.

Enter Henry and his sixteen year old daughter, Daisy. They have rented the annexe to Penny’s home and whilst Penny is just hoping for some company and friendship she gets a whole lot more.

What is truly lovely about Christmas at Lilac Cottage is the sheer unpretentiousness of the writing. Holly Martin shows you just how quickly love happens, just how magical romance can be and she makes you fall completely for her characters. This book is chock full of glee and happiness and joy. It is exactly what a Christmas book should be and a whole lot more. What is even more exciting is that now that I have finished Christmas at Lilac Cottage I can dive right into the second book in the White Cliff Bay SeriesSnowflakes On Silver Cove – Huzzah!

In all seriousness, if you only buy one Christmas book this winter – make it Christmas at Lilac Cottage.

Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin is available now.

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My True Loe Gave to MeThe Blurb

A collection of joyful festive stories that will keep you warm during the cold winter months.

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

This beautiful collection features twelve gorgeously romantic stories set during the festive period, by some of the most talented and exciting YA authors writing today. The stories are filled with the magic of first love and the magic of the holidays.

The Review

My True Love Gave to Me is a quirky and delightful book of short stories that are all set during Christmas. The set features some famous names such as David Levithan, Gayle Forman, Rainbow Rowell and Stephanie Perkins to name but a few.

The collection of shorts provides quick escapes that keep you entertained; however, the stand out short stories did leave you wanting more. In particular Rainbow Rowell’s Midnights, Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pena, It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins, What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman and Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter.

As much as some of the short stories were really engaging there were others by which I found myself bored.

Overall, I would recommend My True Love Gave to Me because this book will get you in the festive spirit.

My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins is available now.

A Christmas Horror StoryThe Blurb

On the night before Christmas, lock the doors to the house…

Forget the jolly old man in his red, big-buttoned suit. Because another creature is up on the roof preparing for his annual visit to little children everywhere.

With a belt of knives round his waist, a writhing bag on his back and a Santa-sized appetite, he’s a little…different to the St Nick you might be expecting.

And you can leave out all the carrots and mince pies you like…but it’s you he’s after.

A horrid Christmas to all and a terrible night.

Every white Christmas has a dark side. Don’t miss A Christmas Horror Story, the gruesomely festive new story from Sebastian Gregory.

The Review

Having read quite a few Christmas books over the past few weeks I will admit I was feeling a bit of a seasonal overload so it was refreshing to read a Christmas story with a difference.

Sebastian Gregory’s creepy Christmas tale features a family of three children who have faced the horror of losing a parent and now they have to battle evil on Christmas Eve when the Kinderfasser comes to try and eat their bones.

I swear this is a Christmas story!

A Christmas Horror Story is truly creepy and blends folklore with just honest to goodness sinister and spine-chilling story telling.

This is definitely a book that will break up the saccharine nature of the candy cane coated overload of Christmas books.

A Christmas Horror Story by Sebastian Gregory is available now.

Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe KissesThe Blurb

An uplifting, beautiful story about never letting go of your dreams, the special magic of a family Christmas…and the rush of falling in love under the mistletoe.

Single mother Abbey Fuller loves her family more than anything, and doesn’t regret for a moment having had to put her dreams of being an interior designer on hold. But with her son, Max, growing up, when a friend recommends her for a small design job she jumps at the chance. How hard can it be?

Nick Sinclair needs his house decorated in time for his family’s festive visit – and money is no object. What he doesn’t need is to be distracted from his multi-million dollar business – even if it is Christmas.

When Abbey pulls up to the huge Sinclair mansion, she has a feeling she might be out of her depth. And when she meets the gorgeous, brooding Nicholas Sinclair, she knows that she’s in real trouble…

With the snow falling all around, can Abbey take a chance to make her dreams of being a designer come true? And can she help Nick finally enjoy the magic of Christmas?

The Review

Meet Abbey. A wannabe interior decorator that has too much on her plate to pursue her dream; she has a young son, a mother on crutches and a granddad suffering with Parkinson ’s disease. However, when an opportunity to redecorate a massive mansion presents itself, Abbey can’t turn down the job. Little does she know that this job will change her life forever.

In a well known rags-to-riches Cinderella type tale, Jenny Hale whisks you into a frenzy with her wonderful new Christmas story. Hale executes the character of Abbey so perfectly that you instantly feel empathetic towards her and her situation. Strangely, you do not feel sorry for her because you feel that she (yes, Abbey, the fictional character) would not like that. Essentially, what Hale manages to do with her characters is make them so lifelike that you start to believe that they are real.

The story is a lovely tale to read and the burgeoning love story between Abbey and Nick is brilliant to watch develop. Frustratingly, whilst romance blossoms all through the book we have an ending that leaves us wanting more. Hopefully Jenny Hale will grace us with maybe stories of other characters in the novel that will allow us to return to Abbey and Nick and let us know how things are getting on for them. I’d like that.

This is a book that ticks all the right boxes for a Christmas story. It has love, festive cheer and gives you a good dose of the warm and fuzzies.

Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale.

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