Book Review ~ ‘A Second Christmas Wish’ by Kathryn Freeman.

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A Second Christmas Wish by Kathryn Freeman
Genres: Festive, Romance
Release Date: November 1st 2016
Publisher: Choc Lit

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SYNOPSIS

Do you believe in Father Christmas?

For Melissa, Christmas has always been overrated. From her cold, distant parents to her manipulative ex-husband, Lawrence, she’s never experienced the warmth and contentment of the festive season with a big, happy family sitting around the table.

And Melissa has learned to live with it, but it breaks her heart that her seven-year-old son, William, has had to live with it too. Whilst most little boys wait with excitement for the big day, William finds it difficult to believe that Father Christmas even exists.

But then Daniel McCormick comes into their lives. And with his help, Melissa and William might just be able to find their festive spirit, and finally have a Christmas where all of their wishes come true.

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Book Review ~ ‘A Second Christmas Wish’ by Kathryn Freeman ~ 5 Stars!

Such Feel-good, Festive Fun!

When it comes to stories with sweet, slow-burning romance and a little bit of heartache, Kathryn Freeman always delivers! I adored stepping into Melissa’s world in A Second Christmas Wish and witnessing her beautiful relationship with her son William, and her attraction to Daniel grow.

Christmas has never been a good time for Melissa. For the last few years she’d been married to her manipulative and emotionally abusive ex-husband Lawrence (You will love to hate this guy, seriously!) and now all her efforts are focused on giving William a Christmas that he deserves. But that proves more than difficult since Lawrence had made William believe that Father Christmas isn’t real.

Seeing the way that William blossomed throughout this book was the highlight for me. Starting off as shy, quiet and a boy who internalised a lot, it was so heartwarming to see that through Melissa and Daniel’s relationship, and through Daniel’s being a positive male role model, William became a confident, happy and outgoing boy.

Daniel was an oh-so-sweet hero who I loved. With the host of secondary characters including his sister and nephew, we see how the difference in how he and Melissa had grown up, her lonely and distant, whilst him showered with family love, affected him in fighting for Melissa. Their scenes together where he refused to give up on her, even when she had doubts, were so great.

Join Melissa, Daniel and William in this gorgeous festive story, where you’ll see that sometimes a single wish can have a unique power.

5 Stars!


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Book Review ~ ‘Christmas at Coorah Creek’ by Janet Gover.

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Christmas at Coorah Creek by Janet Gover
Coorah Creek #3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Novella
Publisher: Choc Lit 

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SYNOPSIS

What if you don’t want to be home for Christmas?
Spending Christmas away from home is one thing but English nurse Katie Brooks is spending hers in Coorah Creek; a small town in the Australian outback.
Katie was certain leaving London was the right decision, but her new job in the outback is more challenging than she could have ever imagined.
Scott Collins rescued Katie on her first day in Coorah Creek and has been a source of comfort ever since. But Scott no longer calls the town home – it’s too full of bad memories and he doesn’t plan on sticking around for long.
Scott needs to leave. Katie needs to stay. They have until Christmas to decide their future …

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Book Review ~ ‘Christmas at Coorah Creek’ by Janet Gover ~ 5 Stars!

Wonderfully romantic and a perfect read for the approaching festive season, ‘Christmas at Coorah Creek’ takes us back to our favourite Australian outback, where we see some old friends, and make some new ones.

Janet Gover has a talent of taking you away from your life with her stories. For the hours that I read them, I’m not at home in between another day at work and another part of a dissertation, I am in the blazing heat and part of the small community of Coorah Creek, where life is at the same time so familiar and yet so foreign. I adored getting to see Coorah Creek from Katie’s perspective, a real outsider who has to contend with not only a different climate (jumping from British December to the height of summer would be a shock!) but a very different lifestyle. I loved seeing her struggles which were so true to what somebody so far away from home would be experiencing. The homesickness mixed with her uncertainty about the path she wanted to take in life made for a both emotional and exciting read.

The hero of our story, Scott, was a kind-hearted man who had a kick of bad-boy. With him we get to see another family story within Coorah Creek, and are given another piece of the puzzle that makes up this wonderful town. His and Katie’s relationship was a fast-paced one, but not once did I feel like it was rushed. Instead I felt sure in the way that their romance flourished and looked forward to their scenes together.

A festive novella that ticks all the boxes, ‘Christmas at Coorah Creek’ has romance, family drama, and the desire to find a home and purpose.

5 Stars!

*Review copy was kindly provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* 


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Book Review ~ ‘The Art of Christmas’ by Jane Lovering.

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The Art of Christmas by Jane Lovering
Genres: Romance, Festive, Short
Release Date: 13th November 2015
Publisher: Choc Lit UK

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What if the memories of Christmas past were getting in the way of Christmas future?

It’s been nearly two years since Harriet lost Jonno, but she’s finally decided that it’s time to celebrate Christmas again.

Then she finds a stash of graphic novels belonging to her comic book-loving husband in the attic, and suddenly her world is turned upside down once more.

With the help of eccentric comic book dealer Kell Foxton, she discovers that the comics collected by Jonno are not only extremely valuable, but also hold the key to his secret life – a life that throws Harriet’s entire marriage and every memory she has of her husband into question.

As Harriet grows closer to Kell, she begins to feel like she could learn to love Christmas again – but first, she needs to know the truth.

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Book Review ~ ‘The Art of Christmas’ by Jane Lovering ~ 5 Stars!

How wonderfully gorgeous, romantic and festive. The perfect evening read as the nights get darker and colder, ‘The Art of Christmas’ will give you that feel-good, snuggly feeling.

Jane Lovering always delivers, no matter the story, always giving a story brimming with tension, romance, and fun. ‘The Art of Christmas’ is no exception, and I fell straight into Harriet’s world, feeling her loneliess as if it were my own, and understanding so well the desperation to escape into a fictional world, and use the characters as inspiration for how to continue in your own life. I loved seeing her grow throughout this novella, and watching her become stronger, more stable and more accepting of the idea of a future.

Kell was the kind of hero that I fell for on first description. Doctor Who t-shirt and owner of a graphic novels store? “Please,” I begged my kindle, “Please be amazing and wonderful!” And boy was he! With a good heart which he wears on his sleeve, a swoonworthy devotion to his pawed pet ‘Frodo’ and a geeky obsession with all things comic books, he made for a brilliant character who came in and restarted Harriet’s life in a flash.

With hidden secrets, and treasured memories at risk, and Christmas just around the corner, it is down to Kell to help Harriet accept the past, live in the present, and wish for the future.

5 Stars!

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