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Merry Christmas From Handwritten Girl

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Christmas is nearly upon us and I’ve found myself writing my annual sign off instead of wrapping presents that are still in their bags. Last minute as always!

This year was a great year for books and I’ve even listed my top ten books for 2017, just incase you are looking for a few last minute stocking fillers.

It was also a great year for Handwritten Girl, as I attended the Bord Gais Energy Book Awards for the first time and had an amazing time meeting some of Ireland’s finest literary talent ans well as spending Halloween weekend learning about the dark and interesting world of crime writing.

Before I sign off, I would like to say a huge thank you to all the lovely publishers and authors who introduced me to some of the most wonderful books this year, from intense thrillers to happy romances, there’s something for everyone to curl up with during the cold winter nights.

Most importantly, thank you to the readers of the website for taking the time to read a review, tweet, Favourite or Like a post, your support is appreciated tremendously. I hope you all have a safe and relaxing Christmas and receive loads of treats from Santa Claus, especially books as there are some great ones out there.

Have a Happy New Year and I shall see you in 2018.

Handwritten Girl’s Favourite Books of 2017.

1. The Break by Marian Keyes
2. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
3. Final Girls By Riley Sager
4. Bring Me Back By BA Paris
5. You, Me, Everything by Catherine Issac
6. The Summer of Impossible Things By Rowan Coleman
7. The Last Piece of My Heart by Paige Toon
8. Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land
9. A Song For Tomorrow By Alice Peterson
10. The One By John Marrs

Merry Christmas From Handwritten Girl

Christmas WishesChristmas is nearly upon us and I’ve found myself writing my annual sign off instead of wrapping presents that are still in their bags. Last minute as always!

This year was a great year for books. There was the return of some of our well loved authors such as Marian Keyes and Sophie Kinsella as well as David Nicholls returning with his highly acclaimed ‘Us’. The calibre of debuts were strong with ‘What Milo Saw’ and ‘The Dead Wife’s Handbook’ and Jamie Dornan was cast as Christian Grey in the eagerly anticipated adaption of ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’

It was also a great year for Handwritten Girl, as I ventured across the water three times during the year and met the people that have made my reviewing experience worthwhile and met some of my all time favourite authors.

As I am based in Northern Ireland, I miss out on the opportunity to attend book launches and various literary events, so I decided this year to organise my own adventures and that’s how Handwritten Girl Tours (#HWGTour) came about.

I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who the took time out of their busy schedules to meet me. Thank you to Jane Fallon, Adele Parks, Lisa Jewell and Stella Newman, for giving up valuable writing time to meet me, as well as both Alexandra Brown and Ali Harris for inviting me to their book launches in such luxurious surroundings and finally thank you to Penguin Books for a lovely Christmas drinks evening where I got to meet Lucy Robinson, Jojo Moyes and Giovanna Fletcher.

I would also like to thank you. The readers of the website for taking the time to read a review, tweet, Favourite or Like a post, your support is appreciated tremendously. I hope you all have a safe and relaxing Christmas and receive loads of treats from Santa Claus, especially books as there are some great ones out there.

Have a happy new year and I shall see you in 2015.

Handwritten Girl Is In Miranda Dickinson’s New Book, I’ll Take New York

I'll Take New YorkExciting news for fans of ‘Sunday Times’ best-selling author Miranda Dickinson, as she recently revealed the name and the synopsis of her sixth book called ‘I’ll Take New York’

The story of ‘I’ll Take New York’ is –

The path of true love never did run smooth…

When Brooklyn bookstore owner Bea James is let down once too often by unreliable boyfriend Otis, she swears off relationships for good. Determined to focus on her successful business and otherwise happy life in New York instead, she believes she has made the right decision.

Meanwhile, on the other side of Manhattan, Dr. Jake Steinmann is nursing a broken heart after his beautiful wife Jessica files for divorce. Relocating his life back to New York from San Francisco, he throws himself into setting up his psychotherapy practice and supporting older brother Ed (who is preparing to wed the love of his life, Rosie).

Unexpectedly thrown together at Rosie and Ed’s engagement party where they are the only two singles in the room, Bea and Jake bond over their love of New York and dislike of relationships – a conversation that ends with a pact to never get involved with anyone ever again.

But as their friendship grows – through sharing the parts of the Big Apple they love the most – Bea and Jake find their decision severely tested when both their lives take unexpected turns.

A tale of love, misunderstandings and second chances in the city that never sleeps.

But as well as revealing details of her upcoming book, Miranda also revealed something incredibly exciting for me.

Miranda told me that she called one of the characters after me during one of the times that we chatted on Twitter! Apparently I am there is a little girl called Bronagh, who loves books so much that she has her birthday in a bookshop which has been turned into an enchanted forest for her special day!

Miranda said

“I wanted a character who embodied the special wonder of walking into a real bookshop. Bronagh is very much loved by Bea and Russ (Bea’s best friend who she owns the bookstore with) and her request to have her birthday party at Hudson River Books is important in making Bea dream bigger dreams for her business”

Needless to say that I am even more excited to read ‘I’ll Take New York’, especially with me having an unlikely cameo appearance!

You can pre-order the ebook will be released on 30th October 2014 and in gorgeous, sparkly paperback on 4th December 2014.

Merry Christmas From Handwritten Girl

Happy ChristmasImage Credit: HD Wallpapers Pictures.

Well, 2013 is almost over and what a busy year it has been for us book lovers and reviewers with the return of some our favourite authors particularly Sophie Kinsella and Lauren Weisberger.

As I sign off here for a few days to enjoy Christmas with loved ones, I wish to extend a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to visit the website, read a review, make a comment and enter my giveaways, your support has been greatly appreciated.

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and get loads of lovely treats, particularly books and see you all in 2014 for more Handwritten Girl adventures

Best wishes
Handwritten Girl

How To Fall In Love Giveaway Winner Revealed

How To Fall In LoveCongratulations to Kevin Loh, who is the lucky winner of a signed copy of Cecelia Ahern’s new book ‘How To Fall In Love’. The book will shortly be on its way to Kevin.

A huge thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway, and don’t worry if you didn’t win this time because I have loads more competitions lined up!