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The Mother Of All Christmases By Milly Johnson

The Mother Of All Christmases‘The Mother Of All Christmases’ is the latest book by Milly Johnson.

Eve Glace – co-owner of the theme park Winterworld – is having a baby and her due date is a perfectly timed 25th December. And she’s decided that she and her husband Jacques should renew their wedding vows with all the pomp that was missing the first time. But growing problems at Winterworld keep distracting them. Annie Pandoro and her husband Joe own a small Christmas cracker factory, are well set up and happy together despite life never blessing them with a much-wanted child. But when Annie finds that the changes happening to her body aren’t typical of the menopause but pregnancy, her joy is uncontainable. Palma Collins has agreed to act as a surrogate, hoping the money will get her out of the gutter in which she finds herself. But when the couple she is helping split up, is she going to be left carrying a baby she never intended to keep? Annie, Palma and Eve all meet at the ‘Christmas Pudding Club’, a new directive started by a forward-thinking young doctor to help mums-to-be mingle and share their pregnancy journeys. Will this group help each other to find love, contentment and peace as Christmas approaches?

Milly is back with another festive read that will have you laughing and crying in quick succession.

Over 500 pages long, this book is quite the tale and sees the welcome return to some of Milly’s well loved characters from her previous books, which is a lovely addition to the story to see where they are in life.

The story is primarily seen through the perspective of Palma. A young woman who is so desperate for money that she is paid to have a baby for a struggling couple but when the plan falls through, decides to keep the baby for herself. Annie and her husband Joe, think their time has passed and when Annie thinks she is going through the change, she is delighted to discover that she is a actually pregnant and finally Eve is flat out with renovations to her Winter Wonderland and being pregnant is an unexpected surprise.

I love the characters in this story, their warm-hearted and relatable women that made for charming and occasionally sad reading. I loved the leading ladies, but have to admit that Palma was my favourite. She was the underdog of the story, who lived a hard life and felt underserved of love and when she faced life as a single mother, she embraced it with both hands.

There are some smaller sub-stories within the main plot line, that all come neatly and cleverly together in the end.

A touching, festive tale touching on sensitive subjects such as death and organ donations, Milly has written another story filled with heart warming humour, delicious characters and poignant moments that will melt the coldest of hearts. A charming story of love, life and starting over, ‘The Mother Of All Christmases’ is an enchanting story of friendship that will have you captivated from the first page.

You can buy The Mother of All Christmases from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland By Heidi Swain

Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland‘Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland’ is the latest book by Heidi Swain.

After calling off her engagement, Hayley, the Wynthorpe Hall housekeeper, wants nothing more than to return to her no-strings fun-loving self, avoiding any chance of future heartbreak. Little does she know, Wynbridge’s latest arrival is about to throw her plan entirely off course. Moving into Wynthorpe Hall to escape the town’s gossip, Hayley finds herself immersed in the eccentric Connelly family’s festive activities as they plan to host their first ever Winter Wonderland. But Hayley isn’t the only new resident at the hall. Gabe, a friend of the Connelly’s son Jamie, has also taken up residence, moving into Gatekeeper’s Cottage, and he quickly makes an impression on Wynbridge’s reformed good-girl. As preparations commence for the biggest event of the season, the pair find themselves drawn ever closer to one another, but unbeknownst to Hayley, Gabe, too, has a reason for turning his back on love, one that seems intent on keeping them apart.

I spent the last few days reading this book and it really got me into the festive season.

The story is seen through through the perspective of Hayley, who’s looking forward to getting married and spending the rest of her life with Gavin until she finds out that he’s been cheating on her. She starts a new life in her workplace called Wyhthorpe Hall, where she has friends there looking out for her. Whilst she starts over, a newcomer arrives in the village. A handsome man called Gabe, quiet and brooding, Hayley finds herself drawn to him and his mysterious, gentle nature.

As the story progresses, we see Hayley grow in confidence and become a stronger woman as her friend rally around her and encourage her to continue with her dreams. Together the team of friends, go about creating the most magical Christmas for the village.

A heartwarming story from the very beginning, this book was a joy to read. The characters were charming and relatable with their situations in life. I loved Hayley and thought she was a lovely character who grew in strength with each chapter.

Sweetly written with warmth and love throughout, ‘Snowflakes And Cinnamon Swirls At The Winter Wonderland’ is a tender and fun Christmas story that is perfect to curl up with.

You can buy Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland from Amazon and is availble to buy from good bookshops.

The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton By Anstey Harris

The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton‘The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton’ is the latest book by Anstey Harris.

Between the simple melody of running her violin shop and the full-blown orchestra of her romantic interludes in Paris with David, her devoted partner of eight years, Grace Atherton has always set her life to music. Her world revolves entirely around David, for Grace’s own secrets have kept everyone else at bay. Until, suddenly and shockingly, one act tips Grace’s life upside down, and the music seems to stop. It takes a vivacious old man and a straight-talking teenager to kickstart a new chapter for Grace. In the process, she learns that she is not as alone in the world as she had once thought, that no mistake is insurmountable, and that the quiet moments in life can be something to shout about.

‘The Truths And Triumphs Of Grace Atherton’ is Anstey Harris’ debut novel and is such a stunning story that had me crying in the airport.

Grace lives alone and is having an affair with a married man. She feels no remorse or guilt about this, as he maintains that his marriage is over. Grace is haunted by her university past, that left her unable to play her beloved cello in public and instead pushes her passion of creating musical instruments with such precision and care. Her best friends are a elderly, kind gentleman and an outspoken teenager who’s never afraid of speaking her mind, which regularly made for hilarious reading in this coming of age story.

I adored Grace, she’s a kind and gentle person with an old soul. Normally when I read books about affairs, I feel conflicted as it’s morally wrong, but I felt an empathy towards Grace as it didn’t really feel that she was doing anything wrong as their love was real and genuine.

This book was such a delight to read, the characters and the glamorous setting of Paris creating such a stunning atmosphere to the tale. Words cannot describe how much I loved this, a beautifully written and poignant story with mysterious and fascinating characters.

Atmospheric from the first page, this debut evokes so many emotions and tackles issues of self esteem, infidelity and loses, with relatable and believable characters it was impossible to put it down. With a stunning cover and accompanying soundtrack, ‘The Triumphs And Truth Of Grace Atherton’ is a triumph of a debut.

You can pre-order The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 10th January 2019.

Sunshine And Sweet Peas In Nightingale Square By Heidi Swain

Sunshine And Sweetpeas In Nightingale Square’Sunshine And Sweet Peas In Nightingale Square’ is the latest book by Heidi Swain.

Kate is on the run from her almost-divorced husband who is determined to have her back, and she has found the perfect place to hide… a little cottage on Nightingale Square in Norwich, far away from her old life in London. But the residents of Nightingale Square don’t take no for an answer, and Kate soon finds herself pulled into a friendship with Lisa, her bossy but lovely new neighbour. Within a matter of days Kate is landed with the job of campaigning the council to turn the green into a community garden, meanwhile all the residents of Nightingale Square are horrified to discover that the Victorian mansion house on the other side of the square has been bought by developers. But when all hope is lost, the arrival of a handsome stranger is sure to turn things around.

I genuinely loved this book and the characters in it. Kate is a fun and fascinating character who is brave enough to go it alone even though she still loves her ex-husband, who’s quite slimy.

As she settles into her new life, she makes new friends who welcome her warmly into the area. I particularly loved Lisa, a boisterous and warm hearted character who knows everything and wants to know everything.

The story is fun and is also quite mysterious as Kate begins to delve into the history of the small square. There is also the inclusion of a handsome man called Luke, who brings a new energy and charisma to the tale.

Sweetly written with lovely characters, this book is the perfect standalone story to enjoy, but it also makes references to previous novels that I want to look into. A charming story about new beginnings, ‘Sunshine And Sweet Peas In Nightingdale Square’ is a lovely story with a beautiful cover.

You can buy from Amazon [\amazon_link] and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Victoria Walters Releases – Summer At The Kindness Cafe

Summer At The Kindness CafeWonderful news for Victoria Walters fans as her book series called ‘Random Acts Of Kindness’ is now being published as one book and under a new name called ‘Summer At The Kindness Cafe’

What the back cover says –

Welcome to Littlewood, a small town community with a big heart…

Abbie has fled London and the humiliation of not being able to make rent after being made redundant. Louise, unlucky in love, has thrown herself into her career at the local hospital. And Eszter, who has travelled from Hungary with her daughter Zoe, hoping to fulfill her husband’s dying wish… to reunite his family.

Can a little bit of kindness really change your life? Three very different women are about to find out when they make a pact to be kinder to others and to themselves.

You can pre-order the ebook now from only £2.99 from Amazon and the paperback will follow next year.