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Book Review: Wishes Under A Starlit Sky by Lucy Knott

I absolutely loved this book, it really was the most perfect Christmas book that has a bit of everything in it. I really didn’t want it to end.

This is a beautiful story based on a life long friendship, new friendships, family and finding who you really are when you find out your husband wants different things to you and calls for a break in the relationship. Not to forget the delicious festive food and drink that is described throughout. Just wow! .

The special bond and friendship between Harper and Madi was definitely my most favourite bit. I don’t think I’ve read a book where two characters were more like sisters than friends and would do anything for the other one, it was just very lovely.

I loved all the time spent in Colorado; all the new friends they made and the special times they had with Harper’s parents. What wonderful characters these all were. Lucy made this sound the most magical, snowy, beautiful place on earth. I really want to go, especially to do yoga under the stars.

Lucy also mentions my favourite Cotswold place Bourton-on-the-water and describes it just as beautiful as it is. I loved the time Harper spent here and the new friends she met, especially Dr Dean.

What a wonderful festive book with the most loveliest ending.
Perfect to end leading up to Christmas with so thank you Lucy. I will definitely be checking out your other books. .
Have a wonderful merry Christmas all ❤️✨🎄 thank you @netgalley for this copy.

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Book Review: Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty

☕️🍷Review Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty ☕️🍷 I didn’t really know what to make of this like if I enjoyed it or not.

Sounds weird but some parts I really liked and others really put me off liking the book and I couldn’t wait to finish it. On a positive note it did keep me up until 1am one night, so I clearly was engrossed in some parts.

The story is set around two different Facebook groups just for women; the non mums and then the mothers of the local town. It started off by Poppy who was betrayed by her husband with her best friend. She wasn’t happy about ladies at work getting special mummies privileges and a mother group on Facebook so made her own. Thanks to some help with her new friend Annalise.

What I liked was the friendship between Poppy and Annalise and how Annalise picked Poppy up and was there for her. Also as with every story there was Jack the good guy, who I was interested to see what would happen with him.

What I didn’t like was both sets of Facebook groups, they just seemed so childish. The drama between the two groups; the non mums and the mothers group was just silly. There was a lot of unnecessary drama all thanks to social media. Which is really big these days so I guess I could see where Nicola was going with this sorry but it just was too bitchy for my liking. Who needs drama in their life after all! I also didn’t like Poppy’s mum, she irritated me!

The one thing I could relate to with Poppy and this story is the pressure to have children when you don’t have any or being asked why you don’t have any. I could feel Poppy’s frustrations.
Nicola had some strong messages in this book; that we are all equal women, we should build each other up not be against other women and everyone goes through things others don’t know about 💞let’s be kind always.

Sorry it’s a review of negative and positive bits✌🏼

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Book Review : The Christmas Wish List by Heidi Swain

My first Christmas book of the and I absolutely adored it hence the 5 stars. It really gets you in the festive mood and is so heart-warming.

The story starts off with Hattie losing her job and having to face what to do next. Hattie’s dear friend Dolly comes to the rescue and offers her a plan for Christmas. Also, Hattie’s boyfriend Jonathan who she lives with has his own future planned for them, much to Hattie’s surprise. Does this fit in with what Hattie wants though….

Before Hattie makes any choices, she gets to spend a few weeks leading up to Christmas with Dolly. Heidi really lets you feel the loving friendship between Hattie and Dolly who equally look out for each other. Dolly has a great idea and sets them both a task to put together a Christmas wish list. Ticking of many things they haven’t done before over the festive period. Being someone who if forever making lists, I absolutely love this idea. 

Even more so I love that we get taken back to Wynbridge. A chance to catch up with some of the wonderful characters from the previous books. Hattie seems to know everyone and has many friends including the lovely Beamish. Who I think was one of my favourite characters. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the previous books, although I do highly recommend these. They are great!

The town is just wonderful, with a great Christmas market, café that does the most wonderful cinnamon buns and a great community spirit. I just love this place and if I could I would live here, or at least visit. Where is such place?!

This is a great Christmas book about friendship, family and relationships. At the same time Heidi tackles some tough issues. Thank you, Heidi, for starting off my Christmas just perfectly. 

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Book Review: The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh

The blurb

Imagine you meet a man, spend seven glorious days together, and fall in love. And it’s mutual: you’ve never been so certain of anything. 

So when he leaves for a long-booked holiday and promises to call from the airport, you have no cause to doubt him.

But he doesn’t call. 

Your friends tell you to forget him, but you know they’re wrong: something must have happened; there must be a reason for his silence.

What do you do when you finally discover you’re right? That there is a reason – and that reason is the one thing you didn’t share with each other? 

The truth

My review

I have just finished this wonderful, intriguing story, that I could not put it down. I therefore give this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Without giving too much away for those who have not read or finished this I had to know what had happened to Eddie. Did anyone guess ?

I’ll admit I didn’t! I also didn’t see a lot of the twists and reveals which I’m glad about as some left me speechless.

I just loved Sarah, she seemed like such a sweet natured girl with a big heart. Some of her crazy stuff she was doing when he didn’t call, I’m sure some of us can relate to that. Which made me laugh and remind me of growing up and being uncertain of boys.

I loved the week they spent together, they just seemed so deliriously happy. Being a hopeless romantic I was smitten and was routing for them all throughout.

I also liked the drama added in the story and how it left you guessing what was to come.

Rosie also touched on mental health issues and described them very well. Which is great especially how it’s more talked about now and not hidden these days.

Please put this to the top of your TBR pile if you haven’t already read this. You will not be disappointed. If you have read it, do you agree with my 5 ⭐️?

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Book Review: Some Kind Of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher

I absolutely love all of Giovanna’s books so when she has a new book out, I’m always excited as I know it’s going to be great. It has taken me a while to get around to reading this partly due to my book shelf bursting with all many books to read. I’m just gutted I didn’t get to this sooner.

The blurb 

When the love of your life says you’re not The One, who are you?

Lizzy and Ian have been a couple since the first week of university. Now, after celebrating a decade together, everyone thinks they’re about to get engaged.

Instead, a romantic escape to Dubai leaves Lizzy with no ring, no fiancé and no future.

Lizzy is heartbroken – but through the tears, she sees an opportunity. This is her moment to discover what she’s been missing while playing Ian’s ideal ‘better half’.

But how much has Ian changed her, and who should she be without him?

Determined to discover who she is at heart, Lizzy sets out to rediscover the girl she was before – and, in the meantime, have a little fun . . .

My review 

Imagine sitting by the pool in Dubai with your boyfriend of 10 years, waiting for that proposal. Both your friends and family think it’s going to happen. So last day in the sun, he must do it before you leave, right?!

Lizzy is beginning to give up hope. We all know what’s coming…well more we are hoping and praying for Lizzy. It seems it’s her dream to marry Ian.

Then picture him on one knee….

So how did Lizzy then end up to spending the last night alone.

Back home it’s now time for Lizzy to pick up the pieces and move on. Easier said than done, as us girls that have ever been in that situation would know. Lizzy does what any of us would and goes into melt down.  She starts revaluating the last 10 years of her life and where did it go wrong. How could she change so much because of one person?

But really does one person change us or do we adapt to fit in someone else life. This is a brilliant story of self-discovery. Lizzy is so inspiring. I loved how she picked herself back up by doing something she loves for herself. It’s a great message to love yourself first and just be you and do what you want to do.

This isn’t just a story about boy and girl it’s also a touching story on friendship and family. Her friendship with her family is just so lovely and honest. Best friend Connie was exactly what you want in a friend and same for the new friendship with Natalia. They were both funny, loyal and full of spirit. With Natalia there comes Alastair and just wow! The attraction was just electric. I thought I was with them in the club on New Year’s Eve. My heart was racing, everything stopped around me while I was willing them to kiss. The chemistry and desire were jumping out the page it was so real and intense. Then there was the church scene where I was squealing with delight.

Some Kind of Wonderful is a must read it’s a perfect book to get lost in, that you won’t want to put down.