Welcome to Kirsty’s Book Buying Addiction!

Welcome to Kirsty’s Book Buying Addiction!

Welcome to my blog, Kirsty’s Book Buying Addiction. It was hard to come up with a name for this blog but with a friend’s help this is it! I seem to have the problem of buying and downloading books and not a lot of time to read them. I also love discovering new and upcoming authors so please any recommendations throw them my way! 😊

The main aim of my blog is to just spread the love of reading. For me reading is my escape I love going into a different world and I need that in my life to be able to deal with my health. I’ve always been an avid reader as far as I can remember, going to the library a lot as a child especially.

Please send any review requests to me through my twitter account via DM @KirstyOughton26 😊📚

“Rescue Me” by Sarra Manning

“Rescue Me” by Sarra Manning

Synopsis

Margot doesn’t have time for love.

Will is afraid to love.

And neither of them are expecting to fall in love with Blossom: a gentle Staffy with a tragic past, a belly made for rubbing and a head the size of a football.

After their first meeting at the rescue centre, both Margot and Will want to adopt Blossom so reluctantly agree to share custody. But Will’s obsession for micro-managing and clear-cut boundaries and Margot’s need to smother Blossom with affection, means that soon they have a very confused and badly behaved dog on their hands.

Can they put their differences aside to become successful “co-pawrents” and maybe even friends? And meanwhile, does Blossom have plans of her own?

My Review

After seeing so many positive reviews for this book I just had to get my hands on an early copy and I was excited to be told yes!

‘Rescue Me’ follows the story of Margot and Will and their staffy dog Blossom. They both see Blossom in the dog rescue centre and they both wanted her so they agreed on sharing her. This is two complete strangers so it was intriguing to see how this was going to work out! I won’t go into specifics as I don’t want to spoil the magic for others but I highly recommend you pick up a copy and get comfortable.

I adored the way Sarra slowly brought out both Margot and Will’s character personalities. It left you not wanting to put the book down. Of course I wanted what was best for them both and Blossom. It was Blossom that was the star of the book for me (I don’t even own a dog!) This story made me feel a whole host of emotions, one minute I’m laughing and the next frustrated and finally a huge smile on my face with a tear in my eye.

I can’t wait to discover more of Sarra’s books in the future. I feel like ‘Rescue Me’ is about love, friendship and discovering what you deserve in life. I give this tearjerker 5*/5* 😊

Thank you to Hodder and Stoughton for an advanced copy of this book.

Author Bio

Sarra Manning has been a voracious reader for over forty years and a prolific author and journalist for twenty five.

Her novels, which have been translated into fifteen different languages include Unsticky, You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, After The Last Dance, The Rise And Fall Of Becky Sharp and her latest, Rescue Me, which publishes in 2021. Sarra has also written over fifteen YA novels, and four light-hearted romantic comedies under a pseudonym. 

She started her writing career on Melody Maker and Just Seventeen, has been editor of ElleGirl and What To Wear and has also contributed to The Guardian, ELLE, Grazia, Stylist, Fabulous, Stella, You Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar and is currently the Literary Editor of Red magazine. 
Sarra has also been a Costa Book Awards judge and has been nominated for various writing awards herself.

She lives in London surrounded by piles and piles of books. 

Twitter: @sarramanning

Instagram: sarra_manning

#BlogTour for “The Lake House” by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow @rararesorces

#BlogTour for “The Lake House” by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow @rararesorces

Synopsis

There’s a newcomer to the village of Heartcross and she’s never been more in need of a friend.

As the new manager of local bistro, The Lake House, Ella is ready to start afresh ––and that could mean there’s love on the horizon in the form of the gorgeous Roman, the local water taxi driver. Every day Roman is there to ferry Ella to the restaurant on the other side of the lake and every night he makes sure she gets home safe. But Roman has secrets of his own…

Can the Love Heart Lane community offer Ella a chance of a new life? Or will the ghosts of her past catch up with her?

My Review

It’s my stop on the blog tour for the latest instalment of the Love Heart Lane series ‘The Lake House’ Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to take part.

In this story we focus on Ella Johnson who really needs the solace of Heartcross in the Scottish Highlands after going through a very tough time. She loses a lot but I won’t go into that right now. Her best friend Callie brings her to work at The Lakehouse, a stunning restaurant overlooking the river Heart. The only way to get there is by water taxi and who better to sail this than the gorgeous Roman who also is going through a rough time of it too. It seems that Heartcross is the place to be if you need some extra support in life with a fantastic community at hand.

I adored Delores Henderson, she’s a complete breath of fresh air and it would be amazing to be friends with her. Her singing career started at The Lakehouse so it holds a special place I’m her heart and we also find out more about Delores’ life. If I ever ran into some troubles in life the place I would want to run to is Heartcross. It’s full of love, friendship and it’s like healing a broken heart ❤️

I was so thrilled to read that this series is by no means over! I give ‘The Lake House’ a huge 5⭐️/5⭐️ ☺️

Thank you to One More Chapter for an advanced copy of this book via NetGalley.

Author Bio

Christie Barlow is the international bestselling author of twelve romantic comedies including the iconic Love Heart Lane Series, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm and Kitty’s Countryside Dream. She lives in a ramshackle cottage in a quaint village in the heart of Staffordshire with her four children and two dogs.
Her writing career has come as a lovely surprise when Christie decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. Christie’s dream was to become a writer and the book she wrote to prove a point went on to become a #1 international bestseller in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.
When Christie isn’t writing she enjoys playing the piano, is a keen gardener and loves to paint and upcycle furniture.
Christie is an ambassador for the @ZuriProject alongside Patron of the charity, Emmerdale’s Bhasker Patel. They raise money and awareness for communities in Uganda.
Christie loves to hear from her readers and you can get in touch via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Twitter – @ChristieJBarlow
Facebook – Christie Barlow Author
Instagram – christie_barlow

“The Little Vintage Carousel By The Sea” by Jaimie Admans

“The Little Vintage Carousel By The Sea” by Jaimie Admans

Synopsis

What if one moment could change your life forever?

Ness has almost resigned herself to being single forever, when she catches sight of the most gorgeous man she’s ever seen on the train to work.

But just as she plucks up the courage to speak to him – he steps off the train and disappears into the crowds, without realising he’s accidentally dropped his phone!

It’s her ‘glass slipper’ moment, she’s sure of it, she just needs to track him down – all the way to the gorgeous seaside village of Pearlholme, where she finds him restoring a vintage carousel by the sea…

Maybe it’s finally time to follow her heart?

My Review

It’s taken me a while to get around to reading this gem of a story but the wait was totally worth it.

Ness spots Nathan, or Train man as he is known in the beginning on a London train, they have been locking eyes for a while so when Nath drops his phone on the train Ness decides to grab it in the hope of returning it to him. Cue, crazy idea of Ness writing an article for a magazine about Train man and his lost phone with the hope of getting to know him better to return it. She tracks him down in a quaint seaside town where he is restoring a vintage carousel (talk about meet cute!) They clearly both share a special connection even before she physically tracks him down. Obviously not all is as it seems but I won’t go into that part so much.

This was my first read by Jaimie though I have all of her books on my kindle. I can’t wait to read the others as I’ve fallen in love with her writing, I just didn’t want this to end and was pulling for both of the main characters to get their acts together.

It would actually be a beautiful movie too. Jaimie draws you in with her emotive characters and stunning backdrops. ‘The Little Vintage Carousel by the Sea’ is about love, friendship and taking chances. I give this story a glowing 5*/5* 😊

Thank you to HQ for an advanced copy of this book via NetGalley

Author Bio

Jaimie is a 32-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots.
She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.

She has been writing for years but has only just plucked up the courage to tell people.
She is the author of chick-lit romantic comedies Kismetology and The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, and young adult romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.

Find out more on http://www.jaimieadmans.com or find me on Twitter @be_the_spark

#BlogBlitz for “A Perfect Paris Christmas” by Mandy Baggot @mandybaggot @Aria_Fiction

#BlogBlitz for “A Perfect Paris Christmas” by Mandy Baggot @mandybaggot @Aria_Fiction

Synopsis

United in grief. Pushed apart by tragedy. 

Keeley Andrews knows more than anyone that you only live once. So when she receives an invitation to spend two weeks in Paris, all expenses paid, she jumps at the chance.

Ethan Bouchard has had the worst eighteen months of his life. He’s ready to give up on everything, including his hotel chain. So when he meets Keeley, it simply isn’t the right time.

As Keeley and Ethan continue to bump into each other on the romantic Parisian streets, they can’t help but wonder whether this is fate telling them to let go of the past and leap into the future…

My Review

Today I’m so excited to be taking part in the blog blitz for ‘A Perfect Paris Christmas’ Thank you to Aria Fiction for the opportunity to take part.

In this very festive sweet treat we meet Keeley Andrews who after a personal and painful experience lands in Paris with her best friend Rach. It’s in Paris where Keeley finds love, which sounds so idyllic at Christmas time doesn’t it!? What could possibly go wrong?

In a turn of events early in this story where Mandy explores themes such as tragedy and huge loss for Keeley and her family. But she also goes into the importance of organ donation. You will see what I mean when you read this story for yourself.

I have to say I wished Pepe played a much bigger role but in parts I was giggling (actually I mean belly laughing!) but in others nearly on the verge of tears. It’s a smooth transition between emotions reading this story and that’s down to Mandy’s writing.

I’ve been a fan of Mandy’s books for ages now and I thoroughly enjoy every one I’ve read. ‘A Perfect Paris Christmas’ has all the feels and takes you on a magical journey. I loved each characters development throughout the story. It was amazing to see Keeley flourish and show how strong she is. I give ‘A Perfect Paris Christmas’ a sparkling 5*/5* 😊

Thank you to Aria Fiction for an advanced copy of this book.

Author Bio

Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer represented by Tanera Simons of The Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency.

The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016. Mandy’s books have so far been translated into German, Italian, Czech and Hungarian.

Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor.

Mandy is a member of the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.

Visit Mandy’s website at http://www.mandybaggot.com

#BlogTour for “A Christmas Wedding at the Castle” by Eliza J Scott @ElizaJScott1 @rararesources

#BlogTour for “A Christmas Wedding at the Castle” by Eliza J Scott @ElizaJScott1 @rararesources

Synopsis

Do you believe in fate? Livvie Weatherill does…

This time last year, if anyone had told Livvie Weatherill she’d have fallen in love and would be making plans for her Christmas wedding to Zander Gillespie, she would have laughed in their face. If they’d gone on to say they’d be planning to have their wedding at the imposing Danskelfe Castle, she’d have laughed even louder!

But it would seem fate had plans for her…

Since moving to the pretty moorland village of Lytell Stangdale Livvie is happier than she’s ever been. She’s living with Zander and she’s working at her dream job as a wedding dress designer at Romantique with her friends, Kitty and Violet. It’s fair to say, she’s enjoying immersing herself in village life, from romantic walks in the countryside, to meeting friends at the quaint Sunne Inne. And she can’t think of anything better than rounding off the day cosying up with Zander.

Life is sweet.

Her blossoming friendship with Freda Easton, the endearing but reclusive elderly lady who lives down the lane, has taken everyone by surprise. But Freda has a secret and, in a turn of events no one could predict, she finds herself grateful for Livvie’s fierce loyalty, cementing their friendship further.

Just when things seem to be running smoothly, a face from the past arrives on the doorstep casting a shadow over Livvie’s wedding plans. Adding to the drama, an icy blast of Arctic air brings heavy snowfall to the village, covering the moors in a thick blanket of snow.

Is their love strong enough to withstand the challenges thrown at them? Will they get their magical Christmas wedding?

My Review

It’s my turn on the blog tour for ‘A Christmas Wedding at the Castle’ Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to take part.

The story focuses on Livvie and Zander, we met Zander in the previous book in the series and this story is about Livvie and Zander’s wedding! However it’s not smooth sailing to the most important day of their lives. It’s an emotional, dramatic but beautiful story.

I’m a massive fan of this whole series and I knew this book would be a festive treat that is needed, especially in these uncertain times. It feels like you are there on the dales with Livvie and the whole gang.

It sounds like such an amazing place to live even in the winter, I would love to be part of such a tight knit community too. I felt for poor Freda and glad she has found a friend in Livvie. I won’t go into specifics but if you need a festive treat to curl up with in these cold and miserable days then this book is highly recommended!

‘A Christmas Wedding at the Castle’ is about love, friendship and determination ❤️ I give ‘A Christmas Wedding at the Castle’ a dazzling 5*/5* 😊

Thank you to Eliza for an advanced copy of this book.

Author Bio

Eliza is proud to be a member of the RNA. She lives in a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with her husband, their two daughters and two mischievous black Labradors. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her Kindle or working in her garden, fighting a losing battle against the weeds.

Eliza also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off by a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake.

Her biggest weakness is ginger biscuits dunked in tea.

Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heartwarming romance stories with relatable female characters. She enjoys exploring the dynamics of female friendship, with a key feature of her books being how women pull together and support one another when things get tough.

Eliza’s novels will always have happy endings.

“I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday” by Milly Johnson

“I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday” by Milly Johnson

Synopsis

It’s nearly Christmas and it’s snowing, hard. Deep in the Yorkshire Moors nestles a tiny hamlet, with a pub at its heart. As the snow falls, the inn will become an unexpected haven for six people forced to seek shelter there… 

Mary has been trying to get her boss Jack to notice her for four years, but he can only see the efficient PA she is at work. Will being holed up with him finally give her the chance she has been waiting for? 

Bridge and Luke were meeting for five minutes to set their divorce in motion. But will getting trapped with each other reignite too many fond memories – and love? 

Charlie and Robin were on their way to a luxury hotel in Scotland for a very special Christmas. But will the inn give them everything they were hoping to find – and much more besides? 

A story of knowing when to hold on and when to let go, of pushing limits and acceptance, of friendship, love, laughter, mince pies and the magic of Christmas.  

Gorgeous, warm and full of heartfelt emotion, I Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day is the perfect read this winter!

My Review

Oh wow! I really don’t know where to start with my review for ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ I am a huge fan of every one of Milly’s books that I’m always so eager to read her latest creation.

Six people find themselves taking refuge in the Figgy Hollow Inn in the Yorkshire Moors when a massive snow storm hits. There’s Bridge and Luke, Charlie and Robin, and finally Jack and Mary. They get to know one another over four days over Christmas. As each day passes we discover the strong connections between these characters and their own stories.

It’s Milly’s character creations which I find astounding. She starts by giving a little personality of each character and by the time you turn the last page of the book you feel like you have found some ever lasting friendships. She has a way of injecting humour in her stories but I also found myself with tears in my eyes, especially towards the end. Even though I felt this emotion I also didn’t want to finish reading this beautiful, poignant and incredible story.

I give ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ a glittering 5*/5* 😊

Thank you to SJ at Simon and Schuster for my copy of this book.

Author Bio

Milly Johnson was born, raised and still lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. She is the author of 17 published novels, 4 short story ebooks, a book of poetry and a Quick Reads Novella (‘The Little Dreams of Lara Cliffe’) and was an erstwhile leading copywriter for the greetings card industry. She is also a poem and joke-writer, a newspaper columnist and a seasoned after dinner speaker.

She won the RoNA for Best Romantic Comedy Novel of 2014 and 2016, the Yorkshire Society award for Arts and Culture 2015 and the Romantic Novelist Association Outstanding Achievement award in 2020. See her popular acceptance speech here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxzeFTvHXDo&fbclid=IwAR27aZML4er_dZLgD2e-URQdBoOK3L9hM8mauFpn3aFvAws7y3VVtXsYTvI

She writes about love, life, friendships and the importance of community spirit. Her books champion women, their strength and resilience and celebrate her beloved Yorkshire.

Her latest book – My One True North tackles the subject of moving on after grief with a light and joyous touch. The Daily Trumpet makes a large appearance and previous novels ‘The Teashop on the Corner’ and ‘Here Come the Girls’ are referenced.

Milly’s website is http://www.millyjohnson.co.uk. She is on Twitter as @millyjohnson, Instagram as @themillyjohnson and has a Facebook page @MillyJohnsonAuthor. She also has a monthly newsletter http://www.millyjohnson.co.uk/newsletter with exclusive, news, offers and competitions.

“Amazing Grace” by Kim Nash

“Amazing Grace” by Kim Nash

Synopsis

Grace thought she had it all. Living in Little Ollington with husband Mark and son, Archie, all she wanted was to be the perfect mum and the perfect wife. Until she sees Mark kissing his secretary and her life falls apart. Now she s a single mum to Archie, trying to keep things together for his sake. Grace s life needs a shake up and gorgeous gardener Vinnie might be the solution. But when Mark begs her for another chance, Grace finds herself with an impossible dilemma.

Should she take back Mark and reunite the family that Archie loves? Or risk it all for a new chance of happiness?

My Review

I finally got around to reading ‘Amazing Grace’ and what a treat it was.

This story is the most relatable story I have read in a long while. Grace is a single mother to Archie and she always wants to please other people, however it’s about time she put herself first and this is what she tries to do though there are a lot of obstacles to get there. She meets the gorgeous Vinnie and he sweeps Grace off her feet. Mark who is Archie’s father tries all he can to manipulate Grace, I dislike him so much. I just wanted him to leave her alone and let her be happy.

I adored Grace, she’s so inspirational and totally deserves to be happy. She is also an fantastic mother to Archie and you can tell she misses him so much when he’s not with her. I also enjoyed watching her friendship with Ruth (Vinnie’s sister) develop.

I can’t wait to read more books by Kim and I just didn’t want to finish this one. ‘Amazing Grace’ is about putting yourself first and making yourself happy, also finding the love of your life ❤️ I give ‘Amazing Grace’ 4*/5* 😊

Thank you to Hera for an advanced copy of this book via NetGalley.

Author Bio

Kim Nash is an author of uplifting, funny, heartwarming, feel-good, romantic fiction.  

Her latest book, Sunshine and Second Chances, was shortlisted for the 2020 Amazon Kindle Storyteller Award.  

She lives in Staffordshire with son Ollie and English Setter Roni, is Head of Publicity for Bookouture and is a book blogger at http://www.kimthebookworm.co.uk.  

Kim won the Romantic Novelists Association’s Media Star of the Year in 2016, which she still can’t quite believe. She is now quite delighted to be a member of the RNA.  

When she’s not working or writing, Kim can be found walking her dog, reading, standing on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on Ollie and binge watching box sets on the TV. She’s also quite partial to a spa day and a gin and tonic (not at the same time!) Kim also runs a book club in Cannock, Staffs.  

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Amazing Grace was her debut novel with Hera Books and came out in April 2019.

Escape to Giddywell Grange is Kim’s second novel and was published in September 2019.

Sunshine and Second Chances is Kim’s third novel and is out now!  

You can read Kim’s Blog here: http://www.kimthebookworm.co.uk

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“Love Your Life” by Sophie Kinsella

“Love Your Life” by Sophie Kinsella

Synopsis

I love you . . . but what if I can’t love your life?

Ava is sick of online dating. She’s always trusted her own instincts over an algorithm, anyway, and she wants a break from it all. So when she signs up to a semi-silent, anonymous writing retreat in glorious Italy, love is the last thing on her mind.

Until she meets a handsome stranger. . . All she knows is that he’s funny, he’s kind and – she soon learns – he’s great in bed. He’s equally smitten, and after a whirlwind, intoxicating affair, they pledge their love without even knowing each other’s real names.

But when they return home, reality hits. They’re both driven mad by each other’s weird quirks and annoying habits, from his eccentric, naked-sauna-loving family to her terribly behaved, shirt-shredding dog. As disaster follows disaster, it seems that while they love each other, they just can’t love each other’s lives. Can they overcome their differences to find one life, together?

My Review

Oh what can I possibly say about Sophie’s latest creation ‘Love Your Life’ I just know one thing for sure, I’m a massive fan of her books.

This story is about Ava and Matt, they meet on a retreat in Italy but don’t know a thing about each other, well what can possibly happen next? They return to the UK as a couple and slowly discover things about each other. Once this happens we find out if they are compatible with each other.

I adored all of the characters in this story, especially Ava and Harold the dog. They whole gang have a very unique personality but they just work as a group of close friends. By the time I turned the last page of this story, I felt like I had been on a huge adventure and put on a rollercoaster of different emotions, one page has you sad and the next can make you swell with happiness. I guess that Sophie has a very special gift to do this.

I loved how I didn’t know how the story was going to end, I had many guesses and an ending I wanted to happen. ‘Love Your Life’ is about taking chances and having the courage to do what you need to do ❤️ I give ‘Love Your Life’ 5*/5* 😊

Thank you to Transworld Books for an advanced copy of this book.

Author Bio

Sophie Kinsella is a writer and former financial journalist. She is the number one bestselling author of Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, Wedding Night, My Not So Perfect Life, Surprise Me, the hugely popular Shopaholic novels and the Young Adult novel Finding Audrey. She lives in the UK with her husband and family. She is also the author of the children’s series Mummy Fairy and Me / Fairy Mom and Me, and several bestselling novels under the name of Madeleine Wickham. Visit her website at http://www.sophiekinsella.co.uk.

#BlogTour for “All I Want For Christmas” by Joanna Bolouri @scribbles78 @QuercusBooks

#BlogTour for “All I Want For Christmas” by Joanna Bolouri @scribbles78 @QuercusBooks

Synopsis

When Nick loses his job and is dumped by his glamorous but demanding girlfriend, he is forced to grudgingly accept work as a Santa at a local Christmas grotto. As his friends are getting married or promoted, Nick spends his days being terrorised by unfriendly elves and cried on by snotty, spoiled children.

Then he meets 4-year-old Alfie. All Alfie wants for Christmas is for his mum, Sarah, to be happy again. Moved by the boy’s selfless wish, Nick arranges a date between Sarah and his best friend, Matt. But as Sarah and Alfie become part of all their lives, Nick realises that happiness for Sarah and Matt might mean heartbreak for himself.

My Review

I am so excited to be on the blog tour for ‘All I Want For Christmas’ Thank you to Quercus for the opportunity to take part. Please also check out the other blogs on the tour!

This is my first read by Joanna and it definitely won’t be the last. This story is told by Nick who is initially very down on his luck and he ends up taking a job as a Santa Claus in a shopping centre. He meets Sarah who works in a coffee shop. Nick wants to give Sarah’s son his Christmas wish so he sets her up with his roommate Matt. Well what can possibly happen now!?!

In parts I found myself laughing out loud and in others I found myself feeling so sorry for Nick and emotional. I especially loved little Alfie. Joanna’s narrative had me turning the pages without even realising how fast I was reading these touching and beautifully written words. I feel that ‘All I Want For Christmas’ is about love, friendship and fulfilment. This is one festive treat that you need to add to your TBR! ❤️

This story is full of festive charm and wit which will keep you on your toes. I had no idea how the story was going to end but throughout I wanted to just shout at Nick to get his act together but loved his personality and character development in general.

I give ‘All I Want For Christmas’ a very huge 5*/5* 😊 Now you will find me going to download and order more of Joanna’s books!

Thank you to Quercus Books for a sparkling copy of this book.

Author Bio

Joanna Bolouri worked in sales before she began writing professionally at the age of thirty. Winning a BBC comedy script competition allowed her to work and write with stand-up comedians, comedy scriptwriters and actors from across the UK. She’s had articles and reviews published in The Scotsman, The Skinny, The Scottish Sun, Huffington Post and HecklerSpray. 

She lives in Glasgow with her daughter.

“My Year of Saying No” by Maxine Morrey

“My Year of Saying No” by Maxine Morrey

Synopsis

Lottie Wentworth has never been more pleased to hear Big Ben ring in the new year and wave goodbye to The Year of Saying Yes!

When a long-term relationship ended, her best friend’s scheme to get Lottie back in the swing of things seemed like a good idea. She’s kept her promise to Jess to see it through but, as a lover of the quiet life, Lottie couldn’t be happier to say hello to a brand new year – The Year of Saying No! 

Unfortunately, the one thing she still seems unable to say no to is the crush she has on her best client and now friend, Army veteran, Seb Marshall. But she’s working on it, and with rescue dog Humphrey at her side, she knows that she’ll manage just fine.

Lottie’s decision to stop trying to please everyone has brought a sense of relief beyond what she had expected. Her actions and determination have also begun to send ripples throughout her life and those closest to her, bringing about changes none of them could have expected. 

But will all those changes be for the good?

My Review

I was so excited to finally get around to reading ‘My Year of Saying No’ It’s been a while since I read a Maxine Morrey book and I just knew I was in for a treat.

Lottie has had a difficult year as she promised best friend Jess that she would say yes to everything including horrendous dates. On the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve she vows to her year of saying no (unless she really wants to do something) Lottie is a virtual PA and one of her clients is Seb Marshall, even the name sounds sexy doesn’t it!?! Lottie holds a secret flame for Seb but what will actually happen between them!?

In this story there are a lot of poignant moments but also a few laugh out loud moments too. It’s lighthearted and witty and just what you need on a winters day to cosy up with. I related a lot to Lottie in the beginning as she’s the type of person to just want to sit in the house in her pjs! Also you can’t forget the dogs, Humphrey and Scooby sound like such loving and caring dogs I want them for myself!

I am very much looking forward to reading more of Maxine’s books as they are pretty much all on my TBR pile already 😊 ‘My Year of Saying No’ is about friendship and true love (for a few characters) it’s also about not backing down on things you very much don’t want to do and showing determination in doing so!

I give ‘My Year of Saying No’ 5*/5* 😊

Thank you to Boldwood Books for an advanced copy of this book via NetGalley.

Author Bio

Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten. 

As years went by, she continued to write, but ‘normal’ work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, as well as a local history book on Brighton. However, novels are her first love. 

In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK’s ‘Write Christmas’ competition with her first romantic comedy, ‘Winter’s Fairytale’. Her second, ‘The Christmas Project’ was a top 10 bestseller on the UK Kindle chart. 

Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words loves to read, sew and listen to podcasts. Being a fan of tea and cake means she can (should!) also be found out on a walk.