Posted in 2020, reviews

Review: One More for Christmas by Sarah Morgan

🎄Blurb: Gayle is a highly successful and motivated business woman, but her success has come at a price – she hasn’t spoken to her daughters, Ella and Samantha, for years. But when Gayle has an accident at work, she realises she needs to make amends with her family.

And so she invites herself to join Ella and Samantha for their Christmas in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. The sisters are none too pleased that their mother has inserted herself into their Christmas plans. They have each other – and don’t need their mother back in their lives. Or so they think…

As they embark on their first family Christmas together in years, will the three women learn that sometimes facing up to a few home truths is all you need to heal your heart?

🎄My Thoughts: Sarah Morgan doesn’t pretend to be someone she is not. She consistently gives us joyous, beautiful, uplifting and warm reads. You know what you’re getting from the start and that is what makes her, in my opinion, one of the best women’s fiction/romance writers of all time. However, One More for Christmas gave me a more darker and deeper feel than normal. I loved it.

Following the turbulent family drama of the Mitchel family and combining that with the emotional grief of the McIntyre Family as they come together over the Christmas period. We are given a wholesome, wonderful mix of pleasure and pain. A story about family values, relationships, real life awfulness, family feuds. But most of all, making the most out of the time we have and making sure the hidden inner you gets a peak at life too. Lessons I believe we all could learn from.

I will say though for a Christmas book let’s just say some parts are definitely hot enough to melt the snow outside in the snowy grounds of the beautiful Scottish Kinleven Lodge. (Which I wish was real so I could book it for a Christmas break myself for me and my family. It sounds like the most beautiful place to spend time at).

So just like Brodie gave Samantha all the stars. I’ll be giving Sarah the same. No wait.. Not like that. Oh my god! I meant like stars in review stars……. Erm, am just going to go 👀

Sarah Morgan has once again given us a blissful beautiful, uplifting, warm and lovely read

Five stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

P.S… Sarah if Laid By The Laird doesn’t become available via Mills & Boon I will be seriously disappointed 😂

🎄Links to buy:

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🎄Book Details:

Title: One More for Christmas

Author: Sarah Morgan

Length:

ebook – 488 pages

Paperback – 400 pages

ASIN: B086JJD9VZ

ISBN-10: 1848457952

ISBN-13: 978-1848457959

Publisher: HQ

Publication Date:

ebook – 22nd October 2020

Paperback – 29th October 2020

🎄About the Author:

Sarah Morgan is an international bestseller and Sunday Times bestselling author of A Wedding in December and The Christmas Sisters. She has sold over eighteen million books worldwide.

Sarah lives near London, England with her family and when she isn’t writing or reading, she likes to spend time outdoors hiking or riding her mountain bike.

Join Sarah’s mailing list at sarahmorgan.com for all book news. For more insight into her writing life follow her on Facebook at facebook/AuthorSarahMorgan and on Instagram at @sarahmorganwrites and on Twitter @sarahmorgan_ Or via her website at sarahmorgan.com.

Posted in 2020, reviews

Review: All I Want for Christmas by Joanna Bolouri

🎄Blurb: 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 Thoughts: Ok so I did start writing a review right but it just wasn’t flowing right and wasn’t me. It was dead cheesy and sounded like I was lying about the book. So I’ve decided to just give you me notes that I made when I was reading it. Enjoy 🤦🏻‍♀️😂

Male protagonist (Which is nice. Rarity in this genre)

Nick Harris – skinny armed idiot.

Ugh The Sun – the rag – JFT96!

Fuck sake! Russian Santa!

I now in my head have fake Santa talking like Bert Kreischer telling us how his new Russian mafia friends talk. It has amused me greatly!

It’s nice to be able to be at ease with a book. One in which you relax straight into and forget your troubles

This book proper tugs on the good heartstrings. Nick is an absolute beautiful soul, especially with kids

His over use of the word fucking is incredible though. Defo my kind of person. I’m defo right at home here.

Joanna Bolouri is easy reading made incredibly fun. She has a fantastic way with words and doesn’t fail in giving you authentic characters that charm you from the get go.

I then tweeted and instagrammed our JB this:

Bolouri, why when Mrs, Buckley opens the door and exclaims ‘There’s my boys!’ Did I choke up?

Woman, you’re hilarious, I love you, but this book is hitting me with all the feels and I just didn’t sign up for that. Stop it. Well don’t, but I deliberately picked this book to read to be uplifting and happy-go-lucky. It is that, but the feels, the bloody feels. For fuck sake what are you doing to me?

Carrying on….

I adore Matt and Nicks friendship. I’m on absolute pins here waiting to see what happens next. If what I have in my head is true, that friendship is not surviving at all and I will be distraught.

We all need a Nick you know. Humble, quick witted, extremely charming, good looking and apparently very good in bed. Oh, and he wants to make someone extremely happy that is all. – Ok, I take it back, he’s more of a cat person than a dog one so that’s me out !

Oh my god! Oh my fucking god! Nooooo. My heart can’t take it.

Ending was super fast! But worth it. But cringe at times but for some reason I’ll allow it. What the fuck is up with me.

Authors do try to give real life and to be fair most fail miserably. But there are a few I have in my favourite pile that actually can pull it off. Most seem to be northern like and I do hold that as a competition to any southern author to make me eat my words. But yeah, our Bolouri is defo up there at the top at giving us actual real life. The dregs and dirt and grit that we need to make it authentic. Spot on.

Friendship, betrayal, love and lust, theme parks, claridges and dodgy looking Argos watches. Clever comebacks that have you actually laughing out loud and not just pretending to through text LOL. And wobbly lip heart wrenching moments that make you want to cry. Santa Claus and our very own Saint Nick certainly do give us everything we need for Christmas. Bolouri certainly has made her mark here with All I Want For Christmas. It melts the most cold and icy hearts faster than a mug of festive mulled wine.

An emotionally complicated fuck up of a book that radiates nothing but love, family and friendship. Everything Christmas is all about.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5/5

P.S.. Spot is the worst Dogs name ever!

🎄Links to buy: (Pre-Order)

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🎄Book Details:

Title: All I Want For Christmas

Author: Joanna Bolouri

Length:

ebook – 285 Pages

paperback – 368 pages

ASIN: B0822769TQ

ISBN-10: 1529406900

ISBN-13: 978-1529406900

Publisher: Quercus

Publication Date:

ebook – 01/10/2020

paperback – 29/10/2020

🎄About the Author:

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 Skinny, the Scottish Sun, the Huffington Post and HecklerSpray. She lives in Glasgow with her daughter.

You can find out more about Joanna and her work via her social media and website. Links below.

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Posted in 2019, Miscellaneous, News

Hello Strangers – 2019 Christmas Bookathon.

Hello strangers,

How are you all doing? First of all thank you so so much for all your messages and well wishes while I’ve been poorly. I’m still not where I need to be, but I am back reading and getting ready to start my 2019 Christmas Bookathon.

I have some amazing authors and titles already included and can’t wait to get it together properly. Authors/Publishers if you would like your Christmas/winter titles to be involved please do get in touch. The more the merrier I say.

I’m so excited to be pushing myself forward sooner than anticipated and actually happy to do so. I can’t say I’m back 100% because yeah that’s not what’s happening at all, but with a Bookathon, I can lock myself away and get it done instead of worrying about time limits and release dates. Plus, it keeps me occupied instead of going out of my head with boredom or concentrating on pain.

I’ll of course update the list every time another book is added. So far, though it’s a great list, take a look. A lot are of course are up for pre-sale and are going to be available very soon, but some are available for purchase right now. I’ve also opened the genre up a bit and have welcomed in children’s books and crime/thrillers. Also, books without Christmas in the title but reflect the Christmas/December/Winter period. Still not putting the historical genre in though. I know, I’m terrible, but I can’t, I just cannot get into the genre no matter how hard I try. They have loads of Christmas books upcoming too. Sorry!!!!

Oh and I’ll also link them up for you too. Please be aware that these are not in order of release date. I will put in publication dates underneath for you though. Also, even though these are linked up to Amazon, I am in no way affiliated or making money from these links. I just find most people use kindle for reading if not purchasing the actual book.

Anyway, list so far…

❄️A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan

A Wedding in December - Sarah Morgan

Publisher: HQ

Publication Date: 31st October 2019

❄️The Christmas Invitation by Trisha Ashley

The Christmas Invitation - Trisha Ashley

Publisher: Transworld.

Publication Date: 1st October 2019.

❄️Let it Snow by Sue Moorcroft

Let It Snow - Sue Moorcroft

Publisher: Avon.

Publication Date: 26th September 2019.

❄️Single All The Way by Karen King

Single All The Way - Karen King

Publisher: Bookouture.

Publication Date: 28th October 2019.

❄️A Perfect Cornish Christmas by Phillipa Ashley

A Perfect Cornish Christmas - Phillipa Ashley

Publisher: Avon.

Publication Date: 31st October 2019.

❄️One Christmas Star by Mandy Baggot

One Christmas Star - Mandy Baggot

Publisher: Aria.

Released – 12th September 2019.

❄️Magic Under the Mistletoe by Lucy Coleman

Magic Under the Mistletoe- Lucy Coleman

Publisher: Aria.

Released – 5th September 2019.

❄️The Christmas Calendar Girls by Samantha Tonge

The Christmas Calendar Girls - Samantha Tonge

Publisher: Aria.

Publication Date: 3rd October 2019.

❄️The Last Day of Winter by Shari Low

Last Day of Winter - Shari Low

Publisher: Aria.

Publication Date: 3rd October 2019.

❄️One Winter Morning by Isabelle Broom

One Winter Morning - Isabelle Broom

Publisher: Penguin.

Released – 29th August 2019.

❄️Christmas Evie by Nicola May

Christmas Evie - Nicola May

Publisher: Nowell Publishing.

Publication Date: 4th November 2019.

❄️The Worst Christmas Ever by Kathleen Long Bostrom

The Worst Christmas Ever - Kathleen Long Bostrom

Publisher: Flyaway Books.

Released – 17th September 2019.

❄️Snowflakes at the Little Christmas Tree Farm by Jaimie Admans

Snowflakes at the Little Christmas Tree Farm - Jaimie Admans

Publisher: HQ Digital.

Publication Date: 9th October 2019.

❄️Christmas in Chamonix by Sasha Wagstaff

Christmas in Chamonix - Sasha Wagstaff

Publisher: Canelo Escape.

Released – 19th September 2019.

❄️One Day in Winter by Shari Low

One Day in Winter - Shari Low

Publisher: Aria.

Released – 1st September 2019.

❄️The Garden on Sparrow Street by Tilly Tennant

The Garden on Sparrow Street - Tilly Tennant

Publisher: Bookouture.

Publication Date: 9th October 2019.

❄️I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Karen Clarke

I’ll Be Home for Christmas - Karen Clarke

Publisher: Bookouture.

Publication Date: 14th October 2019.

❄️Christmas by the Lighthouse by Rebecca Boxall

Christmas by the Lighthouse - Rebecca Boxall

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing.

Released – 12th September 2019.

❄️The Secret Santa by Trish Harnetiaux

The Secret Santa - Trish Harnetiaux

Publisher: Cornerstone Digital.

Publication Date: 1st October 2019.

❄️Mistletoe by Alison Littlewood

Mistletoe - Alison Littlewood

Publisher: Quercus.

Publication Date: 10th October 2019.

❄️Wrapped up for Christmas by Katlyn Duncan

Wrapped up for Christmas by Katlyn Duncan

Publisher: HQ Digital.

Publication Date: 1st October 2019.

❄️Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage by Katie Ginger

Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage - Katie Ginger

Publisher: HQ Digital.

Publication Date: 11th October 2019.

❄️The Christmas Countdown by Donna Ashcroft

The Christmas Countdown - Donna Ashcroft

Publisher: Bookouture.

Publication Date: 7th October 2019.

❄️The Little Shop on Silver Lining Street by Emma Davies

The Little Shop on Silver Lining Street by Emma Davies

Publisher: Bookouture.

Publication Date: 16th October 2019.

❄️We Met in December by Rosie Curtis

We Met in December by Rosie Curtis

Publisher: Avon.

Released – 5th September 2019.

❄️Coming Home to Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters

Coming Home to Glendale Hall - Victoria Walters

Publisher: Hera.

Publication Date: 25th September 2019.

How good is that? The few I’ve read so far have been excellent! I can see it’s going to be a tough competition. Those covers are divine too aren’t they?

Like I said previously if you want in or you know of a book you think would be perfect to put in, please do let me know. 2019 releases only of course.

Lots of love as always

N 😘

Posted in 2016, Book Tours, Miscellaneous, News, reviews

BT – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Joanna Bolouri. 


Happy Friday gorgeous people of the world.
Thank you for joining me today as I host day five on Joanna Bolouri’s, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Blog Tour.

Erm… Well, I was supposed to give you a review today you know, but I so can’t. 🙈

Arr no hang on a minute and hear me out, ok?

I haven’t got a review today and that’s not because I’ve not read the book, or am just too lazy to write one. It is in fact because I would never be able to stop the spoilers and I would never in a million years know how to do this book justice. I honestly have no proper words right now. I’ll try Me best like.

Joanna Bolouri is seriously a top class author, she’s current, bold, funny and to be fair she’s just fucking fabulous. She is the Queen of RomCom am telling you. Proper crown and everything! 👑

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is everything a Christmas book should be. A bit of a shaky festive ride with a lot of family dramatics, partying and cocktails on the way. Lots of festive shit and of course a bit of romance and tenderness thrown in for good measures. Oh, and lots and lots of laughter. No seriously, I mean serious choke yourself laughter. No word of a lie.

Emily and Evan are two of the best characters I’ve read about in a long time and I snorted a lot at some of the crazy fucking things that went on with them two. Their banter is priceless and I loved being the third wheel for them. The Carson family are absolutely fucking AMAZING! They are the absolute best family ever! Their Scottish charm is delightful. 

Oh it’s just so relatable, you know what I mean? Like, it could actually be you and your family. In all honesty though, it actually could be my family! Oh I really love it. I can’t wait to hear what you all think of it too. 

You know what? Am going to give loads of spoilers away if I even try carry on trying to write about it! It’s dead hard when you love a book but you don’t know how to tell everyone about it because you’re a bad tit and just can’t. But I NEED to! I NEED to dead bad. I NEED to tell you all how fan-fucking-tastic it is and that not only is it top of my 2016 Christmas bookathon winners list right now, it is also in the top 5 of my 2016 book of the year too. I won’t tell you where like, but it’s warmer if you go up 😜

Oh I love it. I hope you do too. 

So you know I like to tell you all what to do and to go buy all the books all the time, but honestly when it comes to our JoBo she does it with style, sass, realism and quality, and I just absolutely love all her books. And this book will be another 5star from me to her.

A sweary four day uproar of sarcasm, family crazyness, love and absolute ball busting hysterical laughter. Like snorting laughter and needing to put a tenor lady on (if your one of the maturer ladies of life or just like me and have had kids who have basically fucked your body up) because I promise you. you will piss your pants. 

Christmas reading at its absolute fucking best! 

I’m honestly in awe.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


💙❤️Blurb: Thirty-eight year old Emily has a satisfying job, fab friends, an amazing car and, most importantly, a wonderful flat, exactly 411 miles away from the judgemental, batshit crazy, interfering family she reluctantly sees twice a year. In fact, the only minor stress in her life is her twenty-something neighbour Evan and his penchant for flirting, loud music and even louder sex . . . but he’s nothing she can’t handle. 

Emily also has a boyfriend called Robert and it’s going really well. So well, in fact, that this year Emily is hoping to take him home for Christmas to meet her family. Finallyshe won’t be subject to five days of nosy questions from her parents and pity looks from her younger married siblings.
But when Robert breaks up with her a week before Christmas, Emily is gutted. How on earth is she going to face her family now? Enlisting the help of party boy Evan (in exchange for one month’s rent and the use of her convertible) Emily is determined to take Robert home for Christmas come hell or high water, even if it isn’t the realRobert . . .

💙❤️Links to buy:

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The Book People

💙❤️Book Details:

Title: The Most Wonderful Time of The Year.

Author: Joanna Bolouri.

Genre: Romantic Comedy. 

Length: 416 pages.

ISBN: 9781784299125

Publisher: Quercus Books.

Publication Date: October 6th 2016


💙❤️About the Author:


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 Skinny, the Scottish Sun, the Huffington Post and HecklerSpray. She lives in Glasgow with her daughter.


To find out more about Joanna, buy her books or chat to her, you can follow her via her social media accounts. Links below.

Blog

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads 


So there you have it my darling book geeks. I’ve been a pretty shitty host and blogger today haven’t I? I genuinely do apologise for that. But I do hope I’ve somehow made some kind of sense and have made you want to go read this book. I honestly love it. I also love you. I love Joanna Bolouri. I love Alainna from Quercus. And I love laughter, genuinity, warmth, compassion, Christmas and most of all Family. I know you all do too. 

#MostWonderful.

Love as always 

N 😘