Ah you guys know how much I love a Christmas book and as always I have a few to share with you, my favourites that I have read this year. They are just the perfect mix of everything that's amazing about Christmas and I really hope you will love them as much as I have. I don't think there is anything better than snuggling down to a Christmas set book a few weeks before the big day and taking some time out to take a rest, so I hope you get a chance for some rest in the midst of all the Christmas craziness and I would recommend any of these to be your reading companion...I'm not doing massive, big in-depth reviews for these books as honestly I just really loved them all and they are all just lovely simple stories so I just wanted to give you some quick thoughts on the books instead. I hope you enjoy my little round up....
1. All She Ever Wished For* - Claudia Carroll
"Marriage. It’s a dream come true. Isn’t it?
One wet winter night, two women meet on a bridge. One is Tess Taylor, a personal trainer on the way to meet her boyfriend for date night. The other is Kate King, a celebrity married to a handsome billionaire who just happens to make her cry. In the cold dark evening, there is nothing to link them together but the bridge they shiver on. Little do they know they’ll both hold the key to each other’s future marriage…
All She Ever Wished For tells the story of what happens when your dream is about to come true. And what happens when that dream turns into a bit of a nightmare…"
Claudia Carroll knows how to write heartfelt, funny and just down right lovely books and she certainly does not disappoint with this one. This really made me laugh in parts and the story has you desperate to find out what's going to happen to the main character's in the end. Kate and Tess's story really drew me in. I really don't want to say anything else about the actual storyline with this one as I'm scared I'll say too much and spoil it but just know it kept me gripped. Also this one is not as 'festive' as the others but I've included it in this round up as its a winter release and it definitely fits in with the theme..
You can buy it on Amazon for £3.85 or on Kindle for £1.99
2. The Christmas Surprise - Jenny Colgan
"Rosie Hopkins, newly engaged, is looking forward to an exciting year in the little sweetshop she owns and runs. But when fate strikes Rosie and her boyfriend, Stephen, a terrible blow, threatening everything they hold dear, it's going to take all their strength and the support of their families and their Lipton friends to hold them together.
After all, don't they say it takes a village to raise a child?"
So I read this without realising that it was part of a series of books. I read it as a stand alone and I didn't have any difficultly understanding who was who or what was going on and really liked it. I would say this one was much more festive and the story was sweet, I feel like I've read so many Christmas books and nearly half of them have all been set in little villages like this one and I do love that as it just adds that traditional Christmas magic to the story I feel with that setting. I will say though especially with this book in particular out of the four if your not a fan of like super sweet stories and having to suspend your imagination like pretty far to believe these things could happen then I would maybe take a step away from any of these books in this post as they probably won't be for you. I have to say though that's my favourite thing about the Christmas genre, the sort of weird and crazy storylines that only appear in Christmas books, they really make me happy!
You can buy this on Amazon for £7.99 or on Kindle for £3.99
3. The Christmas Promise* - Sue Moorcroft
"On a snowy December evening, Sam Jermyn steps into the life of bespoke hat maker Ava. Sparks fly, and not necessarily the good ones.
Times are tough for Ava – she’s struggling to make ends meet, her ex-boyfriend is a bully, and worst of all, it’s nearly Christmas.
So when Sam commissions Ava to make a hat for someone special, she makes a promise that will change her life. She just doesn’t know it yet…"
Ah so this is the one for you to read immediately if you looking for a proper warm and fizzy Christmas read. It is such a beautiful book and I loved every minute of it. It isn't all light though and deals with some pretty heavy topics but its done in a way that never once brings the tone of the book down and really handles all the situations so delicately. Ava is a perfect main character who you will be rooting for from the first page. Its such a genuinely lovely book and so beyond perfect for this time of year.
You can buy it on Amazon for £3.99 or on Kindle for 99p
4. It's a Wonderful Life* - Julia Williams
"Driving home for Christmas, Beth has everything she wants. The kids and the house, the career and the husband. So why is it that when the New Year comes, she can’t stop thinking about her old college boyfriend?
Her husband Daniel is tasked with bringing a struggling school up to scratch, but when family life catches up to him, can he be a good father and a good teacher at the same time?
Beth’s sister Lou has just been dumped…again. Single and childless, she can’t help but be jealous of her sibling’s success. But is the grass really always greener?
It’s a Wonderful Life is a heart-warming novel about the lives that could have been, and what happens when you start to question the choices you made…"
So this is another book that is definitely Christmas filled but just not as Christmas filled as a couple of them on the list but definitely has enough festive cheer to make it eligible for this post haha! I loved getting to know all the family in this book and really feeling super connected to their stories, the author did an amazing job at making you feel so immersed in their lives. Its a book that nod's in the direction of the film with the same name, that it makes you think about life and all the choices you have or hadn't made and I loved that theme and thought it made for a great backbone of the story too.
A really lovely read that will make you smile.
You can buy it on Amazon for £3.99 and on Kindle for 99p