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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Festive Reads

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Review by Suze
Cat is organizing a Christmas party. She's feeling at home at Primrose Terrace. Now that Polly has finished her studies they have the chance to spend more time together. Cat finds out something more about both Joe's and Mark's past. Two very big surprises... Things are changing and not always in the direction she wants them to. Will she have a good Christmas this year?
I loved this last part of the Primrose Terrace series. Cat is funny and sweet. I like how she does so much for other people. She sometimes forgets herself in all of it though. I was hoping she'd get her happy ending. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen to her and loved the finale.
I enjoyed every page of this series. The dogs are fabulous, the main characters are fantastic and Primrose Terrace is an amazing place to live. This is one of those rare perfect witty, warm and wonderful stories that will brighten up everyone's dark winter nights.
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Review by Suze
Nessie and Sam inherit a village pub from their father. It needs a bit of modernizing, but they're determined to make it a nice place again and to open before the end of the year. It's a big change, celebrating the holidays in a new place with new people...
Holly Hepburn created a lovely atmosphere. Little Monkham, the small village, is great. I loved the descriptions of the pub, the rest of the village and the inhabitants. The story is fun and there's also an air of mystery, because everyone has their own secrets. The festive atmosphere makes things warm and cozy. I really liked this great winter story.
Nessie and Sam are sisters, but they're very different. I think it's wonderful that they each have their own distinctive character. Sam is bold and tough and Nessie is friendlier and a bit more shy. I liked their connection and their way of communicating. Of course there are some handsome men in the village who keep them company. Nothing is decided though and I'm curious to see what will happen to the sisters in the next part of the series.
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Review by Suze
Bea is the owner of The Honey Pot, a café that's doing really well. It will be her first Christmas with her son and she's going to try to make it a good one. At work she meets a lot of people, but she is closest to Sam, her neighbor. He's a good friend and great company. She meets Olivia because of a small accident and they are getting along well. The same can't be said for Chloe who isn't very kind to them. She's also having a relationship with a married man and Bea doesn't approve of it at all. The three women each have their difficulties at the most festive time of the year and their Christmases might not turn out to be what they expected them to be...
Bea is kind and she's a dedicated mother, but she has a past. She has done things she isn't proud of. The same goes for Chloe and Olivia. They find strength with each other eventually, but it takes a while for them to get a connection. I liked how they formed a bond. It wasn't immediate and it wasn't forced. The three women each have their own story. I liked the different points of view. It made me curious and eager to read more. I loved that this book is about friendship and love.
All I want for Christmas has a wonderful festive vibe. It's a realistic story about people who don't have ideal holidays. I liked that about this book. It was refreshing and hopeful. I really enjoyed reading this story and definitely recommend it to people who are looking for a good, romantic Christmas read.
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Review by Anniek
This Christmas novel brings you back to Martha's Vineyard and to your favorite 'wolf pack'. If you have read one of the other books from Mika Jolie about Martha's Way then you know what I'm talking about.
Minka and Jason are new parents and they have twins. Jason is away a lot because of his work and Minka feels overwhelmed taking care of both the twins and the house. It's difficult for her to come to terms with her feelings, but she has a loving group of family and friends and of course Jason.
With Christmas only days away Minka has to open up to her loved ones and find the help that she needs. Her loving husband Jason is supportive and willing to do whatever it takes to help her through this.
Being a mom myself I know how stressful and overwhelming it is with a newborn and I only have one. Having twins must be double fun, but also double stress. I could understand very well how Minka was feeling. Even though I know she is not a real person I felt proud when she opened up and was honest about her feelings. She is strong willed and willing to do whatever it takes. I loved that about her.
This beautiful story shows you that whatever struggles come your way you don't have to stand alone. When you have your own 'wolf pack' you will come out stronger every time with the help of your loved ones.
Mika Jolie is truly amazing at creating characters that will stay with you. I will never get tired reading about this family she has come up with. Wrapped in Red is a magical Christmas story with lots of love and probably also a lot of recognition for a lot of you.
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Review by Anniek
In this Christmas novella you'll find magic all over again. Harper is a young girl who is now living in a small town and is working at the post office. She hasn't had an easy life. She became an orphan when her parents died at a young age. Because of that she lived with several foster families but never experienced a Christmas with loved ones.
Fin moved back to town to help his brother with the care of his twin girls after his wife died. He meets Harper when he is on his way to post his letter to Santa. Fin invites Harper to have pizza at his
house and when a snowstorm hits the town Harper has no choice but to stay at the farm with Fin
and his family.
Krista Ames has written a wonderful story. Christmas is my favorite time of the year and I love the magic that surrounds it. The magical things that happen in this story warmed my heart and made me believe all over again. I was hoping for Harper to find a family for herself so she could start living her life instead of just being.
This book proved to me that when people believe in magic the most beautiful things will happen. Harper's Wish is perfect for all of you Christmas lovers. This beautiful short story will leave you dreaming long after you have finished it.


  1. I love reading holiday stories! It really gets me into the Christmas spirit.
    Out of the ones you featured, All I Want for Christmas is probably my first choice.