Book Review: Mistletoe on 34th Street by Lisa Dickenson


Mistletoe on 34th Street by Lisa Dickenson

Publication: 3rd October 2016
Publisher: Sphere
Format: Ebook
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9780751563092

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Description

Olivia has never experienced a snow-covered, ‘traditional’ Christmas before. Having grown up in a family that chose winter sun over decking the halls, she’s not sure what all the fuss is about. So when she and her co-workers are stranded in New York after a work trip, Olivia is perfectly happy spending the holiday season in The Big Apple.

John, Olivia’s friend, on the other hand is so upset and is desperate to get home in time for his big family get-together. Nevertheless, determined to make the best out of the situation he sets out to show Olivia how enchanting Christmas in New York can be. And when she adds handsome New Yorker Elijah into the mix, could the magic of the season finally be working its charm on Olivia? As December 25th draws closer, Olivia suddenly finds herself with a decision to make: who does she really want to kiss under the mistletoe this Christmas?

Full of romance and festive magic, Mistletoe on 34th Street is the funniest and most charming love story you will read this Christmas!

My Review

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my copy – I apologise it’s taken me so long to get to it but here it is!!!!

I’ve had this book on my shelf since last year, and I fancied some romance, Christmas, and a feel-good read. I’ve had Christmas on my brain since reading The Christmas Holiday and this book was everything I needed!

A bit slow to get going but when it did, I loved every moment of it.  I’m a huge sucker for Christmas books, set in New York.  This book was written well, it was funny, witty, and a has a fantastic plot.  Every Chapter is a step closer to Christmas and it works really well.  It made it feel like that it was building up to something amazing, magical, and a sense of purpose.

All of the characters were great.  Olivia was a brilliant leading lady.  She is definitely my sort of character.  She’s practical, independent, strong-willed and sure of what she wants. Or is she? John, Olivia’s friend, comes across as charming, a good man and is again, a great character. All of the secondary characters are fantastic, all with their own little stories.  They could all easily be someone you know. Or be you. They all work well together, except for the addition of Elijah but let’s not go there.  Excuse the language, but he was a Dick.

Any book set in the build up, or at actual Christmas time works wonderfully for me.  Everything always seems right within the world at Christmas and this book has that feeling.  It made everything seem right when everything was feeling wrong.  Everyone needs to believe in magic at Christmas time and I think this is the book to help people see that. Just brilliant – I know I’ve said that word a lot within this review but hey, I don’t see the problem!!!! 5/5 for me!!

 

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ARC Review: Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin


Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin
Published: 22nd September 2016
Publisher: Bookouture
Format: Ebook
Pages: 322
ISBN13: 9781786810700
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Synopsis
This year spend a wonderful Christmas on Juniper Island, where love can melt even the iciest of hearts…

Piper Chesterfield lives a glamorous life travelling the world and reviewing the finest hotels. She calls nowhere home, she works alone and that’s how she likes it. For long ago Piper decided that to protect her heart she should lock it away.
So when Piper’s next assignment brings her to the newly opened Stardust Lake Hotel for the festive season, the last person she expects to face is Gabe Whitaker, the man who broke her heart so completely she could never love again.
But Piper isn’t the only one who has been frozen in time by heartbreak. Gabe hasn’t forgotten the golden-eyed girl who disappeared from his world without a trace.
Now fate has reunited them on Juniper island, can the magic of Christmas heal old wounds? And can this enchanting town be the one place Piper can finally call home?

My Thoughts

Firstly, thank you to Netgalley and the publisher, Bookouture, for my copy in exchange of my review.  This book has definitely pulled me out of yet another reading slump.

I found this book to be a delightful, heart-warming read.  It was festive (where can you go wrong with that??) it was loving, it was funny, tearful and just brilliant. There were parts of this book that made me laugh, nearly cry and feel extremely happy.

Pip is fed up with travelling the world, being a mystery guest in some fabulous places.  She decides her next job will be her last for a while.  When she gets to her hotel, the last person she is expecting to see is her teenage years ex-boyfriend, Gabe.  I loved Pip, she is an independent woman, with baggage, with a history.  She was real if that makes sense?

Gabe, for me, was a perfect gent.  Protective, a wonderful father, loving, and for Pip, an amazing lover.  His daughter Wren is a wonderful character, and a true young child! Especially being Frozen mad!!! They make a wonderful little family, and made me feel like I should hug my own child more often!

Other characters that pop up in the book often were fantastic.  They’ve all got their own stories about why or how they’ve ended up on Juniper Island and I would love to hear all of them. Neve and Luke were wonderful additions to Luke’s family, with Neve’s story being the next book.  I hope to hear Luke’s story eventually as well.

Holly Martin has created a perfect Winter Wonderland in this book, her writing style drew me in straight away and I didn’t come up for breath until I had finished every single page.  So much so, that I dived straight back in with Christmas Under a Starlit Sky (review to come next month for publication day!!)

I highly recommend this book to add to any Christmas book reading list! Just superbly wonderful.  I wish that I could visit, and maybe even just move straight in!! Loved it!! A huge, gigantic 5/5 from me!!


A little add on note from me:

I go on holiday for a week on Monday 26th and I very much doubt I will have WiFi where I will be so there will be complete radio silence from me for a while now.  I will be writing reviews but they will all be posted once I’m home and the mountains and mountains of washing is done!!!

Thanks for reading!!!

New Books!

I was spoilt when it came to books this year!! I can say it made a change, I normally get boring socks and a few scarves (Not that I’m complaining about the scarf!!), and maybe a new pair of gloves!!

Firstly, I was given the illustrated Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone from Caleb, with help from Daddy which I’m impressed about!! I love it!! I doubt I’ll ever read it in fear of ruining it! It’s gorgeous and a whole lot more! It’s so stunning I cannot describe it.  I’ve already had to promise to take it with me when we visit my Mum on the 21st!

Then, we had some Love2Shop vouchers given to us from a friend and I was given permission to spend it however I wished after getting a new stereo.  Stupid him saying that really because I went straight to The Works and came away with 6 fantastic books!!!! They are:

  1. Room by Emma Donoghue. I’ve never seen this book in a shop before so I thought I’d take the opportunity before it’s released in the cinemas next year. I’ve also heard some excellent reviews and then some not so great reviews so who knows what way I’ll go!!
  2. The Italian Girl by Lucinda Riley.  After reading The Seven Sisters, I’m thrilled to have spotted this!! I’m hoping her writing style is the same, and with as much magic and wonderfulness in this as well.
  3. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.  Everyone has been raving about this book, as soon as I saw it I grabbed it. I’ve not seen it anywhere else, except for Waterstones, so it must have been fate!! I’m really looking forward to this one. Plus, it’s a GoodReads Choice Winner this year so it has to be good!
  4. A Taste of Love by Marita Conlon-McKenna.  I’ve never heard of the author so I’m a bit lost with that.  But, it’s got food as a centre story so I had to get.  I love books what involve food, and peoples love of food.
  5. The Lavender Keeper by Fiona McIntosh. I’ve seen this book around a few times, and was tempted a few times as well.  I’m hoping I enjoy it.  It’s based around WW2 and I tend to really enjoy books that are.  Fingers Crossed!!
  6. The Proposal by Tasmina Perry.  A dual storyline, based between 1958 and 2012. My sort of book! I love dual-storylines, whether it be centuries, millennia, or just a few decades! I’m not entirely sure if I’ve heard of the author but I grabbed it as soon as I saw the storyline.  Something new for me!!
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So, overall I’m happy with my choices!! Even more so as I managed to get Red Queen cheaper than anywhere else!!
Granted, I could have received that long, overdue engagement ring but nope.  He realised I was upset about that when I kept saying all my old college friends are now either engaged or married after another got engaged Christmas Day.  I sound really ungrateful don’t I? I’m 1 of 3/4 of my old friends to have a child, and in a long-term relationship. The others who have children and in their long-term relationships are now officially all engaged or married.  Makes me feel sort of unwanted sometimes.  What made it even worse he announced to my FATHER that he didn’t actually have to buy me and engagement ring and that we will just get married… I faked a headache and not feeling very well to go to bed and weep by myself.. Yes, I actually did that.  The Other Half has realised I’ve been a little off since then but he’s not asked why.  I’ll give Dad some credit though, he did call Danny cheap because of it.  He doesn’t have to buy me a wedding ring as Dad has said that I’ll have my Nan’s, so he can at least buy me a sodding engagement ring!! I think if I don’t get one next year at any point then I’ll be having some serious words with him. We’ve been together 9 years on Thursday.  9 YEARS!!!!!! We live 270 miles away from where we met, and have a child.  I don’t think I’m going anywhere soon so he might as well ask!!!
Again, I sound very ungrateful for everything, and for him.  I’m not, trust me. I just needed a rant as I’ve got no one to say it all too.  Mum will say I’m being pathetic, my sister will say something along the lines of why do you want to get married?, and Dad actually understands I want to get married.  Danny doesn’t realise how hurt I feel sometimes when his brother says I don’t really have a say in family matters as i’m the only one without his surname.. That’s painful….
I’ll leave it here for now as no one wants to hear this… I’m boring myself and beginning to make myself think I’m being petty and pathetic… Bye!