Saturday, 31 October 2015

Review: Snowflakes on Silver Cove by Holly Martin

White Cliff Bay #2
Author: Holly Martin
Genre: Women's Fiction, Romance
Page Length: 294 Pages
Publication Date: October 30th, 2015
Publishers: Bookouture
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Come and spend a picture perfect romantic Christmas at White Cliff Bay
Libby Joseph is famous for her romantic Christmas stories. Every December, readers devour her books of falling in love against the magical backdrop of the Christmas season. If only Libby believed in the magic herself…
Struggling to finish her current novel, Libby turns to her best friend and neighbor George Donaldson to cheer her up. But George also needs a bit of support himself. Nervous about getting back into the dating saddle after splitting from his wife, he and Libby strike a deal. She will teach George how to win over the ladies, and Libby will in turn be inspired to inject her novel with a good dose of romance.
As Libby and George explore the beautiful White Cliff Bay on a series of romantic Christmas-themed dates, Libby finds herself having more fun than she’s had in ages and…discovers feelings that she never knew she had for George.
But is it too late? Will George win someone else’s heart or can Libby act like the heroine in one of her stories and reach for her own love under the mistletoe this Christmas?
Snuggle up with a piece of Christmas cake and mulled wine, and spend the festive season at White Cliff Bay. You won’t want to leave! Christmas at Lilac Cottage also out now.

Where to start from? Holly Martin just blew me away with an another flawless Christmas romance and I am in awe of her expertise to write romance novels filled with humor, warmth and tons and tons of love. Snowflakes on Silver Cove is the second book in the White Cliff Bay series. Christmas at Lilac Cottage, the first book in the series was released on September 25th, 2015. I loved reading it (read review here) and swooned over Henry, the adorably handsome hero. I was excited when Bookouture approved my request for the next book. Strangely, the excitement turned into a state of nerves, when I started reading it. This is a completely different story, I missed my favorite characters and was wondering whether Libby and George can be good as Henry and Penny. Holly surprised me with small mentions about Henry, Penny and Daisy now and then and my heart leaped with joy meeting them again. And pretty soon, Libby and George too won my heart with their quirkiness and the childish demeanor. 

Let's start with the cover! A gorgeous frame-worthy book cover, that echoes the promises of giving you a perfect Christmas read; snowflakes twirling in the wind, a snow covered house overlooking the silver cove beach, bundles of mistletoe, a snow layered tree with a birdie perching atop and the sky is painted with shades of purple and yellow. It can not be Christmassy anymore, it's just perfect! Curled up on my bed with a cuppa and the book and enjoyed every bit of the story.

I snorted, giggled, grinned, laughed and even stifled when Mum stared at me. George and Libby were quite funny. Libby Joseph, a romance writer has moved to Silver Cove to find some inspirations for her next novel. Though, she satiates the readers with good romance novels, Libby has never allowed herself to experience it. Struggling to write the latest book, she approaches her best friend and neighbor George Donaldson for help. Libby offers to help him with dating ideas and agrees to go on a few romantic dates for practice. Libby hopes to be inspired with the ideas for the forthcoming novel in return. Slowly, she realizes the feelings she had for George. Will she dare to open up to him? or Will George fall for Giselle, the woman of his dreams?

Snowflakes on Silver Cove is Amy and Seb's story too. Seb lost his wife in an accident a few years back. Amy, who works in his pub has a huge crush on him and it remains as a one-sided love story. Amy has realized the attraction from Seb side for a while. However, he doesn't admit it to her. Can Amy make Seb fall head over heels in love with her?

Yep, a bonus pack from Holly Martin, as she treats us with two romantic stories in this book. The characters are cute and sweet as usual, especially Libby and George. Their bickering over petty reasons made me laugh, loved George's all-thing-Christmassy obsession and enjoyed their romantic dates too. Amy was hilarious, I bet she will make you cackle. Their relationships were built gradually and they had ample time to understand each other, I liked that, as it sounded more convincing to me rather than the love at first sight stories.

I have decided to opt for Holly Martin's novels whenever I need a good dose of Romance. Her novels are funny, magical and make you feel good with delightful HEA endings. If you are looking for sweet Christmas romance novels, then pick the White Cliff Bay series and snuggle down in your comfy place.

Snowflakes on Silver Cove can be read as a standalone, but I recommend Christmas at Lilac Cottage too. It was fun to spot the ice carving competition, gingerbread house competition, the accident on the beach, the Christmas ball, the storm and also found out for whom Penny made an urgent ice carving last time. Penny, the protagonist from Christmas at Lilac Cottage had a tidbit trouble with the ice carving competition results and George and Libby solved it in this book. I enjoyed connecting the dots between both the stories.

The third novel in White Cliff Bay series will be released in Spring. I'm looking forward to reading 'Spring Season' stories from the White Cliff Bay, it's a long wait, though. Right now, I am waiting on Amazon's kindness, so I can add the paperback copies of these novels to my Christmas book collection.

My Rating: 4.5/5 (Delightful!)
Happy Reading!

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Review: The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin

Once in a Lifetime: The Little Paris Collection #1
Author: Rebecca Raisin
Genre: Romance
Publication Date: October 16th, 2015
Publishers: Carina UK
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La Vie En Rose
Bookshop owner Sarah Smith has been offered the opportunity to exchange bookshops with her new Parisian friend for 6 months! And saying yes is a no-brainer – after all, what kind of a romantic would turn down a trip to Paris…for Christmas?
Even if it does mean leaving the irresistible Ridge Warner behind, Sarah’s sure she’s in for the holiday of a lifetime – complete with all the books she can read!
Imagining days wandering around Shakespeare & Co, munching on croissants, sipping café au laits and watching the snow fall on the Champs-Élysées Sarah boards the plane.
But will her dream of a Parisian Happily-Ever-After come true? Or will Sarah realise that the dream of a Christmas fairytale in the city of love isn’t quite as rosy in reality…
A deliciously feel-good Christmas romance perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Julia Williams

I LOVED this novel, just a glance through the first chapter and I knew this was right on my alley (Read an excerpt here). Hooked on from the beginning to the end of this gorgeous book I was. A very pleasing novel in which the author has succeeded in painting stunning images in the reader's mind with words. I loved it even more when I met Sarah Smith, who loves books. I am quite taken with Rebecca's work and planning on devouring her complete works. I was over the moon, hearing The Gingerbread Cafe trilogy is getting published as a paperback, can't wait to get my hands on them too.

Visiting the city of love was in Sarah's bucket list. When Sarah listens to her Parisian friend Sophie's predicaments, she agrees to help her by doing a Bookshop Exchange and she flies to Once Upon a Time, Paris from The Bookshop On The Corner, Ashford. But, running a bookshop in the city was not easy as Sarah expected; She is missing Ridge and there are hectic schedules, thefts, staff's strange demeanor, no reading time and the profit is also down. She barely manages to step out of the bookshop and when she does, it is only to the Post office or the bank. Will her dream come true? Can she enjoy her Christmas in the city of love?

A quick research on Goodreads taught me that Rebecca Raisin has never parted ways with her characters. Sarah Smith, the protagonist in this novel is familiar to all her readers. She appears in Rebecca's previous works and she has also written a separate novel on Sarah and Ridge's love story. But, I didn't know her or any other characters from Ashford, it's the first time reading Rebecca Raisin's novel. Rebecca leaves hints here and there, it was easy for me to connect everything and guess the previous story, which made the reading quite easier and enjoyable.

Sarah is a bibliophile, she hearts Romance novels. Each time, Rebecca described Sarah's perpetual relationship with books, she has done a wonderful job at putting a reader's true emotions on paper. I was lost among her character's world. I didn't wish to be disturbed when I sat down with the book. It's an engrossing novel. The story developed gradually in an interesting manner and is well paced. It held my attention till the last word.

'The Little Bookshop on the Seine' has a beautiful message, The true love always finds a way! This novel throws some twists also at the end, which are really good ones and it can take you on a trip to Paris, the city of Love. And I think, I have found the Protagonist of the next book in the series and already anxious to know more about her peculiar habits.

The book does not have much Christmas themes in it. Only two or three chapters deal with the Christmas settings, decorations, party and so on. Still, it can be considered as a Christmas novel as the story will inspire happiness, hope and make you believe in the magic of the Festive Season. The story reminds us to embrace the season of waiting, instead of enduring it.  The Little Bookshop on the Seine is a beautiful, uplifting book with endearing characters, vivid descriptions and promises a virtual tour of the City of Love. Highly recommended!

My Rating: 4.5/5
Happy Reading!

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Review: Bella's Christmas Bake Off by Sue Watson

Author: Sue Watson
Genre: Women's Fiction, Chick lit
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2015
Publishers: Bookouture
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Two best friends. One big lie. The best bake off EVER.
Bella Bradley is the queen of television baking – a national treasure. Her Christmas specials have been topping the ratings for years and her marriage to Peter ‘Silver Fox’ Bradley is the stuff of Hello magazine specials.
But this year things are going to be different.
For Amy Lane, Bella’s best friend from school, life hasn’t held quite the same sparkle. And when Amy’s husband walks out three weeks from Christmas, it seems their lives are further apart than ever.
Amy has watched Bella’s rise to fame fondly, despite the fact Bella was always a terrible cook. But when she realises that Bella’s latest Christmas book is made up entirely of Amy’s mother’s recipes, the gloves are off…
After winning a competition to appear on Bella’s TV show, Amy is going to make sure that for Bella and her viewers, this will definitely be a Christmas to remember…
A hilarious, heart-breaking and feel good read about best friends, baking and the magic of Christmas.

A picture speaks a thousand words! Sue Watson's book covers always proclaim her love for baking. I do love the art of baking and have been dying to read her books, those deliciously looking book covers always tempt me and I couldn't resist them this time; shiny baubles, cakes, a cottage, the snow lay thick upon the ground and the stars to light up the sky. It was promising, a Christmas cum Baking novel, Ah! I had to read it.

Bella's Christmas Bake off tells the story of two friends, Amy Lane and Bella Bradley, who were dear friends once, but they parted ways due to some reason. Bella has become the queen of Television now, she is living an extravagant life and is running her own Christmas Cookery Show. Amy is a Maths teacher.  She is devastated when husband leaves her for an another woman, just weeks before Christmas. Amy watches Bella's festive season TV shows every year. She is a bit envious of Bella's fortune. She is shocked, realizing the Bella's upcoming book is made of Amy's mother's recipes. Amy has decided not to let Bella take the credit of her mother's effort. Will Amy succeed in claiming the credit of her mother's recipes? Can Amy and Bella be friends again?... 

From Naughty Custard and Severely Whipped Cream to The First Christmas of the Rest of Your Life, reading Sue Watson new Christmas novel was fun and shocking at the same time. Sue Watson had worked as TV producer before and I feel, the novel is inspired by her own experiences. Oh dear, it is heart-rending to read Bella's story. The story is written from Amy's perspective. It starts with Amy recollecting their childhood and tells how Bella has changed over the years. Amy and I were on the same boat at the beginning, we both disliked Bella, the Goddess of television baking. Later, the destiny plays the usual role; Amy and Bella meet after a long long gap. The rest of the story unfolds Bella's harrowing secrets and I felt sorry for her. Bella's Christmas Bake Off teaches us not to judge anyone with a prejudiced mind and to be content with what you have.

Albeit, the novel is awash with dramas, whispers and hush-hush, the entire plot was believable. All the characters were so real. Rough and tough at first sight, but down-to-the-earth and sweet once you get to know them. Loved them all. The entire story just flew by, I was burning with curiosity, and kept reading to know Bella's story. The end was really good, and Sue managed to bring in the festive season spirit. The last chapters were my favorite, Christmas is the season of giving, Bella and Amy's effort to make a bunch of homeless people made me happy.

As you all know, Christmas novels are my weakness. I was impatiently waiting to read this book, expected a lot of Christmas Baking and a heartwarming story that would put me in the Christmas mood. Somehow, it didn't. It was not festive as I hoped it to be though the last two chapters managed to get the warmth and coziness of the festive season. It mainly revolves around the secrets inside the celebrity's life and the realities behind the camera. The rest of the story was about Amy and Bella's bonding after the years. I will not recommend it as Chick-lit Christmas novel, but definitely a make-you-feel-good story.

My Rating: 4/5 (Liked it!)
Happy Reading!

Monday, 26 October 2015

Review: The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

Author: Melanie Dickerson
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling, Christian Fiction, Children's Fiction, Fantasy
Page Length: 368 Pages
Publication Date: November 17th, 2015
Publishers: Thomas Nelson
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The one who needs rescuing isn't always the one in the tower.

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.

Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel's hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.

The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel, in turn, rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to him than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?

As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery are about to be revealed after seventeen years. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?

I grew up reading fairy tales. Princess, Prince Charming, fairies, Castle, Knights, true love and Magic ... Ah, I believed in every single word of Disney and Grimm's brothers and wished to have my own 'happily-ever-after'. My heart was broken when my parents told me that Magic is a myth just like the existence of Santa Claus. A part of me accepted that terrifying truth, learnt All I need is Faith, trust, and Prayers not the Pixie dust but, the other half of me still loves to curl up in bed with a fairy tale and to immerse myself in that magical world called 'Far Away'. A recent TTT (a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) on Fairy tale retellings introduced me to various authors who write fairy tale retelling novels and Melanie Dickerson was one among them, a Christian fiction author who writes medieval fairy tale romances. The pretty covers of her books grabbed my attention immediately. I was curious to read a fairy tale as a Christian Fiction and wished to find out how she deals with all the evil and sorcery things in the children's book.

Thanks, Net Galley and Thomas Nelson for a copy of 'The Golden Braid'.

First things first- Impressed! She has done a terrific job at describing how dreams come true by faith, trust, and the hope in the Lord. It teaches that we can overcome the tribulations by Prayers and belief in God. I definitely want my children to read Melanie Dickerson books. 

'The Golden Braid' is a retelling of 'Rapunzel' from Grimm's fairy tales. Rapunzel- a pretty maiden with beautiful blue eyes and ankle length blond hair. She sings beautifully and is also good at making new songs, painting and throwing a knife. Rapunzel has a hankering for learning to read and write. But, her mother simply does not allow it. She is not permitted to make friends. Mother disapproves of all the men as well. Rapunzel is smothered by their isolated life and is desperate for freedom. Surprisingly, I liked Melanie's Rapunzel. I was rooting for her from the beginning, felt sad whenever Gothel tried to snatch her life away from her, wanted Rapunzel to be brave, to stand up for herself and was overjoyed when she finally got what she truly deserved. It was a pleasure to read Rapunzel's transformation as an Independent, courageous woman from a weak, unsecured and naive maiden.

I liked Gerek- Rapunzel's true love. He is a chivalrous, valiant, noble, God-fearing knight. His pitiful childhood still haunts him, he is flustered always and unable to make a wise decision. Rapunzel helps him to make the choices and reminds that he can decide his future, not to worry about being overshadowed by the family's misfortune. Wise decision! The entire story gives such small, but chief lessons to us. Good things to learn from the Hero, not just mere tricks, fights, and romance. 

You will not find any evil lurking in the darkness in this book. The story behind each character's behavior is clearly written, explains what made them choose the wrong path and how pathetically they ended up in life. I am sure every reader will enjoy reading this beautiful book. I liked Melanie Dickerson's writing; easy-to-read and understand, the vivid descriptions take you to a medieval period and lets to enjoy it completely. A couple of Bible verses are used, it will bring hope and comfort to readers too. There are no out-of-the-world theories in the book, but the whole story is believable, narrated through convincing incidents and Verses from The Holy Bible are used instead of the usual hocus-pocus sayings in fairytales. Thus, it makes an apt book for Children, can be enjoyed by adults as well. You do not need to be worried about little minds being spoiled by daft magic beliefs. The characters are likable and interesting. Many intriguing stories are intertwined in this book with interesting twists and a happy ending as promised.

The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson is a beautiful, heartwarming fairy tale retelling novel. The story is written from Rapunzel and Garek's perspectives, so you get a detailed insight into their mind and understand them properly. The elements of love, compassion, forgiveness, Faith in the Lord, and family are beautifully blended together in the book. Enjoyable from start to the end! I am looking forward to picking up more Melanie Dickerson's medieval fairy tales. Recommended to all, especially  to Children and adults who enjoy Fairy tales or Christian Fictions.

My Rating: 5/5 (Perfect)
Happy Reading!

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Babushka - A Christmas Storybook for Children


Written by: Dawn Casey
Illustrations by: Amanda Hall
Genre: Children's Fiction
Page Length: 32 pages
Publication Date: September 18th, 2015
Published by: Lion Children's Books

Babushka is busy tidying her house when three unexpected guests arrive telling her that they are looking for a baby, a new born king. When they leave Babushka stays behind cleaning and preparing a gift for the baby and when she goes to follow them she doesn’t know where to go. She searches and searches, leaving gifts for children in the houses she passes. The traditional Russian folk tale of Christmas with exquisite illustrations by an award-winning artist.

Review

Babushka is familiar to me, I have read this Russian folk tale of Christmas before. Babushka misses the chance to meet the newborn King, as she prefers to stay back to clean the house instead of going with the three men who were following a shining star to reach to the baby. Next morning, she packs up food and toys and goes out in search of the newborn. But, there was no bright star, the footprints of the travelers were covered with snow as well. She leaves gifts for the children she meets on the way and is still continuing the journey in the hope of meeting the newborn King.

The cover of the book is just magical, so are the words used to describe the story. Snow covered trees and cottages, a starry night and Babushka with a basket full of food and toys, searching for the baby. Amanda Hall has perfectly captured the feel of the Christmas eve. She has made ample illustrations for the entire story and have used the right colors in the pictures; purple, blue, golden yellow and soft pink. Those artworks will surely help the children in envisaging it. Dawn Casey's writing is simple and poetic, children can easily read and understand and learn a few words as well.

Children will certainly love this book. Amanda's colorful illustrations and Dawn Casey's beautiful descriptions are wonderful. Kids will learn never to miss the opportunity that knocks the door and to share what they have with others as Babushka did/does. Parents can also utilize the chance to tell them about baby Jesus and the three wise men. This storybook will make a brilliant addition to your Children's storybook collection. Adults can also enjoy it, whilst reading it to kids.

A perfect Christmas storybook for Children!

* Received a copy from the Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

My Rating: 5/5 (Wonderful)
Happy Reading!

Friday, 23 October 2015

Review: The Good Neighbor by Amy Sue Nathan

Author: Amy Sue Nathan
Genre: Women's Fiction
Page Length: 272 Pages
Publication Date: October 13th, 2015
Publishers: St. Martin's Griffin
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Things are a little rough for Izzy Lane. Still reeling from the break-up of her marriage, the newly single mom moves back to the Philadelphia home she grew up in, five-year-old Noah in tow. The transition is difficult, but with the help of her best friends—and her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Feldman—Izzy feels like she’s stepping closer to her new normal. Until her ex-husband shows up with his girlfriend. That’s when Izzy invents a boyfriend of her own. And that’s when life gets complicated.

Blogging about her “new guy” provides Izzy with something to do when Noah’s asleep. What’s the harm in a few made-up stories? Then, her blog soars in popularity and she’s given the opportunity to moonlight as an online dating expert. How can she turn it down? But when her friends want to meet the mysterious “Mac,” someone online suspects Izzy’s a fraud, and a guy in-real-life catches her eye, Izzy realizes just how high the stakes are. That’s when Mrs. Feldman steps in, determined to show her neighbor the havoc that lies can wreak. If Izzy’s honest, she could lose everything, and everyone. Is the truth worth any cost?

It's always exciting to read about Bloggers as I am one among those many who find comfort and enjoyment at blogging. The Good Neighbor by Amy Sue Nathan tells the story of an anonymous famous blogger who loved to write, it wasn't merely a hobby to her, but an escapade from the monotony of the life. It was the description, which grabbed my attention. The pastel color of the cover also enticed me into picking it up,  a pretty one to look at.

Izzy has moved back to the parents's  house with son, Noah after a broken marriage. Working as a student counselor, she struggles to meet the ends and provide a better life to Noah. She hopes to find the rhythm again and be back to a normal life with friends and neighbors support. Bumping into Ex-husband and his new girlfriend, fills the Izzy's heart with rage and jealousy. She invents an imaginary boyfriend, Max and starts blogging about him. The blog gets a large number of hits and the readers are pouring comments on each blog post. It becomes popular, albeit the intention was just letting others believe that she is having a good time sans Ex-husband. She is offered to work on a big platform now, but the things have started to tumble down, when a reader starts threatening on being fake. Izzy is forced to come clean, which can mess up her whole new life. What will Izzy do? Is it possible to lead a life made up of lies?

I really liked this novel. The novel has a very relevant message in it; a life built upon lies will collapse at any moment. Izzy makes up stories about an imaginary boyfriend. The lie was much prettier than the truth. Izzy feels safe and secured and starts to embrace that new life. But much deeper in her heart, she knew that she was wrong. There were moments she could have admitted the truth, but, she becomes frightened or reluctant at times, despite her brother and Mrs. Feldman's warnings. It is a predictable story with an eye-opening message. I was hesitant about reading the blogger's updates on their life today, wondering whether they were telling the truth or not. Thought provoking? yes, I think so. Social media has become a powerful weapon nowadays and this novel reminds us not  to be bothered with the trends and news every day, because most of them are fake.

My favorite part of the novel is Lizzy's bonding with her neighbor, Mrs. Feldman. Despite the age gap, they share a wonderful companionship and care for each other. I was a bit sad reading what happened with Mrs. Feldman. I had a different ending to this story in mind, but the author has ended it nicely. There was nothing intriguing about this novel, but a good one, indeed! In a nutshell, The Good Neighbor is a light, quick read with likable characters and a significant message. Recommended if you are looking for a quick women's fiction novel.

My Rating (4/5)
Happy Reading!

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Review: Merry Mistletoe by Emma Davies

Author: Emma Davies
Genre: Women's Fiction, Romance, Novella, Christmas Novel
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2015
Publishers: Lawsome Books
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Sherbourne Mistletoe has been prized and sold at the annual Mistletoe Fair for over a hundred years; but could this year possibly be the last? With her father’s sudden death and debts mounting up, it looks as though Freya’s only hope for the future is to sell her beloved family home. And to make matters worse, the only contenders to buy Appleyard Farm, are the people she’d least like to sell it to – the dreaded Henderson brothers who seem always to make life so difficult.

It’s magical stuff, though, mistletoe and the arrival of the mysterious Amos Fry brings a glimmer of hope that just maybe Freya can fall in love with Christmas all over again.

As the snow begins to fall, cosy up and find your sparkle this Christmas with another big-hearted, and wonderfully warm read from the author ofLetting in Light.

A very pleasant Christmas Novella! It was a delight to read 'Merry Mistletoe', written by Emma Davies. 

It is the story of Freya, who is shaken up by the father's unexpected death and is clueless about how to tackle her debts. She is planning to sell her family home along with the Appleyard Farm but, the only interested buyers are the Henderson brothers; Stephen- who is swanking about, living a luxurious life and Sam, who loves Farming and works hard to earn his bread and butter. Amos, a stranger who turned up at Freya's door out of nowhere is her helping hand now, he is helping her with the Mistletoe harvest and marketing. What else is he capable of?... 

Freya is just that ordinary woman, we meet in our daily lives. She is encumbered with debts, grieving for father's sudden death, desperately in need of an assistant with the works, and having a not-so-romantic relationship with the boyfriend. Despite all these troubles, Freya musters up a smile to cover up everything and tries to be normal around everybody. I wished her to be happy and felt that she undoubtedly deserved a 'Miracle'. I always enjoy the miracle at Christmas time stories, it perks me up and boost my level of belief in Christmas Miracles as I am eagerly waiting for one to happen in my life. I truly believe that Miracles are bound to happen at Christmas season. Thus, this novella made me happier when Freya's happiness and love were magically returned to her with the help of a mysterious stranger's meddling at the right time. I liked that concept, it also reminded me of my favorite festive season movie 'It's a Wonderful Life'.

'Merry Mistletoe' is one of those make-you-feel-good novellas with likable characters, believable storyline and the wonderful descriptions on the commotion in Mistletoe market  and a snowy Christmas eve. You can almost experience it. This novella will remind you that Christmas is all about giving and the good still exists in the world. 'Merry Mistletoe' is a wonderful Christmas story that guarantees to put you in the Christmas spirit. I enjoyed reading it, an absorbing story with some brilliant twists and turns and a heartwarming end, that will leave you with a smile on your face. Recommended!

My Rating: 4/5 (Liked it!)
Happy Reading!

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Ten Wishes I'd Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me


Dear Book Genie,

The Broke and Bookish girls have convinced me that you exist and I can ask ten wishes to you. Many booklovers may send their list of wishes to you today. Grant all their wishes and mine too. Here is my list...

1. Silvertongue! I want characters to come to life when I read the story aloud. But with a small modification; the book can't take just anyone from my life into it, but only the person/thing I choose. Can you, Book Genie?

2. I want you to magically transport me into my Character's world. And, maybe I will spend a few days with them??! Please....

3. I want Harry Potter's magic wand and a book of simple, easy, useful magic spells :P

4. Would you arrange an afternoon tea with Cinderella's Fairy Godmother? (I've attached her photo. It might help you) Need to find some info about my Fairy godmother ;)

5. Unlimited access to ARCs and the published works. And an extra 12 hours per day to read them.

6. Find me someone, who will pay a decent wage for reading books all day.

7. A three months internship with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

8. Throw a Halloween party for me and invite Dracula, Nearly Headless Nick, the Beast, Frankenstein, headless horseman, Maleficent, the Joker, the You-Know-Who, Miss Havisham, the White witch and Cinderella's evil stepmother. Will you?  

9. Help me to improve my writing skills and become a successful author. No tricks! Just a little encouragement and ideas, perhaps ;) 

10. Convince Amazon India to sell the imported books at a modest price. You must! 

*Fingers Crossed*
Anxiously waiting for you to grant my wishes.

P.S. Can you send me a picture of yours? I just want to make sure that you look like a real man, not like Aladdin's Genie. :)

Thanks,





Friday, 16 October 2015

An Excerpt from The Little Bookshop On The Seine by Rebecca Raisin

Hello There!
Pretty Excited to introduce a Gorgeous Novel by the lovely author, Rebecca Raisin!
If not in my huge scary textbooks, I will have my nose in this amazing book, I'm falling in love with Rebecca's writing style. She is extremely talented at painting a stunning picture of her characters in your mind with words. Sharing an excerpt to celebrate the release of 'THE LITTLE BOOKSHOP ON THE SEINE' and to whet your appetite, Enjoy!

HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY,REBECCA!

La Vie En Rose

Bookshop owner Sarah Smith has been offered the opportunity to exchange bookshops with her new Parisian friend for 6 months! And saying yes is a no-brainer – after all, what kind of a romantic would turn down a trip to Paris…for Christmas?

Even if it does mean leaving the irresistible Ridge Warner behind, Sarah’s sure she’s in for the holiday of a lifetime – complete with all the books she can read!

Imagining days wandering around Shakespeare & Co, munching on croissants, sipping café au laits and watching the snow fall on the Champs-Élysées Sarah boards the plane.

But will her dream of a Parisian Happily-Ever-After come true? Or will Sarah realise that the dream of a Christmas fairytale in the city of love isn’t quite as rosy in reality…

A deliciously feel-good Christmas romance perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Julia Williams

EXCERPT

My email pinged and I dashed over to see who it was from. That’s how exciting my life was sans Ridge, an email was enough to make me almost run, and that was saying a lot. I only ran if chocolate was involved, and even then it was more a fast walk.

Sales@littlebookshop.fr

Sophie, a dear Parisian friend. She owned Once Upon a Time, a famous bookshop by the bank of the Seine. We’d become confidantes since connecting on my book blog a while back, and shared our joys and sorrows about bookshop life. She was charming and sweet, and adored books as much as me, believing them to be portable magic, and a balm for souls.

I clicked open the email and read.

Ma Chérie,

I cannot stay one more day in Paris. You see, Manu has not so much broken my heart, rather pulled it out of my chest and stomped on it. The days are interminable and I can’t catch my breath. He walks past the bookshop, as though nothing is amiss. I have a proposal for you. Please call me as soon as you can.

Love,

Sophie


Poor Sophie. I’d heard all about her grand love affair with a dashing twenty-something man, who frequented her bookshop, and quoted famous poets. It’d been a whirlwind romance, but she often worried he cast an appraising eye over other women. Even when she clutched his hand, and walked along the cobbled streets of Paris, he’d dart an admiring glance at any woman swishing past.

I shot off a quick reply, telling her to Skype me now, if she was able. Within seconds my computer flashed with an incoming call.

Her face appeared on the screen, her chestnut-colored hair in an elegant chignon, her lips dusted rosy pink. If she was in the throes of heartache, you’d never know it by looking at her. The French had a way of always looking poised and together, no matter what was happening in their complex lives.

“Darling,” she said, giving me a nod. “He’s a lothario, a Casanova, a…” She grappled for another moniker as her voice broke. “He’s dating the girl who owns the shop next door!” Her eyes smoldered, but her face remained stoic.

I gasped, “Which girl? The one from the florist?”

Sophie shook her head. “The other side, the girl from the fromagerie.” She grimaced. I’d heard so much about the people in or around Sophie’s life that it was easy to call her neighbors to mind. “Giselle?” I said, incredulous. “Wasn’t she engaged – I thought the wedding was any day now?”

Sophie’s eyes widened. “She’s broken off her engagement, and has announced it to the world that my Manu has proposed and now they are about to set up house and to try immediately for children –”

My hand flew to my mouth. “Children! He wouldn’t do that, surely!” Sophie was late-forties, and had gently broached the subject of having a baby with Manu, but he’d said simply: absolutely not, he didn’t want children.

The doorbell of her shop pinged, Sophie’s face pinched and she leaned closer to the screen, lowering her voice. “A customer…” She forced a bright smile, turned her head and spoke in rapid-fire French to whoever stood just off-screen. “So,” she continued quietly. “The entire neighborhood are whispering behind their hands about the love triangle, and unfortunately for me, I’m the laughing stock. The older woman, who was deceived by a younger man.”

I wished I could lean through the monitor and hug her. While she was an expert at keeping her features neutral, she couldn’t stop the glassiness of her eyes when tears threatened. My heart broke that Manu would treat her so callously. She’d trusted him, and loved him unreservedly. “No one is laughing at you, I promise,” I said. “They’ll be talking about Manu, if anyone, and saying how he’s made a huge mistake.”

“No, no.” A bitter laugh escaped her. “I look like a fool. I simply cannot handle when he cavorts through the streets with her, darting glances in my bookshop, like they hope I’ll see them. It’s too cruel.” Sophie held up a hand, and turned to a voice. She said au revoir to the customer and spun to face me, but within a second or two, the bell sounded again. “I have a proposal for you, and I want you to really consider it.” She raised her eyebrows. “Or at least hear me out before you say no.” Her gaze burned into mine as I racked my brain with what it could be, and came up short. Sophie waved to customers, and pivoted her screen further away.

“Well?” I said with a nervous giggle. “What exactly are you proposing?”

She blew out a breath, and then smiled. “A bookshop exchange. You come and run Once Upon a Time, and I’ll take over the Bookshop on the Corner.”

I gasped, my jaw dropping.

Sophie continued, her calm belied by the slight quake in her hand as she gesticulated. “You’ve always said how much you yearned to visit the city of love – here’s your chance, my dear friend. After our language lessons, you’re more than capable of speaking enough French to get by.” Sophie’s words spilled out in a desperate rush, her earlier calm vanishing. “You’d save me so much heartache. I want to be in a place where no one knows me, and there’s no chance for love, ever again.”

I tried to hide my smile at that remark. I’d told Sophie in the past how bereft of single men Ashford was, and how my love life had been almost non-existent until Ridge strolled into town.

“Sophie, I want to help you, but I’m barely hanging on to the bookshop as is…” I stalled for time, running a hand through my hair, my bangs too long, shielding the tops of my eyebrows. How could it work? How would we run each other’s businesses, the financial side, the logistics? I also had an online shop, and I sourced hard-to-find books – how would Sophie continue that?

My mind boggled with the details, not to mention the fact that leaving my books would be akin to leaving a child behind. I loved my bookshop as if it were a living thing, an unconditional best friend, who was always there for me. Besides, I’d never ventured too far from Ashford let alone boarded a plane – it just couldn’t happen.

“Please,” Sophie said, a real heartache in her tone. “Think about it. We can work out the finer details and I’ll make it worth your while. Besides, you know I’m good with numbers, I can whip your sales into shape.” Her eyes clouded with tears. “I have to leave, Sarah. You’re my only chance. Christmas in Paris is on your bucket list…”

My bucket list. A hastily compiled scrappy piece of paper filled with things I thought I’d never do. Christmas in Paris – snow dusting the bare trees on the Left Bank, the sparkling fairy lights along the Boulevard Saint-Germain. Santa’s village in the Latin Quarter. The many Christmas markets to stroll through, rugged up with thick scarves and gloves, Ridge by my side, as I hunted out treasures. I’d spent many a day curled up in my own shop, flicking through memoirs, or travel guides about Paris, dreaming about the impossible…one day.

Sophie continued: “If you knew how I suffered here, my darling. It’s not only Manu, it’s everything. All of a sudden, I can’t do it all anymore. It’s like someone has pulled the plug, and I’m empty.” Her eyes scrunched closed as she fought tears.

While Sophie’s predicament was different to mine, she was in a funk, just like me. Perhaps a new outlook, a new place would mend both our lives. Her idea of whipping my sales into shape was laughable though, she had no real clue how tiny Ashford was.

“Exchange bookshops…” I said, the idea taking shape. Could I just up and leave? What about my friends, my life, my book babies? My fear of change? And Ridge, what would he have to say about it? But my life…it was missing something. Could this be the answer?

Paris. The city of love. Full of rich literary history.

A little bookshop on the bank of the Seine. Could there be anything sweeter?

With a thud, a book fell to the floor beside me, dust motes dancing above it like glitter. I craned my neck to see what it was.

Paris: A Literary Guide.

Was that a sign? Did my books want me to go?

“Yes,” I said, without any more thought. “I’ll do it.”
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The Little Paris Collection

Also by Rebecca Raisin

The Gingerbread Café trilogy


Author's Bio

Rebecca Raisin is a bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been widely published in various short-story anthologies, and in fiction magazines, and is now focusing on writing romance. The only downfall about writing about gorgeous men who have brains as well as brawn is falling in love with them – just as well they’re fictional. Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and, most importantly, believe in true, once-in-a-lifetime love.

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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Review: Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale

Author: Jenny Hale
Genre: Women's Fiction, Romance
Page Length: 305 Pages
Publication Date: October 16th, 2015
Publishers: Bookouture
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An uplifting, beautiful story about never letting go of your dreams, the special magic of a family Christmas… and the rush of falling in love under the mistletoe.

Single mother Abbey Fuller loves her family more than anything, and doesn’t regret for a moment having had to put her dreams of being an interior designer on hold. But with her son, Max, growing up, when a friend recommends her for a small design job she jumps at the chance. How hard can it be?

Nick Sinclair needs his house decorated in time for his family’s festive visit – and money is no object. What he doesn’t need is to be distracted from his multi-million dollar business – even if it is Christmas.

When Abbey pulls up to the huge Sinclair mansion, she has a feeling she might be out of her depth. And when she meets the gorgeous, brooding Nicholas Sinclair, she knows that she’s in real trouble…

With the snow falling all around, can Abbey take the chance to make her dreams of being a designer come true? And can she help Nick to finally enjoy the magic of Christmas?

I'm afraid that words may fail me. I truly wish to convince all my lovely readers to look out for a copy of Jenny Hale's latest Christmas novel 'Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses' and read it at least once. It's such a sweet and cute Christmas romance novel. What do you expect when you snuggle up on your comfy sofa with a Christmas novel? I look for a story filled with festive joy which can sprinkle pure happiness on the reader, make me believe in the Magic of the Christmas season, to fill my heart with the warmth of Christmas and to put me in that awfully delightful Christmassy mood. And this book is an ideal one for that- a WONDERFUL Christmas novel!

Jenny Hale treats us with a heartening romantic story in this book. Abbey LOVES her family; Max-her adorable son, mother and Grand Father. She is a single mother, currently working as a Full-time Nurse to Caroline Sinclair, an elderly rich woman with refined manners. Impressed by Abbey's cheerful demeanor and the decorating skills, Caroline recommends her to decorate Grand Son, Nicholas Sinclair's huge mansion. Nick is a workaholic and does not need a distraction from it. He spends more time in his office than with the family. Does the magic of the season can bring a change in their lives?

A big grin on face. if not so, my lips were twitching at least, which slowly grew into a full heartfelt smile and I assure you the same, from the start to the end of this book. I've added Jenny Hale's name straight into my Favorite Authors list. She is really good at writing a heartwarming book. This is not just a poor girl falling head over heels in love with a rich guy Christmas romance story.'Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses' is full of endearing characters. There is no money-makes-a-man-cruel/villain or the usual 'snob' characters in this, but all those awfully wealthy characters are down-to-earth, friendlier than you can expect, loving and caring too. The book has given importance to  the 'Family'; tells that no one can care for you as the family does, that nobody can love you without expectation like your parents, that money can't buy the happiness, but it's all about being with people who care/ love us and it also reminds that no one can truly understand you as your loving Family. What an uplifting novel!

It was an absolute pleasure to meet Jenny Hale's adorable characters; Abbey- a charming woman with a pleasing personality, Max- Abbey's darling kid, Nick- Rich guy with a heart of Gold, Caroline- Nick's grandma and Nick and Abbey's good-natured family. I loved them all. This book made me believe in the Magic of the Christmas season once again and I'm hopeful like Abbey that my dreams too will come true this time. Abbey was confident that everything will work out by the end, she believed in herself and was bubbling with the excitement always. She helped Nick to understand what he was missing throughout his life. Oh, please add 'Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses' to your TBR right now and enjoy this festive season book.

I wish, I could tell you more about Abbey & Nick, but I can't! 'Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses' will be published on coming Friday, 16th October. Be sure to check it out! I Thank NetGalley and Bookouture for a copy of this lovely book. 'Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses' is definitely a feel good Christmas novel with Jenny Hale's captivating writing style and awesomely lovable characters and it's packed with cutesy laughable scenarios. I wouldn't mind swapping my place with Abbey for a while. Highly recommended!

My Rating: 5/5 (At a loss for words!)
Happy Reading!

Monday, 12 October 2015

Mini Reviews: You Can't Fall in Love with Your EX & Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets

Author: Sophie Ranald
Genre: Women's Fiction, Romance
Page Length: 265 Pages
Publication Date: August 14th, 2015
Publishers: Lawsome Books
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The fabulous new, soon-to-be-published romantic comedy from the Amazon best-selling author of It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister's Boyfriend (Wouldn't It?)

Thirteen years ago, Laura thought her life was over. Now, she’s nailed being a grown-up. Married to the gorgeous Jonathan, she has two wonderful (if high-maintenance) children and a free pass into the school-gate elite. So what if once in a blue moon she still daydreams about Felix, the man who broke her heart? After all, living well is the best revenge.

But then an unexpected encounter turns everything upside down. How can Laura risk throwing away everything she has for a dream of the past? She can’t be falling in love with Felix all over again... can she?

Here is another heart-warming romantic comedy from best-selling author Sophie Ranald. If you adore Lucy Diamond, Tracy Bloom and Sophie Kinsella, prepare to be swept off your feet by You Can’t Fall in Love With Your Ex... because you can!

This book was just not my cup of tea, I could not enjoy reading it. I was kinda dragging myself from one page to another and falling asleep in between. Laura's life was perfect, still she yearns to be loved by her Ex and sneaks out from her responsibilities and loving family to be with EX. I am to understand that I do not enjoy extramarital affair stories. Besides that, this book gives you a detailed insight to an artist's life; their struggle to be fit, competitions inside the classroom, heartless actions to win stardom etc. Sophie Ranald has an impressive writing style; detailed descriptions will help us paint a beautiful picture inside your head and lets you enjoy it to the full. It also has a very good ending, which was predictable, but a pleasing one. Sadly, the story was not that intriguing and it did not grab a teeny tiny bit of my attention. 

My Rating: 3/5 (It was Okay!) 
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Harry Potter #2
Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Page Length: 251 Pages
Publication Date: May 28th, 1999
Publishers: Bloomsbury Publishers

Harry Potter is a wizard. He is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Little does he know that this year will be just as eventful as the last…

I could not put it down! Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is my favorite Harry Potter movie, so I was looking forward to reading it. I knew the book could offer me more excitement than the movie. I was hooked to it from the start to finish, Rowling's vivid descriptions and the Harry Potter movies helped me to build a picturesque Hogwarts inside my mind and to be a part of their adventures, I really enjoyed it. Unique story, isn't it? I do not think anyone else can ever write such an amazing book. A real page turner this book is. I knew the end, still I was thumbing through the pages hastily to devour more and more of it. I was literally lost in it and was rooting for the Famous Harry Potter and was really glad when he defeated the Tom Marvolo Riddle aka The Lord Voldemort. It's a gripping fantasy book. Highly Recommended!

My Rating: 5/5 (Amazing!)
HAPPY READING!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Cover Reveal: The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin

Hello, Book-lovers!

Today, I am excited to be a part of the Cover Reveal for THE LITTLE BOOKSHOP ON THE SEINE by Rebecca Raisin. It is the first book from 'Once  in a Lifetime: The Little Paris Collection Series', expected to be published on October 16th, 2015 by Carina UK.

Here is the Gorgeous Cover of The Little Bookshop on the Seine...

Le Vie En Rose

Bookshop owner Sarah Smith has been offered the opportunity to exchange bookshops with her new Parisian friend for 6 months! And saying yes is a no-brainer – after all, what kind of a romantic would turn down a trip to Paris…for Christmas?

Even if it does mean leaving the irresistible Ridge Warner behind, Sarah’s sure she’s in for the holiday of a lifetime – complete with all the books she can read!

Imagining days wandering around Shakespeare & Co, munching on croissants, sipping café au laits and watching the snow fall on the Champs-Élysées Sarah boards the plane.

But will her dream of a Parisian Happily-Ever-After come true? Or will Sarah realise that the dream of a Christmas fairytale in the city of love isn’t quite as rosy in reality…

A deliciously feel-good Christmas romance perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Julia Williams

Sounds interesting, isn't it? I can't wait to pick it up!
Pre-Order it here: Amazon UK | Amazon US | iBooks | Nook | Kobo | Sainsbury's

The Little Paris Collection

The Little Bookshop on the Seine
The Little Antique Shop under the Eiffel Tower
The Little Perfume Shop off the Champs-Élysées

Also by Rebecca Raisin

The Gingerbread Café trilogy

Christmas at the Gingerbread Café
Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Café
Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Café

The Bookshop on the Corner
Secrets at the Maple Syrup Farm

Author's Bio

Rebecca Raisin is a bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been widely published in various short-story anthologies, and in fiction magazines, and is now focusing on writing romance. The only downfall about writing about gorgeous men who have brains as well as brawn is falling in love with them – just as well they’re fictional. Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and, most importantly, believe in true, once-in-a-lifetime love.

Follow Rebecca Raisin 

Good Luck Rebecca Raisin!

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Review: Second Hand Jane by Michelle Vernal

Author: Michelle Vernal
Genre: Women's Fiction, Romance
Page Length: 302 Pages
Publication Date: September 6th, 2015
Publishers: Michelle Vernal Publishing Limited

With her love of all things vintage, Jessica Jane Baré is known as Second-hand Jane to her friends. Life would be sweet if it weren’t for her meddling mother, Marian who views Jess’s life as a newspaper columnist in Dublin as nothing more than a stop-gap until she meets Mr Right. When Jess meets the delectable Nick, he ticks all of Marian’s boxes.

In the meantime, Jess’s latest second-hand collectible–a children’s book—gives her an idea and deciding to track down the girl whose name is scribbled inside the cover of that book, she uncovers more than she expected. “Amy was in the wrong place at the wrong time.” The girl’s taciturn brother, Owen informs her. Intrigued Jess travels to the family pig farm in County Down. With a little help from a rather cute runt of the litter she names Wilbur, Jess is about to help put the past to rest and learn that appearances can be deceptive.

Then Marian announces she is coming to Dublin to sort her daughter’s increasingly tangled love life out and Jess’s chance of a happy ending like those in the story books she collects looks about as likely as Wilbur flying.

Vintage, Irish villages, Journalist, writer... Oh there! I had to read this book. Glad to find this lovely book. Second Hand Jane by Michelle Vernal is one of those make-you-feel-good stories and a MUST READ IF YOU LOVE IRELAND. Somehow, it also made me watch the movie 'Leap Year' again.  

Jessica Jane Bare aka Second Hand Jane (because she LOVES vintage items and her apartment is filled with them) is a New Zealander living in Dublin, Ireland, she works as a Columnist in the local newspaper. She hasn't met Mr. Right yet and her mother reminds it always. Meanwhile, she decides to find the owner of a storybook she collected and to tell her story to the world. Will she find her? Will that journey change her life? Will she find her Mr. Right?...

I liked Jesse and her story, interesting one! She is a quirky, fun and lovely character, it will be hard not to like Jesse. She collects anything vintage; from teacups to charming dresses. She is fascinated by a name inscribed in one of the second-hand storybooks and decides to find the owner, out of curiosity. But it brings her a heartbreaking story. The plot line is pretty unique. It made me think about the war-related news I hear every day and sympathize for their family. That thought had never passed my mind afore. Besides that, it also tells Jesse's cute romantic story. The ending was predictable (but, I wanted that happy ending). Totally enjoyable read.

Second Hand Jane is an absorbing book. It has elements of friendship, family, romance, humor, and sadness. It will make you cry, smile and chuckle the next moment. Interesting characters and beautiful descriptions will take you on a virtual journey through the Irish Villages. Grab a copy and read, you will not be disappointed.

My Rating: 4/5 (I LIKED IT)
HAPPY READING!

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Review: One Wish in Manhattan by Mandy Baggot

Author: Mandy Baggot
Genre: Women's Fiction, Romance
Page Length: 358 Pages
Publication Date: October 2nd, 2015
Publishers: Bookouture

It’s the most wonderful time of the year . . . to fall in love
The temperature is dropping, snow is on its way and Hayley Walker is heading for New York with one wish on her mind to start over.
With her nine-year-old daughter Angel, Hayley is ready for an adventure. From hot chocolates and horse-drawn carriage rides in Central Park to ice-skating at the Rockefeller Centre, and Christmas shopping on 5th Avenue – they soon fall in love with the city that never sleeps.
But there’s more to New York than the bright twinkly lights and breathtaking skyscrapers. Angel has a Christmas wish of her own – to find her real dad.
While Hayley tries to fulfil her daughter’s wish, she crosses paths with billionaire Oliver Drummond. Restless and bored with fast living, there’s something intriguing about him that has Hayley hooked.
Determined to make her daughter’s dream come true, can Hayley dare to think her own dreams might turn into reality – could A New York Christmas turn into a New York Forever?
Travel to the Big Apple this Christmas and join Hayley and Oliver as they both realise that life isn’t just about filling the minutes…it’s about making every moment count.

I haven't done it in years! I couldn't resist the urge. So, I broke my own rule and just turned the pages to the last chapter(s) and made sure that the Superman had everything under control, saved the Globe and kissed his sweetheart, Lois. Ahh! I was happy and started reading it from the first. Not once, but almost twice I read Mandy Baggot's latest book 'One Wish in Manhattan' in last two days. It is the best chick-lit book I have read in 2015 and a perfect Christmas read!

Hayley Walker is travelling to New York with her daughter, Angel. She wants to make her daughter's wish come true; to find Angel's Dad. On her first day in the big city, she meets Oliver Drummond, her brother's Boss, but in the most unexpected situation and is fascinated by him. Anyhow, Hayley is determined and trying her best to find Angel's Dad. Will their wish come true?...

I love Christmas novels and have made up my mind on reading every single Christmassy novel I come across. So, I was extremely happy when Bookouture approved my request in NetGalley. Let me tell you, 'One Wish in Manhattan' is no exception, I loved it too; savoured and enjoyed every tidbit of this delicious book. It could be the Christmas theme or the Superman and Lois mentions or that wonderful storyline. I am not sure. I even ditched the idea of making a cuppa or snatching a pack of cookies from the kitchen, just for the sake of finishing the story before doing anything else. Truly enjoyed reading it. Reasons to buy 'One Wish in Manhattan'- it is an absolutely delightful read!

'Well,' Hayley began, 'if it's something that can't be bought or something that can't be made by the toymaker then you have to believe in something else'.
'What?' Angel asked.
'Wishes.' Halley swallowed. 'You have to believe that wishes can come true'.

I do believe in that Cinderella Quote which says no matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true and this book also had a similar theme and knew that I would like it. I was right!. In fact, there was nothing to dislike about 'One Wish in Manhattan'. Mandy Baggot clearly knows how to capture the reader's mind and how to put us in a Christmas mood. I am not familiar with Mandy Baggot's works. Her 'Truly Madly and Greekly' has won a place in my TBR, but it is the first time I read her book and I loved it.

The Ruggedly handsome and rich Oliver Drummond, the strong and beautiful Hayley Walker and her Clever and Funny daughter, Angel Walker (who made me laugh out loud) have won my heart. Not only them but all the characters in the book. What I liked the most is the Superman and Lois mentions. Superman is my favorite fictional hero. My husband and I act as Superman and Lois and I gift him Superman T-shirts (three T-shirts already), posters and make him watch Superman movies and cartoons. I LOVED it and helped me cherish our good times. Thanks, Mandy Baggot!

I enjoyed the book like watching a festive season movie. It might be predictable, but warm, cheerful, easy-to-read, flawless and well-paced too. 'One Wish in Manhattan' is true to all the praises and accolades it's receiving. Grab your copy if you are looking for a wonderful Christmas Romance. It will also make a wonderful Christmas Gift.

My Rating: 5/5 (Perfect!)
Happy Reading!