Christmas on the little Cornish Isles (The Driftwood Inn) By Phillipa Ashley

Christmas on the little Cornish Isles (The Driftwood Inn) By Phillipa Ashley

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For Maisie Samson, this Christmas is going to be different. After years working in a busy Cornish pub, she’s moved back to quiet Gull Island where she grew up, to help her parents run the family inn.

But even though she can’t wait for the festive season to arrive, Maisie cannot shake the memories of what happened to her last Christmas – the day she lost everything. She keeps herself busy, setting up the tree and hanging mistletoe ready for her first proper family Christmas in years.

Until a new arrival to the island walks into her bar and changes everything. Australian backpacker Patrick is looking for a job for the low season. When Maisie takes him on, she doesn’t expect him to last the week, but to her surprise Patrick is the perfect fit. Charming and handsome, could Maisie allow herself to hope that she and Patrick could be more than just colleagues?

As Christmas approaches, Maisie finds herself dreading the spring, when Patrick is due to leave. With the help of a little Christmas magic, can Maisie get the happily ever after she always dreamed of?

My Thoughts:

This is the first book in this series and you are in for a real treat. The Cornish setting sounds wonderful and you can really feel the community spirit. Maisie the main character has had heartbreak so moves back to the island where she grew up to help her mum and dad run the pub that they own. The last thing she is thinking about is love and then walks in a cute Australian guy and her life will never be the same again. I love the fact that through the heart ache of what happened in her past, Maisie comes back stronger than ever and there is happiness for her.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Little-Cornish-Isles-Driftwood-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Little-Cornish-Isles-Driftwood

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Something to Tell you By Lucy Diamond

Something to Tell you By Lucy Diamond

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This title will be released on January 24, 2019. 

When Frankie stumbles upon an unopened letter from her late mother, she’s delighted to have one last message from her . . . until she reads the contents and discovers the truth about her birth. Brimming with questions, she travels to York to seek further answers from the Mortimer family, but her appearance sends shockwaves through them all.

Meanwhile, Robyn Mortimer has problems of her own. Her husband John has become distant, and a chance remark from a friend leads Robyn to wonder exactly what he’s not been saying. Dare she find out more?

As for Bunny, she fell head over heels in love with Dave Mortimer when she first arrived in town, but now it seems her past is catching up with her. She can’t help wondering if he’ll still feel the same way about her if he discovers who she really is – and what she did.

As secrets tumble out and loyalties are tested, the Mortimers have to face up to some difficult decisions. With love, betrayal and dramatic revelations in the mix, this is one summer they’ll never forget.

My Thoughts:

This was a really refreshing read after all the Christmas books I have been reading. Being a big fan of Lucy’s books I couldn’t wait to delve into this one and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Lucy has a way with her writing that makes the reader from the very first page drawn in. She manages to tackle relate able issues very sensitively. There are a few characters in this book but it is easy to work out who is who and not get confused. Readers of Lucy’s books are in for a real treat with this book.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

Pre-order your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Something-Tell-You-Lucy-Diamond-ebook

hardcover

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Something-Tell-You-Lucy-Diamond

 

The Girl in the Corner By Amanda Prowse

The Girl in the Corner By Amanda Prowse

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Rae-Valentine and Howard were childhood sweethearts. They’ve shared twenty-five peaceful years since they were brought together by Dolly, Howard’s larger-than-life sister. But now, on the night of their wedding anniversary, Howard reveals a shocking betrayal that leaves Rae reeling.

Heartbroken, she takes Dolly on her would-be anniversary trip to Antigua and the two women drink and dance and talk like they haven’t in years. But in the break from real life, Rae realises her choices have always been made for her, and suddenly she’s questioning not only her fragile marriage but also her one-sided friendships. Is she really the pushover everyone else sees?

When Howard comes looking for reconciliation, Rae has a choice to make: keep the peace, as she always has, or put herself first for once and find out who she really is.

My Thoughts:

This is the story of Rae-Valentine and her family. She realises she is the one that does everything for everyone else and leaves herself feeling as though she is a pushover. She always thinks of others before herself and she is fed up with it. Then right before her holiday with her husband, he drops a massive bombshell that leaves Rae reeling. What should she do? It broke my heart to see how Rae was feeling, when she goes on holiday with her best mate I thought good on her but then there is more turmoil to come. My heart went out to her and all the other women that feel like they have been taken for granted.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Girl-Corner-Amanda-Prowse-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Girl-Corner-Amanda-Prowse

The Mother of All Christmases By Milly Johnson

The Mother of All Christmases By Milly Johnson

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Eve Glace – co-owner of the theme park Winterworld – is having a baby and her due date is a perfectly timed 25th December. And she’s decided that she and her husband Jacques should renew their wedding vows with all the pomp that was missing the first time. But growing problems at Winterworld keep distracting them …

Annie Pandoro and her husband Joe own a small Christmas cracker factory, and are well set up and happy together despite life never blessing them with a much-wanted child. But when Annie finds that the changes happening to her body aren’t typical of the menopause but pregnancy, her joy is uncontainable.

Palma Collins has agreed to act as a surrogate, hoping the money will get her out of the gutter in which she finds herself. But when the couple she is helping split up, is she going to be left carrying a baby she never intended to keep?

Annie, Palma and Eve all meet at the ‘Christmas Pudding Club’, a new directive started by a forward-thinking young doctor to help mums-to-be mingle and share their pregnancy journeys. Will this group help each other to find love, contentment and peace as Christmas approaches?

My Thoughts:

When tackling sensitive issues you can always rely on Milly to deliver. There are sensitive and relatable issues in the story that had me in tears. Not being a mother myself I can’t understand what these women go through but I have a really good idea. I like the idea of the Christmas pudding club which the doctor comes up with, I still hope that we meet up with these ladies again in another book. They all have their own stories but fate brings them together in this heartwarming and emotional read.

I just wanted to say if you look in the front cover of the paperback, you will see ECHOES IN AN EMPTYROOM has been quoted. This is much appreciated. Thank you.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mother-All-Christmases-Milly-Johnson-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mother-All-Christmases-Milly-Johnson/