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Goodreads Monday (add your links in the comments section for all to see!) – Saving Mr Scrooge by Sharon Booth

Welcome to the home of Goodreads Monday!

Goodreads Monday allows you to post about what books are on your “to read” lists, the progress you have made on your current books and reading challenge, and any other Goodreads news!

✨Don’t forget to add your link in the comments section so that we can all see each other’s posts!✨

The book that I have chosen this week is Saving Mr Scrooge by Sharon Booth (click for link to Goodreads).

Book Description From Goodreads:

“It’s the time of peace on earth and goodwill to all men, but at Carroll’s Confectionary, the meaning of Christmas seems to have been forgotten. New boss, Kit Carroll, is hardly winning friends with his high-handed attitude, his foolhardy approach to production, and his tight-fisted treatment of the factory’s employees.

Marley Jacobs, his self-styled PA, is determined to make him see the error of his ways, and return the festive spirit to Carroll’s Confectionary.

Unfortunately, the little matter of their previous relationship, along with Kit’s callous treatment of her when they were teenage sweethearts, keeps getting in the way of her good intentions.

With encouragement from co-worker Don, romantic sister Olivia, and — astonishingly — the usually sceptical Great Uncle Charles, Marley decides to save this modern-day Mr Scrooge from himself, despite having no well-meaning ghosts to help her.

But revisiting the past doesn’t just stir things up for Kit. As Marley struggles to deal with bittersweet memories, present-day events take a surprising turn. Can the future be changed, after all?

And is it only Kit who needs saving?”

This was added to my Goodreads Want To Read List on 30 November 2020. I love A Christmas Carol and found this, which I thought could be interesting.

Currently Reading (click for links to Goodreads):

Letters From Father Christmas by J R R Tolkien

Christmas At Carrington’s by Alexandra Brown

Progress on my Goodreads Reading Challenge:

I have read 105/97 books!

What book is on your Goodreads list? How is your reading progress and challenge going?

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Monday Night Reading

A very short reading evening this evening that consisted of me finishing my Blog Tour book, The Cornish Cream Tea Bookshop by Cressida McLaughlin, falling asleep for an hour and then waking up (wondering where the time went!) and drafting a review for it. As you know I have to review straight away otherwise I get worried that I will miss something out. Whilst I was annoyed at not reading any other book, I was pleased that I did at least finish that one and will now get to start on my next Blog Tour book, Elvis Is Dead by David F Ross which I am looking forward to.

I hope that you had a good Monday and enjoyed my Blog Tour book review post on Someone To Kiss by Jamie Anderson and my Goodreads Monday post. Tomorrow on the Blog it’s Top Ten Tuesday, where I will be revealing my top ten list of books with a family theme running through them.

See you then!

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Friday 56 – A Bookshop Christmas by Rachel Burton

Welcome to Friday 56! Hosted by Freda’s Voice, you turn to page 56 or 56% in any book or reading device and pick a sentence that grabs you.

From my current reads I have chosen my library book, A Bookshop Christmas by Rachel Burton (click for link to Goodreads):

Book Description From Goodreads:

“A snowstorm. A stranger. A spark. And it’s Christmas!
It should be the perfect start to the perfect love story.

But real life is far messier and more complicated than in the pages of the books in Megan Taylor’s family bookshop – the last few years have left this young widow in no doubt of that. Moving back home to York should have been a fresh start, but all it did was allow her to retreat from the world.

When prize-winning author Xander Stone rams his supermarket trolley into her ankles and then trashes her taste in books, Megan is abruptly awoken from her self-imposed hibernation. It’s time to start living again, and she’s going to start by putting this arrogant, superior – admittedly sexy – stranger in his place.

Just as she is beginning to enjoy life again, the worst happens and Megan begins to wonder if she should have stayed hidden away. Because it turns out that falling in love again is about more than just meeting under the mistletoe…”

Friday 56 Quote:

“But I’d known it wasn’t time that was the problem. When Dad had left for his ‘bigger life’ in London, not only had he abandoned his wife and daughter but the bookshop that he’d inherited from his parents as well. Mum had never had very much to do with the bookshop when I was growing up – she’d spent her days in her writing room, so when Dad left she didn’t have any idea what to do to keep the business running and a roof over our heads.”

This is at page 56. We are getting some of the background history of the shop in this quote together with hints of what trouble lies ahead unless something is done.

I am enjoying this book and am looking forward to what is going to happen next.

What do you think?

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Random Things Tours – Book Review – What Child Is This? By Bonnie Macbird

“London snow is rare in the early twenty-first century, but one evening in late December of 2021 some tentative flakes drifted lazily down outside the window of my small mansion flat just off Baker Street.”

Genre: Christmas Mystery/Crime

Number of Pages: 240

Date of Publication: 13 October 2022

Publisher: Collins Crime Club

My Review Summary: A beautifully presented Christmas mystery. The perfect Christmas gift!

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS 📖

It’s the season of peace and goodwill, but a Victorian Christmas is no holiday for the world’s most popular detective in this new book from Bonnie MacBird, author of the bestselling Sherlock Holmes novel Art in the Blood.

It’s Christmastime in London, and Sherlock Holmes takes on two cases. The angelic three-year-old child of a wealthy couple is the target of a vicious kidnapper, and a country aristocrat worries that his handsome, favourite son has mysteriously vanished from his London pied à terre. Holmes and Watson, aided by the colourful Heffie O’Malley, slip slide in the ice to ensure a merry Christmas is had by nearly everybody . . .

💭THOUGHTS💭 

I love a Christmas book and when I saw that this was also a Sherlock Holmes one that was illustrated I got extra excited! I was so pleased when I was accepted on the tour. The book itself is gorgeous with amazing illustrations to accompany a great story. It showed off Sherlock Holmes really well without being overly complicated. I loved it! 

The writing was clear and had a good flow. The font was a good size and the first letter of the first word was illustrated beautifully. The book itself was split into 5 parts. Each part had a title and a quote which I enjoyed. The parts were then split into chapters with interesting titles. I loved that the book was from the perspective of Dr Watson as were the original Sherlock Holmes stories, and that in turn this story written by Dr Watson was “found” in a London Mansion Flat in 2021. 

I enjoyed Dr Watson’s description of the surrounding area and other characters every so often. It really made me feel christmassy as well as getting to know the other characters more intimately. I felt that the level of description to action was well balanced and added to the story rather than detracted from it. 

As mentioned above the chapters were split into the 5 parts and were fairly long. You were able to get a good chunk of the story before moving on. Nothing felt rushed and the story gradually unfolded. There wasn’t anything too complicated about it. Sometimes the language used was a bit hard to understand (I needed to look up a couple of words), but it showed off who Holmes was well and it was nice to learn new words! 

The characters were excellent. I have always loved the relationship between Dr Watson and Sherlock Holmes. Despite everything there is a real friendship there and this was showcased in this story. Sherlock Holmes has always fascinated me as a character and I enjoyed reading about him and how he interacts with the other characters. I enjoyed that Holmes was always one or two steps ahead of Dr Watson (and therefore us as the reader) and looked forward to the big reveal. 

Lastly the settings. I loved them. I was really transported to a Victorian Christmas. Unlike a lot of books that I have read recently, there was a fair amount of description (as well as character conversation) plus with the illustrations it made for an excellent read. 

Overall I loved it. It is a beautiful book with excellent illustrations and a great story that showcases Sherlock Holmes well. I recommend! 

📖THE AUTHOR📖

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Book Review – Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair by Heidi Swain

Available at the Library
Number of Pages: 480
Genre: Christmas/Romance

Welcome to my first book review of 2022! I started this book last year, but didn’t get a chance to finish it until now. Here are my thoughts:

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖

When Anna takes on the role of companion to the owner of Wynthorpe Hall, on the outskirts of Wynbridge, she has no idea that her life is set to change beyond all recognition.

A confirmed ‘bah humbug’ when it comes to Christmas, Anna is amazed to find herself quickly immersed in the eccentric household, and when youngest son Jamie unexpectedly arrives home it soon becomes obvious that her personal feelings are going all out to compromise her professional persona.

Jamie, struggling to come to terms with life back in the Fens, makes a pact with Anna – she has to teach him to fall back in love with Wynthorpe Hall, while he helps her fall back in love with Christmas. But will it all prove too much for Anna, or can the family of Wynthorpe Hall warm her heart once and for all…?

Join Anna for a festive journey festooned with sleigh rides and silver bells and help her discover her happy-ever-after.

💭THOUGHTS💭

This is the third Heidi Swain Christmas book that I have read and I can honestly say that it wasn’t a disappointment. It had everything you could possibly ask for from a Christmas book and more.

The writing was simple, engaging and it had me hooked from the beginning. The description of the Hall and the surrounding village was just enough to give you an idea of where the characters were, but the story mainly focussed on the characters, specifically what the main character was thinking and feeling. 

The chapters were fairly lengthy so you got a good chunk of the story before moving on to the next part of the story. Nothing felt rushed and you were gently taken through the story and immersed in their world. 

The characters were brilliant. They were warm, kind, funny and really brought to life the spirit of Christmas and it’s messages of love and hope. All the way through you were routing for the main character to have a happy ending, not only for her, but for the other characters as well who had all opened their hearts to her. You were made to wait until the very end to see which way she would go!

Lastly the settings. What more could you ask for than a Hall covered in decorations, lights and snow? I loved the village Christmas events and the additional Winter Solstice element too. They really added something to the story and the visuals.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to Christmas fans, Romance fans and anyone who needs cheering up with a festive read!

⭐Rated 5/5⭐


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If I had to recommend one Christmas Chick Lit/Romance book…

To focus my reading, instead of setting myself ‘number of books to read’ goals, I set myself genre goals. This gives me a certain amount of flexibility, whilst at the same time allowing me to broaden my reading. As a result of this I am gradually accumulating a list of books from different genres and I thought it would be fun to every so often do a “If I had to recommend one book” post. As it is Christmas I thought that I would give it a Christmas focus!

Cole for Christmas by Janet Raye Stevens (click for my review)

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If I had to recommend one Christmas/ Mystery/ Fantasy book…

To focus my reading, instead of setting myself ‘number of books to read’ goals, I set myself genre goals. This gives me a certain amount of flexibility, whilst at the same time allowing me to broaden my reading. As a result of this I am gradually accumulating a list of books from different genres and I thought it would be fun to every so often do a “If I had to recommend one book” post. As it is Christmas I thought that I would give it a Christmas focus!

The Wildest Hunt by Jo Zebedee (click for my review)

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What book should I read to my toddler? My toddler recommends…

Hey Duggee Duggee’s Christmas

Book Description From Goodreads:

“It’s Christmas time at the Squirrel Club, and the Squirrels are helping Duggee to decorate the tree and give out presents.

Featuring all of your favourite characters from the triple BAFTA-winning CBeebies show, this adorable festive board book story is perfect for reading at Christmas with little Hey Duggee fans.”

This was quite an early purchase and favourite book for my son. The pages are quite worn, despite being board! My son has always loved Duggee and this Christmas book is based on a Christmas episode of Hey Duggee. The pictures are lovely and bright and the story is simple and easy for my son to follow. A great seasonal book that my son loves to read throughout the year!

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Book Review – The Christmas Wish List by Heidi Swain

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖

After being let go from her job in a swanky hotel just weeks before Christmas, Hattie is feeling lost. Even more so when her high-flying boyfriend announces he’s landed his dream job in Abu Dhabi and asks her to move with him. Luckily, Hattie’s long-time friend Dolly is on hand to help and invites Hattie to spend one last holiday in the small, festive town of Wynbridge, determined to give her a Christmas to remember . . .

Upon Hattie’s arrival, holiday preparations are in full swing. But for Hattie, whose Christmas cheer has long since run out, it’ll take more than mince pies and mistletoe to open her heart to the season once more. Relishing the task of reigniting Hattie’s Christmas spirit, Dolly suggests they create a wish list of all the things the season can offer, and with the helpful hands of Wynbridge’s resident handyman, Beamish, Hattie finds her frosty exterior is starting to thaw.

As Wynbridge prepares for its most spectacular Christmas yet, will Hattie leave snowy England behind for life in a sunnier clime, or will she in fact realise that her heart’s desire lies much closer to home?

💭THOUGHTS💭

I had seen this book around and was thrilled when I saw it on the library app. There was a bit of a wait, but it finally became available and I wasn’t disappointed!

I honestly couldn’t put this book down once I had started. The writing was clear and engaging and really drew me in to the characters’ world. 

The chapters were fairly long so you had an uninterrupted flow. It was a nice easy read that you didn’t have to think too much about. There were some serious undertones to it, but they were written sensitivity and the overall message of love and family shone through. 

The characters were well written and aside from one character they were all lovely. The dislikeable character was needed to really emphasise that you are never completely on your own, even if it might seem that way. 

Lastly the settings. Well, it was the picture perfect Christmas. Village setting (with the grand hall) cottage, snow and decorations. What more could you ask for?! Everything about the story was Christmas and I really enjoyed it. 

I highly recommend reading this book, but be aware that there are some serious issues that are dealt with.

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

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First Line Friday

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It’s First Line Friday! Hosted by Reading Is My Superpower,you write the first line of the book you are currrently reading.

The book that I am currently reading is:

The Christmas Wish List by Heidi Swain

First Line:

“As my fingers itched to click open the calender on the computer for what would have been the fiftieth time in the last five minutes, I began to question my resolve about not taking superstitions seriously.”

An interesting first line I felt for a Christmas book! I am looking forward to reading the rest of the book!

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