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If I had to recommend one Christmas Chick Lit 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!

Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson (click for my review)

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Time Travel Thursday

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It’s Time Travel Thursday! This is where I take a look back at what I was reading this time last year (or the year before or the year before that…) and compare it to what I am reading now.

This day last year I was reading my last free Kindle Christmas book:

Miz Scarlet and the Holiday Houseguests by Sara M Barton

Book Description From Goodreads:

“The time-honored Red Sox versus Yankees rivalry…bitter, divorced parents who can’t stop bickering…a challenging teenage daughter who questions everything her mother tells her….These are the least of overworked homicide investigator Laurencia Rivera’s troubles when she’s stalked during an important case.

A teenager turns up dead in the woods, brutally murdered, and it looks like it might be politically motivated….the short-handed homicide team can’t seem to get a handle on the case…things just keep going wrong….Is someone trying to intimidate Laurencia Rivera and her investigators, to protect the killer and prevent him from being caught?

Better known as Larry, the gutsy, romance-challenged Connecticut state trooper is desperate to avoid World War III when her parents announce they are both coming for the holidays. She thinks that renting a room for her father at the Four Acorns Inn will solve the problem, but it just makes everything worse. — Larry’s mother is offended that her ex-husband, a Boston Red Sox assistant coach, gets all the pampering; she’s determined to kick up a fuss. When Mama’s unhappy, everyone is going to hear about it!

Sometimes the only thing for a good friend to do at a time like this is to offer respite from a quickly unraveling family life by stepping in and taking charge of the care and feeding of the entire Rivera family. Scarlet Wilson, innkeeper at the Four Acorns Inn and amateur sleuth, is the perfect person for the task. If only she stuck to guest services….

“Miz Scarlet” may not have Larry’s professional cop training, but that doesn’t stop her from going head to head with a killer bent on revenge! Her boyfriend, Kenny Tolliver, happens to be a public safety expert and he’s got some tricks up his sleeve. But it’s Larry’s former partner, Max, who rallies the troops with an amazing effort to rescue the uncooperative damsel in distress….It’s amazing what a guy in love will do to save the woman he adores, but will it be enough? Can love save the day?

Before the Rivera visit to the Four Acorns Inn ends, not only will a killer be sent packing, everyone will learn the shocking reason for the bitter divorce of “The Spitball King” and the “Queen of Clean”, and the mystery will finally be solved as to how the granddaughter of a Red Sox assistant coach came to be named after a famous Yankee center fielder. This humor-laced short novella is rated PG — Mild violence, mild language, mild adult situations.” 

My mini review on Goodreads:

An entertaining Christmas mystery story with likable characters and a lovely setting. I enjoyed the murder mystery aspect to it and how everything came together to make a nice ending.

Rated 4/5

Fast Forward to today, 22 December 2021:

Kill Me Goodbye by A K Reynolds

My Blog Tour Book for 10 January 2022

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Jo Finnegan is attacked while leaving work one evening by criminals threatening her more harm if she does not provide them with information she doesn’t have.

When she gets home, Jo finds her sister dead in her front room, and her wife missing. When the police arrive and arrest her, while she is still in shock from the events of the night, Jo realises she’s been framed for her sister’s murder. But that’s only the beginning of her nightmare.”

A Gift From The Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson

“Christmas has never been Katie Seddon’s favourite time of year. Whilst everyone else shares memories of families coming together and festive number ones, the soundtrack to Katie’s childhood wasn’t quite so merry.

But since she moved to the village of Budbury on the gorgeous Dorset coast, Katie and her baby son have found a new family. A family who have been brought together by life’s unexpected roads and the healing magic of a slice of cake and a cupful of kindess at the Comfort Food Café.

This year, Katie’s new friends are determined to give her a Christmas to remember, and with a gorgeous newcomer in town, Katie’s Christmas wish for a happy home for her son might just come true.”

As you can see I was still going strong on the Christmas theme. This year’s Christmas book is from the Library App as opposed to Free Kindle, but the cost is the same! I have just recently finished a Murder Mystery Christmas book (Book Review – Murder For Christmas by Francis Duncan), so I do still read Christmas Murder Mysteries!

What were you reading this time last year or the year before (or the year before!)?

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WWW Wednesday!

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It’s W W W Wednesday! Hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, here are my 3 Ws (Currently Reading, Just Finished Reading and Future Reading):

What am I currently reading?

Kill Me Goodbye by A K Reynolds

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Jo Finnegan is attacked while leaving work one evening by criminals threatening her more harm if she does not provide them with information she doesn’t have.

When she gets home, Jo finds her sister dead in her front room, and her wife missing. When the police arrive and arrest her, while she is still in shock from the events of the night, Jo realises she’s been framed for her sister’s murder. But that’s only the beginning of her nightmare.”

A Gift From The Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson

“Christmas has never been Katie Seddon’s favourite time of year. Whilst everyone else shares memories of families coming together and festive number ones, the soundtrack to Katie’s childhood wasn’t quite so merry.

But since she moved to the village of Budbury on the gorgeous Dorset coast, Katie and her baby son have found a new family. A family who have been brought together by life’s unexpected roads and the healing magic of a slice of cake and a cupful of kindess at the Comfort Food Café.

This year, Katie’s new friends are determined to give her a Christmas to remember, and with a gorgeous newcomer in town, Katie’s Christmas wish for a happy home for her son might just come true.”

What have I finished reading?

Book Review – Murder For Christmas by Francis Duncan

Book Review – The Christmas Wish List by Heidi Swain

Book Review – Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson

What am I going to read next?

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

Book Description 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.

What are you reading?

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What Bookish Things Have I Been Up To This Week?

It’s been a tough week with a family bereavement and not being well, however there is nothing like reading to take your mind off things so here are this week’s exciting blog posts:

Sunday Post

Goodreads Monday

Book Review – The Cosy Christmas Chocolate Shop by Caroline Roberts

Blog Tour Book Review – R&R Book Tours – Last Blue Christmas by Rose Prendeville – Available 1 December 2021

Top 10 Tuesday

The Book Network Christmas Challenge – 14 December

WWW Wednesday!

The Book Network Christmas Challenge – 15 December

Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – On Your Wishlist

Book Review – Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson

Book of the Months – From June 2021 to November 2021

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

Time Travel Thursday

My Toddler Recommends 2021 – a page consolidating all my toddler recommendations

The Book Network Christmas Challenge – 16 December

First Line Friday

The Book Network Challenge – 17 December

Happy reading!

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Time Travel Thursday

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It’s Time Travel Thursday! This is where I take a look back at what I was reading this time last year (or the year before or the year before that…) and compare it to what I am reading now.

This time last year (16 December 2020) I was reading my free Kindle Christmas books:

Ruth’s First Christmas Tree by Elly Griffiths (click title for link to Goodreads and a mini review)

Fast Forward to today, 16 December 2021:

Murder For Christmas by Francis Duncan

Book Description From Goodreads:

A classic mystery for the festive season: mulled wine, mince pies…and murder.

Mordecai Tremaine, former tobacconist and perennial lover of romance novels, has been invited to spend Christmas in the sleepy village of Sherbroome at the country retreat of one Benedict Grame.

Arriving on Christmas Eve, he finds that the revelries are in full flow – but so too are tensions amongst the assortment of guests.

Midnight strikes and the party-goers discover that it’s not just presents nestling under the tree…there’s a dead body too. A dead body that bears a striking resemblance to Father Christmas.

With the snow falling and the suspicions flying, it’s up to Mordecai to sniff out the culprit – and prevent someone else from getting murder for Christmas.”

As you can see I am still on the Christmas themed books (as it should be!), but this year I have gone for a more alternative Christmas book. I do like some fluffy books over Christmas, but they can get a bit much and so I raided the Library app for something a bit different.

What were you reading this time last year or the year before (or the year before!)?

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WWW Wednesday!

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It’s W W W Wednesday! Hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, here are my 3 Ws (Currently Reading, Just Finished Reading and Future Reading):

What am I currently reading?

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Scattered Legacy Murder in Southern Italy by Marlene M Bell

My Blog Tour Book for 20 December

Book Description From Goodreads:

“To outsiders, the relationship between Manhattan antiquities assessor Annalisse Drury and sports car magnate Alec Zavos must look carefree and glamorous. In reality, it’s a love affair regularly punctuated by treasure hunting, action-packed adventure, and the occasional dead body.

When Alec schedules an overseas trip to show Annalisse his mother’s birthplace in Bari, Italy, he squeezes in the high-stakes business of divesting his family’s international corporation. But things go terribly wrong as murder makes its familiar reappearance in their lives – and this time it’s Alec’s disgraced former CFO who’s the main suspect.

Accompanied by friend and detective Bill Drake, Annalisse and Alec find themselves embroiled in a behind-closed-doors conspiracy that threatens the reputation and legacy of Alec’s late father – linking him to embezzlement, extortion, and the dirty business of the Sicilian Mafia. The search for the truth sends the trio straight into riddles, secrets, and an historic set of rosary beads. Annalisse leads Alec toward a discovery that is unthinkable, and events that will change their futures forever.

Scattered Legacy is the third in Marlene M. Bell’s thrilling Annalisse series, which weaves romance, crime, and historical mystery into addictive tales to instantly captivate fans of TV show Bones or Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.

Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan

Book Description From Goodreads:

A classic mystery for the festive season: mulled wine, mince pies…and murder.

Mordecai Tremaine, former tobacconist and perennial lover of romance novels, has been invited to spend Christmas in the sleepy village of Sherbroome at the country retreat of one Benedict Grame.

Arriving on Christmas Eve, he finds that the revelries are in full flow – but so too are tensions amongst the assortment of guests.

Midnight strikes and the party-goers discover that it’s not just presents nestling under the tree…there’s a dead body too. A dead body that bears a striking resemblance to Father Christmas.

With the snow falling and the suspicions flying, it’s up to Mordecai to sniff out the culprit – and prevent someone else from getting murder for Christmas.”

Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Becca Fletcher has always hated Christmas but she has her reasons for being Little Miss Grinch. Now, though, she can’t avoid her version of ho-ho-hell – because she’s travelling to the Comfort Food Cafe to spend the festive season with her sister Laura and her family. She’s expecting mulled wine, 24-hour Christmas movie marathons and all kinds of very merry torture.

Little does Becca know that the Comfort Food Cafe is like no other place on earth. Perched on a snow-covered hill, it’s a place full of friendship where broken hearts can heal, new love can blossom and where Becca’s Christmas miracle really could happen – if only she can let it…”

What have I finished reading?

Blog Tour Book Review – R&R Book Tours – Last Blue Christmas by Rose Prendeville – Available 1 December 2021

Book Review – Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe by Rebecca Raisin

Book Review – Comfort and Joy by Cathy Bramley

Book Review – The Cosy Christmas Chocolate Shop by Caroline Roberts

What am I going to read next?

Kill Me Goodbye by A K Reynolds

Blog Tour 10 January 2022

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Jo Finnegan is attacked while leaving work one evening by criminals threatening her more harm if she does not provide them with information she doesn’t have.

When she gets home, Jo finds her sister dead in her front room, and her wife missing. When the police arrive and arrest her, while she is still in shock from the events of the night, Jo realises she’s been framed for her sister’s murder. But that’s only the beginning of her nightmare.”

What are you reading?

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Top 10 Tuesday

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday! Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, this weeks Top 10 is Books on My Winter 2021 To-read List (click on book title for a link to Goodreads):

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Murder For Christmas by Francis Duncan (currently reading)

Scattered Legacy Murder in Southern Italy by Marlene M Bell (currently reading)

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Christmas at the Crescent by Veronia Henry

The Christmas Wish List by Heidi Swain

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Christmas at Thorncliff Manor by Sophie Barnes

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Cupcakes for Christmas by Kate Hewitt

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Deadly Holiday by Marissa Shrock

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Rebel Without A Clause by Zara Keane

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The Christmas Cabin by Susan Hatler

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A Curse for Christmas by P A Mason

Whilst I am currently reading the first two books, I doubt that I will get much more read this year! December tends to be a busy time so reading tends to take a back seat!

Happy Tuesday!

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Pandemic Reading List 2020 – Christmas Books! – Short Stories, Mini Reviews

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A Cornish Christmas Reunion by Laura Briggs

I got this free on Kindle.

Book Description From Goodreads:

Spend the holidays in a cosy Cornish village with this heartwarming reunion story to the best-selling series ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’!

Event planner Julianne Rose has her hands full as Cliffs House prepares for the manor’s first Christmas open house in decades. But with her husband Matt temporarily teaching on the other side of the Pond and their baby to care for, it’s all Julianne can do to focus on the festivities–and she’s not the only one. Her friend and former assistant Kitty has a quandary of her own to solve, Pippa has an unruly child demanding sweets, and even visiting Dinah’s gingerbread biscuits can’t fully cheer them as the holiday grows near. And as the weather threatens to cancel overseas flights, Julianne can’t help but worry that her much-anticipated Christmas plans with Matt are in jeopardy.

Will it be a Christmas to remember at Cliffs House? Will dangerous winter weather keep Matt from returning home in time for the holidays? And is Julianne and Matt’s baby as adorable as everyone imagined? These answers and more await readers new and old in one more visit to Julie’s beloved Rosemoor Cottage and seaside manor of Cliffs House.”

This was a nice gentle read. There was nothing wow about it, but there was nothing against it either. The characters were good and the setting was lovely. I liked the relationships between the characters and the overall sense of good feeling.

An average read therefore an average rating.

Rated 3/5

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A Christmas in Cornwall by Laura Briggs

I got this free on Kindle.

Book Description From Goodreads:

“It’s Julianne Morgen’s first Christmas in the Cornish village of Ceffylgwyn, and life seems perfect. Her job as an event planner couldn’t be better, she’s beginning to feel at home despite being an American in a tiny English village, and her relationship with handsome English horticulturist Matthew Rose continues to slowly blossom from friendship to love.

But when an old flame of Julianne’s appears on the spot, she finds herself tangled up in her own past. A grand charitable ball planned at Cliffs House for Christmas brings its own challenges to Julianne’s world, along with a last-minute wedding in London. And when she learns that Matthew’s former career in America has invited him back, she worries about what it means for their future together if he says ‘yes.’ “

I read this book after the one above as I didn’t realise that they were a set! It did spoil it a little bit for me as with this book I was meeting the characters at an earlier stage in their life and so because I had already read the one above, I knew a bit about what was going to happen to them.

I did still enjoy this story for what it was though. As with the book above, it was a nice read which, whilst it kept my interest, there was nothing particularly special about it that would make me want to read it again. For this reason I have given it an average rating.

Rated 3/5

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The Witch of the North Pole by Snow Eden

I got this free on Kindle.

Book Description From Goodreads:

“A heart-warming tale of Christmas, elves, Santa Claus…and a really mad witch.

There are many things Cinnamon Mercy Claus is struggling with this holiday season: the memories of long forgotten holidays when the Christmas season was about family; that she’s just found out her grandfather is Santa Claus; and that her grandmother is a witch—who is hell-bent on destroying Christmas for them all.”

At Christmas I like to read books that actually involve Santa Clause/Father Christmas, so I was quite excited when I saw this book.

I enjoyed reading it and was transported to the North Pole, which is always exciting, however there was nothing really wow about it. It was an interesting take with the witch angle and the elves were amusing, but it was just missing something. I don’t regret reading it (it was about the North Pole after all!), but I am not sure whether I would make the time to read it again.

Rated 3.5/5

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