Archive | December 2015

A Christmas Break ….



Hello lovely book people ….

Just a short note to let you all know that I’m going on a short Blogging break. Don’t worry though, It’ll only be a short one and I’ll be back in the New Year, all shiny and new and ready to go !!

I’ll still be reading on my break, so when I’m back they’ll be some reviews on the fab Christmas books that are out at the moment and of course my Top Ten books of 2015.

So all thats left for me to say is …


Thats all for now folks,

See you in the New Year.


A Winterfold Christmas – Harriet Evans.

A winterfold xmas

Back of the book : 

When chef Joe Thorne rashly promises to cook Christmas dinner for his girlfriend Cat’s family, little does he know what he’s letting his self in for …

At Winterfold, their beautiful rambling house in the heart of the english countryside, things have always been done a certain way and that Martha Winter, matriarch of the clan, knows what she wants. Still reeling from her husband’s death and the loss of her perfect family, is Martha ready to enjoy Christmas ?

Will the Winter family be able to come together one more time ?


What I think : 

I did a little jump for joy when this small gem of a book popped through my letterbox a couple of weeks ago. I was overjoyed that Harriet had written a Christmas follow-on from “A Place For Us”.

It was really lovely going back to Winterfold and seeing the Winter family at Christmas. All the main characters from the original book where there, apart from David, of course who sadly passed away at the end of the last book.

It carries on about a year after the last one, It is a beautiful little story of how in their own ways, each of the the family members are moving on after the events in “A Place For Us”.

Each character has a chapter of their own with some lovely little recipes mixed in for an extra Christmassy feel.

I only have one complaint, and that was that this book was far, far too short ! It only took me an afternoon to devour this lovely little book.

I adored this book, and give it a very festive 10/10.

A very big thank you to Harriet Evans who sent me a copy of the book.



The Angel Tree – Lucinda Riley.

Back of the book : 

Thirty years have passed since Greta left Marchmont hall, a grand and beautiful house nestled in the hills of rural Monmouthshire. But when she returns to the hall for Christmas, at the invitation of her old friend David Marchmont, She has no recollection of her past association with it – the result of a dreadful accident that has blanked out more than two decades of her life. Then during a walk through the wintry landscape, she stumbles across a grave in the woods, and the weathered inscription on the headstone tells her that a little boy is buried there.

With Davids help, Greta embarks on a quest to rediscover her lost memories, and begins to piece together the fragments of not only her own story, but also that of her daughter Cheska, the tragic victimof circumstance beyond her control. And most definitely, not the angel she appeared to be …


What I think : 

Greta lost her memory in an awful accident over twenty years ago, she can only remember recent memories, however nothing from her early years. When her long time friend, David invites her to his family home for Christmas, she finally agrees. She lived there years ago and David hopes it may help jog her memory. When she gets there she feels a stirring of something, however, its not until the next day, when she is on a walk around the snowy grounds, that her memory comes flooding back. She stumbles upon a small grave, its there that she remembers ….

The book weaves back and forth from 1985, the year the book is set and 1945 onwards, when Greta was younger. we also find out alot about Cheska, Greta’s daughter, and her childhood years and young adulthood as a child star in films. Cheska doesn’t have an easy time, she started making films when she was around four years old and didn’t have a normal childhood, it affected her and she starts to have a few mental problems.

I really liked this book, it tells of love, family and tragedy, its an epic tale that follows the Marchmont family over 40 years. It has such wonderfully written characters. Greta, for instance, has had to fight all of her life to get what she wants, she falls in love then its snatched away from her, so when she has her daughter, Cheska is it any wonder she’s slightly overprotective ? David, Greta’s long time friend, is a lovely, lovely man and so loyal to her.

This lovely book was first published in 1995 with the title of not quite an Angel under Lucinda’s pen name Lucinda Edmonds, it has been partly rewritten, but many of the original elements are remaining.

I give this wonderful book 9/10.

Published by Pan Macmillan on 19/11/15.

I purchased my copy from Waterstones £7:99.