Well, Guys, Christmas is almost upon us. It’s that time of year when we’re baking, shopping, wrapping presents, planning the perfect Christmas dinner menu… the list goes on. It makes me tired just thinking about it! Which is why I suggest you give yourself a break. Get the fire going, put the Christmas CD on play, make yourself a well deserved cup of coffee and even better, put your feet up with a lovely festive read.
I loved The Christmas Bake Off. From its idyllic setting in the Yorkshire Dales to the likeable characters taking part in the competition, Abbey Clements gives us the perfect coffee break short story. With a dusting of snow, a sprinkling of romance and an array of sweet treats (including the winning recipe), this one comes highly recommended.
Meeting the in-laws for the very first time is scary enough. But as Anna arrives at her in-laws’ country mansion not only does she find herself out of her depth, she experiences a very different side to her boyfriend, Ben. A nice festive read, How the In-Laws Wrecked Christmas reminds us of what and who really matters at this time of year. The setting and featured characters are well drawn and I especially liked Ben’s daughter, Daisy. It would have been nice to meet Anna’s flatmates in their own right though – if only to provide us with a better developed ending.
Set during World War II in occupied Paris on Christmas Eve, The Snow Globe introduces us to a young Jewish boy and his first love, Rose. Their meeting gives hope for the future and a reason for the young boy to survive his capture by the Nazis. It’s beautifully written, heartfelt and meaningful. I can’t recommend this story enough.
I really enjoyed this story. It’s a great prequel to Love Me or Leave Me and as prequels go, it certainly did its job. I now want to know what happens to each set of characters and whether or not the ‘doubters’ are right. I certainly hope not as I’m a sucker for a happy ending.
Another Cup of Christmas is a really sweet, romantic read and when I say romantic, I don’t just mean with regards to Megan and Nick’s relationship. Jenny Kane conveys a real community spirit when it comes to Pickwick’s Christmas fundraiser. I loved the way each and every character willingly threw themselves into the event and I felt myself really getting into the festive mood as the story developed. A great read in the run up to Christmas, highly recommended.
So there you have it. My Christmas reading so far. I hope I’ve tempted you to give them a go too and if you have any Christmas reads you’d like to recommend, please feel free to tell us what and why in the comments.
Happy reading, everyone x