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5 ⭐️ A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas: Darcie Boleyn

No apologies, it’s Christmas and I’ve yet to write one Christmas card so this is a short but perfect review 😆

Book Blurb

Lucie Quigley hates Christmas. It’s the time of year when everything goes wrong in her life. So this year, when she’s asked to be a bridesmaid at her friend Petra’s Manhattan wedding, she jumps at the invitation to escape the festivities.

Dale Treharne has been best friends with Lucie for as long as he can remember. He’s used to looking out for his oldest friend and when she asks him to be her plus one, he can’t seem to find a reason to refuse. Instead, he sees it as a way to help Lucie get through what is, for her, the most miserable time of the year.

In New York, as the snow starts to fall, Lucie and Dale start to realise that their feelings run deeper than just friendship. But can they overcome their pasts, and make it a very merry Manhattan Christmas?

My book review

There’s lots of people that hate Christmas, my mother for one so I could equate very easily with Lucie. Dale loves her from afar. More brother-like than anything he’s always been there for her and now, in her deepest hour he risks upsetting his parents by spending Christmas in New York. 

I have to say as a 100 % certified romancaholic I loved this. You can keep your wine and your chocolate. Just pop me in the corner like some Victorian wallflower with a cuppa and characters like these. 

Darcie, sorry it was short but I’ll be back for more. 

Available to buy here 

About the Author

Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

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5 ⭐️ One Christmas in Paris: Mandy Baggot

It’s Christmas, I’m busy but I have some delightful reads to share so here’s the first xx

Book Blurb

Ava and her best friend Debs arrive in Paris just as the snow starts to fall. The Eiffel Tower glitters gold and the scent of spiced wine is all around, but all Ava can think about is Leo, her no-good, cheating ex.

Debs is on a mission to make Ava smile again, and as they tour the Christmas markets, watch lamplight glittering on the river Seine, and eat their body weight in pain-au-chocolat, Ava remembers there’s more to life than men … Until they cross paths with handsome, mysterious photographer Julien with his French accent and hazelnut eyes that seem to see right inside her.

My review 

Julian, damaged and grieving following the death of his sister and a parent who has moved on with his life. Julian, who has put his own life on hold when he meets Ava.

Ava is the girl running away, running away from Waitrose, well not really. Ava is running from her mother and the life she doesn’t want as a stand in model for her mother’s agency.

Two lost souls finding love and redemption in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. What’s not to love?

Available here

About the author

Mandy Baggot is an award-winning romance writer represented by The Kate Nash Literary Agency.

The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016.

Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor.Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.