Excerpt: A Gift Called Hope by Eva Jordan #AGiftCalledHope @EvaJordanWriter @Bloodhoundbook @lovebookstours


A heartfelt novel of a Christmas shadowed by loss and regret—and brightened by hope for renewal—from the author of Time Will Tell.

Six-year-old Jack is counting the days to Christmas. But his grandmother is just counting the days until it’s over. For Jill, the holiday comes with painful memories, and she wants only to escape the recent past and its tragedies.

She’s moved and started a new life running a food truck in Widmore Bay, a quaint seaside town, in order to flee her agonising history.

It’s only for little Jack’s sake that Jill tolerates the tree and decorations. She just wants to spend Christmas with the curtains drawn, reading a book and drinking coffee.

But this season, she may stumble onto a miracle that restores joy—and hope—in her heart . . .

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Jill hugged her mug with both hands and took another sip of coffee, her eye drawn to the gallery of sticky-fingered drawings and paintings covering the fridge. From there her gaze drifted, as it always did, to the picture on the wall where another child’s drawing of a heart, creased and dog-eared, hung in a frame. Worthless to anyone else, it was priceless to her. She looked away again, tears pricking her eyes.

Get a grip, she reminded herself. Mary would be round shortly, and the last thing she wanted was for her to think she’d been crying. Not that Mary would mind. She was an angel and Jill was so glad of her friendship. She wondered, though, if her grief would lessen over time. If there would come a day that she didn’t think about that terrible morning and everything that followed. It was almost two years since it happened, and it still felt as raw now as it did then. So she doubted it.

Glancing at the calendar on the wall, she sighed. It was the 1st of December. That meant she had twenty-five days to prepare herself, or, as she preferred to think of it, twenty-five days to get her shit together. She’d already decided to keep the build-up to Christmas to a minimum, to do as little as she could get away with, but as yet, she still had no plans for the day itself.

If she lived alone, she’d ignore it completely. And not just Christmas Day, the whole thing. There’d be no tree, no decorations, and no Christmas shopping. And come Christmas morning, she’d keep the curtains drawn and stay in bed all day, reading, and drinking coffee. Lunch would be soup and bread, and in the evening, she might watch a film or two, just nothing festive.

Author Bio

Eva Jordan was born in Kent but has lived most of her life in a small Cambridgeshire town. She describes herself as a lover of words, books, travel and chocolate, and is also partial to the odd glass or two of wine. Eva is both a mum and step mum to four adult children, all of whom have, at times, inspired her writing and her family based novels. Her career has been varied including working for the library service and at a women’s refuge. A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Eva also writes a monthly column for a local magazine and says storytelling through the art of writing is her passion. 183 Times A Year is Eva’s debut novel, followed by All The Colours In Between, and Time Will Tell.


Book Review: Snowfall Over Halesmere House by Suzanne Snow #SnowfallOverHalesmereHouse @SnowProse @canelo_co @Katrina_Power


Welcome to Halesmere House, where romance might be just around the corner…

Ella is a successful chef who is looking for a temporary change of pace so she can figure out her next career steps. She’s been living in the past for so many years, it’s time she started living for herself. Luckily, Halesmere House in the Lake District is in need of a manager to kick-start its artists’ residence and Ella can’t wait to start.

There she meets single dad Max, the son of her eccentric new boss. He’s rattled by her presence and is convinced that Ella’s passing involvement in Halesmere will only prove painful to his children, who are already growing attached to the fun and lovely manager.

It isn’t long before Ella realises she’s falling in love with more than Halesmere and its community. But if she stays, is she really choosing a career for herself, or yet again for someone else?

My Review

Ella is quite surprised when she applies for a job at Halesmere House to relaunch it as a holiday home and finds out she’s got the job. However what she doesn’t realise is that it has been arranged by Noelle, the owner’s mother and the owner Max isn’t aware that Ella is going to be working there. However Max quickly realises that having Ella around isn’t as bad as he thought and that his mother and two children Lily and Arlo become quite attached to her as does Max. However when another opportunity arises could this mean that Ella’s stay at Halesmere House is short term. How willMax and his family react to the possibility of Ella leaving?

The closer it gets to Christmas the more I want to read Christmas books. From the beginning Halesmere House sounds like a dream and so cosy. It’s definitely a place I would want to visit especially at Christmas time. I really enjoyed the storyline because although it’s about Christmas it’s also about relationships and change. I really liked Ella as a character. Initially I thought she was a quiet character who doesn’t like conflict however we see the real side of Ella when she first meets Max and tells him in no uncertain terms that she has signed a contract of employment and is therefore staying whether Max likes it or not. One of my favourite scenes was when Max decides to interview Ella for the role and then at the end Lily and Arlo also decide to conduct their own interview. It’s probably one of the sweetest scenes I’ve read. I have to say that Lily and Arlo definitely made the book for me. Their interactions with Ella were so sweet and adorable.

Both Ella and Max have been through a lot in their past and the one thing they share is losing someone they loved. For Ella it was losing her twin sister Lauren when they were twelve. As Ella and Lauren were identical twins every time she looked in the mirror she would see Lauren looking back reminding her of her grief and loss so Ella started to change her appearance by dyeing her hair. Lauren always wanted to be a chef and after she died Ella decided to become a chef and fulfil the dream that Lauren never would be able to putting her own life on hold and changing her path in life. For the first time since Ella can remember she has put herself first by applying for the role at Halsemere House and trying something different. Max lost his wife two years ago leaving him to raise two small children and running a business. His children are his priority and finding love is the last thing on his mind that is until he meets Ella. Ella and Max’s first meeting is less than ideal but as they spend more time together they both see a kindred spirit in the other. Their meeting also makes them reassess their own lives. It makes Ella make some much needed changes in her life, put herself first for the first time in many years and move forward. For Max, Ella’s presence makes him realise that there is room in his life for love and all he has to do is open his heart to it and the rest will fall into place.

A heart-warming Christmas read about moving on and opening your heart to all possibilities.

Author Bio

Suzanne Snow writes contemporary and uplifting fiction, with a vibrant sense of setting and community connecting the lives of her characters. A horticulturist who lives with her family in Lancashire, her books are inspired by a love of landscape, romance and rural life.

The Cottage of New Beginnings, Suzanne’s first novel in the popular Thorndale series, was a contender for the 2021 RNA Joan Hessayon Award, and she is currently writing the Love in the Lakes series for Canelo. Snowfall Over Halesmere House is her fifth novel.

Suzanne is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors.

Spotlight: Wendy’s Winter Gift by Debbie Viggiano #WendysWinterGift @DebbieViggiano @rararesources


Everyone has secrets but some are bigger than others.

Wendy Walker can count on two fingers the number of birthdays until she’s fifty.  She can also count on six hands the number of years she’s been married to controlling Derek.  Whatever happened to the boy she used to lark around with in the back of a Ford Escort? Just like Derek’s hairline, that lad has gone.

Wendy yearns for freedom but is resigned to her lot.  After all, there are others to think about.  Like daughter Ruby who – as a teenage single mum still at home – needs supporting, especially since abandoning her hopes of being on Love Island and achieving fame as a reality star.

But secrets dare to spill at the most inopportune moments.

Ruby is nurturing a mystery romance that she dreads her mother discovering, while Derek finds himself under the spotlight in the most disastrous of circumstances.

But just when Wendy thinks her world is falling apart, she discovers that sometimes unexpected joy is just around life’s corner…

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wendys-Winter-Gift-gorgeous-romantic-ebook/dp/B0BBN5ZQB5/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Wendys-Winter-Gift-gorgeous-romantic-ebook/dp/B0BBN5ZQB5/

Author Bio

Prior to turning her attention to writing, Debbie Viggiano was, for more years than she cares to remember, a legal secretary. She lives with her Italian husband, a rescued pooch from Crete, and a very disgruntled cat. Occasionally her adult children return home bringing her much joy… apart from when they want to raid the fridge or eat her secret stash of chocolate. Tweet @DebbieViggiano or follow her on Facebook!

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WEBSITE: www.debbieviggiano.co.uk

Book Review: Home Sweet Christmas by Susan Mallery #HomeSweetChristmas @SusanMallery @MillsandBoon


Returning to her home town of Wishing Tree is definitely temporary for Camryn. She can’t wait to leave and get back to her ‘real life’. Until she meets Jake. Suddenly Camryn starts to see the town, and it’s Christmas traditions, differently. She thought she’d put her future on hold…but maybe her real life was here all along, waiting for her to come home.

New in town, River is charmed by Wishing Tree’s Christmas traditions and warm-hearted people, especially Dylan Tucker whose snow melting kisses bring her to the brink of love. But Dylan has a secret and River can’t risk falling for him until she uncovers it, even if that means losing him forever.

Both women find themselves faced with difficult decisions. But if they are prepared to risk their hearts, they might find they are about to have a Christmas to remember…

My Review

Welcome to the town of Wishing Tree. Camryn returned to her home town after her mother became ill and since her mother passed she’s been running the family business Wrap Around the Clock which provides custom wrapping paper and wrapping services and also playing surrogate mother to her teenage twin sisters. When she is called to a meeting with Helen the owner of the Crane hotel empire she thinks she is there to discuss wrapping paper but Helen has something else in mind. Helen is looking for a wife for her son Jake (which she has uniquely called Project: Jake’s Bride) and sees Camryn as a candidate. Camryn makes it clear that she does not want to take part in Helen’s mission and informs Jake. But Helen’s plans don’t stop at Jake because she also appears to be trying to find love for Dylan (Jake’s best friend and her unofficially adopted son) and works her magic so he is crowned the town’s Snow King. Camryn’s friend River is new in town and to help her feel at home her friends nominate her for Snow Queen and to her shock she’s selected. As Camryn and Jake start to spend more time together will love truly blossom especially as Camryn does not intend to stay in Wishing Tree long term. As the newly appointed Snow King and Snow Queen (Dylan and River) are crowned and they start to spend more time together will Dylan’s secret stop them from pursuing a romantic relationship?

There is just something about a Christmas book or a Christmas book cover that just makes me feel cheery so I am more than happy to read Christmas books anytime of the year as they lift my spirits. As soon as I finished reading this book I just wanted to read it all over again. The storyline was warm, cosy, heart-warming and I can only describe it as like being given a really big hug. I was ready to pack my bags and move to Wishing Tree because it sounded like a completely magical place. I truly adored the storyline and can’t fault it in anyway. There are two romantic storylines running in this book i.e. Camryn and Jake’s story and Dylan and River’s story. The characters are connected as Jake and Dylan are best friends and Camryn and River are also close friends. I loved the characters in this book because they were so easy to connect with. Camryn is very work focused. Her priority is her sisters, the family business and then leaving Wishing Tree once her sisters go to college. So she doesn’t want to start something with Jake that she knows will only be temporary. Jake has had no luck in past relationships and although he wants to find the one he is worried that he will mess things up like his dad. I really liked the dynamic between Jake and Camryn because they just really clicked from the beginning. I loved how Camryn was very honest with Jake about Helen’s project and it’s through this that they become closer and start a relationship. They both know that anything between them is only temporary, but feelings creep in and they both start wanting something more. Spending time with Jake also makes Camryn rethink what it is that she truly wants. Her plan has always been to leave Wishing Tree and go back to her old life but when she reassesses her life after she meets Jake she starts to realise that what she now wants is closer than she thinks. Then there’s Dylan and River. Dylan isn’t averse to finding a partner but his previous relationship was destroyed because of his secret so he is guarded and concerned that it will happen again. That is until he meets River. River is probably the character that I liked the most because I recognised that we shared some of the same characteristics. She is a complete introvert and doesn’t like being lied to. She doesn’t like being in the spotlight or the centre of attention and she’s definitely one of those people who will happily fade into the background and go unnoticed. However, when she becomes Snow Queen she has to move outside of her comfort zone. Having Dylan by her side makes it easier and she is able to open up to him. I have to say Dylan and River was my favourite couple because their interactions were so sweet. One of my favourite scenes was when River bought a part of gloves for Dylan because he kept losing his. As for Jake and Dylan they have been added to the book boyfriend list.

A comforting Christmas read!

Author Bio

SUSAN MALLERY is the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women’s lives—family, friendship, romance. Library Journal says, “Mallery is the master of blending emotionally believable characters in realistic situations,” and readers seem to agree—40 million copies of her books have sold worldwide. Her warm, humorous stories make the world a happier place to live.

Susan grew up in California and now lives in Seattle with her husband. She’s passionate about animal welfare, especially that of the ragdoll cat and adorable poodle who think of her as mom.

Book Review: One Last Gift by Emily Stone #OneLastGift @EmStoneWrites @headlinepg @RandomTTours


For as long as Cassie can remember, it had been the three of them: Cassie, her big brother Tom, and Tom’s annoying best friend Sam.

Now, Tom is sorted, Sam is flying high, and Cassie thinks she’s figured it all out. Then tragedy happens and three becomes two.

For Cassie picking herself up seems unimaginable. Until she finds an envelope addressed to her, asking her to follow the trail to one last gift…

And suddenly what seems like an ending leads Cassie to something unexpected, beautiful and new…

My Review

Since Cassie can remember every Christmas her brother Tom would create a treasure hunt for her and without fail the first clue would be under the Christmas tree. When Tom unexpectedly dies and her relationship with his best friend Sam breaks down Cassie feels truly alone especially when her aunt tells her that she’s selling the pub that Cassie and Tom grew up in. Then Cassie’s aunt finds the first clue to the Christmas treasure hunt that Tom had set up before he passed away. Reluctantly and knowing this will be the last treasure hunt Cassie decides to follow the clues. Where will the clues lead Cassie? As Cassie unravels each clue she will find out a bit more about Tom, Sam but also about herself.

As someone who only has one sibling and that sibling being a brother this book really hit me in the feels. I felt truly heartbroken for and on behalf of Cassie when she lost her brother and the story was written with so much emotion that I felt like Cassie’s grief was also my own. Cassie had already lost her parents and her brother was all she really had left apart from her aunt. Not only is Cassie trying to process her own grief but she also has to deal with Sam who is more vocal about how he feels. The background between Cassie, Tom and Sam was quite interesting because from a very young age they’d always been a big part of each other’s lives and the person that connected them was Tom because he was Cassie’s older brother and Sam’s best friend. So when Tom died the connection between Cassie and Sam  started to disappear and what was left became quite fractured. Cassie to me appeared to be quite a private person keeping her grief to herself whereas Sam expressed his grief in a more open way. Neither of them coped well and I felt so sad for Cassie at the funeral when Sam had his outburst because he was blind to the fact that Cassie had lost her only family and was quite selfish in my opinion. As well as being connected through Tom, Cassie and Sam also had their own history and things could have been so different had it not been for the step that Sam took many years ago.

I really loved the concept of this story i.e. a Christmas treasure hunt. From the beginning we are told that this has been Tom and Cassie’s tradition since Cassie was young and it was Tom’s idea from the beginning without any prompts from his parents. This is a tradition that Cassie looked forward to every year. To then lose Tom and find the last treasure hunt was sad but at the same time I think it gave Cassie a sense of closure. By following the clues Cassie got a little piece of Tom back but also was able to say goodbye to him. At the same time Tom’s parting gift to Cassie was something she could have never imagined because Tom was prompting Cassie to come out of her comfort zone, take on those challenges she had been avoiding and to be a bit more adventurous.

A heart-warming read about saying goodbye and following your dreams!

Author Bio

Emily Stone lives and works in Chepstow and wrote Always, in December in an old Victorian manor house with an impressive literary heritage. Her debut novel was partly inspired by the death of her mother, when Emily was seven, and wanting to write something that reflected the fact that you carry this grief into adulthood, long after you supposedly move on from the event itself. One Last Gift is her second novel.

Book Review: Keeping A Christmas Promise by Jo Thomas #KeepingAChristmasPromise @jo_thomas01 @PenguinUKBooks @TransworldBooks @RandomTTours


One Icelandic Christmas holiday. One snowstorm. An adventure they’ll never forget!

Twenty-five years ago, Freya and her three best friends created a bucket list. The future seemed bright, full of hope . . . But now they are travelling to Iceland in memory of the friend they’ve lost, determined to fulfil her dream of seeing the Northern Lights at Christmas.

They didn’t count on an avalanche leaving them stranded! Handsome local, Pétur, comes to the rescue, showing them how the community survives the hard winter. With Christmas approaching, Freya and her friends throw themselves into the festivities, decorating and cooking for the villagers using delicious local ingredients.

But will they manage to see the Northern Lights? And can Freya’s own dreams come true, this Christmas?

My Review

When they were in their 20s best friends Freya, Laura, Meg and Joanna created a bucket list of all the things they wanted to do. Laura’s bucket list item was to see the Northern Lights at Christmas. However Laura never got to see the Northern Lights at Christmas so in her memory Freya, Meg and Joanna travel to Iceland to celebrate their friend’s life and fulfil her wish. Whilst on their way to see the Northern Lights the weather is particularly bad and the trio find themselves stranded until they meet local Pétur who helps them. However, when they are snowed in at Pétur’s home during an avalanche their stay is extended so they decide to take part in the Christmas festivities and start to meet the community. Will the trio get to see the Northern Lights and fulfil Laura’s wish?

This was such a comfy read after a long day at work. It immediately transported me to Christmas in Iceland where at times I felt like I was part of the trio. I really enjoyed the storyline. It was such a heart-warming read following a group of best friends trying to fulfil the bucket list wish of one of their group. As best friends you’d expect nothing less of them. The main character in the book is Freya who is a chef. Freya was a very interesting character. She’s very work focused and she’s a classic workaholic. One thing was clear was that Freya hadn’t actually dealt with her grief of losing Laura. She took time way from her job to care for Laura making Laura’s favourite dishes to comfort her and make her feel better. When Laura died, Freya threw herself into working at the restaurant with her ex-boyfriend Mark where she never got the credit she deserved.

Going to Iceland is life changing for Freya in many ways. She starts to finally accept losing Laura and starts to put herself first for a change. Being around Pétur ignites her love for cooking again. Freya integrates quickly into the local community trying new recipes and learning more about Icelandic culture and traditions. Freya and her friends quickly become part of the community when they start to help Pétur check in on the other nearby residents after the avalanche making sure they are safe. I loved the chemistry between Freya and Pétur. Initially Pétur is very grumpy and off hand with Freya and her friends. He doesn’t want to get close to anyone and doesn’t want to let anybody into his life for various reasons which become clearer further into the book. However, Freya and Pétur do eventually find common ground and are able to talk frankly about how they are feeling and their past. Watching their relationship blossom into a romance was adorable.

A book that will make you wish it was Christmas tomorrow and that you were in Iceland watching the Northern Lights!

Author Bio

Jo Thomas worked for many years as a reporter and producer, including time at Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and Radio 2’s The Steve Wright Show.

Jo’s debut novel, The Oyster Catcher, was a runaway bestseller and won both the RNA Joan HessayonAward and the Festival of Romance Best eBook Award. Her recent book Escape to the French Farmhouse was a #1 bestselling eBook and in every one of her novels Jo loves to explore new countries and discover the food produced there, both of which she thoroughly enjoys researching.

Jo lives in Pembrokeshire with her husband and three children, where cooking and gathering around the kitchen table are a hugely important and fun part of their family life.

Book Review: Christmas in Rose Bend by Naima Simone #ChristmasinRoseBend @Naima_Simone @MillsandBoon


Can the festive magic heal a broken heart?

When Nessa Hunt arrives in Rose Bend she is looking for answers, and her absent father. Not a picture perfect town teeming with Christmas cheer, or the innkeeper’s ruggedly sexy son, Wolfgang Dennison.

The heat between her and Wolf is undeniable and the festive merriment of the town is almost enough to make Nessa believe in the Christmas spirit. But with all lingering questions about her birth father, is there room in Nessa’s life for happy holidays and happily-ever-after?

My Review

Nessa is an ER nurse who arrives in Rose Bend with her 12 year old sister Ivy. Nessa’s mother died 8 months ago and 6 months prior to coming to Rose Bend her step father Isaac died leaving Ivy in Nessa’s care. It was Isaac’s wish that Nessa and Ivy spend Christmas together in Rose Bend but there is also another reason, Nessa’s birth father was also from there. Will Nessa find the answers she is looking for? Can Nessa and Ivy bond and become sisters?

I was first introduced to Rose Bend when I read The Road to Rose Bend which is the first book in this series. From the outset I adored the description of the place as it sounded like such a warm and enchanting place. So I couldn’t wait to return again at Christmas. I really enjoyed the storyline. It’s not just a Christmas romance novel but so much more than that as the story has many layers. Nessa is trying to find out more about her birth father and in turn finds out more about her mother. At the same time she is trying to form a bond with Ivy because this is the only family she has left. Plus there’s a dash of romance in the form of Wolf. The first meeting between Wolf and Nessa was so sweet as she quite literally bumps into him when she first arrives at Kinsale Inn. Wolf is like a big, sweet, gentle bear and I definitely got big Jason Momoa vibes from him. Nessa and Wolf are very similar in that they are both trying to mend their broken hearts and are scared to open up to each other.

The first page made me giggle especially because Nessa doesn’t like Christmas but the more time she spends in Rose Bend with its residents, Christmas cheer and the feeling of belonging start to change her mind. I liked seeing characters from the first book featured in this book, in particular Sydney and Cole. It was good to see where they are now.

Although this book is part of the Rose Bend series it can be read as a standalone. If you like Christmas books which includes families, relationships and romance this is the book to add to your list.

Author Bio

USA Today Bestselling author Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey and Nora Roberts years ago. Well not that many. She is only eighteen…ish. Published since 2009, she spends her days writing sizzling romances with heart, a touch of humor and snark. 

She is wife to Superman–or his non-Kryptonian equivalent–and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They live in perfect, sometimes domestically-challenged bliss in the southern US.

Book Review: The Country Village Winter Wedding by Cathy Lake #TheCountryVillageWinterWedding @LakeAuthor @Tr4cyF3nt0n @ZaffreBooks


Clare Greene and Sam Wilson are getting married and everyone in Little Bramble is excited for the event of the year. But Clare and Sam are busy people and have left organising their wedding to the last minute. 

Luckily, wedding planner Hazel Campbell has recently moved to the village. She had what she thought was a wonderful life in Edinburgh with a successful business, a loving fiance and her own wedding coming up. But when she caught her groom-to-be in bed with her best friend she fled, leaving everyone and everything behind. 

Little Bramble seems like the ideal place for Hazel to start over. As she throws herself into planning the perfect country village winter wedding, she starts to find herself again. And soon she realises that a second chance at happiness might just be on the cards . . .

My Review

Hazel is a wedding planner and the owner of Country Charm Weddings. After discovering that her fiancée has been cheating on her with her maid of honour Hazel together with her cat Fleas Witherspoon move to the village of Little Bramble to start again and heal her broken heart. Little Bramble holds fond memories for Hazel as she spent her childhood holidays there and before she knows it she finds her first clients, Sam and Clare who ask her to organise their wedding. Jack has just arrived in Little Bramble to spend Christmas with his sister and her family. He is hoping to stay with his sister whilst deciding what he wants to do with his life which includes making some big changes. Can Hazel and Jack both mend their broken hearts?

My last visit to Little Bramble was in June when I read The Country Village Summer Fête and I was so sad to leave. I was ecstatic to learn that the author was writing another book and eagerly awaited the next instalment. This book did not disappoint. The story was cosy and heart-warming. There is just something about Little Bramble that is truly magical and inviting. I loved all the characters in this book. Both Hazel and Jack are strong characters despite what they have been through in the past. Hazel is such a determined person and wants to organise the perfect wedding for Sam and Clare. Despite Hazel’s previous experience it doesn’t jade her love for weddings and trying to organise memorable weddings for others. I was sold on Jack from the beginning especially when the description of him looking like Aiden Turner was mentioned. The chemistry between Hazel and Jack was so sweet and there was definitely a spark between them from the outset. The first time they saw each other and that first look between them was so adorable. It was the perfect meet cute. There were also some old faces from the previous book that made an appearance such as Connor and Emma. It was brilliant to catch up with them and see where they are now. Special mention has to be given to Jack’s niece Bobby who was so funny and had some brilliant comedic moments especially every time she said bloody.

A truly amazing read that I would highly recommend!

Author Bio

Cathy Lake is a women’s fiction writer who lives with her family and three dogs in beautiful South Wales. She writes uplifting stories about strong women, family, friendship, love, community and overcoming obstacles.

Book Review: One More Christmas at the Castle by Trisha Ashley #OneMoreChristmasAtTheCastle @trishaashley @RandomTTours


Elderly widow Sabine knows this will be her last Christmas in her beloved home, Mitras Castle. Determined to make it just like the ones she remembers from her childhood, she employs Dido Jones of Heavenly Houseparties to help with the big day.

Dido is enchanted by the castle as soon as she steps through the imposing front door. And as Christmas day approaches, her feeling of connection to the old house runs deeper than she first thought. But when the snow begins to fall and Sabine’s family arrive at the house – including Dido’s teenage crush Xan – tensions rise around the castle’s future and long-buried mysteries begin to unravel…

As past secrets come to light, can this still be a magical Christmas to remember?

My Review

Sabine decides to host one last Christmas party with her family and friends at her home Mitras Castle so she can decide who to leave her beloved castle to or if it will be left to the National Trust. Dido runs Heavenly House Parties and when her Christmas booking falls through she is approached by Sabine to organise the house party at Mitras Castle but to also run the household the month leading up to Christmas. As soon as Dido arrives she tries to make Christmas at Mitras Castle the best it has ever been and is also reunited with her childhood crush Xan. Although Sabine has specifically asked for Dido she doesn’t appear to warm to Dido and Dido has no idea why. Will Dido find out the reason before the end of Christmas? Who will Sabine leave Mitras Castle to?

This was a warm and cosy read. I read this on a dull rainy September day and as soon as I started to read I was transported to Christmas at Mitras castle. The description of Mitras Castle was so detailed and welcoming that I wished I was there. The storyline was intriguing especially when more secrets started to be revealed as the story unfolded. The characters were also very well written. Sabine initially appears quite cold but as we learn more about her past she starts to thaw and glimpses into her past do explain why she acts the way she does. As a character Dido is likeable and sweet. Dido’s interactions with Xan were just adorable and it is clear that Dido’s childhood crush is still very strong. As for the food references, it was full of comfort food and made me feel ready for Christmas.

Definitely a book that will fill you full of Christmas cheer any time of year!

Author Bio

TRISHA ASHLEY’s Sunday Times bestselling novels have sold over one million copies in the UK and have twice been shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan award for Romantic Comedy. Every Woman for Herself was nominated by magazine readers as one of the top three romantic novels in the last fifty years. Trisha lives in North Wales.
For more information please visit http://www.Facebook.com/TrishaAshleyBooks or follow Trisha on Twitter @trishaashley.

Spotlight: Ivy Hill Christmas: A Tales from Ivy Hill Novella by Julie Klassen


Richard Brockwell, the younger son of Ivy Hill’s most prominent family, hasn’t been home for Christmas in years. He prefers to live in the London townhouse, far away from Brockwell Court, the old family secret that haunts him, and the shadows of his past mistakes. But then his mother threatens to stop funding his carefree life–unless he comes home for Christmas. Out of options, he sets out for Ivy Hill, planning to be back on a coach bound for London and his unencumbered bachelor life as soon as the festivities are over.

Buy Link https://amzn.to/2UZEkH6

Author Bio

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. She has also won the Midwest Book Award, the Minnesota Book Award, and Christian Retailing’s BEST Award, and been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards and ACFW’s Carol Awards. She blogs at http://www.inspiredbylifeandfiction.com.
Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.