Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse Review and Giveaway

Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse

Christmas at the Falling Down Guesthouse

Author: Lilly Bartlett

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Christmas novella, chick lit

Michele Gorman is re-releasing her previous book, The Reluctant Elf, under her new rom-com pen name, Lilly Bartlett. I’m excited to have the opportunity to read it! I was given a copy of the book as part of a book tour and am voluntarily reviewing it. 

Lottie gets a dreaded, middle of the night phone call that her Aunt Kaye is in the hospital. She rushes to rural Wales to run her aunt’s Victorian B&B because she has an important reviewer coming over the holidays. The bank is going to take Aunt Kate’s home unless she gets a good review! 

Lottie has never seen the place and it turns out to be much less elegant and much more shabby than she ever imagined. She and her daughter, Mabel, only have 3 days to turn the place into a proper B&B worthy of a good rating. She ends up hiring her taxi driver, Danny, to stay on to do the cooking and help with repairs. 

Chaos ensues, as this place could rival the money pit. When the reviewer shows up, he’s accompanied by his always-cranky sister and her husband, who tries to hit on Lottie. If that weren’t bad enough, they have twins who are bored by everything and just want to use wi-fi. Danny, Lottie, and Mabel truly have to “fake it ’til they make it!” 

This was such a cute romantic comedy for Christmas! I laughed pretty hard when Lottie found out why she was told to wait 5 minutes between flushing the toilet and washing her hands! My heart was warmed as Lottie started to develop feelings for Danny. Mabel was such a precocious, yet sweet, little girl. With the descriptions, I really felt like I was in the once-grand mansion. I love novellas at Christmas and this sweet story did not disappoint! It was a quick, entertaining, and heart-warming read.

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Win 4 dozen homemade Christmas cookies from Sunday Times bestselling author Michele Gorman, aka Lilly Bartlett!

Enter to WIN 4 dozen Christmas cookies baked by the author! Unlike poor Lottie in Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse, she’s a keen cook who grew up baking every Christmas with her mum – dozens and dozens (and dozens!) of cookies to fuel the family through the season. This year, she’ll be baking for YOU!

The giveaway is global and the winner will be randomly selected on November 1st. To enter, sign up HERE for Michele’s/Lilly’s newsletter (around 3x per year, you can unsubscribe easily at any time and your details will never be shared).

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A Vicarage Christmas Review and Giveaway

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A Vicarage Christmas Summary

Series: The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite Bk 1

Genre: Women’s fiction/romance

Release Date: October 18, 2017

Publisher: Tule Publishing

Welcome to Thornthwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District… where homecomings happen and surprises are in store for the four Holley sisters…

Anna Holley, the third of four sisters, has always felt a little bit forgotten. A family tragedy when she was a child had her retreating deep into shyness, and social anxiety kept her on the fringes of the cozy, chaotic bustle of the busy vicarage.

When she finished school Anna left for Manchester and tried to avoid coming back home and the well-meaning nosiness being a Holley sister in a small village like Thornthwaite meant… but when her father says he has an important announcement to make, she’s drawn back home for the happy chaos of a vicarage Christmas.

Avoiding her sisters’ bossy questions, Anna heads out to the local pub one night, and meets a handsome stranger nursing a pint. Somehow, unburdened by expectations, Simon seems like the perfect person to spill all her secrets to—including a hopeless, long-held crush on her sister’s boyfriend. Confident she’ll never see him again, Anna returns home… only to discover the next day that Simon is actually her father’s new curate!

Anna is beyond mortified, but Simon won’t let her retreat into her usual shyness—and for once Anna is forced to confront the past, and all the fears and feelings she’d tried so long to hide. But with his own heartache that needs to heal, can Simon help Anna to make this the most magical Christmas either of them have known?

 

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My Review

This was a lovely book for Christmastime. Anna has been avoiding coming back home to Thornewaite, where her father is the vicar. She doesn’t like all the attention she gets from the small village because of who her father is nor the memories it brings back of her deceased brother. Anna runs out her first night at home and meets a man at a pub. She ends up spilling the truth about how she feels about her family. The next day, she discovers who this man is and feels horrified. 

There was so much to love about this heartwarming story. Anna has a close and loving family, even if she doesn’t always realize it. The man she meets at the pub, Simon, is sweet and patient. Anna is a very realistic and relatable character with her social anxiety challenges. I believe the series is going to do a book about each sister and I’m excited for that. Each one is at a very different point in their life at the end of this book. If you’re looking for a heartwarming read, I would highly recommend this book. 

About the Author

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Kate Hewitt is the author of over 60 novels of women’s fiction and romance. Whatever the genre, she enjoys telling an emotionally compelling story. An American ex-pat, she now lives in a small market town in Wales with her husband and five children.

 

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Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1269244.Kate_Hewitt

Blog: https://www.katehewitt.blogspot.co.uk

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Out of Play

Out of Play

By Joy Norstrom

4 out of 5 chickadees singing!

When I read the hilarious plot summary of this book, I knew I had to get it. Gillian is fed up with her husband, mainly because of his hobby of LARP (live action role play). Her husband, Ralph, dressed up in costumes with like-minded individuals and pretends to be a character like a banshee, knight, etc. Gillian starts seeing a therapist to get help for this issue and is shocked when she advises that Gillian go on a LARP’ing trip with her husband.

Gillian ends up not telling Ralph she’s going to come along and volunteers as a kitchen wench. She acts like she’s taking her therapist’s suggestion, but she can’t help spying on her husband. She gets herself into some crazy situations and meets some, um, interesting people.

This book was completely unpredictable, which I was not expecting. It was a welcome surprise. It was also very funny, with the characters and situations. Yet it somehow also managed to do justice to the serious topic of a relationship on the rocks. A good read.

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Jeopardy in July

Jeopardy in July

By Barbara Venkataraman

Genre: Cozy mystery

5 out of 5 chickadees singing! I was given this book and am voluntarily reviewing it. These Jamie Quinn books just keep on getting better! Jamie stumbles upon another mystery when her client’s painting turns out to be a fake, but with a legitimate letter of authenticity. She also gets a job at an assisted living facility to present seminars about wills. As the old people pull her into their drama, she gets closer to uncovering something big about the painting.

This mystery was really well-written and thought out. The foreshadowing and clues were well done. I liked the quirky characters, both old and new. The plot moved at a good pace and kept my interest the whole time. Jamie has a good heart and as a result, the books can have murder and still feel heartwarming. This book definitely left the series open to another adventure and I’m so happy about that! I’d recommend these books to anyone who likes cozy mysteries.

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The Boyfriend Swap Review

The Boyfriend Swap

By Meredith Schorr

Genre: Chick lit, romance

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I received this book from the author and am voluntarily reviewing it. This is a sweet, romantic chick lit. Robyn is dreading bringing home another artistic type boyfriend- Perry. Robyn’s parents want her to date someone with a 401k and a steady job. Meanwhile, Sidney knows her holidays with be filled with nothing but “talking shop” if she brings home Will, her lawyer boyfriend, to her lawyer dad. When Sidney and Robyn meet, Sidney proposes that they switch boyfriends for the holidays.

Sidney’s boyfriend turns out to be the guy Robyn had a major crush on in high school. All those feelings start coming back. Perry is driving Sidney crazy with his antics. She is shocked by how much he charms her family. The boyfriend swap is starting to look like a bad idea, but it’s too late now!

I liked that all 4 main characters were so different, but likeable on their own ways. The female characters especially learned a lot about themselves and their love lives through the boyfriend swap. I love seeing character development! The story was well-written and definitely kept my interest. The pace was good. Half of the story was predictable, which is pretty typical of chick lit, but the other half was not, which was a welcome surprise. I enjoyed this book and have no real complaints. Would highly recommend to fans of romantic chick lit!

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