A Christmas Wish Book Tour

A Christmas Wish Tour BannerA Christmas Wish

Genre: Romance Contemporary

Release Date: 1st August 2017

Publisher: Aria Fiction/Head of Zeus

 

Flora Phillips has an excuse for every disaster in her life; she was abandoned as a new-born on a doorstep one cold autumn night, wrapped in nothing but a towel. Her philosophy is simple: if your mother doesn’t want you – who will?

Now a thirty-year-old, without a boyfriend, a career or home she figures she might as well tackle the biggest question of them all – who is she? So, whilst everyone else enjoys their Christmas Eve traditions, Flora escapes the masses and drives to the village of Pooley to seek a specific doorstep. Her doorstep.

But in Pooley she finds more than her life story. She finds friends, laughter, and perhaps even a love to last a lifetime. Because once you know where you come from, it’s so much easier to know where you’re going.

A story of redemption and love, romance and Christmas dreams-come-true, the perfect novel to snuggle up with this festive season.

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My Review

I received this book as part of a book tour and am voluntarily reviewing it. This was a sweet story with a great plot. Flora was abandoned on a doorstep as a baby and one Christmas Eve, she decides to flee her life and try to figure out where she came from. Some of the townspeople support her search and try to help, while others are angry with her for digging up the past. One person who helps her is police officer Joel, who Flora has an unlucky encounter with her first day in town that lands her in jail. As Flora searches, she begins to question her future and what she wants to do with her life.

Each chapter changes viewpoints and by the end of the book, I would say the reader has been in about 10 different people’s heads. It wasn’t confusing, though. There was one chapter at the end of the book that I think should’ve been left off, as it took away from the reality of the story, but it’s an extremely minor complaint. I love how this book had an element of mystery to it as I tried to figure out, along with Flora, who her mother could be. It also had romance, small-town drama, family relationships, and friendships. This book was well-written and moved at a good pace, even though Flora didn’t have many clues to her origins. A great Christmas read for fans of multiple genres!

Author and Links

Buy Links

https://www.amazon.ca/Christmas-Wish-Erin-Green-ebook/dp/B071YNFZGQ

https://www.amazon.com.au/Christmas-Wish-Erin-Green-ebook/dp/B071YNFZGQ

https://www.amazon.com/CHRISTMAS-WISH-Erin-Green/dp/1786697955

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Wish-Erin-Green-ebook/dp/B071YNFZGQ

 

About Erin Green

Erin was born and raised in Warwickshire, where she resides with her husband. An avid reader since childhood, her imagination was instinctively drawn to creative writing as she grew older. Erin has two Hons degrees: BA English literature and another BSc Psychology – her previous careers have ranged from part-time waitress, the retail industry, fitness industry and education. She has an obsession about time, owns several tortoises and an infectious laugh!

Erin’s writes contemporary novels focusing on love, life and laughter. Erin is an active member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and was delighted to be awarded The Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017. An ideal day for Erin involves writing, people watching and drinking copious amounts of tea.

 

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Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16881009.Erin_Green

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Website: www.ErinGreenAuthor.co.uk

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The Baobab Beach Retreat Review

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The Baobab Beach Retreat

By Kate Frost

I adored the first book in this series and am happy to report that the second lived up to its reputation! I was given a copy of it and am voluntarily reviewing it. This book completely focuses on Connie after she finds out her husband is a cheater. She starts divorce proceedings and runs away to Tanzania to visit her Aunt Bella. While she is there, she is given a new job planning excursions for guests. Beyond all that, Connie has two different love interests and some complicated family relations to sort out.

I loved the kind of adventure that Connie was having as a woman in her late thirties. It proved that it’s never too late to start over and be someone new. I enjoyed watching Connie grow and develop. The locations took me out of my world and to exotic and beautiful places. I loved the descriptions. It was a great contrast to have Connie’s life in ruins and yet to be in such luxurious places. This book has everything good in women’s fiction. It deals with serious issues, family drama, adventure, and romance. The pace of the book was great and it kept my interest the whole time. I’ve really enjoyed this series and can’t wait to read the next one!

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House Divided Review

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House Divided

By Jami Deise

Genre: Women’s fiction

5/5 chickadees singing! I received a copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing it. This was a great book! I read it all in about a day even though I have two young kids at home; it was that engaging. It hasn’t been a big deal before that Democrat Erin, who is working to save the planet, is married to Republican Jack. But when Jack gets his own talk show in an extremely conservative news station, Erin has to bear the brunt of it from their Democratic community. Even worse, she loses her job and Jack wants her to be a stay at home mom while she’s itching to continue her career. Even the kids are divided! 8 year old Michael loves the stuff dad can buy them now and that he’s a TV star. 13 year old Jessica can’t believe who her dad has become.

I definitely got annoyed with the characters at times. Erin didn’t really stop and try to talk some sense into Jack and Jack went completely off of the deep end. That didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story, though. It was fast-paced and engaging. It was also very well-written. There was no drag to the story and it felt like there were no wasted words. There’s a whole interesting cast of secondary characters in their community, too. I would recommend this book to any fans of women’s fiction, as long as they don’t take their politics too seriously!

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Love, Life, and Dreams: A Cocktail of Five Short Stories

Love, Life, and Dreams: A Cocktail of Five Short Stories

By Rebekah Louise

Genre: Chick lit, Women’s Fiction

3 out of 5 chickadees singing! I received this book from the author and am voluntarily reviewing it. These stories were fun, little reads. Some are better than others. I liked “Live the Dream” best of all and its bittersweet twist. One of them is a bit creepy, but most of them are chick lit fun. Short stories are great for when you don’t have a lot of time, but still want to read. These are really short and easy to read. They keep your interest as well.

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The Carlton Square Series

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I am so excited to share The Carlton Square series with you guys! This was written by one of my favorite authors, Lilly Bartlett, AKA Michelle Gorman. I have already read both books and the second just hit shelves in the USA. Check out my reviews below!

The Big Little Wedding in Carlton Square

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I enjoyed this fun book. Thinking it over to critique it, I realized I really had no complaints. Sometimes chick lit books are predictable, over dramatic, and cheesy, but this book was none of those things. This is the story of Emma and Daniel planning their wedding. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and she, well… wasn’t. Daniel’s parents are expecting a huge, elegant ceremony and are willing to contribute financially, but Emma’s father won’t hear of it. Emma has to pull off an almost royal wedding on a shoestring budget. 

This book took me back to my own wedding planning days, which was fun. I also loved both main characters. Emma is desperately trying not to betray where she comes from, even though she’s marrying into something else. Daniel is clueless about his privilege. The secondary characters were very entertaining, yet also heartwarming. 

The plot moves along at a good pace. Emma has a funny “voice.” I am really excited to read more in this series! I would recommend it to any fan of chick lit, and really, anyone who has ever planned a wedding!

The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square

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This book was super cute, just like the first one in the series! Emma starts a cafe in Carlton Square to provide jobs for at-risk youth. She runs into a lot of trouble from a fellow cafe owner who is trying to run her out of business. She is also juggling a new job, her husband, and her twin toddlers!

I could relate to a lot of Emma’s thoughts about motherhood. Emma wants Daniel to step up more and feels like everything falls to her. I think that’s common and I like how it was handled in this story.

Emma is such a likable character. I love that she is trying to help at-risk youth and learned to overcome some prejudices she didn’t even know she had. We see the return of a lot of lovely characters, like her parents, her mother-in-law, Daniel, Kelly, etc. We also get lots of new characters from Emma’s mom group and the other people who frequent the cafe. I loved the diverse range of characters.

It was very enjoyable to visit Emma and her square again! The plot moved at a good pace and the story was well-done. I hope there’s a third book!

*Quotes and photos provided to me by the author. I wwas given copies of these books and voluntarily reviewed them.*

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