Category Archives: Christmas

“A Cornish Christmas” by Lily Graham

This is my final Christmas read for this year, and is quite possibly the best of my Christmas reads in 2017.  My first time reading the work of Lily Graham was very rewarding. A lovely couple feature in this novel. … Continue reading

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Fictionophile’s bookish Christmas

As the big day draws near, I thought I’d share some of the bookish ornaments on my Christmas tree. Do YOU have bookish ornaments on YOUR tree?  I’d love to hear about them. (Note: My husband was a firefighter for … Continue reading

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“Christmas at the Beach Café” by Lucy Diamond

There is a lovely little Café in Carrawn Bay, Cornwall. Evie Flynn has inherited the Beach Café from her Aunt Jo. Her boyfriend of five months, Ed, is the Café’s chef. After a busy summer of tourist trade, Evie wants … Continue reading

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“A Cotswold Christmas” by Kate Hewitt

Having only read one other Kate Hewitt novel (“Rainy day sisters”) which I loved, I was keen to try another of her works.  I purchased “A Cotswold Christmas” because it is the first installment in her Willoughby Close series – … Continue reading

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“Stella’s Christmas wish” by Kate Blackadder

With only two weeks until Christmas, I was in the mood for a ‘feel-good’ Christmas themed story.  This book delivered my wish. Stella grew up on the Scottish Borders in a tiny town called Melrose.  Her parents were killed in … Continue reading

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“Sleep no more: six murderous tales” by P.D. James

Finding work by a late author that you have revered is rare. Therefore you can imagine my excitement to see that another collection of stories by the inimitable P.D. James has been published. Last year I read and enjoyed “Mistletoe … Continue reading

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“The deal of a lifetime” by Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman never disappoints, but he may pull at your heartstrings more than a little… He begins the story in this way: “Does it make a difference if I killed a good person? A loved person? A valuable life? If … Continue reading

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“Christmas in Killarney” by S. Furlong-Bolliger

A short, short story that will leave you gob-smacked! It is almost Christmas in Hackensack, New Jersey. Maureen’s life is on a downward spiral…  Her husband, Bob has lost his job due to ‘downsizing’ and he now sits around their … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday (an old favorite recommended)

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “The Sleeper” by Gillian White for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in August of 1998 and was, for me, an excellent read. First … Continue reading

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“Christmas in the park” by Laura Lockington

Television morning show producer Sarah Nash has just taken the station up on their offer of voluntary redundancy.  The early morning breakfast show’s quality has deteriorated and the show has been failing as a result.  With her new freedom she … Continue reading

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“Yuletide treasure” by Andrea Kane

In “Yuletide Treasure“, the reader travels back in time to late autumn of the year 1860. We visit a grand manor house that has been closed off to the world for years, Farrington Manor, in Dorsetshire, makes for an atmospheric holiday read. … Continue reading

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“The mistletoe murder, and other stories” by P.D. James

This book is a final gift from the esteemed novelist P.D. James.  A woman who understood the detective story inside and out, who had a deep understanding of human nature, and melded those two with a writing ability that continues … Continue reading

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Appreciate the season

Every year at this time, I pull out a book that has been in my possession for many years.  I read it myself. I share it’s contents with friends.  This year I’m sharing it with you! I cannot read this … Continue reading

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“A snow garden: and other stories” by Rachel Joyce

Every once in a while you find a writer that seems to have a way with words that seems to speak directly to you, the reader.  It is a talent coveted by many, and one that Rachel Joyce possesses.  Her … Continue reading

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“Snowdrops at the Star and Sixpence” by Holly Hepburn

Today is the day when I decorate my house for the holiday season.  To get in the mood, I thought I’d start reading this holiday novella.  I was meaning to read it while taking breaks from the decorating, but instead … Continue reading

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