Sunday, 4 September 2011

Christmas Challenge

As some of you many Know I run my own Beauty business and I have had many of my clients booking in their Christmas appointments already! Now although they are clearly all getting ready for the festive time of the year I always find it hard to get in the mood. One thing I found last year was I read many books with Christmas themed covers but none of them managed to get me in the Christmas spirit!

My Mission this year is to read all the new releases his year of Christmas themed front covers and find 2011 best Christmas Book!!

I will be updating this post as I find out about upcoming releases and will add the review links as I read them. If any of you see any I have missed please let me know by posting below!

A Christmas fling, or has Janie found the real thing?
Thirty-something hairdresser Janie Johnson’s single status is a constant source of gossip for her friends and clients. So after too many nights in with her cat, a blind date disaster and news that her ex is getting married, Janie realises it’s time to do something dramatic with her life.

It’s time for an adventure!
Leaving winter behind, Janie takes the plunge and books an exotic trip to Africa. Her friends think she’s mad and Janie thinks they may very well be right… but then she falls head over heels for her tour guide – and fully fledged Maasai Warrior – Dominic. But can Janie now face spending a snowy Christmas back home without him?

My Review-

Beth Prince has always loved fairytales and now, aged twenty-four, she feels like she's finally on the verge of her own happily ever after. She lives by the seaside, works in the Picturebox - a charming but rundown independent cinema - and has a boyfriend who's so debonair and charming she can't believe her luck! There's just one problem - none of her boyfriends have ever told her they love her and it doesn't look like Aiden's going to say it any time soon. Desperate to hear 'I love you' for the first time Beth takes matters into her own hands - and instantly wishes she hadn't.

Just when it seems like her luck can't get any worse, bad news arrives in the devilishly handsome shape of Matt Jones. Matt is the regional director of a multiplex cinema and he's determined to get his hands on the Picturebox by Christmas. Can Beth keep her job, her man and her home or is her romantic-comedy life about to turn into a disaster movie?


As the singer in a wedding band, Romily Parker has seen her fair share of happy endings, even though her own love life isn't quite as simple.
On the last Saturday before Christmas, (shortly after disastrously declaring her love for best friend Charlie), Romily has a brief encounter with a handsome stranger whose heart-stopping kiss changes everything.
Determined to find him again, Romily embarks on a yearlong quest, helped (and sometimes hindered) by enthusiastic Uncle Dudley, cake-making Auntie Mags and flamboyant Wren. Will she find the man of her dreams? Or could true love be closer than she thinks?

The ONLY book that you’ll want to curl up with this winter – perfect for fans of Jill Mansell and Sophie Kinsella.


In the pretty Lancashire village of Middlemoss, Lizzy is on the verge of leaving her cheating husband, Tom, when tragedy strikes. Luckily she has welcome distraction in the Christmas Pudding Circle, a group of friends swapping seasonal recipes – as well as a rivalry with local cookery writer Nick over who will win Best Mince Pie at the village show…

Meanwhile, the whole village is gearing up for the annual Boxing Day Mystery Play. But who will play Adam to Lizzy’s Eve? Could it be the handsome and charismatic soap actor Ritch, or could someone closer to home win her heart? Whatever happens, it promises to be a Christmas to remember!

Previously published as Sweet Nothings, Trisha has extensively reworked the original novel with fabulous new extra material.


This is the life Maz Harwood signed up to when she became a vet, and she has never regretted it. She now has a beautiful baby boy, George, and she will be marrying fellow vet, Alex Fox-Gifford, at Christmas.

But recently things have become difficult. Because between arranging the wedding, performing life-saving animal surgery, and taking care of George, there hasn’t been much time left for poor Alex.

So Maz decides to take things into her own hands – with terrible consequences for all concerned.

As Christmas draws near, Maz realises that she’s going to need more than a miracle for her and Alex to make it up the aisle and rekindle the love they had once shared.

All Lydia’s ever wanted is a perfect Christmas.
So when her oldest friends invite her to spend a traditional Christmas at the
luxury hotel they’re about to open it seems like the answer to her dreams.
She’s been promised log fires, roasted chestnuts, mince pies galore, in
a setting that looks like something out of a Christmas card. Everything in
fact that she’d never had growing up.
However, in the wilds of the Lake District, Lydia is soon faced with all manner
of problems, not least of which is her best friend’s new boyfriend, Jack, who just so
happens to be the hottest of all of Lydia’s old flames…



  1. Wow - is it Christmas already? Those books look exactly like the kind of read to get me in the festive mood a little earlier than I'd planned. I'll look forweard to your reviews, Rea!

  2. That's a great idea! I'm looking forward to reading the reviews already, but then again I love Christmas!

  3. This sounds like quite a lot of fun! Best of luck with it!

  4. Thankyou ladies!! Lets hope we find the book we are looking for!!xx

  5. Trish Perry has a great looking new Christmas book~ have a look and you will want to add it to your list '')

  6. As I've often enjoy holiday-themed books, I'm looking forward to seeing the titles you review. I'm glad Marlena Cassidy referred me to your blog and am officially showing my support as a follower. :)

  7. Those books look fabulous! I love Christmas books - they make me feel all warm and cosy!

  8. RAnn has begun a CHristmas in September if you'd like to connect with more! EnJoy!

  9. Thankyou Faith I will head over and check it out! Talli this should be your challenge next year to bring out a Christmas book!!

    Welcome Michelle and thankyou for coming over to the blog and showing your support. Marlena I am sending you a massive hug right now!!! Thankyou for helping to spread the news of the blog xxx