The Little Christmas Shop on Nutcracker Lane by Jaimie Admans

Thank you to HQ Digital for a copy of this gorgeous book via NetGalley. My thoughts are my own and not influenced by the gift. I enjoyed reading Jaimie Adman’s previous book, The Little Bookshop of Love stories back in July (see my 5 star review at https://mentoringmumof2bookreviews.home.blog/2020/07/11/the-little-bookshop-of-love-stories-by-jaimie-admans/). The ebook is published this week (https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08GS33BGP/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_GZCHFbQ7JYKXD) and the paperback on 10th December 2020.

Synopsis:

Nia Maddison has always believed that wishes come true on Nutcracker Lane. So, when she gets the opportunity to run her own Christmas gift shop on the most magical street in town, it feels like her wishes have been finally granted.

But working late one night, Nia discovers yet another boyfriend has cheated on her. As she trudges home – alone, again – she passes the (supposedly) magical nutcracker and half-joking thinks a wish can’t hurt. Cracking a nut in its mouth, she wishes to find Prince Charming.

The next day Nia gets to work to find another decoration shop has opened directly across the lane from her own, and she can’t resist having a nose around.

Whilst there, she accidentally backs into a human-sized Nutcracker, knocking it over and breaking it. Mortified, she flees from the store but when she gathers her resolve to go back and apologise, she stumbles across the gorgeous shop owner James, who looks exactly like Prince Charming…

Could her Christmas wish from the night before really be coming true?

My thoughts:

I have to admit that after reading the first couple of chapters, that I thought I wouldn’t enjoy this book as much as the Little Bookshop of Love Stories. However, something magical happened and this quickly became my favourite Christmas book of 2020.

Nia and James are so different, one loves everything to do with Christmas, whilst the other loathes Christmas. However, after literally bumping into each other, they need to work together to bring back the magic of Christmas to Nutcracker Lane.

I loved how Jaimie has crammed so many Christmas traditions into one story – the food, the sweets, the decorations, the board games, the Christmas Carols and the mistletoe. In 2020, when many of us will have to forgo our normal traditions due to the social distancing rules, this book brought the magic of a non Covid Christmas to life.

If you would love to escape for a few hours, then grab a copy of this fabulous festive and romantic read, a big mug of hot chocolate, some peppermint creams and a festive blanket as soon as possible.

The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans

I’m thrilled to share my review for this gorgeous book again to celebrate the paperback publication this week. Thank you to HQ Digital for a digital review copy via NetGalley – my views are my own.

Synopsis:

Today is the Mondayest Monday ever. Hallie Winstone has been fired – and it wasn’t even her fault!

Having lost her job and humiliated herself in front of a whole restaurant full of diners, this is absolutely, one hundred percent, the worst day of her life.

That is until she receives an email announcing that she is the lucky winner of the Once Upon a Page Bookshop!

Owning a bookshop has always been Hallie’s dream, and when she starts to find secret love letters on the first pages of every book, she knows she’s stumbled across something special.

Things get even better when she meets gorgeous, bookish Dimitri and between them, they post a few of the hidden messages online, reuniting people who thought they were lost forever.

But maybe it’s time for Hallie to find her own happy-ever-after, too?

My thoughts:

This is the first book I’ve read by Jaimie Admans – I saw positive comments on Twitter about the book and was pleased to be approved – I was missing visiting real bookshops and looked forward to a virtual visit.

Hallie is a great character – I giggled through the opening chapter describing how she lost her waitressing job. Her love of books and passion to keep Once upon a Page open was a delight to read. The book looks at her family relationships and how her friendship with the ‘resident artist’ develops.

This was a great feel good read, full of books, love for books and community spirit. A perfect book to read for book lovers.

Jaimie Admans:

Jaimie is a 32-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots.
She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.

She has been writing for years but has only just plucked up the courage to tell people.
She is the author of chick-lit romantic comedies Kismetology and The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, and young adult romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.

Find out more on http://www.jaimieadmans.com or find me on Twitter @be_the_spark



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Book Review for The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans

Publisher comments:

Today is the Mondayest Monday ever. Hallie Winstone has been fired – and it wasn’t even her fault!

Having lost her job and humiliated herself in front of a whole restaurant full of diners, this is absolutely, one hundred percent, the worst day of her life.

That is until she receives an email announcing that she is the lucky winner of the Once Upon a Page Bookshop!

Owning a bookshop has always been Hallie’s dream, and when she starts to find secret love letters on the first pages of every book, she knows she’s stumbled across something special.

Things get even better when she meets gorgeous, bookish Dimitri and between them, they post a few of the hidden messages online, reuniting people who thought they were lost forever.

But maybe it’s time for Hallie to find her own happy-ever-after, too?

My thoughts:

Thank you to HQ Digital for a digital review copy via NetGalley – my views are my own.

This is the first book I’ve read by Jaimie Admans – I saw positive comments on Twitter about the book and was pleased to be approved – I was missing visiting real bookshops and looked forward to a virtual visit.

Hallie is a great character – I giggled through the opening chapter describing how she lost her waitressing job. Her love of books and passion to keep Once upon a Page open was a delight to read. The book looks at her family relationships and how her friendship with the ‘resident artist’ develops.

This was a great feel good read, full of books, love for books and community spirit.



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The Little Bakery of Hopes and Dreams by Kellie Hailes – publication date 8th Nov 2019

The Little Bakery of Hopes and Dreams

The Little Bakery of Hopes and Dreams by Kellie Hailes

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Blurb from Amazon:

The most magical time of the year…

Josie Donnelly spends most years pretending that Christmas doesn’t even happen! So, she hopes that the sleepy village of Sunnycombe will be the perfect place to escape the festivities…

Or so she thought! Spending time with (far too handsome) bakery owner Callan Stewart and his young daughter, Mia, makes her long for the family Christmas she’s missed out on.

Could the little bakery on the hill be her own recipe for a happy ever after this year…?

My thoughts:

A relaxing 4.5* festive read by a new author to me.

The villagers of Sunnycombe love the festive season – can they help Josie and Callan rediscover their love for the festive season after life events made them sad?

The cakes at the bakery sound delicious – this is a book that will make you crave cake, log fires and snow.

Thanks to NetGalley and HQDigital for a digital ARC – my thoughts are my own.



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Wishes Under a Starlit Sky by Lucy Knott

Ebook published 6th November 2019

Wishes Under a Starlit Sky

Wishes Under a Starlit Sky by Lucy Knott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads:

When life doesn’t go to plan, you can write yourself a new story… 

From the outside, Harper Hayes looks like she is winning at life.

She has an amazing job as a script writer, a wonderful house, an awesome best friend and an incredible husband. Yes, life seems to be pretty, dare she say it? Perfect?

But life is about to throw more than one spanner in the works of Harper’s picture perfect existence and at the busiest time of the year too.

As Christmas approaches, Harper will have some soul searching to do to decide if there really is such thing as the happily-ever-after she writes about.

My thoughts:


Having enjoyed Lucy’s previous books, I was looking forward to reading this new book, especially with such a pretty cover picture.

The book starts with a happy Harper quickly becoming a very sad and heartbroken Harper – not great for someone who works for a romantic film company.

However as we discover during the book, there are lots of friends (old and new) and parents to help Harper discover a new and better life.

This isn’t a traditional romance book but a book looking at how Harper turns a painful time in her life, into a series of new beginnings – new friends, new home and new work challenges.

This is different to Lucy’s previous books but I loved it – it is a ‘modern’ look at how a young woman can deal with heartache and move forward. It is also a great advert for Colorado and I feel that all the readers will be searching for holidays in log cabins there.

Definitely a book to curl up with during the winter with a mug of hot chocolate and a cosy blanket, maybe under a starlit sky if you can find one.

Thanks NetGalley, HQDigital and Lucy Knott for my digital review copy in exchange for my honest review – a 5 star read for me.



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LIES, LIES, LIES by Adele Parks

Lies Lies Lies

Lies Lies Lies by Adele Parks

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Daisy and Simon’s marriage is great, isn’t it? After years together, the arrival of longed-for daughter Millie sealed everything in place. A happy little family of three. And so what if Simon drinks a bit too much sometimes – Daisy’s used to it, she knows he’s letting off steam. Until one night at a party things spiral horribly out of control. And that happy little family of three will never be the same again

My thoughts:-


I’ve read a few of Adele Parks books before but I don’t think any of the others have covered so many topics and emotions as Lies Lies Lies does.

Having looked at other reviews on Goodreads after reading the book, it is clear to see that other readers also found some of the events very dark and also realistic.

Daisy and Sam appear to have it all – good careers, a nice house, a daughter born after years of IVF. However we quickly discover in chapter one that Sam cannot be Millie’s dad (when he starts looking into having another baby so that Millie has a sibling) and the lies start to spiral.

I enjoyed the book despite the dark topics covered – this was a book I didn’t want to put down. Thank you to NetGalley and HQ Books for a digital ARC in return for an honest review.




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THE Accidental LIFE SWAP by Jennifer Joyce (Publication 1/9/19)

The Accidental Life Swap

The Accidental Life Swap by Jennifer Joyce

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sometimes one moment can change your life forever…
Rebecca Riley has always been a bit of a pushover. When her glamorous boss, Vanessa, asks her to jump, she doesn’t just ask how high… she asks if her boss would like her to grab a coffee on the way back down!

So whilst overseeing the renovation of Vanessa’s beautiful countryside home, the last thing Rebecca ever expected was to be mistaken for her boss – or that she would even consider going along with it! Far away from the bustling city and her boss’s demanding ways, could she pretend to be Vanessa and swap lives, just for a little while? 

My thoughts:-


A fun and quirky story where timid Rebecca gets mistaken for her forceful boss Vanessa and finds herself unable to correct the mistake – which leads to many comical events and situations.

I enjoyed the development of the characters (human and animal) and the story – a relaxing read for the summer holiday.

Thank you to NetGalley and HQ Digital for a digital ARC in return for an honest review.





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