The Christmas Lights

The Christmas LightsThe Christmas Lights by Karen Swan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like Karen Swan’s writing style. most of her books have dual storylines that are always connected. The prologues are always intriguing and pull the reader into the story from page one.

This year our main characters are Signy and Bo. Besides coming from different eras and backgrounds, the two have one thing in common – they both have experienced a trauma that has made a big effect on their lives. An incident has changed Signy’s life when she was fourteen years old. But an awful event shaped the young girl into a wise woman who in the end, overcame her sorrow and found the way to move on with her life. And when Bo’s brother passed away in her arms, she found her escape in constant running mode from the typical daily life. However, everything has changed when wise and old Signy entered Bo’s life.

I love everything about this book, location, characters, and storylines. It covers infidelity, physical and emotional abuse, murder. This is not the typical happy go lucky kind of novel, but that’s what I love about Karen Swan’s writing.


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Christmas in Vermont

Christmas in VermontChristmas in Vermont by Anita Hughes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Anita Hughes’ books are becoming a part of my Twelve Books of Christmas Tradition.

This year, I’ve spent a wonderful time in a beautiful little town in Vermont. My travelers were college sweethearts Emma and Fletcher. The story of the two goes back 11 years. One fateful evening, before the graduation, the couple makes a chain of unfortunate mistakes that leads to the sudden break-up.

Fast forward to the present tense, the two meet in a winter wonderland – Vermont. Fletcher, who is spending a romantic holiday in the countryside with his daughter and new fiance, runs into his ex-girlfriend Emma. What he does not know, is the fact that Emma has followed him to snowy Vermont for a reason, and the reason is – to rekindle the old flame.

I love Anita Hughes’s novels. And this one was a perfect little story, however, I was disappointed with the characters, especially Bronwyn, Lola, and Megan. Lola did not sound like a 10-year-old at all, Megan was a spoiled brat from page one and Bronwyn was just blah, I could not find anything interesting about her. The plot is very predictable, I guess I was expecting a little challenge there. Nevertheless, this is a sweet novel to cuddle up with during chilly winter evenings.


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A Noel Killing

A Noël Killing (Verlaque and Bonnet, #8)A Noël Killing by M.L. Longworth

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It was a pleasure to reconnect with Antoine Verlaque and Marine Bonnet again, and the best part of all was to spend a wonderful Christmas time with then in spectacular Aix-en-Provence.

And all was fun and games with joyful Christmas carols and delicious dinner and wine… until a local businessman dropped dead in the middle of Christmas festivities in a local church. Verlaque, who hates Christmas, was absolutely excited to shift his attention to a new case. And what a case… it involved secrets, mafia, and shady business owners… all fun ingredients for a juicy and thrilling Christmas mystery.

I’m loving Antoine and Marine relationship. Not a fan of many characters that are involved in the novel, but it worked well for this storyline. This is a perfect book to cuddle up with during cold winter evenings.

Thank you Penguin Books for a free copy of the novel and M. L. Longworth for a marvelous Christmas mystery.


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The Secret Santa

The Secret SantaThe Secret Santa by Trish Harnetiaux

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is not a typical Christmas read, nevertheless, it is a pageturner!

The story is told from four main characters’ in an uneven sequence.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the king and queen of Aspen’s real estate, Henry and Claudine are prepared for their annual company Christmas party. This year, a famous pop star and potential client/buyer joins their holiday celebration. Calhoun’s annual Christmas party is famous around town for its very unique “Secret Santa” game. As guests enjoy themselves in a cozy little mention, they are slowly being trapped in the house by an unpredictable snowfall. And it’s all fun and games until a very specific object makes an appearance at the party. An item, that besides disturbing the mellow little party can also ruin the lives of its hosts.

An astonishing plot, with a phenomenal twist at the end, makes this novel a captivating read. I love everything about it: the location, the secrets, the characters. Big thank you Trish Harnetiaux for a thrilling ride across the pages of her newest novel, and NetGalley and Arrow publisher for a free and advanced copy of the book.


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Christmas at the Chalet

Christmas at the ChaletChristmas at the Chalet by Anita Hughes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a charming and heartwarming novel that is taking set in the best place on earth!

If you have to choose the place to fall in love during Christmas time, where would you go? Not sure about you, but you will find me in Switzerland’s most gorgeous ski chalet – St. Moritz. And it looks like me and our main character Felicity are thinking alike because she is on her way to the beautiful winter wonderland. Ok, fine, she is not single, and she is going there for work. But things are not looking good for Felicity in the love department. The owner of New York’s bridal salon, and upcoming designer, Ms. Grant seems to found “the one” years ago. She and Adam have been dating for years and seemed to be on the same page regarding their professional and personal lives. Yeah, you can be on the same page with someone, just make sure you’re reading the right book, am I not correct? Anyway, back to lovely Felicity.

Our lovely and sweet designer was hoping to receive a marriage proposal from her longtime boyfriend over Christmas, but he starts to get cold feet and suggests for the couple to take a break. Wrong thing to say to a gorgeous girl who is heading to Switzerland’s most exclusive resort that is filled with handsome single men. But of course, out girl is loyal. Instead of flirting her days away she keeps getting in most ridiculous accidents, and luckily enough, there is a dark, tall and handsome, and single, doctor who is there to sweep her off her feet.

A lovely and sweet page turner. I could not put it down. This is my second best favorite novel written by Anita Hudges. I definitely recommend this novel to any romance and Christmas lover! A perfect book to curl up with in a comfy chair with a glass of wine or hot cocoa.


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Christmas in London

Christmas in London: A NovelChristmas in London: A Novel by Anita Hughes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Do you know why I love Christmas? Hot cocoa, cheery holiday carols, the smell of the Christmas tree, and most importantly – the kindness of people’s hearts.

When Bianca, a famous cooking channel host, gets an allergic reaction to the cinnamon rolls that her producer’s assistant brought over one fatal night, the show is under the risk of failure. But Noah finds a perfect replacement for Bianca, the person who actually baked the cinnamon rolls. Ironic, isn’t it? And is a splurge of the moment, Louisa is whisked off her feet, literally, and hours later lands in London. The crew has arrived in London for a couple of days to film an annual Christmas Eve Dinner TV special at Claridge’s. Besides the work, the team had plenty of time to play and misbehave, and they do use their time very wisely. And while Louisa and Noah run all around London, bickering and falling in love, Kate, the show’s producer, runs into her old crush and experiencing a little holiday romance of her own.

As the novel goes back and forth between Kate and Louisa, for some reason I find Kate’s story much more likable and entertaining. Not very realistic, but hey, this is Christmas and it’s totally fine to entertain ourselves with a delightful holiday book. Therefore, pour a glass of wine, wrap yourself in a warm cozy blanket and enjoy this sweet and charming Christmas romance.


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A Timeless Christmas

A Timeless ChristmasA Timeless Christmas by Alexis Stanton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Megan Turner, just like me, is in love with the past. She even went as far as to study to become the American History professor at her local university. And during the process of applying for her dream job and collecting all necessary documentation and reference letters, Megan has found a job as a tour guide at the local museum.

Charles Whitley, an innovator and a businessman, is in love with the future. He travels all over Europe, searching for new ways to improve his own steel business. During his last trip to France, Charles purchased an old antique clock, and while trying to repair it he accidentally travels 116 years into the future.

The two young people meet during the magical Christmas time. Charles, who has always seen himself as a workaholic, for the first time takes the break from his work and sees the Christmas for what it really is… a family holiday. The time to spend and enjoy with the loved ones. However, after learning the history of his past, now more than ever Charles want to go back to his own time and succeed his most vicious rival.

A sweet and short novel about time traveling, friendship, love, and Christmas. Lovely evening read. Thank you, NetGalley, Alexis Stanton, and Hallmark Publishing for a free copy of this wonderful story.


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Kiss Me In Paris

Kiss me in ParisKiss me in Paris by Catherine Rider

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I do love romance novels, but I just can’t handle sappy romance books. And when I opened this book I thought, here we go, I’m stuck with a gooey novel. But, luckily, I am a type of person that ALWAYS finishes the book, so I continued to read the story. And boy, what a great decision I’ve made.

The story starts with a young girl, Serena, who plans “Romance Tour” in the city of light and love with her older sister and mom. The purpose of the tour is to refresh the memory and honor her father, who has tragically passed away two years prior. However all Serena’s plans start to crash from the very beginning. ”Kiss me in Paris” is a very delightful and humorous novel that is full of Serena’s 24-hour adventure in Paris that she ends up sharing (and enjoying) with a complete stranger.

I know, I know… eye roll. You have read this type of story before or seen in on TV. However, the moral of the story caught my attention and made me appreciate this lovely novel. Never chase the past. It’s already gone. And it’s ok to move on and create new happy memories, and this does not mean that you stop loving someone just because they are no longer here.

Wonderful writing. I loved writer’s description of Paris in December. Great storyline. This is an easy read, perfect for chilly fall/winter evenings under a warm blanket and a cup of hot cocoa or tea.


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From Paris With Love This Christmas

From Paris With Love This ChristmasFrom Paris With Love This Christmas by Jules Wake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was my first book by Jules Wake, however, I did not realize this was a part of the series. therefore this is second out of three books. And after reading this great novel, I added the other two to my TBR list and will read those very soon.

From Paris With Love this Christmas concentrates on Siena. From the first pages of the book, she is painted as a spoiled, rich brat who ran away from home (France). She meets grampy Jason, her older sister’s tenant who is renting/looking after Laurie’s estate. We have a typical beginning of the story. However chapter after chapter, we are starting to get to know our characters, and their stories are what makes this book so great!

Siena turns out to be pretty realistic with her goals. After her mother cancels all her credit cards and stops her allowance, she lands a door to door sales job, that does not end well. But after her first failure, Siena doesn’t run back to her family. She even does not asks her sister for a financial help. As soon as she is back on her feet, Siena gets another job, as a waitress. To my surprise, she never complains, not once!!

And Jason is also not your typical next door guy as he appears to be at the beginning. “Wall Street” guy turned out to be a pretty good beer brewer. He is successful in business but not in love. His last relationship ended terribly and he is doing his best to avoid that type of situation in the future.

Siena’s sudden unwelcome arrival and wish to stay in England longer than a weekend made Jason furious. But as the book goes on, they learn to live with each other, shared their secrets, built a great and warm friendship and felt in love… right on time for Christmas.

An incredible story of love, trust, friendship, and willpower. An astonishing set of characters that I am looking forward to learning more about in the next two books.


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Christmas In Paris

Christmas in ParisChristmas in Paris by Anita Hughes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Christmas in Paris is a delightful and jolly Christmas theme novel!

What do you do when you break your engagement days before Christmas? An ambitious Philadelphia finance woman, Isabel Lawson decides to come to the city of light and love. And during her first night at the hotel, she meets her suite neighbor Alec, children’s illustrator, whose gorgeous fiance left him a week before their wedding.

Days go by and hopeless romantic Isabel and heartbroken Alec build a friendship. They explore Paris, attend museums, eat delicious French delicacies and during one of their walks Isabel meets a fortune teller. And funny enough, psychic’s predictions are starting to come true. Isabel escapes death, receives a charming present, and meets a French count. While Isabel is being swept off her feet by handsome count, Alec is struggling to meet his work deadline and stop his evil half-sister from evicting his mother from her late husband’s townhouse.

It’s Christmas time in Paris. And it’s a perfect time to fall in love… Despite all the differences Alec and Isabel find their way to their very own unexpected happy ending.

A heartwarming and fun Christmas novel. A perfect book to cuddle up with during cold winter evenings.

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The Christmas Secret

The Christmas SecretThe Christmas Secret by Karen Swan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Christmas is not Christmas without Karen Swan’s books. And her new “The Christmas Secret” novel has become one of my favorite books by this wonderful writer.

Alex Hyde – a business coach is hired to “straighten out” CEO of Kentallen Distilleries, Lochlan Farqhuar. Both characters are determined and focused on their goals. That would be a huge benefit if their goals were not different. And lies that Alex was told from the beginning about Lochie didn’t help her built a successful partnership with him. An accidental fire at the distillery doesn’t help Alex’s progress either. However after Alex mistakenly hijacks Lochie’s weekend with his close friends, she learns the reasons behind stubborn CEO’s behavior. During this weekend dangerous sparks are flying between our two headstrong characters.

Time is running out, Christmas is around the corner and Alex must wrap up the deal she was hired to do. Sholto Farqhuar drives Lochlan out of family business using evidence Alex has found in family archives. Lochlan is devastated by her betrayal. The deal is done, she is financially rewarded, however, she is not at peace, Alex is angry that she was tricked by Farqhuar family. All she wants is to fix what she had broke, and when Alex Hyde sets the goal – she achieves it… well and gets her happy ending in the process.

It was an absolute delight to get lost in the pages of this marvelous novel. Karen Swan did it again!IMG_20171216_114109_139_1514007768311

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Christmas at Butterfly Cove

Christmas at Butterfly Cove (Butterfly Cove, #3)Christmas at Butterfly Cove by Sarah Bennett

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is my first book from Butterfly Cove series. In this book, the story concentrates more on Nee and Luke.

Luke and Nee got married in a spare moment. On the night of their wedding Nee receives an email from an art school she has applied months before. With a very intense push from a school’s famous artist Devin Rees, Nee leaves her husband in the morning and takes the next flight to NY. However, the life in New York did turn out the way Nee had hoped. Instead of learning from “most lauded artists”, she ended up fixing his work. One night, Nee was invited by Devin into his apartment, drugged and raped. Next morning, she was dismissed from her school. Weeks after an incident, Nee returns back to Butterfly Cove, however, everyone has noticed the change in her, and most importantly – she stops painting. However with a help of her “husband”, sisters and close friends, Nee is on a mission to “find” herself again. And the final step for new Nee is to make amends with her husband. During new years night, Luke and Nee renew their vows and start New Year as Mr.&Mrs. Spencer.

My advice – if you want to read this book, read the first two books of the series first. As I later discovered, there is more to the story of the characters that were presented in this book.Screenshot_20171223-004333_1514007882569

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