Bella Bradley is the queen of television baking – a national treasure. Her Christmas specials have been topping the ratings for years and her marriage to Peter ‘Silver Fox’ Bradley is the stuff of Hello magazine specials.
But this year things are going to be different.
For Amy Lane, Bella’s best friend from school, life hasn’t held quite the same sparkle. And when Amy’s husband walks out three weeks from Christmas, it seems their lives are further apart than ever.
Amy has watched Bella’s rise to fame fondly, despite the fact Bella was always a terrible cook. But when she realises that Bella’s latest Christmas book is made up entirely of Amy’s mother’s recipes, the gloves are off…
After winning a competition to appear on Bella’s TV show, Amy is going to make sure that for Bella and her viewers, this will definitely be a Christmas to remember…
Why so excited? --> Sue Watson is a wonderful author and I've really enjoyed all of her novels so far. I'm really excited to hear she will be releasing a Christmas story this year and it promises to be a fabulous one! Baking and Christmas? Count me in!
Trisha Ashley - 'A Christmas Cracker' (22 October)
This Christmas is about to go off with a bang!
Things can’t possibly get worse for Tabby. Framed for a crime she didn’t commit, she suddenly finds herself without a job. Then to make matters worse, Tabby’s boyfriend dumps her and gives her cat away to a shelter.
But rescue comes in the form of kindly Mercy. A master of saving waifs and strays, Mercy wants Tabby to breathe new flair into her ailing cracker business. Together, they’ll save Marwood’s Magical Christmas Crackers.
But someone has other ideas. Mercy’s nephew Randal thinks Tabby’s a fraudster. Stubborn, difficult and very attractive, her future depends upon winning him round. But it’s that time of the year when miracles really can happen. Standing under the mistletoe, Tabby’s Christmas is set to be one that she will never forget...
Why so excited? --> I know I keep repeating myself, but here we've got another fabulous author whose Christmas novels are always a true joy to read. I've really come to love Trisha Ashley's warm stories and I have a good feeling 'A Christmas Cracker' will be the perfect read for a cold Sunday afternoon in November.
Judy Astley - 'A Merry Mistletoe Wedding' (22 October)
It is almost a year since Sean and Thea met and it's been a roller-coaster ride: they're getting married on Christmas Eve!
Neither Thea or Sean want a big fuss - a simple wedding, with Christmas carols and just a few sprigs of mistletoe for decoration is all they need. But before they know it, things begin to get complicated. Trying to manage a long-distance relationship in the build-up to their Christmas wedding is one thing, but as one challenge after another comes their way, the happy couple begin to wonder if they'll ever make it down the aisle...
Why so excited? --> Another novel that is at the top of my holiday reading for this year! Judy Astley knows how to write an entertaining story with characters that will stay with you for quite some time to come, and I already look forward to picking this up at the end of October!
Vicky Pattison - 'A Christmas Kiss' (22 October)
Amber Raey is working all the hours God sends as assistant to one of the country's top fashion designers, and her boss is a complete nightmare. Amber's dream is to launch her own fashion line one day so, for the time being, she just has to grin and bear it. And then opportunity comes knocking and Amber's suddenly on the fast track to the top.
The parties, the glamour, a whirlwind romance - Amber loves every second of her new life. But there's more to this world than its glossy exterior suggests, and when a face from Amber's past reappears, she finds herself in real trouble. With Christmas fast approaching, Amber is drifting further and further away from her family and friends. Can she get her life back on track before it's too late for a merry Christmas?
Why so excited? --> The lead-up to Christmas wouldn't be complete without a glamorous holiday read like 'A Christmas Kiss' by Vicky Pattison! I love the cover and I hope I'll enjoy the story inside just as much!
Stephanie Butland - 'The Other Half of My Heart' (22 October)
“It smelled bittersweetly of sourdough, and there was the trace of hot, fresh bread in the air. She took a deep breath and unlocked the door”
Fifteen years ago Bettina May’s life’s veered off course in one disastrous night. Still reeling from the shock of losing everything she thought was hers, Bettina opens a bakery in a village and throws herself into the comfort of bread-making.
She spends her days kneading dough and measuring ingredients. She meets someone. She begins to heal.
Until someone who knows what happens that night walks into Bettina's bakery. In the pause of a heartbeat, fifteen years disappear and Bettina remembers a time she thought was lost for ever...
Can she ever go back?
Why so excited? --> An author that's completely new to me, but I already really like both the cover and description of Stephanie Butland's 'The Other Half of My Heart'!
Ciara Geraghty - 'This is Now' (22 October)
An ordinary day. An ordinary bank. An ordinary street in an ordinary town. Nothing ever happens, until, one day, a shocking robbery turns life upside down for five people:
Cillian, a police detective,
Martha, the woman he thought was the life of his life,
Tobias, who came to Ireland after WWII and now lies in a coma, shot in the bank robbery,
Roman, the young Polish teenager who is suspected of pulling the trigger
and his mother Rosa, the cleaner, who dreamed of a better life for herself and her son...
...and things will never be ordinary again.
Why so excited? --> Another author whom I haven't had the pleasure of meeting yet, but I really want to check out one of Ciara Geraghty's novels in the near future. Her new release 'This is Now' promises to be a really intriguing story and I can't wait to pick it up this October.
Cressida McLaughlin - 'Tinsel and Terriers (Primrose Terrace #4)' (22 October)
Christmas is coming to Primrose Terrace, Pooch Promenade is doing brilliantly and Cat has made lots of new friends in the street, both dogs and their owners. Life seems good. Things start to go badly when Cat learns something about Mark that she wishes she hadn’t. Then, when one of Ellen’s lovable schnauzers, Chalky, gets ill, it looks like this Christmas could be turning into a dog’s dinner. But Cat has never given up on anything in her life – and this is one Christmas that’s definitely worth saving…
Tinsel and Terriers is the fourth and final part of a serialized novel told in four parts – all set in Primrose Terrace.
Why so excited? --> It's already the fourth and final part of Cressida McLaughlin's 'Primrose Terrace' series! While I feel sad the series is coming to an end, I can't wait to read what will happen to the characters next!
Carole Matthews - 'The Chocolate Lovers Christmas' (22 October)
Christmas is just around the corner but the women of The Chocolate Lovers' Club have more to worry about than present shopping...
Lucy loves running Chocolate Heaven but she hasn't spent time with her boyfriend, Aiden, in weeks. And then her ex-fiance turns up and things become even more complicated. Nadia hasn't let herself get close to a man in a long time, yet she can't help feeling drawn to Jacob. Will he be her last chance for a happy ending? Chantal and her husband, Ted, are besotted with their baby daughter Lana - but she's not sure that's enough to base a marriage on. Autumn is dealing with a tragedy that has hit too close to home. But when she doesn't get the support she needs from her fiance, will she look elsewhere for comfort?
Can friendship overcome all in... The Chocolate Lovers' Christmas.
Why so excited? --> Christmas book season wouldn't be the same without a Carole Matthews Christmas story! Carole's novels always leave me with a big smile on my face, and especially her Christmas reads are so incredibly lovely and festive... I can't wait!
Sophie Kinsella - 'Shopaholic to the Rescue' (22 October)
Becky’s biggest ever challenge takes her to Las Vegas and beyond in a fast-paced, fun-filled, road-trip adventure. Becky’s gone too far in the past - but now she's putting things right. She’s determined to track down her missing dad, help her best friend Suze, bond with her worst enemy Alicia Bitch Long-legs (maybe...) and work out how to play blackjack.
As she discovers quite how much her friends and family need help, she comes up with a brilliant plan. Becky is going to rescue everyone. But can she rescue herself?
Why so excited? --> It's Sophie Kinsella! It's Becky! Do I need to say more?!
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Holly Martin - 'Snowflakes on Silver Cove' (30 October)
Libby Joseph is famous for her romantic Christmas stories. Every December, readers devour her books of falling in love against the magical backdrop of the Christmas season. If only Libby believed in the magic herself…
Struggling to finish her current novel, Libby turns to her best friend and neighbour George Donaldson to cheer her up. But George also needs a bit of support himself. Nervous about getting back into the dating saddle after splitting from his wife, he and Libby strike a deal. She will teach George how to win over the ladies, and Libby will in turn be inspired to inject her novel with a good dose of romance.
As Libby and George explore the beautiful White Cliff Bay on a series of romantic Christmas-themed dates, Libby finds herself having more fun than she’s had in ages and…discovers feelings that she never knew she had for George.
But is it too late? Will George win someone else’s heart or can Libby act like the heroine in one of her stories and reach for her own love under the mistletoe this Christmas?
Why so excited? --> Oh, I just love love love everything about this novel! Holly Martin is a great author, the title is just wonderful and festive, and the cover is too cute. Definitely at the top of my holiday reading for 2015!