Book Review: No one cancels Christmas by Zara Stoneley

It may only be October but it is never too early for a festive romance and the first one of the season is No One Cancels Christmas by Zara Stoneley.

Book Review for No One Cancels Christmas by Zara Stoneley

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Title: No One Cancels Christmas

Author: Zara Stoneley

Genre: Romance, Festive

Publisher: Harper Impulse

Release Date: 19th October 2018

Blurb:

It’s the most magical time of the year, and for travel agent Sarah it’s also the busiest! But this year one man threatens to ruin Christmas for Sarah’s customers – Mr Grinch, Will Armstrong.
The Shooting Star Mountain resort is a magical place, and Sarah has fond memories of Christmas here as a little girl – visits to Father Christmas, husky rides in the snow and hot chocolate by a roaring fire. But as the resorts new owner, Will refuses to play snowball or to deck the halls with anything remotely resembling tinsel!
With customers complaining their Christmas is ruined, Sarah decides it’s up to her to convince Scroogey Will just how magical Christmas can be….
But getting Will into the Christmas spirit is hopeless – he is Bah Humbug personified! But as Sarah gets to know him better, she realises that underneath all the gloom is a man struggling with a pain of his own.
With the big day approaching, Sarah realises that the magic and sparkle can wait. This year, she’s going to spend Christmas day with someone special her very own Mr Scrooge…

Purchase Link

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/No-One-Cancels-Christmas-romantic-ebook/dp/B07CWTVJGD
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/no-one-cancels-christmas-romantic-ebook/dp/B07CWTVJGD

My Thoughts

Zara Stoneley is a new author to me but within a couple of chapters, I was hooked by her writing style and the prospective trip to Shooting Star Mountain Resort. The festive feel forced me to consume my first mince pie though I resisted the urge to play Christmas music.

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With the backdrop of mountains, snow and log cabins the setting alone is ideal for a festive romance. When travel agent, Sarah was younger the Shooting Star Mountain Resort flourished providing perfect Christmas holidays so she highly recommended it to her customers. With news of complaints and run ins with Will Armstrong she decides the tackle the problem head on. She is not prepared to let the business responsible for many memories fail without a fight. Sarah’s unique feisty personality complements moody Scrooge-like Will Armstrong who I connected with immediately. With a bundle of fun characters including flirtatious Ed and beautiful husky Rosie it is a joy to read. This is a story of how a person’s history affects their present, brewing secrets, romance and the magic of Christmas. The unexpected elements made this story its own; it will not be lost in the mass of festive reads available.

Do I recommend?

Yes, it is a humorous, romantic festive read to snuggle down under the duvet and perfect for this time of year.

Author Biography

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Zara Stoneley

Born in a small village in Staffordshire, I wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when I grew up. After many years, and many different jobs, my dream of writing a bestseller came true.

I write about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hope that my tales make you cry a little, laugh a lot, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’.

I now live in a Cheshire village with my family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

Where you can find her

Website: http://www.zarastoneley.com
Twitter: @ZaraStoneley
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ZaraStoneley
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zarastoneley/

Thank you Rachel’s Random Resources for an advanced copy and inviting to this tour.

Happy reading!

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Book review: Moonlight over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan

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Title Moonlight over Manhattan

Author Sarah Morgan

Blurb

Determined to conquer a lifetime of shyness, Harriet Knight challenges herself to do one thing a day in December that scares her, including celebrating Christmas without her family. But when dog-walker Harriet meets her newest client, exuberant spaniel Madi, she adds an extra challenge to her list – dealing with Madi’s temporary dog-sitter, gruff doctor Ethan Black, and their very unexpected chemistry.
Ethan thought he was used to chaos, until he met Madi – how can one tiny dog cause such mayhem? To Ethan, the solution is simple – he will pay Harriet to share his New York apartment and provide 24-hour care. But there’s nothing simple about how Harriet makes him feel.
Ethan’s kisses make Harriet shine brighter than the stars over moonlit Manhattan. But when his dog-sitting duties are over, and Harriet returns to her own home, will she dare to take the biggest challenge of all – letting Ethan know he has her heart for life, not just for Christmas?

For those who love romance, there is nothing like a Sarah Morgan book to make reality fall away and transport you into the lives of her characters. In this book, you find yourself in Manhattan near Christmas with Harriet. I instantly felt a connection with quiet, shy Harriet who is more comfortable talking to the dogs she walks than people. Her love life is going nowhere fast after some disastrous dates until she stumbles across Dr Ethan Black or Dr Hot as others describe him. I like how none of her characters are perfect and they all have relatable flaws; it makes them more real. The plot flows well and old favourite characters from Sarah Morgan’s other books make an appearance as an added treat.
This story hits the spot for a good festive read while curling up under the duvet with a luxurious hot chocolate.

Happy reading!

 

Book review: Chronically Christmas

Spoon Shortage Sue is a blogger who shares her adventures with her followers as she ticks things off her bucket list with her trusty sidekick, Rolo her spaniel. This is her first book on her experiences with living with a chronic illness.

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Title  Chronically Christmas

Author  Spoon Shortage Sue

Genre Auto-biography,  short story

Blurb

A personal journey through chronic illness and disability. Chronically Christmas looks at how Christmas is experienced over a number of years. From first feeling unwell, to being diagnosed. From various treatments to steroid side effects. It’s the story of one woman’s struggle coping with the many different experiences faced when fighting chronic illness.

Spoon Shortage Sue is a mum, wife and assistance dog owner, a retired secondary school teacher, who runs a successful Facebook page – Spoon Shortage Sue & Spoonie Spaniel too. She has fought chronic illness and disability for a number of years and has shared with fellow fighters offering a positive outlook to dealing with the many struggles she and others face.

She also blogs frequently at spoonshortagesue.wordpress.com.

This is her first short story, a personal account of dealing with chronic illness and disability. She is also currently writing a more in depth account which will be published in the new year.

This upbeat short story is a pleasure to read. It is a well written snapshot of chronic illness and follows Sue’s Christmases from pre- diagnosis to the present, from anxieties at being in medical limbo to acceptance and living life to the full. As a follower of Spoon Shortage Sue’s blog it is great to see how it all began. She brings a smile to many daily on FB and wonderful to read her story. 
 

Book review: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle

Time is creeping on; in a few weeks people will be getting into the festive spirit and will start to indulge in some of the Christmas reads that are appearing on the shop shelves. I have a stash I have been lucky to be given in exchange for an honest review (so watch this space in the coming weeks) including this one , A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson.

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Title: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle

Author: Kiltie Jackson

This was a refreshing, festive read with depth and soul not seen in many Christmas romances I have read recently. Sukie is a strong, independent character who has a successful career and  2 men she can rely on, Tony and Adam – her cats. Her feisty, down to earth and fun personality carries the book forward to make it a pleasure to read with a few chuckles along the way. She jumps at the chance to go to Austria, her dream destination, not knowing it will be a trip that will change her life when her path crosses with the now reluctant rock star, Pete Wallace.

I became emotionally attached to all the characters as their present and back stories unfolded so when the malice which is threaded throughout the book increased, my heart was in my mouth as I turned each page in trepidation.

This  well written debut is described as a 21st-century love story but it is more than that. It is also about friendship, fun, life and revenge.

If you are a fan of Karen Swan and Jill Mansell this book is well worth reading while snuggled under the duvet and indulging in a mug of hot chocolate.

I am looking forward to reading more from Kiltie Jackson and excited to hear she has a new book in progress.

A Rock ‘n’ Roll style is available through Amazon

You can find out more about the author Kiltie Jackson on

www.kiltiejackson.com

www.facebook.com/kiltiejackson

kiltiejackson@gmail.com

 

Thank you Kiltie for sharing this book with me.

Happy Reading!