Review – The Great Christmas Knit Off

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Author: Alexandra Brown
Pages: 400
Genre: Chic-Lit
Heartbroken after being jilted at the altar, Sybil has been saved from despair by her knitting obsession and now her home is filled to bursting with tea cosies, bobble hats, and jumpers. But, after discovering that she may have perpetrated the cock-up of the century at work, Sybil decides to make a hasty exit and, just weeks before Christmas, runs away to the picturesque village of Tindledale.  There, Sybil discovers Hettie’s House of Haberdashery, an emporium dedicated to the world of knitting and needle craft. But Hettie, the outspoken octogenarian owner, is struggling and now the shop is due for closure. And when Hettie decides that Sybil’s wonderfully wacky Christmas jumpers are just the thing to add a bit of excitement to her window display, something miraculous starts to happen…

This is my 4th Alexandra Brown book. After reading and loving her Carrington series I was super excited to read The Great Christmas Knit Off, which is set to be another series. Yay!

I got stuck into The Great Christmas Knit off and straight away I was hooked I finished it within two days. I do love a good Christmas book and reading about all the snow was a delight having lived in Sydney for the last two Christmas’ it’s been bloody lovely to read about the cold and snow I have always associated with Christmas.

We are introduced to poor Sybil who was jilted at the altar. Heartbroken Sybil throws herself into her knitting, which she enjoys and finds comfort in. However with her mind being elsewhere, especially so, while she is working she finds herself hardly focusing on her job. She soon discovers she may have caused a major cock-up one that could cost her, her job! On the spur of the moment she decides to take her dearest friend up on the offer of letting her stay with her for a few days in Tindledale, at the new pub she has bought. She jumps on the train without a thought with just her dog basil for company and soon arrives to a picture perfect village, albeit an empty pitch black one due to a power cut. While there she soon discovers Hetties House of Haberdashery a shop dedicated to knitting and all things craft, Sybil is in heaven! Hettie and Sybil get off to a frosty start but soon become firm friends and once Sybil discovers that the shop may have to close down she takes it upon herself to help in any way she can to keep it open. As well as Hettie we get to meet a few other residents of Tindledale, we soon learn to love them all. A favourite of mine, being Ruby. Tindledale was such a lovely little village and whilst reading you felt like part of the family, they all rallied around to help one another. If only you had neighbours you could count on like this in real life! I also think that Tindledale could quite possibly be the most luscious setting for a Christmas book.

The Great Christmas Knit Off is heart-warming and Christmassy full of love and I can’t wait for the next book in the series and finding out what happens to Sybil and the rest of Tindledale next.

My Rating: 4.5*



Review – Beneath the Moon and the Stars

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Author: Amelia Thorne
Blurb: Home, sweet home…
Joy Cartier has been to some of the most beautiful places in the world – but none of them have ever felt like home. So moving into a tiny cottage in the idyllic village of Bramble Hill, walking distance from her childhood home, seems like the perfect plan.
That is, until she gets there. The surly inhabitants of Britain’s Friendliest Village are anything but welcoming. Even her neighbour, reclusive Hollywood star Finn Mackenzie, takes one look at her and walks in the other direction.
But when the village animosity steps up a gear, it is the infuriatingly brooding Finn who keeps coming to her rescue. Slowly Joy begins to realise that maybe a happy home isn’t about where you live, but who you’re with…

Beneath the Moon and the Stars is Amelia Thornes debut. Picking up a book by a new author is a mixed bag for me. What if it you don’t like it? With picking up a new book from an old friend you just know you going to love it. However the unknown is kind of exciting. You could end up with a brand new favourite book…Luckily this time round I found a fab new author and a great book!

Joy Cartier moves to Bramble Hill full of hope to find her perfect home. What she doesn’t get is the welcome she was expecting. Bramble Hill known as “Britain’s friendliest village” is anything but. However, Joy by name joy by nature is not easily put off, even when her fellow villagers are being utterly vile for no reason other than, she is new to their village. She still continues to live her life with nothing but smiles and optimism, no matter what gets thrown at her. The book opens with Joy hiding from the police with us having no idea why… with clues being your way you want to find out what is going on and what is she hiding?
As well as Joy we are introduced to her neighbours. While she doesn’t get off to the best start with her moody neighbour Finn, he comes to her rescue albeit reluctantly more than once. Zach on the other hand, her other neighbour sets his sights on Joy early on and he clearly wants to be more than her friend. We also have his brother Casey who doesn’t live in the village but is Finns best friend, he on the other hand seems to become Joy’s friend instantly, as we move through the book we discover not only does Joy have a secret but Casey does too. I really loved Casey, he was a great friend to Joy when she needed him, and I also really loved Joy’s brother, what a guy!
I totally enjoyed reading about the inhabitants of Bramble hill, and I suppose when you think of little villages, you just assume they are quiet and quaint and your fellow villagers are always there to lend a hand or a cup of sugar should you so need it, however the village life of Bramble Hill was anything but idyllic but it sure made for good reading!

Beneath the Moon and the Stars was such a delightful read that will have you devouring the pages. It is full of romance, a little mystery and a moody fella to grow to love!
I can’t wait for Thornes next release.

My Rating: 4*

L x

Review – The List

photoTitle: The List
Author: Joanna Bolouri
Pages: 400
Blurb: Phoebe Henderson may be single but she sure doesn’t feel fabulous. It’s been a year since she found her boyfriend Alex in bed with another woman, and multiple cases of wine and extensive relationship analysis with best friend Lucy have done nothing to help. Faced with a new year but no new love, Phoebe concocts a different kind of resolution.
The List: ten things she’s always wanted to do in bed but has never had the chance (or the courage!) to try. A bucket list for between the sheets. One year of pleasure, no strings attached. Simple, right? Factor in meddlesome colleagues, friends with benefits, getting frisky al fresco and maybe possibly, true love and Phoebe’s got her work cut out for her

I ADORED this book. The List is Bolouris first book and I’m eagerly awaiting more!

The List, follows Phoebe Henderson who finds herself still single, a year after finding her then boyfriend in bed with another women. With a new year about to start, and finally feeling ready to move forward with her love life she decides to make a new years resolution she is bound to keep! The List! One Year 10 things she has always wanted to do in the bedroom (mostly)!
I blooming loved Phoebe, she is normal, in the best possible way! She is witty and swears. A. Lot. I love her for it. The book covers a whole year of Phoebe and her friends life, who I loved nearly as much as Phoebe. Lucy and Hazel are just what best friends should be, they are both different and I think their friendship works well. Yes there is quite a lot of sex, its a list of 10 sexual challenges!! But it not ALL about sex, and what sex there is, isn’t overly explicit, I would say its just the right amount of heat for a easy reading book,  there are many funny moments and romance and babies and it’s just a very honest book that I think everyone should read. The ending is a little predictable but in no way took any enjoyment out of finishing the book, it also made me love Oliver a little bit more…

The List is highly entertaining fast paced book that gets you a little hot under the collar one minute and laughing the next. Throw in a little romance and it’s a perfectly fun read that you will make you fly through the pages. Go on give it a go!

My Rating: 4.5*

L x