Stella’s Christmas Wish by Kate Blackadder
Today is my stop on the Stella’s Christmas Wish blog tour and I am really excited to share with you all my review of this book! (Spoiler: I loved it!) Before we get into the juicy details of why though, here’s some more information about the book in question.
About the Book
Six days before Christmas, Stella could never have anticipated the impact on her life when the phone rings in her London office.
The phone call is from a friend of the family informing Stella that her grandmother has been hurt in a fall at her home in the Scottish borders and is in hospital. Torn between her responsibilities at work and the need to be with her grandmother she decides she must return to Scotland immediately.
However, on her return to where she grew up, it becomes apparent that her grandmother’s health is not her only concern. Relationships which have lain dormant for years are re-kindled and fresh opportunities present themselves – if she will only dare to take them…
I absolutely adore Christmas books. I love that feeling of hope and magic and happiness that fills my heart when I get to the end of them. It’s the type of spirit that I love feeling around Christmas. I have a love/hate relationship with the holiday but mostly I have to admit that I do love the “magic” of everything and the feeling that everything will just be okay. I mean, who doesn’t? Thus, I was very excited when I found out about Stella’s Christmas Wish as it sounded like a lovely read. And I am so happy to report that it really, really was. I was instantly addicted to the words and the characters and the story and I so badly wanted everything to go well for them all. It was a brilliantly wonderful and heart-warming story that I did not want to end. (And I’m definitely trying not to wish too hard for a sequel)
This is one of those books that I love the most because it is character-driven. The plot is all about the journey that the characters are making and how it has all got tangled up in a complicated mess that they have to try and unwind. It starts out with Stella who is in London, living far away from her family. We don’t know why she is there, only that she left without giving her boyfriend of the time any reason for leaving. Thus the story continues as we unwind the why and try to piece everything together. But there is also more going on with her grandmother, sister and a secret. It is a fully-packed novel that keeps you guessing at every turn while you ultimately wish that all the characters will get what they want.
Honestly loved every single character in this novel. They were all so full of life, backgrounds, and just made the book so entertaining to read. I loved Gray and how caring he is. Bette for her lively personality and hope for Ross and Stella. Carol for her bubbly, chatty self. Alice for her dedication and hard-work, her creativity and her love. Lilias for her ditsyness but also for being a wonderful creator. But mostly, mostly, I loved Stella and Ross. I loved how kind and generous Ross is. How practical but caring he is. How he runs and would drop everything for those he cares about. And I loved Stella. I loved how she felt about her family, how she was entangled in a web, how strong and lovely she was. I just thought every single character were diamonds and I loved reading about them and the way their lives intertwined.
So, obviously, I really enjoyed this book. I finished it feeling all the things I wanted to feel and I was pretty much just sad that there wasn’t more – and I really, really, want there to be a sequel. I loved the location of Scotland, both urban and rural. I loved the closeness of the families and the way everything came together and fell apart. I thought it was just a wonderful read that I would happily read all over again. I fell in love with the characters and actually wish they were real so I could hug them and cheer along with them too. Honestly, if you’re looking for a feel-good read that is addictive and heart-warming, make sure that you pick up this book!
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That All Important Rest
Sleep is one of those essential parts of life. It’s what gives us energy to deal with the day but it also allows our brain and muscles to recuperate from the day and gear up for the next. It’s a chance for our amazing bodies to heal themselves too. All of this is hindered by bad nights of sleep. Therefore it is very important to our well-being to try and get a good nights of sleep.
One of the easiest ways to do this would be to sleep in Adjustamatic adjustable beds.
However, if you don’t have one, like I don’t, I thought I’d share some of the ways that I strive to get a good night of sleep. (Albeit something I’ve been struggling to do recently so if you have any other suggestions, please let me know!)
Suggestions for a Good Night’s Sleep
1. Read a book
This is usually a good way to fall asleep. Reading forces your brain to work and if you’re tired, it’ll make you more tired and allow you to drift off naturally. Just try not to get to addicted to the story…
2. Drink a hot milky drink like hot chocolate or horlics
Hot milk, for some reason, is one of those calming things that just seems to make you tired. I don’t know why but I know it has definitely helped me in the past.
3. Put on a film you’ve seen a thousand times before
For me, I usually have to have some sound when I fall asleep, so I often stick on films or programmes I know by heart so that I can just have it on in the background and it basically just lulls me to sleep.
4. Play some soothing and low music
Same as above. It is known that music can help to soothe the brain and calm it down enough for it to relax, allowing you to drift off into dreamland.
5. Get up, sort out whatever worries you have that may be interrupting your sleep
If you’re really struggling because your mind is in overdrive. Get up and do something, either deal with your worries or do something to distract them like colouring. Eventually it’ll allow you mind to drift off.
6. Do not look at the time
This is so important to me because the minute you look at the time, you get the “if you fall asleep now, you’ll get x amount of sleep” voice and that will never help you sleep.
7. Clear your mind
Easier said than done but I find that relaxation techniques of breathing in and out and grounding myself on what is happening around me is really helpful for this. Also if you clench all the muscles in your body and then slowly release them one by one is a good tip to clearing the mind and feeling tired too.
8. Shower or Bathe
And if all else fails, I always find that if I have a bath or shower before bed then that also helps me to fall asleep. Something about being warm and fresh and comfortable, I guess.
What tips do you have?
*Please note* This post was a sponsored post but all words are my own.