The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown
Today is my stop on the Witchfinder’s Sister blog tour and I have for you all a review of this fascinating book!
Before you hear my thoughts though, here is some information on the book.
About the Book
1645. When Alice Hopkins’ husband dies in a tragic accident, she has no choice but to return to the small Essex town of Manningtree, where her brother Matthew still lives.
But home is no longer a place of safety. Matthew has changed, and there are rumours spreading through the town: whispers of witches, and of a great book, in which her brother is gathering women’s names.
To what lengths will her brother’s obsession drive him?
And what choice will Alice make, when she finds herself at the very heart of his plan?
Generally speaking I am one of those readers that loves a variety of genres but I have always struggled with historical fiction. And thus you may be wondering why I then decided to review this book. The answer is quite simple. The book just sounded so very interesting and I had to see what it was all about. I am very glad that I took that leap of faith with this book because I ended up really enjoying the book. There were a few parts that I struggled with due to my distaste of historical fiction but fortunately this did not ruin my overall opinion of the book.
What initially drew me to this book was the storyline being about witches and the witch trials that happened in the 1600s. It is one of those odd periods of history that I actually find quite fascinating. Horrible and disheartening to realise women were treated so awfully but it is also a nice reminder of just how far we have come. Thus I am pleased to report that the plot of this book was compelling and addictive. I found myself turning the pages as quickly as I could just to find out how it was all going to end. And what an ending! Very, very clever.
There was a vast array of characters in the novel, some of whom I felt for, some of whom I vehemently detested. Beth Underdown did a fantastic job of creating realistic characters throughout the novel, and did a marvellous job of describing them all as well. By far my favourite character was Grace. Although only a side character, she was so sweet and lovely, hardworking and also shy. I wanted everything to go okay for her in the end. She is definitely a character that I would love to read more about. Alice is also a fascinating character to read about and she had a very distinctive and interesting voice.
While this book is not one that I would ordinarily pick up, it was one that I found myself enthralled by. It was an emotional, heart-breaking and fascinating book to read that I would recommend to others easily. There were some fictional historical texts interspersed which I struggled with and some other moments within the narrative that I found hard to understand but fortunately this did not ruin my enjoyment of the book. So if you’re looking to read an entertaining and intriguing book about the witch hunting that happened in the 1600s, you should definitely give this book a read.
About the Author
The Witchfinder’s Sister is her debut novel, and is based on the life of the 1640s witch finder Matthew Hopkins.
She first came across him while reading a book about seventeenth-century midwifery. As you do.
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The Jungle by Pooja Puri
Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Jungle and I have for you all my review of this book that gripped me from the very first page.
First though, here’s some information about the book.
About the Book
Mico has left his family, his home, his future. Setting out in search of a better life, he instead finds himself navigating one of the world’s most inhospitable environments the Jungle. For Mico, just one of many ‘unaccompanied children’, the Calais refugee camp has a wildness, a brutality all of its own.
A melting pot of characters, cultures, and stories, the Jungle often seems like its own strange world. But despite his ambitions to escape, Mico is unable to buy his way out from the ‘Ghost Men’ the dangerous men with magic who can cross borders unnoticed. Alone, desperate, and running out of options, the idea of jumping onto a speeding train to the UK begins to feel worryingly appealing.
But when Leila arrives at the camp one day, everything starts to change. Outspoken, gutsy, and fearless, she shows Mico that hope and friendship can grow in the most unusual places, and maybe, just maybe, they’ll show you the way out as well.
There is a lot going on in the world today. Yesterday something awful happened in London. Every day awful things happen in third world countries and this is what this book really gets you thinking about. Set in the migrant camp in Calais it allows you to take a step out of modern world comforts and into the thoughts of those who suffer and seek asylum every single day. Often in the media, refugees and migrants are not looked upon as humans who just want a better life than the one they had, they’re portrayed as vermin who are trying to steal our jobs and homes. This book is powerful in portraying just how human refugees and migrants are.
Pooja Puri has picked a very sensitive topic to write about but in my opinion has written a book that really works and automatically pulls at your heart and emotions. This book is different to other YA books out there as it doesn’t follow a traditional plotline but it also doesn’t need to. This is a book about hope. It is a book about desperation and despair. A book about friendship and family and a book about dealing with life the best way you can. And Pooja has managed to do this incredibly well.
There was a vast array of characters in this book and it really shows the differences between people and how we can all come together, no matter our backgrounds. Our main protagonist is Mico who goes on a very interesting journey in the book. I found him to be a unique character to read about. My favourite character though is Leila. She is fierce and strong but also weak and vulnerable. She has been through a lot and goes through a lot but still has a fiery passion underneath. A marvellous character to read about.
Safe and Alive
All in all this book is powerful and unique. I would definitely be interested in reading more books like it. It’s a relevant topic and a book that can make people more empathetic towards refugees and migrants. This book gives them a story and it makes them real and human. It reminds us that they are not bad people, they are just people trying to live a better life. This book is one that I would highly recommend. It is a book that will really make you think.
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Dead Embers by Matt Brolly
Today is my stop on the Dead Embers tour and I am here for you all with my review of this very addictive read!
Before I tell you how much I liked the book, here is some information on it.
About the Book
When DCI Michael Lambert is called out to an apparent house fire, he knows it can’t be routine. Instead he finds the remains of a burnt house, a traumatised child and two corpses – one of whom is a senior police officer.
Lambert’s got other problems. Anti-corruption are onto his boss. His relationships is on the rocks. He can’t get over his ex-wife and he keeps blacking out.
But when a detective has been murdered the stakes are too high to get distracted. All is not as it seems. As the investigation continues Lambert realises he is getting drawn into something altogether bigger and more terrifying than he could ever have imagined…
Trust no one.
Gripping, chilling to its core and full of twists, the powerful new DCI Michael Lambert from Matt Brolly is perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Helen H. Durrant and Michael Hambling.
I’ve been struggling to keep on top of my reading for a while because of illness and being busy at work, etc, but when it came to picking up Dead Embers, all of that fell away. I read this at every spare moment I had because it was incredibly addictive. There are not enough words to really describe how deep I fell into the world of this book. It instantly took me out of the real world and into book world just with a few words. Everything was described so well and there was so much going on at all times that it was just such an easy, wonderful read – everything that you want in a crime thriller book!
Have To Be
What really kept my interest in this novel was the plot, or I should say the case. I was riveted. This is the kind of case that I can imagine being a huge hit as a TV series, and the case itself could probably have occurred across three or four episodes too. It was intense and well-thought out with lots of different things all coming together to form a whole. The best part about it all was that I really had no idea how it was all going to end up. There was no way to guess as it was only slightly hinted at in different parts of the text. I found this to be such a captivating narrative style!
Careful About Who
I am not shy about shouting out about books with strong characters as I love reading them. Unfortunately this is one of the places where I feel the book falls a little short. I really liked DCI Michael Lambert but there were also parts of his lifestyle that were hinted at but not really explored and it made it harder to get a full grip on who he is as a character. I feel that some of this may have been explained in the previous two books and as such I will be making sure I read them but it felt like there was little to no character development in the book which was a shame but certainly didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the case! I would definitely read another book with DCI Michael Lambert and would be interested to see what happens next for him.
You Can Trust
Overall this book was a very gripping, addictive and captivating read from start to finish. The case was very interesting, disturbing and intriguing all at once. There was so much going on and it was so difficult to know who to trust which I thought was really good. I also liked how one case was all wrapped up but I felt there were still some ties left loose by the end of the book so I’d be very interested in reading further books to see where it goes! I would recommend this book to any reader who loves crime books, especially those that twist and turn as you go along until your left just waiting for the mystery to be solved.
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The Mercury Travel Club by Helen Bridgett
Today is my stop on the The Mercury Travel Club blog tour and I have for you all my review of this addictive and wonderful book! (And I finished the whole thing!!)
First though, here’s some information on the book!
About the Book
Meet Angie Shepherd who, after 24 years and 11 months of marriage, finds herself divorced and driven by friends and family to move on. From hangover to makeover, Angie steps firmly away from the sensible knitwear, and launches into every adventure on offer – from baking classes and book groups, to speed dating, and even ‘The Granny-Okes’, a 1980s tribute act and YouTube sensation.
But Angie needs more than a bar of galaxy and a night in with Murder She Wrote… what she dreams of is entrepreneurial success. Channelling her inner Richard Branson, the light bulb moment happens: it’s time to take the plunge and invest her divorce settlement into The Mercury Travel Club, an exciting new business venture. But as the Travel Club gets going, things never go according to plan, and in this digital age a little chaos brings the fame she’s been looking for.
Set in present-day Manchester, this classic mid-life journey features the 1980s soundtrack from Angie’s youth, and sees her travel the world whilst coping with life after the Ex. Angie’s journey is the catalyst her friends need to examine their own lives; as they start to find their true callings, will Angie find hers? Witty, entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny, this feel-good debut novel shows it’s never too late for a second chance.
Sometimes you pick up a book and you realise that it is going to be a good one. I had that feeling when I opened the first page of The Mercury Travel Club. I was instantly swept away by the writing and the characters on the page and before I even really knew what had happened, I had read a third of the book. And then a half… and then two thirds and then I was, very sadly indeed, finishing the last page in the book. This book is one of those amazing feel-good, pick me up kind of reads that fills you with a scent of hope and happiness as you finish the last sentence. It is a book that made me laugh out loud and a book that had me reading passages out loud too. It also got me teary-eyed and sad. It was wonderful.
I no longer know what initially drew me to this book but I am so grateful that I decided to give it a go because I very much enjoyed reading it. From the outset, I was certain that it wasn’t going to be a “me” book. I loved the main protagonist and all of the characters in her life too. You’re thrown into her life as it all turns upside down and the story follows her as she re-builds it. And what a way to re-build it! I have always loved character-driven books and this does it by the shedload! This book had every single main character in the book go on a journey – literally and figuratively – as it progressed and I really, really loved that about the book. It made me feel so close and protective of everyone – just as I always want to feel. I love the way that Helen Bridgett made her characters rise from the ashes – so to speak.
All of the characters were vibrant and marvellous, all of them playing a very vital part in the story – both in their own journeys and for the main protagonist too. My favourite character by far was Angie. I loved how much she overcame during the book and how independent she became. This is a book that truly celebrates not just life after love but also women being independent and making a life of their own and being successful while they do it! Angie was such a strong, witty and self-sufficient character and I just loved her so much and was incredibly happy with the outcome of her journey. Second character that has to get a mention is Charlie. He was just such a loveable and wonderful character. He brought so much to the story and I very much enjoyed reading about his own journey. Lastly, but certainly not least, we have the hidden star – Patty. She was a magnificent character who brought so much entertainment to the book and the lives of the characters as well. I thought she was a brilliant addition to the book!
This is a book that I have already recommended to my mother because I know she will love it. I am also going to be pushing into the hands of a few other people that I know too. It is just a wonderful, fun and lovely read that kept me hooked from the first page to the last. It all starts off with a book club – which is amazing, right? – and the book literally takes you across the world as you read about a travel agent overcoming the pain and loss of a divorce. All of it written with a lovely hint of humour that will keep you smiling and hopefully laughing every now and again too. It is a divine read that I really think you do not want to miss!
About the Author
Helen is currently developing the next novels in The Mercury Travel Club series.
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False Prophet by Richard Davis
Today is my stop on the Saul Marshall blog tour and I am here today to share my thoughts on the first book in the series, False Prophet by Richard Davis!
First though, here’s some information on the series.
About the Books
When a rogue cult turns deadly, the FBI call on former conman Agent Saul Marshall. FALSE PROPHET introduces a gripping new series from thriller writer Richard Davis
Marshall is soon drawn into a cat and mouse chase with the leader of the cult, Ivan Drexler. As the scale of Drexler’s terrorist ambition becomes ever clearer, news arrives that he has taken Marshall’s son hostage. Removed from the line of duty, he must work alone, off-grid.
As the attacks intensify, Saul will stop at nothing to defeat Drexler.
But the FBI are questioning Saul’s own part in the carnage. He must work fast to save both his country and his life. Can Saul stop the carnage before it’s too late? And can he save his son?
As wave after wave of attacks break, the clock is ticking for Saul.
As a wave of seemingly random assassinations engulfs California, Marshall finds himself drawn into a situation spiralling out of control.
He soon discovers some of the webs’ most secure protocols have been compromised by a rogue team of former Chinese agents. When Marshall realises what they plan, the stakes are raised…
And that’s before the Secretary of State gets involved. Can Marshall unravel the deceit and tricks before it’s too late? Can he stop the carnage, or will he become part of it? One thing is for certain: either way his enemies will never forget.
Five Favourite Things About False Prophet
Gripping and addictive are the first two words that spring to mind when it comes to False Prophet. Right from the start of this book, I was hooked. It has a brilliant way of drawing you in and then keeping you turning the pages. There is something just so addictive about the book as it continues. It flows really easily and I soon found I had spent a fair few hours reading the book when I should have been sleeping!
From the get go, this book had my curiosity piqued. It starts off in such a unique and intriguing way with a case that really got my hairs to stand on end. The book then continued to pique my curiosity as it continued and I just wanted to find out what was going to happen and how it would all end up. This intriguing plot is what makes this book so addictive to the point where it is just incredibly difficult to put it down or get on with daily life without thinking about the book.
Fast-Paced and Action-Packed. This book, as mentioned above, keeps you on your toes but it never slows down. The main character is always on the go and even when he isn’t, there is always something happening, something to keep you turning that page faster and faster yourself as you try to work out what is happening. I loved this aspect of the book a lot as it really made my heart race and made the book that much more entertaining.
What really makes this book work so well is the narrative style of the book. There is something so simple yet complicated about the writing style. I loved the switch between first and third persons between the chapters, allowing you to really see what was happening and making you ponder how it would all tie together in the end. The narrative style is really what makes this book so addictive and page-turning.
Last, but certainly not least, what really brings this book to being a brilliant read is the main protagonist, Saul Marshall. He is unlike any other protagonist I have read recently and I loved that he wasn’t always easy to read. He wasn’t an upstanding citizen and was once a criminal. I loved how much this brought out his character and made him who he was in the book. I also really loved all the little snippets of his life before as well. He certainly made this book worth reading. And he is the reason I am dying to read Never Forget!
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Dare to Remember by Susanna Beard
Today I am on Dare to Remember blog tour! I have for you all a review of this fantastic book below.
First though, here’s more information about the book.
About the Book
However, Lisa is soon plagued, not only by vivid flashbacks, but questions, too: how did their assailant know them? Why were they attacked? And what really happened that night?
As she desperately tries to piece together the memories, Lisa realises that there’s another truth still hidden to her, a truth she can’t escape from. A truth that may have been right in front of her all along.
Sometimes you pick up a book and after reading only a few pages, you know that this book is going to be a worthy read. This is what happened to me when I picked up Dare To Remember. The words pulled me in from the first few pages and I do not regret choosing to read this book. It was compelling, intense and so well-written. I loved how brutally honest it was and how wonderfully it depicted PTSD. A truly magnificent book that I would highly recommend.
What worked exceptionally well in this book was how it all flowed together so well. The main character doesn’t remember what happened and thus the reader is pulled along just waiting to see. In the meantime you grow to love the main protagonist and would do anything to protect them. I love that this story wasn’t just about finding out what happened, there was so much more to it than that. But mostly I absolutely loved how this book didn’t shy away from the real horrors of PTSD. It never once romanticized this mental health illness and I loved that about this book.
As mentioned above, I quickly grew to love the main protagonist. This was her story as she learnt to live with her life after something so traumatic happened to her. It wasn’t easy and even by the end of the book she wasn’t back to “normal” because she never would be but she was coping so much better and that was wonderful to read. I loved all of the side characters so much but I have to admit I had a real soft spot for John. He was such a wonderful addition to the story.
Overall this book was wonderful. It held a full cast of interesting and unique characters who all play a part in Lisa’s journey but also all have their own journeys to get through as well. On top of that this book was easy to read, addictive and filled me with many emotions. I felt for Lisa so much and just prayed that things would finally make sense for her. The ending was shocking and heart-breaking but also just worked so well. The story ends full of hope for the future and really brings the book full circle. Honestly, you should make sure you read this book!
About the Author
“I discovered that the slope of writing to order is a slippery one, and that the descent is in fact pleasurable.” Elena Ferrante.
Writing fiction is new and joyous for me. It offers a freedom from constraint which is refreshing and full of wonder.
I like dark, contemplative stories with a twist. I’m fascinated by the psychology of relationships and the impact of insignificant events on people’s lives.
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The Dry by Jane Harper
Today is my stop on The Dry blog tour and I am here today to give you a list of my five favourite things about this book!
But first, here’s some more information about the book!
About the Book
After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.
Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.
Five Favourite Things
One of the reasons I fell so easily into this book is that it is written in such a way that truly hooks the reader in. I could truly imagine the situation and the scenario and everything that was happening as though I was watching a film and it all moved along in such a compelling and fascinating way. It is everything that I love about reading.
As the story continued moving along, I found it so incredibly difficult to put this book down and continue on with my normal life. A part of me was always in the book, thinking about the characters and what had happened. I was so curious about the outcome and I kept coming up with my own solutions which made me love the book that much more.
As with most crime novels, there is a sense of mystery that surrounds this book but for some reason I found it even more brilliant to read about in this book. Everything seems shrouded in the unknown in this book with more than just one mystery to uncover as the book goes along. It really brings the reader in and keeps them wanting to read on. You find yourself flipping the pages quicker to work out how everything is connected and where it is all going to lead. I, for one, really wanted to try and work it out myself as well, which always makes reading more interactive and interesting.
With all of the ingredients above, it’s hard not to see how this book would also be captivating but I think what really drew me into this book was the characters. They were all so full of life – and also not full of life due to situation they’re in – and that made them very interesting to read about. I really loved the main protagonist and found him to be a truly marvelous character to follow as he tried to deal with everything that was happening. You could tell that he was holding on to a secret and that he really didn’t want to be back in his home town and all of that just made him feel so mysterious and fascinating to read about.
Lastly, but certainly not least, one of the best things about this book was how powerful it was. It was gripping, addictive, captivating, etc, but it was also just full of brilliant writing that kept you glued to the page. I’d, admittedly, been in a little reading slump before this book but it vanished as soon as I opened the first page of this book. The author is an incredible writer who has written a brilliant crime novel that will keep you hooked until the very last page. This atmospheric novel is not one that you want to miss.
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I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Title: I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Author: Tom Becker, Holly Bourne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Katy Cannon, Cat Clarke, Tracey Darnton, Juno Dawson, Julie Mayhew, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Lisa Williamson and Benjamin Zephaniah
Published: 22nd September 2016
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The UK’s top Young Adult authors join together in this collection of new stories and poems on the theme of home. Contributors include: Tom Becker, Holly Bourne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Katy Cannon , Cat Clarke, Juno Dawson, Julie Mayhew, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Lisa Williamson and Benjamin Zephaniah. £1 from the sale of every book will be donated to Crisis, the national homelessness charity. To find out more about Crisis, see www.crisis.org.uk.
Ever since I first heard about this book, I was very excited to read it. There are very few YA Christmas books out in the world and I absolutely love Christmas books so I really wanted to read this. I’m not the biggest fan of short stories but I’m starting to love them a little bit more with each one I read! Thus I was excited and dubious about this book but I’m very pleased to let you all know that I actually really enjoyed this book. It was very different and I completely loved how different and varied all of the stories were. Some were lovely, some darker, some just very unique. It really brought together the theme of home and how it can mean something different to everyone.
Reviewing a book like this is quite hard as I don’t want to bore you all by reviewing each and every story in the book so this is just a little review to say that I really enjoyed reading it, would happily read it again every year and really loved all of the messages that I got from the different stories. Every story was very-well written and entertaining and I got wholly swept away by the entire book as a whole. My favourite three stories were:
Cat Clarke’s, Lisa Williamson’s and Juno Dawson’s
But every author brought something wonderful to this book and made it a complete and utter delight to read. While it is essentially a Christmas book, I really feel this book could be read at any time of year and it’s strong message will always be the same. So if you’re looking for something a little bit different but still an entertaining and thoughtful read, then make sure you pick up I’ll Be Home for Christmas!
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **
Tidal Patterns by Rachelle Paige
Today is my stop on the Tidal Patterns blog tour and I am here to tell you all my thoughts on the book!
But before I do there, here’s some more information on the book!
Tidal Patterns is the first book in the Golden Shores series. It is currently only 99p on kindle, as is the second book, Coastal Erosion. The third book, Surface Currents released yesterday!
About the Book
Mark Edwards doesn’t need any more stress. He’s ready to slow down and enjoy the tiny seaside town he calls home. His boss pushes him to apply for the new management position and he agrees. After a decade in catering, he’s sure he can do the events job without any trouble.
Neither counted on the other getting in the way.
There is something so magical about a book that has you flipping the pages incredibly quickly in the hope that it will all turn out how you want it to. I fell in love with all of the characters in this book and all of their conflicting emotions too. I found myself praying for them and filling them with my hope as the story continued. There were so many twists and turns and things to overcome that I wasn’t actually sure it was ever going to end the way I wanted, and lets face it needed it too. And then the ending through me completely but I loved it and felt it really fit with the characters too.
Rachelle Paige has created a strong novel here with lovable characters that you can’t help but support throughout the novel. She pulls you in from the very beginning and makes you curious as to where she takes it. The characters are vibrant and unique, wonderful and caring. I really just loved reading their journeys and finding out how they got to where they were and how that was changing the more they got to know each other as well. It was just wonderful.
I would definitely recommend this novel to lovers of romance fiction, especially those that love character-driven romances too. Rachelle Paige has not shied away from disasters in this book either and she has just really made it feel like a real story that you can imagine happening. I, for one, cannot wait to dive into the next book in the series and see what will happen next!
About the Author
Catch up with her on twitter @rpaigebooks and her website for the latest news www.rachellepaige.com.
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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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