Review: Christmas on the Coast

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Title: Christmas on the Coast
Author: Rebecca Boxall
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: November 21, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Christmas is approaching on the island of Jersey, but Libby is feeling far from festive. Her police work and duties as vicar’s wife weigh heavily on her, she’s anxious about her troubled children, and now her best friend, Stella, has suddenly turned against her, citing a mysterious family grudge.

Libby is devastated by Stella’s unexpected coldness. But then her father shows her a diary written by her great-aunt Queenie, which sheds light on a long-hidden secret—one rooted in love, loyalty and betrayal. Writing during the Nazi occupation of Jersey in the winter of 1941, Queenie reveals a community torn apart by illicit romance, heartbreak and revenge—and by dark acts of fear and desperation.

The more Libby immerses herself in Queenie’s journal, the more she understands why its secrets still haunt her family and Stella’s. Christmas is a time of forgiveness, but is the treachery of their shared past too shameful to be forgotten?

Review:

This is another great Christmas book!

I liked that Libby is older than the typical protagonist in a Christmas women’s fiction story. She has a grown up daughter who was getting married. Usually the protagonist would be her daughter’s age. This gives a different perspective of the holidays.

There was some mystery about Libby’s background. It kept the story interesting. The War in Queenie’s story also held some mystery, since there were soldiers in the town who kept disrupting their lives. It made the story unpredictable.

At first, I didn’t realize Libby would be related Queenie. I liked Queenie’s parallel diary entries because they contrasted well with Libby’s modern story.

This is a great Christmas story.

Blogmas – Day 16

The ideas for my Blogmas posts are from a post on the blog Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. You can see the list of ideas in my Day 1 Blogmas post here.

I haven’t put up my Christmas tree yet, so here’s an photo from Christmas morning a couple of years ago, featuring my neighbour’s dog, Codie, who stays with us when his family goes home for the holidays.

Have you put up your tree yet?

Review: A Second Christmas Wish

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Title: A Second Christmas Wish
Author: Kathryn Freeman
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Choc Lit
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Do you believe in Father Christmas?

For Melissa, Christmas has always been overrated. From her cold, distant parents to her manipulative ex-husband, Lawrence, she’s never experienced the warmth and contentment of the festive season with a big, happy family sitting around the table.
And Melissa has learned to live with it, but it breaks her heart that her seven-year-old son, William, has had to live with it too. Whilst most little boys wait with excitement for the big day, William finds it difficult to believe that Father Christmas even exists.
But then Daniel McCormick comes into their lives. And with his help, Melissa and William might just be able to find their festive spirit, and finally have a Christmas where all of their wishes come true …

Review:

I really enjoyed this story.

It was more than just a Christmas story. There was a lot going on with the characters with the backdrop of Christmas.

I liked that Melissa had a history. She seemed like a real person. It gave her a valid reason for not wanting to let anyone in.

The romance between Melissa and Daniel seemed real too. They were set up by his sister, and they fell in love quickly but it was very sweet to read.

William also grew as a character through the story. His letter to Santa reminded me of Miracle on 34th St, and you’ll just have to read the book to find out why!

This was a great Christmas story!

Review: Love You Like Christmas

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Title: Love You Like Christmas
Author: Keri F. Sweet
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Hallmark Publishing
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: October 30, 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Treat yourself to ebooks inspired by Hallmark Christmas movies. Enjoy a heartwarming, feel-good story…and find out what happens after the movie ends.

Sometimes getting lost leads you back to what matters most…

Maddie, a marketing executive in New York, is on her way to attend the December wedding of one of her best clients. She’s afraid of flying, and taking her late aunt’s classic Mustang on a road trip seems like fun—until the car breaks down and leaves her stranded in the small town of Christmas Valley.

The first time Kevin meets Maddie, he’s dealing with an accident that left a whole shipment of his Christmas trees scattered across the highway. He hasn’t thought about romance since his wife died: he’s been busy raising a little girl and running a struggling tree farm. But even in the middle of this setback, he’s immediately drawn to Maddie.

As Maddie waits in Christmas Valley for her car to get repaired, she begins to realize that friends and family are at the heart of the holidays—and she can’t deny her growing feelings for Kevin. But sooner or later, she’s going back to her big-city life, and Kevin’s future is uncertain. How can either of them take a chance on love?

This novel includes a free original recipe for Christmas Biscuits with Sugar Plum Jam.

Review:

This is a great Christmas romance.

I liked the contrasting settings of Manhattan and the small town in Ohio. These two places were brought together in Maddie. Christmas Valley sounds like such a fun town! It’s always Christmas there.

The budding romance between Maddie and Kevin was predictable but cute. It was obvious that they would like each other, but there were many obstacles that threatened to keep them apart which kept up the excitement in the story.

The story was predictable but fun too. I really enjoyed this Christmas story. It’s a great light read for the season.

Blogmas – Day 14

The ideas for my Blogmas posts are from a post on the blog Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. You can see the list of ideas in my Day 1 Blogmas post here.

My favourite childhood Christmas memory is from when I was about 7 or 8. I woke up in the night and heard footsteps on the roof above me. Then I heard some jingle bells. I shut my eyes right away and went back to sleep, since I knew Santa was here and I wanted him to leave the gifts.

What’s your favourite childhood Christmas memory?

Review: Harley Quinn, Vol. 2: Power Outage

Title: Harley Quinn, Vol. 2: Power Outage
Author: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: DC Comics
Source: Purchased
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

The first rule of Skate Club is…you do not mess with the Mistress of Mayhem! Harley stumbles across an underground fight club where big money winds with a body count. She’s in…and she’s making Sy Borgman her agent for the fights. And wha would happen if the demented Clown Princess of Crime visited the most popular comic con out there? Find out when Harley Quinn invades Comic-Con!!

Review:

This is another fabulous graphic novel featuring Harley!

In this graphic novel, we learn more about Harley’s past, such as how she got her pet beaver.

There was so much that happened in this collection. I wish I had read this series before reading the current Rebirth series, because there is so much background given on Harley in these graphic novels that carry on to the current series.

I love it when Harley ventures into the real world. She wants to have her own comics published so she goes after DC artists and executives at Comic-Con. And as you can imagine, Harley causes chaos!

I loved this graphic novel! I have the next ones in the series, so I will be reviewing them soon.