Sunday, October 29, 2017

Weekly Book Haul.....October 29, 2017

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly book meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, The Sunday Post is another great site hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  The Sunday Salon is a Facebook page where great readers share what they've read this week and Mailbox Monday is a weekly roundup of the new books people have received.

Fall is finally landing in Arizona!  The weather here is perfect right now, hanging around the high 80's and getting cool at night.  That only means one thing, Christmas books!  I don't know why, but I just love the chick lit Christmas books.  I think they are so stress free for me, I always know there will be a happy ending and it's just so relaxing to read them.

I was in San Francisco last weekend for my daughter's wedding, and after walking all day, it was a pleasure to crawl into bed and read at night.  I plowed through three Beatriz Williams books, The Secret Life of Violet GrantAlong the Infinite Sea, and I'm currently halfway through Tiny Little Thing.  I think Violet Grant was my favorite, but I always enjoy her books.  I love her collaborations with Karen White and Lauren Willig too, and they should have a new one out soon.  The Forgotten Room was one of my favorite books last year.

All of my adds this week are Christmas related.  I feel like I'm in a bit of a rut lately - does anyone have a new author to recommend?  I got the latest Sue Grafton - used to love her but the last few books have been underwhelming, and the reviews of the Y book are pretty concerning.  A lot of "couldn't finish" which is never a good sign.  I feel like I'm ready to read some new authors.

Christmas at Hope Cottage by Lily Graham.....In the little village of
Whistling, with its butterscotch cottages and rolling green hills, snow is beginning to fall. Christmas is coming, and Emma Halloway is on her way home.

When thirty-year-old food writer Emma Halloway gets dumped then knocked off her bike, she’s broken in more ways than one, and returns to her family’s cosy cottage in the Yorkshire Dales. Emma hasn’t been back in some time, running from her crazy relatives and her childhood sweetheart, Jack Allen.

Emma’s grandmother is determined to bake her back to health and happiness, as the Halloways have done for generations. Surrounded by old friends and warm cinnamon buns, Emma starts to believe in her family’s special talents for healing again. But then in walks Jack with his sparkling hazel eyes, stirring up the family feud between them. 

As the twinkly lights are strung between the streetlamps, Emma remembers just why she fell for Jack in the first place... and why a Halloway should never date an Allen.

The infuriating new lodger, Sandro, doesn’t believe anyone should have to choose between love and family. With a little bit of Christmas magic, can Emma and Jack find a way to be together, or will Emma find herself heartbroken once more?

Snowflakes, iced Cakes and Second Chances by Sue Watson.....Escape to
Devon for blustery walks along the beach, hot chocolate with extra marshmallows and proof that miracles really do happen, especially at Christmas.

A year after she separated from her husband, Gianni, on Christmas Day, Chloe’s heart is still in pieces as she unpacks the decorations for her first ever festive holiday alone. That is, until the phone rings…

It seems Gianni’s new seaside restaurant is in trouble and Chloe must go to Appledore to save the business – and him. Equally famous for his experimental culinary extravaganzas and his explosive temper, Gianni has been really stirring up a sensation with the locals – and not in a good way! 

As pans fly and the temperature in the kitchen rises, Chloe’s calming influence and magic touch might just get critics back on side in time to save the restaurant from sinking like a sad soufflĂ©. But will it be enough to save their marriage? 

Chloe came to Appledore in search of her Christmas sparkle, but when the snow clears, will she finally find the way back to her husband’s heart?

Christmas Promises at the Little Wedding Shop by Jane Linfoot.... 

Christmas arrives at Brides by the Sea, Cornwall’s enchanting and most adorable little wedding shop.

There’s nothing more magical than a winter wonderland wedding, and the girls are determined to make this festive season their most romantic yet.
The champagne is on ice while the mistletoe is hanging from every nook, and the exquisite lace and pearl-encrusted dresses, glistening like the frosted shop windows, are waiting to be chosen.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and romance is most definitely in the crisp winter air- with promises, proposals and Christmas kisses aplenty…
What will the season bring, in this enchanting fourth book of ‘The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea’ series?

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