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Book Spotlight – The Christmas Secret by Karen Swan

Book Spotlight

Alex Hyde is the leaders’ leader. An executive coach par excellence, she’s the person the Great and the Good turn to when the pressure gets too much; she can change the way they think, how they operate, she can turn around the very fortunes of their companies.

Her waiting list is months’ long, but even she can’t turn down the unorthodox but highly lucrative crisis call that comes her way a few weeks before Christmas, regarding the troublesome – and troubled – head of an esteemed whisky company in Scotland: Lochlan Farquhar, CEO of Kentallen Distilleries, is a maverick, an enigma and a renegade, and Alex needs to get inside his head before he brings the company to its knees.

It should be business as usual. She can do this in her sleep. Only, when she gets to the remote island of Islay, with the winter snows falling, Alex finds herself out of her comfort zone. For once, she’s not in control – Lochlan, though darkly charismatic, is unpredictable and destructive, her usual methods gaining no traction with him – and with Christmas and her deadline fast approaching, she must win his trust and find a way to close on this deal.

But as she pulls ever closer to him, boundaries become blurred, loyalties loosen and Alex finds herself faced with an impossible choice as she realizes nothing and no-one is as they first seemed.

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Christmas Under The Stars by Karen Swan

Author info:

Karen Awan was previously a fashion editor and lives in East Sussex.

Karen’s website:

Find her author page on Facebook.

Twitter handle is @KarenSwan1

Instagram: @swannywrites

The Christmas Secret is out now.



Karen Swan

Christmas Under The Stars by Karen Swan

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Worlds apart. A love without limit.

In the snow-topped mountains of the Canadian Rockies, Meg and Mitch are living their dream. Just weeks away from their wedding, they work and play with Tuck and Lucy, their closest and oldest friends. Meg and Lucy are as close as sisters – much to Meg’s sister’s dismay – and Tuck and Mitch have successfully turned their passion for snowboarding into a booming business.

But when a polar storm hits, tragedy strikes. Alone in the tiny mountain log cabin she shares with Mitch, Meg desperately tries to radio for help – and it comes from the most unexpected quarter, a lone voice across the airwaves that sees what she cannot.

As the snow melts and they try to live with their loss, the friendship Meg thought was forever is buckled by tensions, rivalries and devastating secrets. Nothing is as she thought and only her radio contact understands what it is to be truly alone. As they share confidences in the dark, witnessed only by the stars, Meg feels her future begin to pull away from her past and is forced to consider a strange truth – is it her friends who are the strangers? And a stranger who really knows her best?


Review: Wow! What a book!

Karen Swan is a beautiful writer. She captures the very essence of her settings and makes the reader feel like they are within the actual story itself. Her characters are very real and you can’t help but love them all even when they are behaving perhaps not how you would hope them to.

Karen Swan is a relatively new author I have become aware of. I got Christmas at Claridge’s for Christmas a few years ago and couldn’t put it down. So every time I saw a book by Karen I would buy it and I have just read Christmas under the stars.

In this story Meg really captured my heart. From her love with Mitch to her being in the middle of her best friend Lucy and her sister Ronnie, and her wonderful relationship with a stranger in the airwaves.

This is a truly beautiful story and one that I recommend reading this Christmas.



Lisa Hobman

A Seaside Escape by Lisa Hobman

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Pre-publication review and a part of the blog tour.

Lily Graham

Christmas at Hope Cottage by Lily Graham

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Pre-publication review and apart of the blog tour.

Covers, Poll, what do you think?

Covers – Do you choose a book by the cover?

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A books cover is very important. We all know that right. It is what first draws a reader to the book before they then turn over and read the blurb unless you are a big fan of the author and know what you’re going to get and just buy it without reading the blurb.

There are so many different covers out there that entice a wide range of readers.

What type of covers do you like?

For me I like something that shows a reflection of the story, also covers that are bright and standout are often books that I will pick up first.

Out of the eight above which is your favourite or have you another book that you prefer? Comment below, I would love to hear your opinions.




Darcie Boleyn

Christmas at Conwenna Cove by Darcie Boleyn

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Pre-publication review and apart of blog tour.

A heart-warming, romantic and Christmassy novel set in the gorgeous Cornish village of Conwenna Cove.

When Grace Phillips travels to Conwenna Cove to help her parents move there 30 years after their honeymoon in the village, she sees why they fell in love with the place. The festive decorations, carols in the air and constant supply of delicious mince pies certainly make it hard to leave. Grace soon meets local vet Oli Davenport and initially finds him rude, but learning about his passion for animals and how much he cares for his two kids helps Grace to see a softer side to Oli.

It’s been three years since Oli lost his wife to cancer. Though he loves eleven-year-old Amy and five-year-old Tom more than anything it’s hard to be mum and dad. He has no interest in romance until he crosses paths with beautiful and kind-hearted Grace. The sparks fly but both Oli and Grace are holding onto fear about letting someone into their heart.

As the snow falls and Christmas wishes come true can Conwenna Cove work its magic and help Grace and Oli find the happiness they both deserve?

Review: Another amazing visit to Conwenna Cove and this time in Snow!

I fell in love with Grace. I can relate to her and love her character. Also the fact that she is a fellow writer. The background to her story which explains the fear she is feeling, I wont give anything away, but pulls at your heart-strings. As does Oli and his little family. The close-knit community are very protective of this family but Grace’s passion shines through and wins them over.

The Magic of Conwenna Cove certainly worked its magic on me but you will have to read this book to see if it does for Oli and Grace.

A great book to snuggle up with on the lead up to Christmas.


Katie Fforde

The Christmas Stocking and other stories by Katie Fforde

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Pre-publication review.

Delve inside this CHRISTMAS STOCKING choc-full of perfectly themed, never-before-published seasonal short stories perfect for anyone who loves romance, humour and happy-ever-after endings.

Review: Katie Fforde is by far one of my favourite authors, so when I got the chance to review this I jumped at the chance.

Katie Fforde has written some truly amazing festive short stories. Each is just as magical as the other but all stand out. I won’t give any plots away but the ideas for these stories are great and some of Katie’s other characters make an appearance, now that I loved!

Katie Fforde will make Christmas that extra bit more festive with The Christmas Stocking.

Look out for Katie Fforde’s new book out February 2018 called A Country Escape.  



Ali McNamara

The Summer of Serendipity by Ali McNamara

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One summer, property seeker, Serendipity Parker finds herself on the beautiful west coast of Ireland, hunting for a home for a wealthy Irish client. But when she finds the perfect house in the small town of Ballykiltara, there’s a problem; nobody seems to know who owns it.

‘The Welcome House’ is a local legend. Its front door is always open for those in need of shelter, and there’s always a plentiful supply of food in the cupboards for the hungry or poor.

While Ren desperately tries to find the owner to see if she can negotiate a sale, she begins to delve deeper into the history and legends that surround the old house and the town. But for a woman who has always been focussed on her work, she’s remarkably distracted by Finn, the attractive manager of the local hotel.
But will she ever discover the real truth behind the mysterious ‘Welcome House’? Or will the house cast its magical spell over Ren and help her to find true happiness?

Review: What a truly spectacular book.

I have never been to Ireland before and after reading this book I sure feel like I have. As you turn the pages the magic of Ireland just floats of them. Such a beautiful written story and the characters are brilliantly put together, you can tell that Ali knows them well and has given them their own background stories parts of which are not in the book and don’t need to be.

What I love about Ali McNamara is that all her books have some kind of beautiful magic in them that you can belive in. It makes the story that much more believable. It is fantasy, romance and rom com all in one. I adore Ali’s books.

Although Ren is our main heroine I feel The Welcome House is also a main character. Like any house it has its own stories to tell and this one is also part of a local legend. Following Ren on her journey is like reading an Enid Blyton story with a romantic twist I could not put it down. Ren has a succesful business but works hard, her friend Kiki who I just adore gives us the feeling that Ren doesn’t have much of a life outside work. Will this trip to Ireland change that especially with the handsome Finn. Read the book and find out.

Cant praise this book enough I loved it. A brilliant Irish page turner.



Zara Stoneley

The Holiday Swap by Zara Stoneley

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Two women, two very different lives – one perfect solution to escape festive heartbreak!

Tucked away in the idyllic English countryside, Daisy Fischer’s cosy little cottage has always been her safe haven. But when her completely dependable boyfriend issues her an ultimatum, Daisy realises there’s a whole world out there she’s missing out on.

Florence Cortes’s life couldn’t be better – gorgeous apartment right on the beach, fabulous job and dreamy boyfriend, or so she thought. Suddenly, Flo’s life isn’t so perfect after all.

When the girls house swap for the holidays, it’s not long before Daisy is being distracted by sun, sea and sexy Javier while Flo finds herself snowbound for Christmas with only handsome neighbour Hugo and a house full of animals to keep her company.

Love actually does seem to be all around this Christmas, but in the places Flo and Daisy least expect to find it…

Review: Wow! Zara Stoneley does it again. This book is brilliant and I loved it. It is one of my top Christmas books to read now.

The Holiday Swap is about well exactly that two people whom swap places for Christmas. Daisy and Flo, two good friends are in need of a little TLC for themselves. What they expect from this is not what happens. Romance finds them and changes everything.

This is a really good rom con and a brilliant romance to cosy up with.

I loved Flo’s idea of the perfect place to be and the cosy fires and snow. I will defiantly be re-reading this book.

I can’t praise Zara Stoneley enough, a great author who I have discovered this year with her delightful book Summer with the Country Village Vet. Her second in this series I will be reading very soon is Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage. Posts below for these books.

Summer with the Country Village Vet by Zara Stoneley

Book Spotlight is on Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage by Zara Stoneley




Laurie Ellingham

Ours is the Winter by Laurie Ellingham

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Pre-publication review.