And book number seven is…The Vintage Teacup Club by Vanessa Greene. Honestly, I bought this because I am a sucker for a vintage teacup – sad I know!
So this book is about three women who all attempt to buy the same set of vintage teacups. Rather than any of them being disappointed they buy the set together so that they can all benefit from it.
Jenny is an excited bride to be, who seeks the tea set for her vintage styled wedding. She has issues at home however as her absent mother decides to make an appearance.
Maggie is a divorcee who has built her new life alone. With her successful florist business, her past returns and shows her what she wants for her future.
Alison is a married mother of two, who is seeking to help her family in a time of crisis.
Together, these three women buy a beautiful tea set. What they don’t expect is to find a lasting friendship that will help them through they own individual issues.
This book is all about friendships that can be found in the most unexpected of places – in this case a car boot sale! I enjoyed this book, it was an enjoyable way to spend a Sunday afternoon in front of the fire.
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Book number six of 2016 is Montana Cherries by Kim Law. This book follows Dani Wilde, a young woman who gave up her life in the wake of her mothers death to look after her father and brothers.
Ben Denton, a family friend and now famous photographer, returns to the Wilde family in Montana upon the discovery of the four year old daughter he didn’t know existed. He seeks their help in becoming the father that he did’t know he could be.
Ben and Dani have a history of friendship and one single night together. That history returns with Ben, as Dani seeks to finally leave Montana and find her own destiny now that her brothers have all grown up. As both Ben and her families Montana cherry farm seek to keep her, what she gave up drives her forward.
This novel is a good example of a romance in a family setting. For me, the romance actually takes a back seat. The way a family cares for one another and protects each other really takes centre stage. The novel also focuses on issues of mental health, something that I truly believe should be talked about and not hidden away. Only by talking about it, can stigma be removed.
Rating: 3 and a half stars out of 5
So my word of the week is…
cantankerous adj. bad-tempered and uncooperative.
What a great word! Who doesn’t love being cantankerous sometimes! What’s your word of the week?
(Oxford English Dictionary)
So, this review actually covers books three, four and five of 2016! I read Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan, which is feel-good book full of Christmas! Kayla is a workaholic Briton, living and working in New York City. She avoids all things Christmas, which prompts her to take on a difficult job at this festive time of year to help Jackson O’Neil and his family save their business. Snow Crystal is a family resort in Vermont that has been owned for generations by the O’Neil family. Due to Jackson’s father lacking a business mind, the resort is failing and so Jackson hires Kayla for her exceptional PR skills. What Kayla doesn’t expect is that Snow Crystal, the O’Neil’s and Christmas go hand in hand.
Wow. I have to say that I read this as a little light relief and I truly loved it. The characters are so very likeable, and the snowy setting is enchanting. I really felt that I was able to immerse myself in the story, and despite the fact that I read it outside of the Christmas period I loved the trees, the snow and the family love.
I loved this story so much that I immediately read Suddenly Last Summer, quickly followed by Maybe This Christmas; the former follows Jackson’s twin brother Sean and the latter their younger brother Tyler. The love stories of the three O’Neil brothers, all centred around Snow Crystal, are enthralling as is the magical location.
Despite the fact that Christmas is but a distant memory, I cannot recommend this trilogy enough. I do enjoy a good chick lit, and this definitely fits the bill.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars