Thursday, November 23, 2017

Book 1: Christmas At Little Beach Street Bakery

I already finished two books for this year's challenge and I am happy to recommend the first one to you.

It is Christmas At Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan. Not a romance, but chicklit. Set on a small peninsula on Britain's rough coast. It is, in fact, book 3 of a series, that I highly recommend, but it is fine to read each book alone, too.

The plot: Polly lives on Mount Polbeane on the coast of Cornwall, where she owns the Little Beach Street Bakery and lives in the old lighthouse with her boyfriend/ fiancée Huckle. As Christmas approaches, Polly's life is more than busy with her best friend Kerensa having serious relationship trouble and Huckle, who really wants to get married, but Polly is hesitant to take the last step. The whole story revolves around Christmas Eve, which Polly and Huckle want to just spend curled up on the couch with movies, but circumstances make Polly prepare pastries for a big holiday party.

This book has it all, snow storms, ice sculptures and a puffin. Yes, a puffin.

So much is happening on these pages that I don't have the words to give a good summary, but trust me on this one. Jenny Colgan's writing is funny and unique and her characters and stories are well-developed. I also saw that the audio book is for free on Amazon Prime.

Happy Reading! Love, Sanna

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Christmas Reading Challenge 2017

Hey peeps!

Long time no see, huh? Well, we are heading into fall break tomorrow and Halloween is close, so it means I am slowly getting prepared for The Christmas Reading Challenge 2017. I have to have a closer look at my book shelf to see what Christmas books are still inmy TBR and then I'll give you an update on what I am planning to read this year. I also hope life won't be as crazy as last year and I will really get some reading done and find the time to write the reviews.

I hope you will join me! Love, Sanna

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Christmas Bake Off

26 days until Christmas Eve and I managed to read two stories. Big wow. *addirony*

At least I managed to get some reading done while life was absolutely crazy, so here is my second review.

I read The Christmas Bake Off by Abby Clements. The download's for free for your Kindle on Amazon.

It is a short story about, well, a Christmas Bake Off. It is indeed pretty short. Surprisingly short, to be honest, but it was a quic and nice read. I would have liked some more of it, because the storyline was good and would have made a nice novella. I especially liked the recipes at the end, which sound really, really good.

Well, that's all I can say. If you'd like to spend half an hour with some nice writing, download this story and have fun.

Happy Reading!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Okay, I wanted the first review up on November, 1st. But then I had to work crazy hours and we had a stomach bug in our family, so that was that.

All that made it difficult to find the time to read, plus I had started on a book that didn't get me hooked. So here comes my opinion, which cannot be called a review.

The book was Twelve Days of Christmas by Trisha Ashley.It's more chicklit than romance, which my anglophile self usually loves a lot. I started reading with high expectations and maybe that was the point why it all went wrong. I am into 2/3 of the book and I am not ending it. It started out good. But then after the first hundred pages it got soooo boring. I knew where all that was leading and it took the author years to come to the point. At least that's how I felt it. Maybe you have another opinion and that's fine, but the book didn't work for me and I wouldn't recommend it.

Maybe I am more lucky with book number 2: The Christmas Bake Off by Abby Clements, a short story. I'll keep you updated.

Love, Sanna

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

First delivery

Ho ho ho ... the first delivery of Christmas books arrived on my door step. Some, I downloaded on my Kindle, others I ordered as real books, even hardcovers. This is what I am planning to read:

Christmas At Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
Twelve Days Of Christmas by Trisha Ashley
A Cornish Christmas by Lily Graham
Mistletoe Kisses and Christmas Wishes by various writers (anthology)
The Christmas Bake Off by Abby Clements
The Reading Group: December by Della Parker (short story)

Have you read any of these? How did you like them (no spoilers please!) and do you have any must-reads for me I really, really should read this season? What's on your Christmas TBR?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Christmas Reading Challenge 2016

Hey, hello there!

It's October in a few days and as I want to start the Christmas Reading Challenge on November, 1st I thought I'd pop in and ask who's going to join me this year.

I want it all to be a bit different, with a lot of input from my readers. Is there anybody who'd like to write a review over a Christmas romance of your choice? It doesn't have to be a brand new book. Maybe you read it years ago and liked it, we would love to hear about that! everybody is invited to join!

Also, if you have any recommendations, please leave a comment and post them. I have not one book in my TBR yet and with every year it's more and more difficult to find those I haven't read before. Also, anthologies are fine.

Okay, that's it for now. I'd love to see many of you participate. The more, the merrier. ;o)

Love, Sanna

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Book 4: Snow One Like You

It took me some time, but I finally read another Christmas romance. By my favorite author, too. It is Snow One Like You by Kate Angell. It is available in the Mischief Under The Mistletoe anthology or as a single novella for 0.99$.

This is the story: Allie and Rhys are long time friends. And then one kiss under the mistletoe changes everything. When a snow storm hits on Christmas Eve, Rhys and Allie find themselves locked at Allie's place. No light, no heating. Just a warm fire and each other's company. Of yourse he is a hunk, former US Olympic skier and she is a natural beauty.

You know where that leads, right? Yes, it's predictable. But oh so romantic. Like all stories by Kate Angell, it's so well written. She has a unique way of writing. Short sentences, fast pace. She also has unique characters following along the way. Both, humans and animals. Be prepared to meet the most loveable moose ever.

I highly recommend this novella. I often don't like novellas, cause there doesn't seem to be enough time to develop characters and story line. Not in this case. It's all predictable, but I don't care. It's a lovely novella. Great characters. Two thumbs up!