Review of ‘The Christmas Proposal’ by Lisa Moreau

I know Christmas was months ago, and it might seem strange to be reading a Christmas romance in March, but ‘The Christmas Proposal’ is a book I would recommend reading any time of the year. 

Grace Dawson might be over her ex, Christina, but the thought of planning her proposal to another women makes her want to run for the hills. She has found a way past the hurt of their break-up and is ready to find that special woman of her own. Working for ‘Tie the Knot’ brings her face to face with romance every day, but so far she has yet to find love for herself. 

Bridget Cartwright is Christina’s new PA, and has been tasked with organising a romantic proposal for her. But Bridget doesn’t have a romantic bone in her body and doesn’t have a clue where to start. When she hires Grace for the job, the pair become stranded on Mistletoe Mountain, and it is there, in the most Christmassy town imaginable, that they begin to realise change is possible. Will they each be able to escape the past and find true love?

‘The Christmas Proposal’ is like a lesbian Hallmark movie. I wallowed in the wonderful Christmas feeling and forgot about the outside world for a few hours . Mistletoe Mountain was a beautiful small town, with warmth from Grace’s family and the townsfolk. It made me smile. It made me happy. I don’t believe Christmas novels are just for Christmas. In this case I would read Grace and Bridget’s story year round. It was the tonic I needed. 

Lisa Moreau writes heart-warming stories of love and romance. She makes me love her characters and the wonderful settings she chooses for them. I have read all of her books and adore them all. They are like a giant hug and a comforting escape when we need it most. 

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘Misfit Christmas’ by Anne Hagan

‘Misfit Christmas’ by Anne Hagan is a lovely Christmas themed romance. Sophia is a social work student who volunteers time at a recreation centre in Denver, helping disadvantaged kids. When Lacie is sent there to finish her community service the pair clash. It appears they have different ideas about how things should be done, and about life in general. But they both realise that they are there to help the kids and that must come first. Will the magic of Christmas bring them together and will they be able to give the community a holiday to remember?

I enjoyed finding out about the community they were helping. It brought into focus the true meaning of Christmas. Seeing the women change and realise what they wanted in life was sweet and romantic. But ultimately it was about being honest and being true to oneself. About accepting love and happiness. A perfect Christmas read.

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘Christmas Cupid’ by Barbara Winkes

If you love Christmas and Hallmark Christmas Movies, then you are going to adore Christmas Cupid by Barbara Winkes. It is the perfect feel-good story, with a beautiful setting and adorable characters. Set in the picturesque little town of Pinedale, the story revolves around the town bakery – a place where many have found love. Natasha is sent there by her editor to write a piece on the bakery, and its owner, Ivy. Is it all just a big publicity hype? Or is there some truth in the idea that the store owner is actually a Christmas Cupid? Natasha isn’t convinced. She’d rather be sunning herself on a beach over the holiday season. Will Ivy and the town win her over? Will Cupid strike again? 

I love both main characters and the town itself. Sceptic Natasha was kind and open and found something in the town that was missing from her life in the big city. But would it be enough? Ivy was adorable. I couldn’t get enough of her. I wanted to know more about her and why she spent so much of her life making other people happy. The Christmassy descriptions were perfect and I found myself wishing Pinedale was a true place. A lovely story and the ideal way to get in the Christmas spirit.

I was given this ARC to review.

Review of ‘Christmas In Mistletoe’ by Clare Lydon

‘Christmas In Mistletoe’ is exactly the kind of book we all need this Christmas. Clare Lydon takes the reader to the tiny hamlet of Mistletoe, Suffolk, and once there we enter into the most Christmassy place imaginable. I was in heaven. Every detail was steeped in the festive spirit, and I could not help but wallow in the wonderful, snowy, pine-scented wonderfulness of Mistletoe.

Ruby O’Connell’s family run a Christmas tree farm in rural Suffolk. When she’s not gigging around London, she returns to there every December to help out. Fran Bell finds herself thrown into the Christmas spirit when her parents move to Mistletoe. Bumping into Ruby was not on her radar. After a rocky start, can the pair find any common ground? Coming from opposite ends of the music business, the gap might be too wide. But there’s something to be said for the magic of Christmas. 

Clare Lydon has hit the perfect note once again. ‘Christmas in Mistletoe’ takes us on a romantic journey, where passion and love jump from every page. But it is the happy, joyful and incredibly cosy feeling from the ensemble cast of characters that brings it all together into the perfect Christmas read. I loved it. This is sure to be one of my favourite re-reads of the festive season from now on. 

I was given this ARC for review. 

Review of ‘Surrender and Joy’ by Raven J Spencer

 

Surrender & Joy

 

Penny and Carter are as hot and sexy as ever in this lovely Christmas story.  I so enjoyed being back with this amazing couple who spend their lives secretly helping abused women while running a business empire together.  Their love story has been quite unconventional as it started with Carter ‘kidnapping’ Penny, but I won’t give away any spoilers as to how that resolved itself.  I like how Raven J Spencer switches between each character and their point of view.  It really works and helps the reader become even more engrossed in the story.  This was a sweet and romantic tale but as always their clandestine activities pose a threat.
I was given this book in return for an honest review.