His Mistletoe Wager by Virginia Heath book review

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His Mistletoe Wager written by Virginia Heath, publisher Mills & Boons Historical, is available in ebook and paperback format from the 1st October 2017.

To pre-order/buy link:  http://amzn.to/2wWNGXi

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Notorious rake Henry Stuart, Earl of Redbridge, is certain he’ll win his Christmas bet–until he learns he’ll be stealing Lady Elizabeth Wilding’s kisses. A woman who refuses to be charmed!
Once jilted, Lizzie must guard her heart, because the ton is unaware of her scandalous secret–her son! Despite their increasing attraction, she can’t risk the persistent Hal bringing down her defenses. But when her former fiancé returns, Lizzie realizes that perhaps Hal’s the one man she can trust–with her heart and her son…

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My first festive read for the upcoming season and what a feast for your eyes it is.  His Mistletoe Wager is a sequel to Virginia Heath’s Her Enemy at the Altar, you can find my review for this novel here.  His Mistletoe Wager can be read as a standalone but to fully appreciate and enjoy the full reading experience I would whole-heartedly recommend reading Her Enemy at the Altar first.

This story focuses on Hal, Henry Stuart, Earl of Redbridge, brother of Connie who we fell in love with in the previous story.  Hal is a notorious rake and has enjoyed many scandalous moments in his past however, he’s feeling a little out of sorts and now with the responsibility of the title bequeathed to him following his father’s death Hal has become more of a target to the ladies of society.  Even the attention of the hordes of females cannot change his current mood but his brother-in-law, Aaron Wincanton, places a wager with him and challenges Hal to steal five kisses from a fair maiden between now and the Twelfth Night.  The maiden Aaron has in mind is Lady Elizabeth Wilding.

Lizzie Wilding has been hiding from society after being jilted at the altar five years ago.  Her father wants her to return to the society scene but Lizzie would rather stay at home with her son she has so far kept hidden from the world.  If her secret son was to be revealed she would be shamed and her son would be shunned.  Life for a single mother was very tough in Regency time and was frowned upon.  Yet Lizzie has more to fear than her secret son being revealed when a would be suitor starts blackmailing her.  What hold does this unscrupulous man have on her?

With Hal game on winning his wager and gaining five kisses from Lizzie he starts the challenge with his full charm offensive.  However, Lizzie wasn’t to be easily won having sworn off men after being broken hearted.  But the unlikely pair found they had more things in common than they first realised and a mutual understanding is sought.

Once again Virginia Heath has had me swooning over the dashing hero Hal in this story.  I loved the banter between Hal and Lizzie and Hal’s cheeky charm had me smiling on many occasion.  The author was very clever though and gave Hal a sensitive, loyal side which had me sighing with contentment.

A delectable regency romance story that had it all; swooning and charm, hero’s and villains, family saga, drama, love and longing.  I adored it and I’m feeling bereft to be leaving my regency hero behind.

To find out more about Virginia Heath and her work please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.virginiaheathromance.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/VirginiaHeath_

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/virginiaheathauthor/

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The Gift of Christmas Yet to Come by Jo Bartlett book review

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The Gift of Christmas Yet to Come written by Jo Bartlett, publisher Accent Press, is available NOW in ebook format and is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gift-Christmas-Yet-Come-Nicholas-ebook/dp/B01MF553ON/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1481551034&sr=1-1&keywords=the+gift+of+christmas+yet+to+come

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As a special ed teacher in beautiful St Nicholas Bay, Kate Harris is used to taking the sensible approach. So when she decides that all she wants for Christmas is a family of her own, it seems there’s only one solution.

What Kate hasn’t considered is how the opinion of her friends might de-rail her plans, and almost everyone seems to have a view on what she should do for the best. But when a psychic suggests her destiny is already mapped out for her in red-and-white, Kate’s not sure if she can put her scepticism to one side to listen to any more advice.

There’s a special little boy, Kate hasn’t even met yet, whose whole future hangs on her decision. As Christmas approaches once more, time is running out for St Nicholas Bay to work its magic. Will Kate make the right decision and get the ready-made family she’s never dared dream of, or will it disappear – along with her oldest friend – as Christmas Eve closes in?

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This is such a delightful, heart warming festive read with a special, precious storyline.

I loved returning back to St Nicholas Bay, we meet some new characters this time as well as revisiting old ones.  St Nicholas Bay is a fictional village on the coast of the south of England.  Legend has it that Charles Dickens wrote part of a Christmas Carol in St Nicholas Bay so many of the village premises and businesses hold an affinity to the places and characters taken from this festive classic.

The story focuses on a year in Kate’s life.  Kate is a special needs teacher at the local primary school.  Kate is desperate for a baby and is fed up of waiting for the right man and the right moment and is making plans for a sperm donor.  A chance glance at an article in an old local paper has given Kate inspiration for a different route into motherhood.

We follow Kate on her journey to becoming a parent with some laughs and smiles and some sad and tense moments along the way.  Kate has a close knit friendship with 3 friends from her childhood in the village.  One of these friends is Will, who is slowly getting his life back together following the breakup of his marriage.  However, will his new life take him away from the quartet and the village?  I loved this bond of friendship the quartet had.  They all had different stories with their lives but were there to support each other.

A truly lovely read that is a gift in itself with it’s heart warming storyline.  Jo Bartlett’s novels are becoming a firm favourite of mine.  5/5*

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this novel.

To find out more about Jo Bartlett and her books please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.jobartlettauthor.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/J_B_Writer

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/JoBartlettAuthor/

Zak and Jen’s Astronomical Adventures – Tinsel Town by Natalie Page (Author), Chris Rivers Nuttall (Illustrator) Blogtour & Giveaway

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Zak and Jen’s Astronomical Adventures – Tinsel Town by Natalie Page (Author),    Chris Rivers Nuttall (Illustrator) is available now in paperback format.

Zak and Jen have their own etsy page to purchase books and other Zak and Jen inspired products.  The link is:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ZakandJen

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‘Zak flew to Jen’s planet and giggled with glee, he was so excited for what they might see…

Best friends Zak and Jen are off on a Christmas adventure with their special umbrellas. This time, the pair fly to a new planet, but where is everybody? Enjoy the magic as Zak and Jen make some new festive friends and discover how important it is to make the most of every day’

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Zak and Jen’s second adventure. I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this novel.

This is such a wonderful Christmas story with vibrant, quirky images that would appeal to all ages from a toddler being read to, to older children reading by themselves and to adults taking time out of their busy schedule to sit down and admire and enjoy this story.

I love the author’s wonderful rhythmic prose and the storyline is so poignant. I can easily imagine youngsters remembering the rhythmic text and singing along to the story. The images fit perfect to the storyline, love the vibrant colours against the dark sky and the quirkiness is so apt for the characters.

This would make a wonderful Christmas Eve treat to read whilst getting ready for the big event.

To find out more about Natalie Page please visit the following links:

Website:  http://www.nataliecpage.wordpress.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/LexiMorgan26

Natalie and Chris have kindly offered to give a copy of this book as a giveaway to my readers. To enter please click on the rafflecopter link:

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Mistletoe on 34th Street by Lisa Dickenson book review/blogtour

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Mistletoe on 34th Street written by Lisa Dickenson, publisher Sphere, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mistletoe-34th-Street-Lisa-Dickenson/dp/0751563099/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1478803550&sr=1-1

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Olivia has never experienced a snow-covered, ‘traditional’ Christmas before. Having grown up in a family that chose winter sun over decking the halls, she’s not sure what all the fuss is about. So when she and her colleagues are stranded in New York after a work trip, Olivia is perfectly happy spending the holiday season in the Big Apple.

Jon, Olivia’s friend, on the other hand is desperate to get home in time for his big family get-together. Nevertheless, determined to make the best out of the situation, he sets out to show Olivia how enchanting Christmas in New York can be. And when handsome New Yorker Elijah is added to the mix, could the magic of the season finally be working its charm on Olivia? As 25 December draws closer, Olivia suddenly finds herself with a decision to make: who does she really want to kiss under the mistletoe this Christmas?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the release of Lisa Dickenson’s new novel, Mistletoe on 34th Street.  I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this novel and would like to thank the publishers for this.

What a super winter warmer of a read this was.  I’m feeling quite sad that I’ve finished reading this sparkly story.  I want to read it all over again and experience the wonderful winter journey Olivia took which led her to New York gaining experience and accolades in her professional life and experiencing new highs and facing up to old demons in her personal life.

Lisa Dickenson’s novels wrap you up like a hot spicy tea; they warm you up from the inside but have that extra zing that tantalise your taste buds and leave you wanting more …

Olivia has been given a temporary promotion leading her team of colleagues on the trip to the annual conference in New York.  The team are hoping to get international interest in their business Girls of the World which helps promote esteem, equality and courage to girls worldwide.  I loved the sound of this organisation and could see why the team were so positive about promoting it.  The conference is four days in New York, a week before Christmas.  New York is idyllic in the winter time and especially with the run up to Christmas however, Olivia is not a fan of all things Christmassy.  Her family have never had a traditional Christmas together, they always favoured time away in sunnier climates.  So Olivia is hoping once the conference is done with she can go home over the holiday season just chillout and relax on her own.  However, her plans of tranquillity go awry as the team are left stranded in New York due to horrendous snow storms back in the UK.  An extended stay in the wonderful wintry city is perfect for some but not for others.  Will New York’s winter magic cast a spell on Olivia and change her whole perspective on Christmas?  Jon, one of Olivia’s colleagues is hoping to bring New York’s magic to Olivia and puts a plan in action to warm her heart.  However, a ruggedly handsome friendly New Yorker has his own way of helping spread cheer to Olivia.  With two men vying for Olivia’s company she is left confused with all this attention.  Each man has a different way of appreciating the season.  Will Olivia be blinded by the handsome native from New York or will Jon her old and trusted friend know exactly how to show Olivia the wonder of the season?

This was such a gorgeous read from the pretty, sparkly cover to the fabulous words of warmth, wit, wisdom and humour inside I soon got wrapped up in Olivia’s life and felt like I was with her in the city.  The sounds and sights in this great city that championed so many Christmas movies felt so real with the author’s descriptions … I wanted to be right there in the middle experiencing it all!  I never would have thought New York to be romantic but with the city transformed by freezing temperatures it felt like one of the warmest places to be in December with the Christmas spirits embracing you all and leaving no-one without a smile and a warm heart.  Lisa packs her stories with heart, warmth, humour and lots of festive fun.  5/5*

Please do stop by the other blogs on the blogtour.

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To find out more about Lisa Dickenson and her books please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.lisadickenson.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/lisawritesstuff

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/LisaWritesStuff/?fref=ts