Englishwoman at Christmas by Jenny O’Brien book review

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Englishwoman at Christmas written and self-published by Jenny O’Brien is available NOW in paperback format and the ebook version will be available on 31st October 2017.

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Englishwoman at Christmas, a standalone romance and last in this current series.
Holly Branch has it all. She’s rich, famous and beautiful but, after a disastrous early marriage, she’s also deeply distrustful of men, all men…
Lord Oliver Ivy has it all. He’s rich, titled and handsome. He’s also a world renowned plastic surgeon, or he was… Now he’s an emotional wreck seeking solace in the bottom of a whiskey bottle.
When fate decides to play a trick on these two strangers, by dumping them in Cornwall in the middle of a snow-storm, fate gets a shock…

Note from author. When my twins asked to have a book dedicated to them, of course it was going to be jam-packed with twins…

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this novel.  All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I’ve really enjoyed the Englishwoman in series by Jenny O’Brien and Englishwoman at Christmas is sadly the last in this series.  I’m hoping the author Jenny O’Brien may revisit this series later on as a romantic novel written around the lives and loves of modern day aristocracy has captured my imagination and I haven’t read many contemporary stories that have touched on this subject, I’ve certainly read plenty of historical romances but aristocratic life now is very different.  At the end of the day whatever background we are from we appreciate companionship and love.

The Englishwoman in series includes the following novels:

  • Englishwoman in Paris
  • Englishwoman in Manhattan
  • Englishwoman in Scotland
  • Englishwoman at Christmas

Each novel can be read as a standalone but you will find characters from previous novels from this series and from the Irish Romance series will crop up in other stories.  To fully appreciate the full enjoyment of this series I would recommend reading them all.

This story focuses on Holly Branch who has just been bequeathed a country cottage in Cornwall from her late mother’s inheritance.  Holly is a hard working interior designer in the city of London and is happy that her work is her main priority in life.  Her heart has been shattered in the past and she is still struggling with her self-esteem.  It’s Christmas Eve, she’s finished work for the holiday period and after being handed the keys for her inheritance she wants to do nothing more than escape to Cornwall.

Lord Oliver Ivy is a world renowned plastic surgeon, with such talented skills in the field he is sought to perform very risky procedures.  Oliver is currently off work with a stress-related illness.  He’s struggling to cope with his emotions due to an incident that has left him emotionally and physically scarred.  Oliver has just wished his driver a Happy Christmas and now he’s left to enjoy the holiday season on his own.  But when he by chance meets with Holly Branch who mistakes him for her taxi driver he decides as he has nothing better to do to play along with Holly and drive her to Cornwall.

The weather is playing havoc with their journey as the country is blanketed in snow and when they eventually arrive at the cottage Oliver realises he cannot make the return journey home straight away.  Fate has brought these two workaholic people together.  Within the confines of the cottage Holly and Oliver have no alternative but to learn to live alongside each other.  A mutual attraction is felt between them but with Holly’s previous heartache and Oliver’s current emotional state tension and confusion is muddled along with a growing chemistry.

This was such another lovely romance from Jenny O’Brien.  I love how Jenny O’Brien incorporates sensitive issues amongst her storyline and scenes take us to medical procedures giving us drama and a myriad of emotions.  A lovely festive romance to enjoy as the season brings in the colder weather.

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Englishwoman in Scotland by Jenny O’Brien book review

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Englishwoman in Scotland written and self-published by Jenny O’Brien is available from Thursday 22nd June 2017 in ebook format.

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Talented artisan baker Lady Titania (Tansy) Nettlebridge is betrothed to be married to Lord Brayely no less. She should be ecstatic. She should be delighted at such a match. She would be if she’d actually met him…

Viscount Hector Brayely, or Tor for short isn’t interested in women. He isn’t interested in men. As a renowned mycologist all he’s interested in is fungi, and one particular fungi at that. So when his mother arranges a bride he’s not really interested. He’s more interested in the new cook at the castle, Miss Tansy Smith…

Set in Oban and The Slate Islands Tansy quickly falls in love with the Inner Hebrides but she wouldn’t marry Tor if he was the last man on Belnahua…

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Englishwoman in Scotland is another stand-alone novel in Jenny O’Brien’s ‘Englishwoman in’ series, although a few familiar names will crop up in the storyline.  To enjoy the full ‘Englishwoman in’ book series I would recommend reading all the books in the series in chronological order:

  • Englishwoman in Paris (you can find my review here)
  • Englishwoman in Scotland
  • Englishwoman in Manhattan (you can find my review here)

A boxset of all three novels will be available to purchase on the 22nd June 2017 follow the link: http://amzn.to/2tj9pqd

I absolutely adored Englishwoman in Scotland and I didn’t want it to end.  I’ve previously enjoyed Jenny O’Brien’s previous ‘Englishwoman in’ stories but to me this is my favourite.  I loved how both leading characters were born into wealth and aristocracy but they were both wanting to find their own ways in life;have an interest, have a career, make their own decisions.  I particularly loved how the author set this storyline in a wonderful rugged location in Scotland and included some history to the tale with the leading man’s work taking him to the island of Belnahua.  An island off the west coast of Scotland that once had a population of nearly 200 but has been left inhabited and desolate since WWI. This brought a different dimension to the story and you could feel a change in atmosphere when visiting the isle.  I felt the hidden history around the island brought some clarity to the characters.

We first meet Tansy (Lady Titania Nettlebridge) in her family home in London arguing with her parents who have apparently arranged a marriage for her, a fellow aristocrat whom she has only met the once years ago when she was a young girl.  This arranged marriage has come to light due to recent media coverage of Tansy during one of her night outs with her fellow aristocratic friends.  What Tansy thought was going to be a good night with friends turned into a disaster and she has been left shame faced and feeling betrayed by her ‘so called friends.’  Tansy decides to take matters in her own hands and applies for a job as a cook in a stately home in Scotland, which so happens to be the home of Viscount Hector (Tor) Brayely. She wants to find out what this groom-to-be is really like so going in disguise feels the best way to achieve this. Tansy is a highly skilled baker so she is qualified to do the job in hand but can she cope with the personality of the Viscount?

Tor Brayely has had his fair share of heartache and since the death of his father he is willing to please his mother with this union.  However, when he makes the journey to London to see this Lady he returns home to Scotland in a foul mood and finds a stranger in his kitchen.

The story follows Tansy in her role as cook getting to know Tor and learning how to cope with life in the Hebrides.  Personalities clash but a chemistry soon starts sparking between the pair.  Can the simple beauty of the ruggedness of Scotland bring the pair together?  Can Tansy keep her secret identity away from the Viscount?

This was a wonderful romance with just the right amount of sexual chemistry.  The story was quite topical with the glare of the paparazzi and I loved that Jenny O’Brien gave both characters skills and ambitious dreams.  I loved the sound of Tor with his education, his interests, his kindness, his rugged physique and hatred of the socialite scene.  I also fell in love with some of the sub characters Jenny O’Brien had created and hope to hear more from these in future stories.  A very enjoyable read 5/5*

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Englishwoman in Manhattan by Jenny O’Brien book review

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Englishwoman in Manhattan written and self-published by Jenny O’Brien is available in ebook format NOW.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Englishwoman in Manhattan, the stand alone follow-up to Englishwoman in Paris.
Recently widowed Lady Cara Bachmeire has moved away from Paris and the world she once knew to New York in order to escape from the past, a past where she’s lost her husband, her career and nearly her life. She wasn’t expecting much and certainly not the peace and sanctuary of Gramercy Park. Gramercy Park, Manhattan’s best kept secret with its precious keys very much in the style of The Secret Garden.
Lawyer Matti Bianchi, second generation Italian/American is also in possession of a key to Gramercy Park. He’s also in possession of a musically gifted daughter who attends the prestigious academy for gifted musicians, the same academy Lady Cara has run away to when her career is taken away from her. But that’s not all Matti is. He’s also working for an asset stripping company and the next building on the list to be stripped just happens to be Lady Cara’s estranged step-mother’s Manor House in Berkshire.
Can Lady Cara find love for a second time and what about her career as one of the most talented concert pianists of her generation? And what about Matti? Is he just what he seems or…

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Lady Care Bachmeire is still grieving for her husband, it’s been two years since his untimely death.  She is also grieving for the life she had and the life she was promised.  The accident that took the life of her husbands has left Cara emotionally and physically scarred.  She is now working in New York as a music tutor in a private girl’s school.

Matti Bianchi is a single parent and lawyer in one of the most prestigious and cut-throat asset stripping firms in the city.  His teenage daughter has started teasing him about middle age spread and Matti starts jogging in Gramercy Park to appease his daughter.  Whilst back in his apartment that overlooks the park he spots a young woman with long auburn hair that he can’t help but be drawn to.  This young woman happens to be Cara and during a music performance at his daughter’s school he sees this mystery girl and makes the connection.

The school is running a trip to London with a select few of the girls and Evelyn, Matti’s daughter is invited.  As Matti has business in London he tags along with the school excursion. Cara and Matti are drawn together through mutual circumstances at first.  These moments give Matti time to get to know Cara but the pain from her past which is still evident is hard to conceal.

Cara is fighting with her emotions over Matti, is it too soon since her husband’s death to find and accept love again?  She is also fighting with her physical scars and what limitations it has left her with.  Can Cara place her belief in someone to help her with her scars both emotionally and physically?  Will Matti’s business involvement in London hinder his developing feelings for Cara?

This was a lovely story that was emotive with all the heart wrenching history from the characters still very evident.  It was also endearing, inspiring and romantic taking you on a journey of self-discovering, encouragement, lust and love.  Englishwoman in Manhattan is a standalone story in the ‘Englishwoman in’ series.  Characters from Englishwoman in Paris do crop up and to fully appreciate and enjoy the series I would encourage you to read both books in order.  You can find my review of an Englishwoman in Paris here.

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Englishwoman in Paris by Jenny O’Brien book review

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Englishwoman in Paris written and self-published by Jenny O’Brien is available NOW in ebook format.

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Love is…knowing when to say goodbye

22 year old Lady Sarah Cosgrave is a student at the Sorbonne and heiress to millions, but only if she’s engaged by the time she reaches 23. She’s in urgent need of a fake boyfriend to appease her parents – anyone will do as long as he has long vowels and a long pocket. Handsome French brickie.

Pascal de Sauvarin is neither, but as he’s the only man available he’ll have to do. Can their love overcome the demands polite society throws at it or will she be forced to marry rancid Rupert?

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I adored this new novel by Jenny O’Brien. I feel her stories are written just for me. I love stories set in Paris: the café culture, stunning architecture and gorgeous countryside. I was drawn to this book by just the title. Jenny soon had me there in the moment eating pastries alongside Sarah in Paris and when we are introduced to Pascal I was mesmerised by his rugged beauty and accent!

Sarah, formerly known as Lady Sarah Cosgrave, had escaped her privileged life in England to study music in Sorbonne. She’d also escaped the media after word had got out that she was a rich heiress to be. Her late Aunt had left a bequest in her will that if Lady Sarah was engaged to be married on her 23rd birthday she would receive 80 million. She’s fended off unwanted advances in the past and had been hurt and humiliated by someone else she had given her heart too easily to.

When Sarah spots the ruggedly handsome French brickie working at the building site opposite her apartment an instant attraction is felt. She spends many spare moments gazing at him. However, she doesn’t know that Pascale, the brickie, has also spotted Sarah and he too feels a pull towards her. There is more to Pascale than meets the eye and Sarah slowly learns to relax with this Frenchman.

This was such a lovely romance that totally swept me away with the storyline. Lots of twists, turns and surprises and as per Jenny’s previous form she took me on an emotional journey. I thoroughly enjoyed this contemporary romance and have no hesitation in recommending it.  5/5*

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book.

I’d like to share one of my favourite quotes from the book:

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Guest Post with Author Jenny O’Brien

I am so pleased to welcome Jenny O’Brien, the author of 4 self-published ebooks to my blog.

Welcome to my blog Jenny …

Jenny O'Brien

Thanks for inviting me on to your blog.

When did you start writing? Or have you always done so?

I’ve been writing for seven years now. While I always wanted to write a book I never really thought any more about it, that is until I came up with the name Dai Monday, the main character in my children’s book Boy Brainy. It took me a year to get the courage to put pen to paper and another six to have the courage to release my words to the unsuspecting public.

Have you written other novels/works that have not been published?

I’ve published 4 books and have about another four running around in my head. I’ve also dipped my toes into non fiction and have had articles published in medical journals.

What inspired you to write Ideal Girl and Boy Brainy?

Boy Brainy was inspired by my own experience of school bullying. Ideal Girl from something I heard on Chris Evan’s Radio Two show about how the Ideal Girl was meant to be a dark haired Irish nurse.

Do you appear in any of your stories?

Certainly not! I’m far too boring to be in a book. My life is the same as millions of others out there, the only difference being my hobby is writing about the random characters that seem to live in my head – perhaps I need to see a doctor!

Does the bullying issue in Boy Brainy reflect an experience close to heart for you?

Yes. I think all adults can equate to being bullied at some time in their life. I’m not an expert, but I have seen the damage it can cause at first hand.

You write about hospital romances in your Irish Girl Trilogy, is this a true reflection of hospital life?

Well no, I write fiction. The media portrayal of hard working healthcare professionals with little ‘off time’ is the true one. Patient care is far too important to warrant the batting of eyelashes! There simply isn’t the time! My writing is more a satirical view of what happens, not the reality.

You set your stories in unusual settings?

I like to write about places I love and, as I was born in Dublin it does crop up frequently. I also used to live in Wales and we go camping in France so these are easy places for me to include. I won’t be able to write about Australia or even the USA, unless I set a story in Miami airport, but Tom Hanks has already played that part.

What is the overall impression you hope readers will take from your books?

That they’re funny, but not comedic. That they’re dark but not oppressive and finally for my medical romances – that they’re clean, or innocent if you like. There’s lots of innuendo and hinting but barely a kiss.

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Thank you so much for joining my blog today.  I’d like to congratulate you on the release of your 4th novel, Unhappy Ever After Girl.  You can find my review of this beautiful, emotional story here.

To celebrate the release of Unhappy Ever After Girl and to thank her loyal readers Jenny has reduced the price of the first two books in the Irish Medical Romances:

Ideal Girl

Ideal Girl is FREE to download for 5 days.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ideal-Girl-Irish-Romance-Book-ebook/dp/B014RQAGVA/ref=pd_sim_351_2?ie=UTF8&dpID=51jVXYseTEL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_UX300_PJku-sticker-v3%2CTopRight%2C0%2C-44_OU02_AC_UL160_SR106%2C160_&refRID=PH936ZVJ2E1NBG2RYZNS

Girl Descending

Girl Descending is at the special price of 99p.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B019CZUSG4/ref=series_dp_rw_ca_2

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Unhappy Ever After Girl by Jenny O’Brien book review

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Unhappy Ever After Girl (Irish Medical Romance Book 3) written by and self-published by Jenny O’Brien is due to be published on the 3rd June 2016.

To pre-order/buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unhappy-Ever-After-Girl-Romance-ebook/dp/B01G2NVJJY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1464613398&sr=8-1&keywords=unhappy+ever+after+girl

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Mabel Frederick (Freddie for short) has it all, or at least she thinks she has.
She’s about to marry Henry, the most amazing man. A man who’s all set to follow in her father’s footsteps as deacon of St Eilidh’s. She also has a job she loves, working on the eye unit of St Justin’s as well as the best friends a girl could ask for.

What she doesn’t have is Henry’s love, something she only finds out after the wedding.
Her friends come to the rescue by arranging a private nursing job for her across the Irish Sea in Betws-y-Coed.

Professor Derry Yeats doesn’t have it all.
He’s never thought of his life in measurements of happiness as he’s always been too busy as one of Ireland’s top heart surgeons. If he were to measure his happiness before Mabel he’d have rated it as less than zero. What use was a blind surgeon being treated in Betws-y-Coed to anyone?

Can Derry and Mabel turn their Unhappy Ever After into Happy Ever After or will fate intervene?

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I’d like to thank the author, Jenny O’Brien for an arc in return for an honest review.  This the 3rd book in the Irish Medical Romance series.  It’s not even a year yet since I was introduced to Jenny’s books, I was soon engrossed with the beautiful, heartfelt stories of friendship and love.

Unhappy Ever After Girl is about Mabel (aka Freddie) and Derry’s story.

We begin the story with Mabel preparing for her wedding to Henry, a trainee deacon.  Henry and Mabel’s relationship had been quite a whirlwind affair, a courtship of purity.  With Mabel’s father being a longstanding clergyman for the area, who adored his late wife and worshipped his daughter, she desperately wanted a relationship with her future husband to be as happy and wholesome as her parents was.  However, Mabel was having doubts about Henry, he was already starting to manipulate her and she wasn’t sure whether he did love her at all.  But wanting to keep her father happy she decided to go ahead with the wedding but hours later she was to uncover this was a dreadful mistake.  Fleeing the wedding with just her honeymoon suitcase she arrived in the small village of Betws-y-Coed in Wales to take on a small nursing job caring for a professor who had recently received surgery on his eyes to repair rapidly failing eyesight due to a cataracts condition.

Professor Derry Yeats somehow had managed to get to his late Uncle’s cottage in Betws-y-Coed to recover from his op and was living off baked beans and whiskey.  He was slowly drinking himself to death and was very melancholic with his situation when Mabel turned up on his doorstep.  He couldn’t see this young woman that had soon turned his daily care into an almost military fashion.  He sensed her warmth and professionalism with the care she gave him however, as he had lost his sight his other senses were on high alert and he could feel sadness within Mabel.

During these first few days in Wales Mabel was adjusting to what she had just done and couldn’t help wondering what her next steps would be for her future.  Could she go back to Dublin to her husband Henry?

Mabel and Derry were becoming close and when the weather took a turn for the worse they were reliant on each other even more for companionship.

We follow Mabel’s journey fleeing Dublin and crossing the Irish Sea to the little village in Wales.  Her journey is an emotional struggle for her coming to terms with the events at the wedding.  When she meets Derry she becomes confused with her growing feelings for him.

Jenny O’Brien has developed such a wonderful start to this story and I had completely fallen in love with both Mabel and Derry’s characters.  They were both intelligent people with a lot of vulnerability hidden behind their bravado.  My heart was warming to their blossoming friendship and then BOOM! a dreadful event shakes their relationship and my emotions are tumbled into a freefall.  I felt my heart breaking at this point, it was just so touching and beautiful with alot of unspoken words.

The story continues 5 years on from this point and Mabel’s life is very different.  The light and warmth that were emerging back in Wales are now a distant memory with the dark days she is facing now.  She hasn’t seen Derry in 5 years but when her father takes ill and needs an urgent operation his new consultant happens to be Professor Derry Yeats.

Mabel and Derry are surprised and shocked to see each other again.  Derry hasn’t forgotten how he found love during his dark days and seeing Mabel again only reiterates how much he has missed Mabel.

Can the pair turn their unhappy ever afters into a future filled with love?

Another beautiful, heartfelt book from Jenny taking my emotions on a rollercoaster of a ride.  I feel very honoured to be acknowledged at the beginning of this book.  Jenny’s stories have touched my heart and she has been a wonderful find for my love of reading.  5/5*

Irish Girl Trilogy is a series of books following the lives of three nurses living and working in St Justin’s Hospital, Dublin.

Book 1 follows Liddy and Mitch – Ideal Girl
Book 2 follows Grainne and Ruari – Girl Descending
Book 3 follows Mabel and Derry – Unhappy Ever After Girl

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Cover Reveal: Unhappy Ever After Girl (Irish Medical Romance 3) by Jenny O’Brien

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I’m delighted to share the new cover and title of Jenny O’Brien’s latest book in the Irish Medical Romance series.  Unhappy Ever After Girl is the 3rd book in this series and is due to be published on the 3rd June 2016.

To pre-order link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unhappy-Ever-After-Girl-Romance-ebook/dp/B01G2NVJJY/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1464078588&sr=1-2&keywords=jenny+o%27brien

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Mabel Frederick (Freddie for short) has it all, or at least she thinks she has. She’s about to marry Henry, the most amazing man. A man who’s all set to follow in her father’s footsteps as deacon of St Eilidh’s. She also has a job she loves, working on the eye unit of St Justin’s, and the best friends a girl could ask for.

What she doesn’t have is Henry’s love, something she only finds out after the wedding.
Her friends come to the rescue by arranging a private nursing job for her across the Irish Sea in Betws-y-Coed.

Professor Derry Yeats doesn’t have it all. He had never thought of his life in measurements of happiness as he was too busy as one of Ireland’s top heart surgeons. If he were to measure his happiness before Mabel he’d have rated it as less than zero. What use was a blind surgeon being treated in Betws-y-Coed to anyone?

Can Derry and Mabel turn their Unhappy Ever After into Happy Ever After or will fate intervene?

For fans of Giselle Green, Maeve Binchy and Emma Hannigan.

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I’ve been really looking forward to another medical romance from Jenny, I thoroughly enjoyed her first two; Ideal Girl and Girl Descending.  Jenny creates such beautiful, emotive stories with characters to fall in love with.  As soon as I saw this cover I could sense that the girl was lost and the bridge and dog had a big significance in her quest to find happiness.

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