Christmas by the Coast by Mandy Baggott @mandybaggott @Aria_Fiction @HoZ_Books #ChristmasByTheCoast #bookreview

Christmas by the Coast written by Mandy Baggott, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited, audiobook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

This Christmas, find out if love letters from the past can pave the way to a brand-new future …

After a terrible heartbreak, Harriet Cookson worked hard to build her life back up. Now she has a dependable boyfriend, a great job and a decent flatshare. But when her beloved grandmother passes away, Harriet drops everything to fly out to the Hamptons to comfort her grieving grandpa.

Christmas is coming and as she arrives on the sandy beaches of her childhood in Montauk, Long Island, Harriet spots someone she never expected to see again – her ‘one that got away’, ex-soldier Mack Wyatt. Now, Mack is determined to win Harriet back and show her that the life she’s been living might be the wrong happily-ever-after.

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I absolutely loved this novel by Mandy Baggott, it gave me all the feels and more!

Mandy Baggott takes the reader to Long Island, just off the coast of New York, in this festive, fun read. Not only has the author injected so much festive jollity in the story making us feel so nostalgic but the author has also touched on some serious issues of grief, loss, PTSD all dealt with grace and sensitivity.

Harriet is devastated to learn of the sudden death of her beloved grandmother, who lives overseas in Long Island. A place that Harriet has spent many summers with her grandparents enjoying all that the area has to offer whilst wrapped in the comforting love of her family. Feelings of grief are mixed in with guilt and regret for having not visited in the last 3 years. Harriet’s life over the last few years has been difficult, her heart and dreams had been broken and she fell into a steady business/relationship with Iain. This new relationship helped a little in mending parts of her heart but there are still pieces of her heart that remain with a long distance love she had for an American soldier.

Arriving in Long Island with Iain to help her grandad at such a sad time brings back all the love she had for this wonderful place. The locked door to her dreams feel like they want to emerge once more but does she dare to dream again?

Mack has lived on his boat moored in Long Island for a few years now following his medical discharge from the army. He’d remembered this place of Montauk, off Long Island that had been so warmly spoken of by the penfriend he hoped would one day become more. but since his traumatic accident whilst on tour of duty overseas he’s left with both physical and mental scars. so when he sees a young woman that had plagued his dreams for so long he questions whether he is of right mind.

Harriet is shocked to discover Mack is living near her grandparents and is consumed with a myriad of emotions.

Christmas by the Coast is such a beautiful story leading up to the festivities of the season which bring a warmth back to the hearts of many that are dealing with life’s many emotional challenges.

About the author:

Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer.

The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016. Mandy’s books have so far been translated into German, Italian, Czech and Hungarian.

Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor. Mandy lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.

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Truly Madly Greekly by Mandy Baggot book review

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Truly Madly Greekly by Mandy Baggot is available to download in ebook format and paperback tomorrow, 22nd May 2015.

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Capable, confident and career-driven, Ellen had her dream job and a marriage proposal from boyfriend Ross. Life was good, her future set. Until it wasn’t and everything fell apart…

Whisked off to the beautiful island of Corfu to plan her sister Lacey’s big, fat, Greek wedding, Ellen is hoping some time out will help clear her head and heal her heart. But letting go of her past is not going to be easy.

With Lacey in full on Bridezilla mode, Ellen is soon distracted from her own problems. And when the all-inclusive treats on offer at hotel Blue Vue include one gorgeous, brooding Adonis – Yan – Ellen finds him difficult to resist.

But Ellen isn’t looking for love or lust, or anything involving too much ouzo…or is she?


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I’d like to thank the publishers and netgalley for an arc of this novel in return for an honest review.

What a fabulous summer read!  Mandy Baggot has created a book that is fun, fabulous, full of sizzling moments to get you in the mood for some summer lovin’!

Ellen and her sister Lacey are visiting Corfu, in the name of research, to plan Lacey’s ‘Big Fat Greek wedding’.  Lacey is set on this big volumptious OTT wedding and soon goes into manic Bridezilla mode.  Ellen soon becomes distracted and the gorgeous Yan from the hotel complex animation team takes notice of her and wonders why she is not enjoying herself like her sister.

One of my favourite characters was Yan, I loved his courageness, his vulnerability, his compassion, his hope, his dream and his gorgeousness!  I’m definitely Team Yan 🙂

We get to know more about the lives of Ellen and Yan and they both discover they have unfulfilled dreams waiting to be given the go ahead.

Mandy has also created some wonderful subsidiary characters, I particularly liked a duo act in the animation team in the name of Dasha and Sergei.  They sounded like a fun team and would definitely make your holiday memorable.  The antics this pair got up to were hilarious.

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

“When you bared yourself to someone,

showed the pieces of yourself you were less proud of,

scared of, ashamed of, you were truly free.

And if that person accepted all those bits of you,

loved you just as you are, it was golden”

I would recommend you grab hold of this novel whether you are travelling overseas of enjoying timeout at home.  Make yourself a fruity drink and stick an umbrella in for authenticity.  Sit back and relax and enjoy the fun, frolics and drama that Ellen and Lacey have in Greece.  5/5* read.

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