I dedicate this review to my darlin cozy babe Nina (she is awesome and sweet and kind and everything I would ask in a friend. Her love for me makes me feel as if I am basking in eternal sunshine, her friendship makes me less lonely in life, and her naughtiness makes me want to tease her more. Remember BOB) and to the author herself Jessica Redland (she is one babe who always, and I mean always, thanks every blogger, comments on every post on her blog tours. My respect for her as a human being far outweighs my love for her writing).
Well, gotta love and acknowledge awesome gals!!
You know it is Christmas when your heart gets warmed
You know it is Christmas when you love everyone
You know it is Christmas when you want to get cozy with a book
You know it is Christmas when you want cocoa cocooned in a blanket
And now I definitely know it is Christmas when I start reading Jessica Redland’s books
With a great ado, I picked this book, a perfect book to warm the cockles of my heart, to put me on the pathway to Christmas.
My first book by Jessica Redland saw me hooked on to Charlee’s story with my kindle, cuddled into the cushions. She was a complete person, a real lovable one who went through life’s tragedies and heartbreaks, getting stronger at every step of life. I hate the vapid, simpering damsel-in-distress kinds, so thankful Charlee was strong, bold, and courageous.
Charlee followed boyfriend Darren, started her chocolate shop on Castle Street, a plumbing emergency led to the meet-cute with the hottie hunk Matt, electricity flowed. But Charlee being the loyal kinds remained a good friend till things happened, relationships overturned.
Story told in two timelines was cute in its treatment and progressed slowly and calmly. There was love and camaraderie and friendship all around. Charlee knew when to stand up for herself, and I loved that.
Then came my niggles, Charlee’s absentee parents, their entry, their love and their future relationship felt a wee bit over the top. But if you can’t be so jolly in Christmas, then when can you be… Ho ho ho!!
This was the book so apt for Christmas where warmth of the hearts surrounded friends and coworkers, where goodwill and laughs cheered even when tears flowed, and where family came together even when they seem far. A perfect Christmassy read!!
I downloaded the digital copy of the book from Kindle Unlimited, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!
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Master chocolatier, Charlee Chambers, has plenty to be excited about as Christmas approaches. She’s moved in with her boyfriend, Darren, and she’s about to open a chocolate shop, following in her late granddad’s footsteps. If only Darren would show more interest in helping her refurbish Charlee’s Chocolates ready for a December opening.
When water starts pouring through the shop ceiling, and Darren can’t be contacted to help, emergency plumber Matt comes to the rescue. From that moment on, Matt does more to support Charlee in achieving her dreams than Darren ever has, and she finds herself drawn to him. But Matt’s engaged and Charlee loves Darren … doesn’t she? And Darren loves her … or at least, she thinks he does, but he’s been behaving a little strangely recently.
Then Charlee discovers that Darren has a secret. But so does Matt. And so, it seems, does the woman who abandoned her at birth …
Publication Date: 1st October 2017
Publisher: Little Bear Books