The Chocolate Lovers Christmas by Carole Matthews

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Lucy loves running Chocolate Heaven but she hasn’t spent time with her boyfriend, Aiden, in weeks. And then her ex-fiance turns up and things become even more complicated.

Nadia hasn’t let herself get close to a man in a long time, yet she can’t help feeling drawn to Jacob. Will he be her last chance for a happy ending ?

Chantal and her husband, Ted are besotted with their baby daughter Lana – but Chantal isn’t sure thats enough to base a marriage on.

Autumn is dealing with a tragedy that has hit too close to home. But when she doesn’t get the support she needs from her fiance, will she look elsewhere for comfort ?

It was great to be reunited with the ladies again, but I have to say, it did take me longer to get into this one, it didnt grab me from the beginning like the others did, I wasn’t itching to pick it up to find out what would happen next and even though it is “The Chocolate Lovers Christmas”, I felt it was missing the whole christmas feeling, it did not make me feel as festive as “Calling Mrs Christmas” did.

I stuck with it though and I’m glad I did, the 2nd half really picked up the pace and I found myself reading most of the 2nd half in one day. I do wish Marcus would stop popping up though, he is one annoying character. I found myself more swayed towards Autumn in this book, quite a bit happens for her and I will read the next book “The Chocolate Lovers Wedding” to find out what happened next with her.

 

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After you by Jojo Moyes

Lou Clark has a lot of questions.

Like how it is she’s ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places. Or why the flat she’s owned for a year still doesn’t feel like home. Whether her close knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago. And will she ever get over the love of her life. 

What Lou knows for certain is that something has to change. Then, one night, it does.

But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for or just more questions? 

Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered,safe. Open it and she risks everything. 

But Lou once made a promise to love. And if she’s going to keep it, she has to invite them in ….

When I heard that a sequel for ‘me before you’ was to be released, I thought but Will is dead, where can Lou go from there ? What could Jojo Moyes write about ?

Plenty is the answer, this book is absolutely fantastic, it had me hooked from the very first page. I must admit though I did think at first maybe I should have read ‘me before you’ again before reading’after you’ to refresh myself on what happened but the more I read , I recalled what had happened previously (sign of a great author in my eyes).

It was lovely to be reacquainted with Lou and her family and it the new characters were good too, I especially liked Sam and how he affected Lou.

This book never had a dull moment, there were lots of twists that kept me glued to it.

 

Calling Mrs Christmas by Carole Matthews

Cassie Smith has been out of work for a while but she has an idea. Drawing on her love for Christmas, she begins charging for small things: wrapping presents; writing cards; tree-decorating. She’s soon in huge demand and Cassie’s business, Calling Mrs Christmas, is born.

Carter Randall wants to make Christmas special for his children, so he enlists Cassie’s help, and his lavish requests start taking up all her time. Thank goodness she can rely on her loving partner Jim to handle the rest of her clients.

When millionaire Carter asks Cassie to join his family on a trip to Lapland, she knows she shouldn’t go…. Suddenly Cassie finds herself facing a heart-breaking choice that could change her entire life.

I really enjoyed this book, I got into it straight away and instantly took a liking to Cassie and her love of all things festive.

All the characters were likeable and although their were a lot of characters I never got lost with who was who. I felt like I knew the characters well and felt their emotions.

I especially loved the Lapland part of the story as I have been to Lapland twice so I could really get the feel of all that they did in Lapland. It made me want to go back again even though it is so cold !

The ending was unexpected and very good , I would love to read a sequel to ‘Calling Mrs Christmas’.