Christmas Gift Guide Books 2

I hope you enjoyed my first Book Gift Guide. I know romance books aren’t for everyone so apologies if they’re not your cup of tea! The majority of the books in this post were read during summer and I have fond memories of sitting in the sun reading.

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Rachel’s Pudding Pantry by Caroline Roberts*

I’ve read a few of Caroline Robert’s books, I wouldn’t say this was my new favourite but I did enjoy it. It was a warm, comforting read. I enjoyed curling up with a cup of tea and losing myself in the book. It was also nice to see a small appearance in the book from another of her characters.

The book is focused around Primrose Farm at which Rachel, her mother Jill and her daughter Maisy live. The three generations at Primrose Farm have had a tough few years what with the death of Rachel’s father. Running the farm is taking its toll on Rachel, especially with their current financial situation. Rachel knows that something must change to keep their business afloat. With her mum regaining her love of baking Rachel’s ideas for the pudding pantry come about. The old barn is converted and the tea room is opened for business. With the help of the local community and the distractingly good looking farmer, who also happens to be their neighbour. Amongst all this Maisy’s father has turned up again, will he stick around or will he continue to disappoint his daughter? And the handsome farmer was still continuing to distract Rachel.

You can find the book on Amazon here*

 

I’m currently reading the Christmas sequel to this which can be found here*

I would give this book 3.5/5

 

Secrets at Meadowbrook Manor by Faith Bleasdale*

When I began this book I thought it might be another one that I would struggle through, however after a while I found that I couldn’t put it down. The book is full of quirkiness, happiness and some sadness.

The book focuses on Gemma Matthews who is struggling with life in general. Her nan is the only person that she has, however with her dementia worsening and the increasing fees of the care home Gemma cannot believe her luck when she is offered the role of hotel consultant. She packs her bags and heads to Meadowbrook Manor.

Meadowbrook is everything Gemma had ever dreamed of, and more. As she immerses herself in life at Meadowbrook with the Singer siblings she begins to feel as though she has the family she has always dreamed of. But what will happen when they find out her secret? Gemma concentrates on transforming the manor into a boutique hotel – however with the animal sanctuary, gardening club, regular committee meetings and the Singers unable to accept that the Manor will no longer be home, Gemma has her work cut out for her. Her confusing feelings towards Freddie Singer are not helping matters either.

You can find the book on Amazon here*

I would give this book 4/5

 

A French Affair by Katie Fforde*

This book was a delight to read, it whisked me away to antique markets, a beautiful manor house and even to France. I could barely bring myself to put the book down as the romance between Gina and Matthew built. I would definitely recommend this book!

When Gina and her sister Sally visit the French House the last thing they expect is to inherit their aunt’s antique business. The owner, Matthew, agrees to help teach them all about antiques in the hope that they can make a profit and fulfil their aunt’s wishes. As Gina explores her love of antiques Sally realises she prefers taking antiques and making something new from them. 

Gina and Matthew grow closer as he teaches her, however his ex wife threatens to ruin things for them and take away the French House. Gina will not sit back and watch Matthew lose the French House and so she comes up with a plan to try and raise the funds he needs. Can she raise enough?

You can find the book on Amazon here*

I would give this book 4/5 

 

Spring on the Little Cornish Isles The Flower Farm by Phillipa Ashley*

I adored this book and really want to move to the Isles of Scilly. This book is one of three in a series, I have read the other two and by chance my mum got this one for me. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the books run along a similar timeline. The Flower Farm focuses on the lives of twins Will and Jess. The siblings have grown up on the Isles and have taken over the running of their family’s flower farm. A third character, named Gaby, arrives at the farm to work as a field worker. Gaby has recently lost her younger brother in a motorbike accident and is keen to go out and see the world – the Isles of Scilly is her first port of call.

The book begins with Jess’s boyfriend Adam receiving a mysterious text which then leads to their break up. Suffering heartbreak in a small community is never easy but Jess throws herself into work at the farm. As the summer unravels the spark between Gaby and Will grows.

When Adam returns to the island with a woman and child everyone jumps to conclusions. The truth will break Jess’s heart but no in the way anyone expected. Will and Gaby finally give in to their spark but their lives are heading in completely different directions and so Gaby packs her bag and leaves to see the rest of the world.

As the barn sets on fire with Jess and Will inside who will come running to their aide?

You can find the book on Amazon here*

I would give this book 4.5/5

 

A Perfect Cornish Summer by Phillipa Ashley*

There’s nothing better, in my opinion, than immersing yourself in Cornish coastal village for a romance. This book ticked everything I like in a book; romance, a picturesque setting, a close-knit community and lots of food references! I’ve read a few of Phillipa Ashley’s books lately (by chance) and I’ve absolutely loved them. I’ve enjoyed both her writing style and the plots of her books.

A Perfect Cornish Summer follows Sam Lovell as she plans the annual summer festival. As always, the festival faces lots of trials and tribulations – one of which being the cancellation of their star chef. Chloe, a new comer to Porthmellow steps in and successfully finds the festival a replacement celebrity chef.

Unbeknown to Chloe the new chef Gabe knows Porthmellow very well, he grew up there and was once Sam’s future. As the news reaches Sam that Gabe is coming back she doesn’t know how to feel, the last time she saw him he had reported her brother to the police. As Gabe arrives back int he village Sam struggles with her feelings, she’s still attracted to him and that spark between them is still there. Can she forgive him for everything he’s put her and her family through?

Meanwhile Chloe’s life isn’t as perfect as she makes it out to seem. Her daughter Hannah is estranged and she’s never even met her granddaughter. Will she be able to reconnect with her family whilst also putting down new roots in Porthmellow?

You can find the book on Amazon here*

I would give this book 5/5

 

Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson*

I’ll be honest I found this book a little hard to get into, it’s not quite my usual read as it has quite a lot of heartbreak in it and I tend to stay away from books like that. However, I had spent money on it and I wanted to persevere with it to see what it had to offer once I had got into it. After a while I Felt the pages pull me in and I couldn’t bring myself to put it down.

The story follows Laura Walker, her two children and their labrador. After Laura’s husband’s death herself and the children have been struggling to grasp life again. When Laura sees an advert for a the Comfort Food Cafe she decides to apply – it would do the family good to get away for a bit and it would give her some much needed experience on her CV for when they returned home and she started job hunting. Her children, Nate and Lizzie, are reluctant to go but Laura is adamant that is’w hat’s best for them.

Soon enough they pile into the car and have a disastrous drive to Dorset. On arrival they meet their handsome neighbour Matt who is going through his own heartbreak. Despite the bad start they begin to settle into their new life in Dorset. The Comfort Food Cafe has a way of protecting and healing those who visit and the Walkers are not exempt for this. As the summer unravels and Laura begins to get to know Matt better she begins to wonder what life in Dorset would be like.

You can find the book on Amazon here*

I would give this book 4/5

 

Wedding Tiers by Trisha Ashley*

I could not put this book down and even found myself dreaming about it! The book focuses on the life of Josie Gray unexpectedly ends up in Neatslake when she’s orphaned and goes to live with her granny. Her life becomes quickly mapped out in front of her as she meets both her best friend and her boyfriend on the first day of school.

The book skips to Josie as an adult, she’s living a self-sufficient whilst making unique wedding cakes for customers with with her childhood sweet heart, Ben. Ben, an artist is making frequent trips to London and appears to be having a number of mood swings lately. When Josie’s best friend, Libby returns to Neatslake to live which shakes up Josie’s quiet life.

As Libby plans her wedding to Tim Josie can’t help but feel a little jealous, Ben was against marriage and therefore it looked like she would never get the chance to plan her own. During one of Ben’s trips to London Josie receives a phone call from an Olivia telling her that she was having an affair with Ben and was expecting his baby. Josie’s world falls apart as she realises that her idyllic life with Ben was just a facade.

With the help of copious amounts of homemade alcohol Josie throws Ben out and begins to embrace her life alone. With Libby’s wedding approaching Josie puts on a brave face and promises to not ruin her friend’s big day. As Libby introduces Josie to photographer Noah Josie finds her life turned upside down. He was nothing like Ben – but perhaps that was a good thing?

Can Josie find her happy ever after whilst maintaing her self-sufficient life style?

You can find the book on Amazon here*

I would give this book 5/5

 

Poppy’s Recipe for Life by Heidi Swain*

it took a little while for me to get into this book. I started reading it on the plane on the way to Spain and forced myself to become immersed in it. I’m so glad I carried on because I loved this book!

Poppy’s life is finally coming together, her excitement at moving into Nightingale Square can’t even be dampened by her new grumpy neighbour. As Poppy settles into her new life she realised that Mr Grumpy next door has no intention of getting into the community spirit. As the residents of Nightingale Square get stuck in to the community garden Poppy makes it her mission to get Mr Grumpy involved and surprisingly enough he’s letting her!

Poppy can’t remember feeling this happy in her life, however a call from her estranged mother is about to put an end to that. Her mother is off to Spain, leaving her 16 year old brother to fend for himself.

With the support of the Square and Mr Grumpy Poppy’s brother comes to stay with her. They’re in for a rough time as they get to know each other and learn to trust one another but Poppy’s determined not to let him down.

Can Poppy fix everyone’s problems and still be happy herself?

You can find the book on Amazon here*

I would give this book 3.5/5

 

Have you read any of these books?

 

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