Book reviews, Womens fiction

One Christmas Night by Hayley Webster – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

‘Hayley Webster’s wonderfully written novel combines love, crime, friendship and family with the very best festive spirit. One Christmas Night is a heartfelt page-turner I will find hard to forget.’ AJ Pearce, bestselling author of Dear Mrs. Bird

Nine lives. One street. And a secret behind every door.

Christmas is ruined on Newbury Street, Norwich.

Presents have been going missing from resident’s homes. There are rumours going around that it’s one of their own who’s been stealing from the neighbours. Festive spirit is being replaced with suspicion and the inhabitants of Newbury Street don’t know who to trust. The police presence isn’t helping matters, especially when they all have something to hide. 

But Christmas is a time for miracles… and if they open themselves up to hope and look out for each other, they might discover the biggest miracle of all.

An uplifting novel about love, friendship, connection and community, for readers who love Joanna Cannon, Ruth Hogan and Libby Page.

‘Tender, beautifully-written and full of magic and mystery’ – Emma Flint

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MY REVIEW

Firstly, I must say……Oh what a lovely book….

There is a thief roaming Newbury Street, burgling a different home every few days just before Christmas. What a heartless thing to do.

Each of these homes have secrets, there are money troubles, potential affairs, domestic violence and fraud. Like they say you never know what goes on behind closed doors.

But, when times are hard the community rally together. Looking out for each other and really brings the spirit of Christmas alive.

Yes, there are a few dark moments but this is really about love, friendship and community in an absolutely lovely, magical and heartwarming tale…..it makes me want to put up Christmas lights and get the mulled wine on…. I loved every minute.

Thank you to Tracy and Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Hayley Webster is a writer and teacher who grew up in Newbury, Berkshire. Her first novel, Jar Baby, was published by Dexter Haven in 2012 and, as Hayley Scott, three books in her Teacup House series for emerging readers were published by Usborne in 2018. She has written for Grazia, The Observer Magazine, and did a sold-out event at Edinburgh festival in 2018. She’s a mentor on the 2019 National Writers Centre Escalator scheme and she lives in Norfolk with her daughter.

 

 

Book reviews

All At Sea by Gemma Roman – Book Review

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Alice is young, in love and living on the Cornish coast. Life should be perfect. But Alice is about to meet someone who will make her question everything.

 

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MY REVIEW 

A novella of 170 pages, set in the beautiful Cornwall.

Alice is a real homebody, in her early twenties, lives and works in her home town and has never ventured very far from home….it’s her idyll. Her boyfriend Kai, is a freelance photographer and travels a fair bit…..he proposes, she says no as doesn’t want to be just a wife and wants more from life, she just doesn’t know what. But as they love each other it is put to one side.

But, then she meets Mia, she feels attracted to this elfin girl and the feeling is mutual…Alice has never been attracted to a girl before and her emotions are ‘all at sea’.

Mia disappears as quickly as she arrived, Kai and Alice have split up but three years later they bump into each other again…..can they find what they had lost?

This is an intense look into emotions, all amazingly packed into just 170 pages. A tale of love, home and the sea. Beautiful.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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From http://www.gemmaromanbooks.co.uk/

 

“I’m Gemma Roman

I have pretty much always been a bookworm.

I have always loved reading, writing and the creative arts, and also enjoyed dancing which led me to study for a degree in Dance Studies when I was at University. Following graduation, I worked in retail and became interested in the wealth of characters that I came across daily while working in customer service.  

I’d had a few ideas rumbling around in my head for a while, and so spent a few years writing my first novel in my spare time. I finally managed to release it in June 2016, and am now planning for the release of my new book ‘All At Sea’, which is due out in 2019.

Follow me on the social media links below to stay updated on all of my bookish news, and even subscribe to my blog  (www.gemmaromanbooks/books.review.blog) ”

 

Twitter @GemmaRomanBooks

Author Page on Facebook

 

Paperback: 170 pages

  • Publisher: Independently published (10 Aug. 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1089529376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1089529378

 Purchase link

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/All-At-Sea-Gemma-Roman/dp/1089529376