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‘The Winter Wedding’ by Abby Clements

The Winter Wedding

‘The Winter Wedding’ was published by Simon & Schuster on the 5th November 2015. I was very kindly sent a copy to review.

When Lila and Ollie’s wedding planner lets them down, Hazel steps in and helps her stressed out sister. The wedding is a total success and word soon spreads about Hazel’s expertise.

Soon Hazel finds herself with two more weddings to plan, something she never expected to be doing. Her clients want the very best for their big day; Gemma and Ollie’s dream is to get married in a snow-covered castle in the Scottish Highlands, whereas Josh and Sarah want a beach wedding in a Caribbean paradise. As Hazel soon finds though things aren’t that easy. Will Hazel be able to deliver what her clients want and will she find some magic in her own life?

The first thing I want to comment about is the cover of this book. I thought it was absolutely gorgeous and very inviting indeed. It shouted out “Read Me”! Well done to the designer.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Winter Wedding’ and I really liked the writing style. This really is the ideal book to snuggle down with on the sofa or in bed on long winter nights. It’s a fast paced, magical and light-hearted read which is bound to keep you up for ages.

They say everything happens for a reason and I think in Hazel’s case that was definitely true. Okay, so she didn’t get the promotion at work which she wanted and truly deserved, but this led to other opportunities for her and she was finally given the chance to use her talents elsewhere and to also find herself. I thought Hazel was really gutsy to go it alone.

I’d say that the majority of characters were really likeable, but my favourites were Hazel, Lila, Amber and Josh. Hazel and Lila, being twins, had that special bond which was so nice.

I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to read ‘The Winter Wedding’ and am so pleased that I have discovered yet another author. I am looking forward to seeing what Abby Clements comes up with next, though I personally think it would be great if there was a sequel to ‘The Winter Wedding’. I would love to see what happens next with Hazel and Lila. I am also definitely planning to read Abby’s previous novels too. Thanks for a great read.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

 

‘The Winter Wedding’ is available to buy on Amazon:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Winter-Wedding-Abby-Clements/dp/1471137015/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1451414633&sr=1-1&keywords=the+winter+wedding

 

‘The Tea Chest’ by Josephine Moon

The Tea Chest

‘The Tea Chest’ is Josephine Moon’s debut novel.  It was published by Allen & Unwin on the 3rd July 2014.  I was lucky enough to be sent a copy to review.  This was a fantastic opportunity for me as I love discovering new authors.

Kate Fullerton is a talented tea designer known for her creativity.  Now the co-owner of The Tea Chest, she finds herself flying all the way from Brisbane to London to save the business she loves from the woman who wants to shut it down.  Kate knows she could be risking her young family’s future.

Leila Morton has just lost her job and doesn’t know what to do, whilst Elizabeth Clancy gets a very nasty shock.  Both women need a fresh start.

When the three women’s paths unexpectedly cross, they throw themselves into realising Kate’s vision for the London branch of The Tea Chest.  However, it’s as if each time success is within their grasp something or other happens and increasing tensions damage their trust in each other.

With the looming possibility that The Tea Chest could fail, Kate, Leila and Elizabeth must decide what is important to each of them.  Are they willing to walk away or can they learn to believe in themselves?

The cover of ‘The Tea Chest’ really caught my eye with its beautiful design.  It makes you want to delve into the book straightaway.  I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end.  The descriptions of the shop were wonderful and the various tea blends were just amazing, almost orgasmic.  I also enjoyed reading about each character and learning about their lives.  Kate and Elizabeth were my favourites.

If I hadn’t of known that this was a debut novel I would never have guessed it.  Josephine Moon writes so confidently.  There are flashbacks throughout the story which I thought worked well.

A magical read, I live in hope of coming across a place just like The Tea Chest.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

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