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Review: 5 Days, 5 Kissed

What could be more awkward than getting dumped at graduation....kissing five strangers to get over it! Nikola Jensen hates endings, like when her parents told her they were splitting up, or when she was forced to leave her first love and idyllic lake home to move to the barren desert of Arizona. So, two years later when her high school boyfriend Sam, publicly breaks her heart, Nikola can’t seem to let go. To help her move on Nikola’s best friends, Liberty and Maya create the absurd Five Days, Five Kisses plan. All she has to do is kiss a new guy every day for five days and Sam will be a distant memory. Five Days, kissing five strangers. What could possibly go wrong? Review This is a delightf

Review: Adorable Fat Girl and the Mysterious Invitation

Mary Brown receives an invitation to a funeral. But she has absolutely no idea who the deceased is. She’s told that he invited her on his deathbed, and he’s very keen for her to attend, so she heads off to a dilapidated old farm house in a remote part of Wales. When she gets there she discovers that only five other people have been invited to the funeral. None of them knows who he is either. NO ONE GOING TO THIS FUNERAL HAS EVER HEARD OF THE DECEASED. WHAT IS GOING ON?? Then they are told that they have 20 hours to work out why they have been invited in order to inherit a million pounds. Who is this guy and why are they there? And what of the ghostly goings on in the ancient old building? Fe

Review: A Miracle for Ann

This is a heartwarming story of faith, love and the miracles of Christmas. Ann is two-years-old and was recently diagnosed with autism. Her parents are desperate to help her. Ann shows great promise. However, she needs early intervention at an expensive preschool. Going to school could give Ann the life her parents always dreamed of for her. But paying for the school would take a miracle, and this Christmas season, miracles seem to be in short supply. Review I worked in pediatric medicine for a decade before I returned to academic life. Parents would bring me their children for help with nutrition and I would try to help them face reality while still being the cheerleader and dream squadron

Review: Christmas at the Chocolate Pot Cafe

A few minutes of courage might change your life… Emotionally, Tara Porter finds the festive period a challenge. Christmas Day is a reminder of the family she lost, and New Year’s Eve holds bitter memories of the biggest mistake of her life: marrying Garth Tewkesbury. Shunning invitations to celebrate, she seeks refuge in her flat with only her giant house bunny, Hercules, for company. Professionally, though, it’s the best time of year. Tara’s thriving café, The Chocolate Pot, is always packed. With the café hosting a wedding and engagement party, it’s shaping up to be the café’s best Christmas ever. When former nemesis, Jed Ferguson, threatens the future of The Chocolate Pot, Tara prepares f

Review: The Other Mrs. Bates

Jane Bates has left Highbury to become the companion of the invalid widow Mrs Sealy in Brighton. Life in the new, fashionable seaside resort is exciting indeed. A wide circle of interesting acquaintance and a rich tapestry of new experiences - balls at the Assembly rooms, carriage rides and promenades on the Steyne - make her new life all Jane had hoped for. While Jane’s sister Hetty can be a tiresome conversationalist she proves to be a surprisingly good correspondent and Jane is kept minutely up-to-date with developments in Highbury, particularly the tragic news from Donwell Abbey. When handsome Lieutenant Weston returns to Brighton Jane expects their attachment to pick up where it left of

Review: Moonlight on the Thames

Worlds collide when two strangers meet at Waterloo station. It's a moment they'll never forget. Perfect for the fans of Milly Johnson. Christmas is a joyous time, but not everyone is merry and bright.  Nicola is a rising star at the top of the corporate ladder, but her personal life is a disaster. Her office affair has lost its allure, and the last thing she wants to think about is Christmas. A night of cancelled trains and festive Christmas carols at Waterloo Station is just about the last straw... Dmitri loves conducting his pop-up choir during the festive season, meeting people, and spreading joy and cheer around London. But he carries deep secrets from his past that robbed him of his d

Review: Tangled Vines

Amelia O'Sullivan is a photographer who has always viewed herself through the wrong lens. When her marriage publicly crashes around her, she flees to the safety of her aunt's country property to pick up the pieces. Can she adjust her focus to what she really wants from her life? Born into a wealthy and powerful family, Frederick Doyle may seem like a man who has it all, but behind the scenes, a bitter business feud threatens an irrevocable family split. As he fights for control of the winery he'd built from the ground up, he finds a supportive ally in Amelia and becomes increasingly beguiled by her creative spirit. Jill McMahon is a successful novelist suffering from writer's block ove

Review: Him with a Beard

Do you remember that moment you stopped believing in Santa Claus? When nine-year-old Mille suddenly no longer believes in Santa Claus, it turns the house upside down. Her mother, Stella, is in a pickle as the hunt to find Santa Claus unearths some family secrets. Christmas is at risk! And there’s only one person who can save it. Review I wasn’t expecting this book to leave me with so many conflicting emotions. Stella is one of those few true believers whose love for Santa Claus never faded. But as he daughter begins to question and her husband reveals his non-believing side, she’s suddenly questioning herself and all her long-held truisms. In the end, she and her family have to begin to acce