Monday, November 28, 2016

The Christmas Bake Off

26 days until Christmas Eve and I managed to read two stories. Big wow. *addirony*

At least I managed to get some reading done while life was absolutely crazy, so here is my second review.

I read The Christmas Bake Off by Abby Clements. The download's for free for your Kindle on Amazon.

It is a short story about, well, a Christmas Bake Off. It is indeed pretty short. Surprisingly short, to be honest, but it was a quic and nice read. I would have liked some more of it, because the storyline was good and would have made a nice novella. I especially liked the recipes at the end, which sound really, really good.

Well, that's all I can say. If you'd like to spend half an hour with some nice writing, download this story and have fun.

Happy Reading!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Okay, I wanted the first review up on November, 1st. But then I had to work crazy hours and we had a stomach bug in our family, so that was that.

All that made it difficult to find the time to read, plus I had started on a book that didn't get me hooked. So here comes my opinion, which cannot be called a review.

The book was Twelve Days of Christmas by Trisha Ashley.It's more chicklit than romance, which my anglophile self usually loves a lot. I started reading with high expectations and maybe that was the point why it all went wrong. I am into 2/3 of the book and I am not ending it. It started out good. But then after the first hundred pages it got soooo boring. I knew where all that was leading and it took the author years to come to the point. At least that's how I felt it. Maybe you have another opinion and that's fine, but the book didn't work for me and I wouldn't recommend it.

Maybe I am more lucky with book number 2: The Christmas Bake Off by Abby Clements, a short story. I'll keep you updated.

Love, Sanna

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

First delivery

Ho ho ho ... the first delivery of Christmas books arrived on my door step. Some, I downloaded on my Kindle, others I ordered as real books, even hardcovers. This is what I am planning to read:

Christmas At Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
Twelve Days Of Christmas by Trisha Ashley
A Cornish Christmas by Lily Graham
Mistletoe Kisses and Christmas Wishes by various writers (anthology)
The Christmas Bake Off by Abby Clements
The Reading Group: December by Della Parker (short story)

Have you read any of these? How did you like them (no spoilers please!) and do you have any must-reads for me I really, really should read this season? What's on your Christmas TBR?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Christmas Reading Challenge 2016

Hey, hello there!

It's October in a few days and as I want to start the Christmas Reading Challenge on November, 1st I thought I'd pop in and ask who's going to join me this year.

I want it all to be a bit different, with a lot of input from my readers. Is there anybody who'd like to write a review over a Christmas romance of your choice? It doesn't have to be a brand new book. Maybe you read it years ago and liked it, we would love to hear about that! everybody is invited to join!

Also, if you have any recommendations, please leave a comment and post them. I have not one book in my TBR yet and with every year it's more and more difficult to find those I haven't read before. Also, anthologies are fine.

Okay, that's it for now. I'd love to see many of you participate. The more, the merrier. ;o)

Love, Sanna

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Book 4: Snow One Like You

It took me some time, but I finally read another Christmas romance. By my favorite author, too. It is Snow One Like You by Kate Angell. It is available in the Mischief Under The Mistletoe anthology or as a single novella for 0.99$.

This is the story: Allie and Rhys are long time friends. And then one kiss under the mistletoe changes everything. When a snow storm hits on Christmas Eve, Rhys and Allie find themselves locked at Allie's place. No light, no heating. Just a warm fire and each other's company. Of yourse he is a hunk, former US Olympic skier and she is a natural beauty.

You know where that leads, right? Yes, it's predictable. But oh so romantic. Like all stories by Kate Angell, it's so well written. She has a unique way of writing. Short sentences, fast pace. She also has unique characters following along the way. Both, humans and animals. Be prepared to meet the most loveable moose ever.

I highly recommend this novella. I often don't like novellas, cause there doesn't seem to be enough time to develop characters and story line. Not in this case. It's all predictable, but I don't care. It's a lovely novella. Great characters. Two thumbs up!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Book 3: Maybe This Christmas

I saw this book made into a Lego movie (yes, you got that right) and it sounded promising, so I bought it. Here is the plot:

This winter, ex-skiing champion, reformed heartbreaker and single dad Tyler O'Neil has only one mission—making sure his daughter, Jess, has the best Christmas ever. The fact that his best friend, Brenna, is also temporarily moving into his chalet at the overbooked Snow Crystal resort is a delicious distraction he's simply going to have to ignore. Theirs is the one relationship he's never ruined, and he's not about to start now.
Ski pro Brenna Daniels knows all about the perils of unrequited love—she's been in love with Tyler for years. But living with him is absolute torture… How can she concentrate on being his friend when he's sleeping in the room next door? Then when Tyler kisses Brenna, suddenly the relationship she's always dreamed of feels so close she could almost touch it. Could this be the Christmas her dreams of a happy-ever-after finally come true?

Oh, what a lovely book. Full of snow and Christmas. And an ex-skiing champion, I love sports heroes. The story is warm-hearted, well written and lovely. I also loved the character of Tyler's daughter Jess, who gave the story a bit more depth. The cover is wonderful and sparkly and oh so christmassy.
I later found out, that this is book 3 of a series, but I had no problems to read it as a stand alone. I am planning on squeezing in the other parts of the series into my Christmas TBR. I'll keep you updated.

Title: Maybe This Christmas
Author: Sarah Morgan
Publisher: HQN
Pages: 382

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Christmas book by Martha Stewart

When there is someone who knows how to celebrate the season, it must be Martha! Years ago I bought her book Classic Crafts and Recipes Inspired by the Songs of Christmas.

And what can I say? This is Martha. It's a wonderful, wonderful book full of lovely crafts and the most yummie recipes for the season. It's all based on Christmas songs, such as Jingle Bells or The First Noel and other classics. There is also sheet music for ten holday favorites.

I tried some of the crafts over the last years and they are just adorable and easy to make. I love that there are little project and bigger ones, such as building your own winter town.

In case you are into crafts, you might wanna check this one out.