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A Yorkshire Christmas by Kate Hewitt | Book Review

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A  cute little read that was finished in one sitting. Fed up with her superficial family, Claire decides to avoid the ‘perfect’ Christmas with her family in American and decides to take residence of her godmother’s cosy cottage in Yorkshire. Having her own emotional baggage from the past, Claire yearns nothing more for a peaceful and quiet Christmas.

After her car skids into a snow bank, Claire has the fortunate pleasure of meeting Noah and eventually his daughter Molly – the family and love she’d craved for a very long time. Claire helps Noah to push the back end of one of his sheep out of the icy mud, even if she’s going to ruin her brand new pair of Prada boots, the meeting between the two begins the early stages of their romance.

Hewitt combines and develops the characters of Noah and Claire by allowing the third person narrative to focus on both character’s viewpoints.

The writing was engaging, descriptive and effortless to read. I loved that both Claire and Noah had past relationships which still had an impact on them in the present as they seemed like realistic characters, one that I could relate to.

I found the ending to be a bit rushed for a novella. I would have liked to read a bit more of a realistic ending. But if anything, it was a pleasure to read that I wish it wasn’t a novella and that I could read more about the relationship of Claire and Noah.

Would recommend to anyone that wants a light and easy read.

 A Yorkshire Christmas was published by Tule Publishing.

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2016 · commercial fiction · fiction · HarperCollins Publishers · Maze Books · Romance · Uncategorized

Girl on a Plane Review

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Did it just get hot in here! Girl on a Plane is sexy and scintillating and I can guarantee that it’ll have your adrenaline pumping when reading about Sinead and Gabriel’s heated romance (as it did with mine!)

Sinead, the main protagonist of the novel, is a beautiful airhostess that just so happens to meet first –class-flying, Australian business man, Gabriel. Due to a tropical storm interrupting the flights, both Gabriel and Sinead coincidentally book the same hotel room, upon where they meet again.

This really is a jet-setting book with action all over the world – quite literally, the characters find themselves in Melbourne, London, Singapore, Paris and Thailand.

It’s not hard to see that there is an instant attraction and chemistry between Sinead and Gabriel that is simmering, even if Sinead is wary of entering into a relationship due to being badly hurt before by a previous partner. This is not your typical romance book where boy meets girl and they fall in love. Girl on a Plane deals with more than your average romance story line.  Sinead and Gabriel are well developed characters that are also relatable. We can instantly understand both perspectives, as the story is told through both Sinead and Gabriels perspective.

Girl on a Plane also deals with various sub plots such as Gabriels mum having health problems, which puts a lot of pressure on Gabriel as well as Sinead being tormented by her pscho ex partner, she also has a non existing relationship with her mother and her little sister dips in and our of her life. When these various sub plots are brought up, the tension and drama is undeniable making it impossible for me to put this book down.

Girl on a Plane is Cassandra O’Leary’s debut novel and was published by Maze Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.