Snowed in for Christmas – Book Review #blogtober

You know it’s nearly Christmas when the snowy scenes start appearing on the covers of the new releases. Sarah Morgan is one of my favourite Christmas authors and I was thrilled when I was approved to read this year’s Christmas release by her.

This was the perfect Christmas read

The Miller Family always celebrate Christmas together in the Scottish highlands but this year, all three siblings have secrets that they don’t want their parents to know about. Meanwhile, PR expert Lucy is in danger of losing her job if she can’t win a major piece of work so she decides to travel to Scotland and deliver her proposal in person in the hope that this will enable her to get in ahead of the competition. However, none of them paid any attention to the weather forecast!

The result is that the entire family plus Lucy are snowed in together for the days immediately before Christmas. The grown-up siblings Ryan, Alice and Clemmie all try to avoid awkward questions from their parents which leads to misunderstandings all round. As I read it, I laughed, cringed at some of the actions taken and had a lump in my throat on several occasions.

I love the family relationships in this book. The bickering siblings who still always look out for each other feel very real as does Mum Glenda who feels guilty that her children don’t feel that they can’t talk to her. The comment “Your child is always your child, no matter how old they are. You want the best for them” stood out a mile for me as it is so true. That’s what I love about Sarah Morgan. Her characters feel like real people and do and say things that you can imagine being said by people you know or by yourself.

The siblings all love each other and each have their own characters. They were all interesting but I empathised most with Alice. Her ability to be perfectly competent in her professional life but feel totally inadequate in her personal life really struck a chord with me. I loved the way her relationships with her fiance and her family worked themselves out.

The stand-out character for me was that of Nanna Jean who at 86, is not changing her attitudes  towards anything and provides a lot of the comic relief in the book. She definitely reminds me of my own mother who is a very similar age and has a similar attitude to doing exactly what she wants.

It’s a Christmas romance and we know how the characters are likely to end up but it’s how they arrive there that makes Sarah Morgan’s books so special.

I loved this book and it really put me in the mood for Christmas and making some shortbread.

Thank you to Net Galley and the publishers, HQ, for providing the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

Snowed in for Christmas was released in the UK on October 27th

This is my final post for Blogtober 2022. I have published a post every day for the whole of this month!!!!!!

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Blogtober – Sundays in bed with…… Snowed in for Christmas

Sundays in bed with is a meme hosted by Midnight Book Girl but I came across it recently on Jill’s Book Blog. It is simply a chance to share the book that is by your bed at the moment (or that you wish was by your bed). This week the book by my bed (or on the arm of my sofa) is Snowed in for Christmas by Sarah Morgan

This is my first Christmas book for this year. I love Sarah Morgan and her Christmas book last year was one of my favourite books of the year. This one is just as good but in a very different way.

Blurb from NetGalley:
She’s snowed in with the family. The only problem? They’re not her family.

A family gathering
This Christmas the Miller siblings have one goal – to avoid their family’s well-meaning questions. Ross, Alice and Clemmie have secrets that they don’t intend to share, and they are relying on each other to deflect attention.

An uninvited guest
Lucy Clarke is facing a Christmas alone, and the prospect of losing her job – unless she can win a major piece of business from Ross Miller. She’ll deliver her proposal to his family home in the Scottish Highlands and then leave. After all, she wouldn’t want to intrude on the Miller’s perfect family Christmas.

A Christmas to remember
When Lucy appears on the Miller’s snow-covered doorstep, she is mistaken for Ross’s girlfriend. But by the time the confusion is cleared up, a storm has hit and Lucy is stuck. As everyone settles in for a snowed-in Christmas, tensions bubble to the surface and suddenly Lucy finds herself facing a big family fallout with a family that isn’t hers

I’m loving the family relationships in this book. All the character, Lucy, the Miller siblings and mum Glenda are having problems and there have been several moments when I’ve felt a lump in my throat. I absolutely the character of Nanna Jean who at 86, is not changing her attitudes towards anything. She definitely reminds me of my own mother who is a very similar age.

It’s a Christmas romance and I’m fairly sure that I know how each of the characters are going to end up but it’s how they arrive there that makes Sarah Morgan’s books so special.

In a way, I regret reading this as an ARC as I think I would have enjoyed it even more in December. Maybe I’ll have to reread it then😃

What are you reading this Sunday?

This is the second post for Blogtober 2o22.

Sundays in bed with …… A Wedding in December

Sundays in bed with is a meme hosted by Midnight Book Girl but I came across it recently on Jill’s Book Blog. It is simply a chance to share the book that is by your bed at the moment (or that you wish was by your bed). This week, the book on my sofa is A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan.

Blurb:
In the snowy perfection of Aspen, the White family gathers for youngest daughter Rosie’s whirlwind Christmas wedding. First to arrive are the bride’s parents, Maggie and Nick. Their daughter’s marriage is a milestone they are determined to celebrate wholeheartedly, but they are hiding a huge secret of their own: they are on the brink of divorce. After living apart for the last six months, the last thing they need is to be trapped together in an irresistibly romantic winter wonderland.

Rosie’s older sister, Katie, is also dreading the wedding. Worried that impulsive, sweet-hearted Rosie is making a mistake, Katie is determined to save her sister from herself! If only the irritatingly good-looking best man, Jordan, would stop interfering with her plans…

Bride-to-be Rosie loves her fiancé but is having serious second thoughts. Except everyone has arrived—how can she tell them she’s not sure? As the big day gets closer, and emotions run even higher, this is one White family Christmas none of them will ever forget! 

I haven’t got very far with this yet and no-one has actually arrived in Aspen. The book is echoing my life a bit at the moment though. Rosie has just phoned her mum to tell her that she is getting married in the US. Maggie realises that this might mean that her daughter will not come home but will settle out there and as her marriage has also ended, she is beginning to wonder what meaning her life has. My daughter is also moving to the states shortly after Christmas and having retired, I can definitely get on board with how Maggie is feeling at the moment.

As this is by Sarah Morgan, I am fairly certain that the story will end well and am looking forward to finishing it later on today.

Sundays in bed with ……The Christmas Escape

Sundays in bed with is a meme hosted by Midnight Book Girl but I came across it recently on Jill’s Book Blog. It is simply a chance to share the book that is by your bed at the moment (or that you wish was by your bed).

The Christmas Escape by Sarah Morgan

Saturday night is obviously the time for me to begin a Christmas book as this is the second week that this post has featured a festive novel. I have enjoyed previous books by Sarah Morgan and this cover is just soooo pretty. How can you resist those blues and purples?

Blurb It was supposed to be Christy Sullivan’s perfect Christmas getaway—a trip to Lapland with her family and best friend, Alix. But facing a make-or-break marriage crisis, Christy desperately needs time alone with her husband. Her solution? Alix can take Christy’s little daughter to Lapland, and they will reunite there for Christmas Day. It’s a big ask, but what else are friends for?

There’s nothing Alix won’t do for Christy. But Christy’s request to save Christmas is giving Alix sleepless nights. She knows something is wrong, but for the first time ever, Christy isn’t talking. And even the Arctic temperatures in Lapland aren’t enough to dampen the seriously inconvenient sizzle Alix is developing for Zac, a fellow guest and nemesis from her past.

As secrets unravel and unexpected romance shines under the northern lights, can Christy and Alix’s Christmas escape give them the courage to fight for the relationships they really want, and save the precious gift of each other’s friendship?

This was the perfect book for a very chilly night at the end of November. It begins in Lapland as Robyn prepares for her visitors. The descriptions of Lapland are simply amazing. I love it when books transport me to a new place and this one definitely does that. It has made me really want to go there even though I hate the cold and probably wouldn’t survive 15 minutes without regretting it.

The characters are all really likeable and I quickly got involved with their different stories. Christy’s daughter Holly, who is a total tomboy and wants to be a scientist, is a complete delight. I’m fairly sure that I know how it’s going to all end up because it’s a Christmas romance but that doesn’t detract at all from the enjoyment of reading it. I’m looking forward to finishing it later on today and hope that there are aren’t any nasty surprises to prove me wrong.

Stacking the Shelves 18

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It’s Saturday and we woke up to a blizzard! Winter is definitely here although the snow has pretty much all gone now. Saturday means that it’s time for another post about Stacking the shelves.  This is a meme hosted by Reading Reality and details are on her blog. The gorgeous graphic is also used courtesy of the site.

My stacking the shelves posts are mainly about the books that I get from my local library. Libraries are continually under threat of closure or reduced hours but they are such an important way of getting books into people’s hands that they need supporting. By highlighting the amazing books that I pick up every week, I hope to inspire maybe just one person to visit their library and borrow a book.

This week’s library haul

It’s a much more normal selection from the library this week with two crime novels after not picking any last week. I’m really looking forward reading all of this week’s picks.

Forfeit by Barbara Nadal I really love this series of books set in Istanbul and featuring Inspector Ikmen and Inspector Suleyman. They are always intriguing mysteries and I love the insights into Turkish life as it is somewhere that I have never been.

The Poppy War by R F Kuang I have been meaning to read this for ages and so was really pleased to see it on the shelf today. It’s apparently quite a dark fantasy based on ancient China.

Till Daph do us part by Philippa Nefri Clark I know absolutely nothing about this book but the cover really appealed. It looks like being a much more lighthearted mystery than some of the ones I have read lately so will be a good contrast.

The Christmas Escape by Sarah Morgan I have enjoyed previous books by Sarah Morgan and the cover of this is just gorgeous. I love that dark blue! I’m rationing myself to just one Christmas book a week as it’s still only November!

Have you read any of these? What did you think?
Let me know in the comments as I would love to hear your thoughts.