Judy and Calvin are two harassed parents, who think the other one “has it easy”… With frequent retorts of “I wish I had your life”. So one evening, the Christmas fairy grants their wish and swaps their lives for two weeks… Imagine their horror when they wake in each other’s body….
It’s a lighthearted take on relationships, and reflects most busy households… where each parent thinks the other isn’t pulling their weight!!
Eye-opening for the characters, and keeps the reader on their toes as whilst they have the outward appearance of each other, they are still “themselves” inside… so leads to some very amusing episodes.
A good Christmassy read.
MetLineReader Rating: 4.5* (Jubilee)
About this book:
‘I wish I could live your life. I’d happily swap lives with you.’
’Tis the season to be jolly but for Calvin and Judy the usual festive bickering has already begun! Judy’s convinced that her husband has it easy – no glittery wrapping paper, no playground gossip and absolutely no Christmas baking.
Calvin wishes he could trade in his obnoxious boss and dull nine-to-five job to spend more time kicking back with his kids – how hard can Judy’s life really be?
But after a magical mince pie mix-up, one thing’s for certain – by Christmas Day, life for Judy and Calvin will never be the same again. Perhaps the grass isn’t always greener after all…
A hilarious, feel-good festive read, perfect to curl up with this Christmas. Fans of Carole Matthews, Jane Costello and Mandy Baggot will love this story!
I received a free review copy from Carina UK in exchange for a fair and honest review. The Mince Pie Mix-Up was published on 6th November and is available on Amazon UK.
Sue Watson weaves a tale of Christmassy cheer, intertwined with old secrets, lost friendships and family histories.
Bella and Amy were friends as children and lost touch. Their friendship ended suddenly around the time that Amy’s mum died.
Fast forward to today and Amy has just been left by her husband, works as a Maths Teacher and is frugal in her spending. She volunteers at the local homeless shelter too.
Bella is a celebrity chef – think Nigella, Delia and Mary Berry rolled into one!! Bella has a lovely lifestyle, a handsome hunk of a husband, a beautiful home and her own TV show. She is unapologetically drawn to the finer things in life.
Trouble is, most of Bella’s life is fake — and Amy wants to expose this, particularly the theft of her mum’s recipes.
By some miraculous luck, Amy is “chosen” to win the Christmas prize on Bella’s cookery show – and this is where the fun begins. The behind-the-scenes look at TV is obvious yet funny and on the money. The caricatures are extreme yet realistic. And the friction and banter between Bella and Amy is fun and adds to the story.
Long story short, the story comes together well with bittersweet reveals about their history and heartwarming rekindling of a friendship whilst helping others less fortunate.
An uplifting tale, about friendship and being authentic. Worth a read – will get you into the Christmas spirit.
MetLineReader rating: 4* Piccadilly
I received an advance copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Bella’s Christmas Bake-off is published by Bookouture on 22nd October. It is available from Amazon
My eldest child and I are having a bit of a baking-fest at the moment, so when I saw the blurb for this book, it appealed to me instantly.
Bettina is damaged. Something happened in her past and it is affecting her sort-of-relationship with Rufus, the handsome, rugged next-door-neighbour. She’s moved away from her family and after a spell in France, has settled in a remote village and set up her bakery “adventures in bread”. Sounds like a fab place.
Stephanie Butland has woven a lovely heartwarming tale of building relationships out of the ashes of the past and dealing with tragedy. I was apprehensive when I discovered Rufus was the same Rufus as in another book I’d read (The Secrets We Keep, 3*) but soon overcame this as the links between the stories were irrelevant .
The Other Half of My Heart shows that Stephanie Butland’s writing has developed further; this story unfolded gently but with warmth, interest and none of the melancholy that bothered me in the previous book.
I thought that Stephanie Butland deftly placed clues to Bettina’s past and hinted at what could have happened. I wasn’t shocked when the pivotal event was “revealed” but it was well-handled and helped turn this into a really enjoyable read.
If you’re after dark, mysterious thrillers, it’s NOT for you. But if you’re looking for a heartwarming tale, with a bit more substance, in between the heartstopping books, this is one for you! Worth the read.
MetLine Rating: 4 stars (Piccadilly)
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