Welcome! Today I have a publication day review for Zara Stoneley’s new book, Four Christmases and a Secret. I hope you like the sound of it and go out to purchase it!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
Except for Daisy Christmas means another of Uncle T’s dreaded Christmas parties, complete with Christmas jumper and flashing antlers. And Oliver Cartwright. Gorgeous Oliver Cartwright. Who she hates.
Every year Daisy has to face insufferable Ollie and hear all about how BRILLIANT he is. Whereas Daisy has no job, no man and no idea how to fix things.
This Christmas however Daisy is determined things will be different. There will be no snogging Ollie under the mistletoe like when they were teenagers. No, this year she’ll show Ollie that she’s a Responsible Adult too.
But as the champagne corks pop, and the tinsel sparkles, Uncle T has news of his own to share…and it could change Daisy’s life forever…
Zara Stoneley is the USA Today bestselling author of ‘The Wedding Date’.
She lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.
Born in a small village in the UK, Zara wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when she grew up. After many (many) years, and many different jobs, her dream of writing a bestseller came true. She now writes about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hopes that her tales make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’.
Zara’s bestselling novels include ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘No One Cancels Christmas’, ‘The Wedding Date’, ‘The Holiday Swap’, ‘Summer with the Country Village Vet’, ‘Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage’ and the popular Tippermere series – ‘Stable Mates’, ‘Country Affairs’ and ‘Country Rivals’.
I didn’t read the blurb before saying yes to this tour! I love love love Zara Stoneley books.
This one follows Daisy and Ollie’s relationship. From a brief snog under some mistletoe through relationships or lack of. The highlight of the year is Uncle T’s Christmas parties.
I loved all the main characters except Tim and Frankie. I don’t know why I disliked Frankie, but she grated on me a bit. It seems that was justified towards the end, but no secrets now, you can all find out for yourselves.
Daisy did it for me, in the beginning she came across as a woman that couldn’t make up her mind. She was in one sense, an in-betweener, she was inbetween everything. Deciding on a job she loved, no relationships just a best friend and a dog she was fostering. But one Christmas she decides to change everything. By the end of the book, she was a very strong independent woman that knew exactly what she wanted and she had no hesitations in going for what she wanted.
This was a beautifully written book, with humour, sadness and you can smell Christmas flowing out the book, holly, spices, cinnamon, just Christmas in general. I loved it! Bring on the next!
Please make sure you check out the all the amazing blogs that are also contributing to the tour, they are all listed below.