Audiobook Review: A Boy called Christmas by Matt Haig

A Boy Called ChristmasA Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

  • Written by: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Series: A Boy Called Christmas, Book 1
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release Date:11-01-16
  • Publisher: Listening Library
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!

    Here we are the day before Christmas. I am still sitting next to a stove with a roaring fire and am preparing for a day of cookie making excitement with the family.  I am thinking about the people I am not near this holiday and missing you. Yet, I am so excited to be sharing this holiday with Casey, Ken, Raevyndaun, Vykktoria, Vladmier, and Valerie.  This is a Christmas present that  I have been enjoying for two weeks and I am still having a blast.

    Sure, I found the Frozen tundra plague and have been coughing and hacking to beat that band, but I also have had some beautiful children bringing me cups of tea and pb&j sandwiches in order to make me feel better.  That makes the cold tolerable.

    My gifts to the family will bring even more opportunities for snuggling together and I can’t wait to share them with the children.  Even as I miss my little Sarah and the Alabama kids as well as Jacob and Nathan, I am truly having a wonderful time. My heart is full.


    While I am here looking at a frozen Lake Michigan, and you are in another part of the world celebrating Christmas alone, know you are in my thoughts and my heart.


    Snap chat holiday picture!


    Merry Christmas everyone!  


    Book Review: Miracle on 5th Avenue, by Sarah Morgan

    Miracle on 5th Avenue (From Manhattan with Love, #3)Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan

  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (December 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: November 29, 2016
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01CZ67NSI
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Book Review: The Christmas Cottage, by Samantha Chase

    The Christmas Cottage / Ever AfterThe Christmas Cottage / Ever After by Samantha Chase

  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (November 26, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00O4CPOI8
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Book Review: The Angel of Forest Hill, by Cindy Woodsmall

    The Angel of Forest Hill: An Amish Christmas RomanceThe Angel of Forest Hill: An Amish Christmas Romance by Cindy Woodsmall
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    I have never read an Amish romance before and now I am just enchanted by the lovely personalities, hearts, and traditions of the Amish. I felt for Rose Kurtz as she was treated coldly by her mother and then sent away to help out a family in need. Once she arrived at the Dienner house, she faced an uncertain future. The mother of the children had passed away giving birth and she was asked to step into FLorence’s place to tend to the children.

    The story continued as the family went along in their life and picked up a few years later. Rose was still trying to find her place in the heart of the family and was giving her all to being a good mother to the children.

    For Grace, Rose was the only mother she had ever known. When strangers appear in the small community and family members begin to interfere in Rose and Joel’s life, it reopens a wound that Rose had thought she was passed.

    This book had such a lovely spirit. It drew you in with the gentleness and kindness of the characters. I am so glad I read this book. While there were concerns and stresses for the family the book brought the spirit of Christmas to me a little early in the season. I was glad to have been provided this book for review by the publishers through Blogging for Books. This book has brought me joy and a sweet feeling for the holidays. Joel and Rose were well-written characters that showed their heart to the reader. Even if they struggled to show their heart to each other.

    Although this might be the first book by Cindy Woodsmall. As I went to her website I realized she is no stranger to Amish romances. She is a best-selling author with a slew of books under her belt. The website like the books have recipes and other information available. I liked the feel of this book so much, I am going to seek out more of her books to read.

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    This Christmas romance is available in hardback, paperback, Kindle, Nook, and audiobook, by clicking the links below.

    Book Review: A Secret Parcel

    A Secret ParcelA Secret Parcel by Serenity Woods
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    This was the final book in the Three Kings series. It is hard to choose a favorite brother. These guys are so sweet gentle loving and kind. Oh yeah, they are super polite too. In this final book you get to see some loose ends tied up about Brock and Charlie. Matt King is an amazing guy. He has been watching the manager, Georgia, since her hiring almost a year earlier. He has actively asked her out weekly since meeting her. She just as regularly has turned him down. It is almost like a running joke with them.

    Matt is an artist and writes children’s books about characters he created. These characters are important in the other two brother’s careers as well. He has never been known to have serious relationships with women before so Georgia is a little leery of him.

    Matt has a very sweet proposition for Georgia and convinces her to think about the idea. He knows little of her history and certainly has questions as to why she is a single parent to eleven year old Noah.

    Georgia is reluctant to talk to anyone about her marriage and Matt is no exception. Noah sheds a little light on the subject during a conversation with Matt, but gives no details.

    This book was a pleasure to read. It feels like I know the King brothers so well and I like them all. I was happy to be able to read this book and love Serenity Wood’s writing style. She is able to bring the personality to light in a way that is interesting and enjoyable. All three brothers have a great personality.
    I loved reading about Christmas in New Zealand.

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    Book Review: All She Wants For Christmas by Sara V. Olds

    All She Wants for ChristmasAll She Wants for Christmas by Sara V. Olds
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    I can tell you that I am so glad that I found this Christmas book yesterday. It is the best Christmas book I have read in a long time. I would give it 10 stars if I could. The premise is so original and wonderful.

    There are the main characters Ben Harod and George Claus. George is Santa’s daughter and she is disillusioned with Christmas so she has moved away form the North Pole and is busy teaching second graders at a local school. Ben Harod has an enormous amount of Christmas spirit and that doesn’t sit well with his family. He has a hidden sadness that breaks my heart. He is such a good man.

    These two discover each other and begin a fast paced Christmas filled quest. They are going to make something utterly wrong right again, if they can. It is going to take all the Christmas magic and ingenuity they can muster.

    Sara V. Olds brings these two characters to life with all the passion and beauty that the season offers. It makes me happy to read this book with all the special characters and traditions included. This book was just a joy to read, even in the dangerous and twisted parts. It makes me believe.

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