Book Review: Wish Upon A Star by Trisha Ashley

Genre : Holiday, Romance
Format : Owned book
Rating : 3/5 stars

I was fairly interested about the story at the beginning but eventually I felt it dragged on too much towards the end with lengthy prose describing the characters, what they’re doing and mundane details that I tend to skip through the paragraphs without conversation. The story started magically but the magic wore off towards the end.

The romance is very predictable and you can see it coming for miles, I was hoping for a more subtle and nuanced relationship but they just came across as direct and at times I was like “Hmm, that’s it?”

Spoiler! The evil exes part also doesn’t quite cut it, they seemed quite made up to me and superficial. OR perhaps it was meant to be that way? I’m not quite sure. Spoiler!

Despite the short falling of the love story, this book emanates warmth of Christmas and wonderful baking anecdotes. I like the excerpts from Cally’s articles about cakes and learned many types of cakes.

A cosy small town + love story + generous folks = a light and easy Christmas themed read.

The Only Thing I Want for Christmas

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Tall Christmas tree in a mall

Merry Christmas folks!

When the department stores are decked out with pine trees and snowy trinkets, the weather didn’t get any colder — because it’s a tropical country here — yet what it signified was, the end of year is near.

As I gathered my thoughts for a review of 2016 and plans for 2017, I wanted to share something I’ve learned for the past few days, and also some pretty photos I’ve snapped.

This Christmas I learned that instead of gifting physical gifts, why don’t we do something for a change and start to gift “experience”.

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Glittering red baubles

Let’s give our loved ones something they can remember us by, gifts like preparing a home cook meal, a dinner for two, spa indulgence time, watch a comedy together, be healthy and exercise together, pick up the phone and call someone you’ve been missing or just spending time chatting with closed ones over a pot of tea.

These “experiences” helped create unique memories together with the people who matter most in the festive season and what could be better than receiving gift items that we sometimes may not want, right? 🙂

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Pretty shining gold baubles

How would you spend your Christmas with your loved ones?

Book Review: The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson

Genre : Holiday, Romance
Format : eBook
Rating : 5/5 stars

Hands down 5 stars for this book ❤ It’s a short and compelling read, a wonderful book to pick up for celebrating this Christmas season.

The story started off when an old lady — a strange outlander — purchased a run-down building in Parrish Springs. Her acquisition caused a ruckus in the town’s business circle and raised a few curious brows regarding her objectives.

A few characters were introduced and developed into their own stories yet linking to each other in this small town and at the same time they were related back to Matilda, the strange lady. Each character held a piece to reveal the complete puzzle of Matilda’s purpose in town.

There was something magical about this story; perhaps it was the vivid painting of the quaint small town, perhaps it’s the warmth that emanated from every character’s story, probably it’s the simple yet enjoyable conversation between the people or maybe it was just the marvelously fine storytelling of the author holding the pieces together until the very end.

Nevertheless this is such a gem of book, not to forget some witty clues that come in quotes, love ’em!

New life, new hope, new joy will start when this is given from the heart.

I guess the theme of this book is to make peace with your past and haunting memories so that you could forgive and in the end to heal and embark on a new life.

This is a must read for this holiday season and I am truly looking forward to more of Melody Carlson’s books — in fact I would be so thrilled to go on search for her books! 😉

Book Review: Christmas Wish Come True by Gina Rochelle, Misty Shaw & Jaimie Admans

Genre : Romance, Holiday
Format : eBook
Rating : 4/5 stars

Thank you NetGalley and publisher Carina UK for this ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

Just in time for winter holidays — which I always dreamed of having one — now’s the time to pick up some Christmas reads. This book is a collection of 3 romantic stories related to the season with British backdrop and writing, a fresh read indeed.

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Book Review: The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson & Richard DiLallo

Where I Bought : MPH Warehouse Sale

Price: RM10

Rating : 3/5 stars

I started reading this book on 15th December, thinking now would be in season to read a Christmas themed book, and it took me just one day to complete reading it, Patterson’s book is such a page turner!

There are plenty of characters to be introduced in a 266 paged book which explains the least explored characteristics of each person. However the authors cleverly revealed their distinct characters in separate parallel timed stories and through their way of communication & relationship with each other and the main character.

Reading somewhere down the pages you’ll even wonder the characters described are either handsome, capable or truly beautiful, sounds fairytale isn’t it?

The book is also filled with fun festive air, some twists in between which resolved into an even merrier conclusion. Let your imagination run wild together with Gaby, her farm wedding and the family who is to be reunited with a splendid Christmas surprise that they will remember for their lives.

I would recommend this book for a light hearted Christmas festive reading.