Book Review | It’s A Wonderful Night | Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Hello everyone and happy 1st day of Blogmas!  I’m so excited to kick off an entire month of daily blogging with my stop for the It’s a Wonderful Night blog tour.  Today I’m going to be sharing my review as well as how you can win a fun prize pack (UK only, sorry!)!

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Title: It’s a Wonderful Night by Jaimie Admans

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Holiday

Published by: HQ Digital (Oct. 5th, 2018)

Summary

Georgia Bailey is closing up her little charity shop in Oakbarrow when she gets a mysterious late night call from a stranger, threatening to jump off the town’s bridge.

Something about the man’s voice is faintly familiar but all she can do is stay on the line and, after talking for hours and losing sense of time passing, coax him back from the edge.

The next morning, Georgia walks to work, buys a festive latte from Leo (who she’s had a crush on for months!) at the local coffee shop, and is shocked when she suddenly recognizes the voice from last night…

A heartwarming festive love story that reminds us that even in the darkest of times, hope is always just around the corner!

It’s a Wonderful Night

what i thought

*I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A huge thank you to the author and Neverland Blog Tours!*

It’s a Wonderful Night is such a sweet, romantic, and festive story!  This book pulled me in at chapter one and left me glued to it until the end.  It was one of those story that just left me feeling all of the emotions.  There were some moments where I was literally laughing out loud and other moments where I found myself tearing up.  This novel was so completely well done!

The characters in It’s a Wonderful Night were just so lovely. I absolutely adored them all.  I loved seeing Georgia and Leo’s relationship grow, and I loved getting to know them individually.

Another thing that I appreciated about this book was that while it could be considered a romcom, it’s so much deeper than that.  It deals with mental illness in an incredibly honest way.

This book is also filled with so many references to It’s a Wonderful Life! Being that I’ve only seen the movie once, years ago, I’m sure I still missed many more of the references.  I will say, though, it really made me want to watch the movie now!

Overall, this was such a lovely novel.  It’s so charming and heartwarming.  Jaimie Admans did such an excellent job balancing the lightheartedness and seriousness of this story.  I would definitely recommend It’s a Wonderful Night to anyone looking for a sweet, romantic, and Christmas-y read!

4 and half stars 2


Purchase It’s a Wonderful Night at:

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07D4679MT

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D4679MT

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/it-s-a-wonderful-night

Also available from all other ebook retailers!

 


giveaway

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Click here to enter to win an It’s a Wonderful Night goodie bag (UK only)!! Goodie bag includes: 

*It’s a Wonderful Night notebook

*It’s a Wonderful Night fridge magnet

*A signed postcard of the cover

*A copy of It’s a Wonderful Life on DVD because this is the inspiration behind the story.

*An invisible spine Paris notebook because it’s where Georgia wants to go more than anywhere in the world.

*A light-up Christmas tree pen, because who doesn’t need a light-up Christmas tree pen at this time of year?!


about the author

Jaimie is a 32-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots.

She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.

She is the author of chick-lit romantic comedies The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, The Little Wedding Island, It’s a Wonderful Night, and Kismetology, and she has also written young-adult romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.

Connect with Jaimie Admans on:

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Book Review | The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

the seven husbands of evelyn hugo.jpgTitle: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Pages: 388

Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Historical, Romance

Published by: Atria Books (June 13th, 2017)

Summary

Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

What I Thought

Honestly, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo wasn’t a book that I planned on reading.  For the past year, I’ve seen mentions of it, but it just didn’t look that great in my opinion.  It wasn’t until the last few months that I actually started to really pay attention to what people were saying.  Everyone just seemed to love this book.  So much so that, I couldn’t ignore the hype any longer.  I just had to read it.  Let me just say that, I am so glad I did!

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Book Review | The Rebellion | Blog Tour

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Hey everyone!  Today it’s my stop for The Rebellion Blog Tour!  The Rebellion is book #2 in the Tales of Tarsurella series by Livy Jarmusch.  In honor of it’s release next Tuesday, I’m sharing my spoiler-free review of the book!  Also, just in case you’re curious, you can check out my review for book #1, The Coronation, by clicking here.


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Pages: 345

Genres: YA, Christian, Contemporary

Published by: Self-published (May 8th, 2018)

Summary

Something is brewing. Like the far off rumble of a train in the distance, a rebellion is stirring. A cry for change arises in the midst of a traditional monarchy, where King Addison has inherited the throne. Who are the underground troublemakers? What is stirring their defiant banner and demand for change? Find out in The Rebellion! (The Tales of Tarsurella #2)

Vanessa Bennett lands her dream job working at the Palace in Tarsurella. She struggles to balance everything on her plate: life in a new country, stressful deadlines, crabby co-workers, college classes at the local University, and blossoming feelings of romantic adoration toward her boss–King Addison. Keeping up with her To-Do list, while trying to earn respect in Addison’s male-dominated administration, presents its challenges. Nevertheless, she can’t help but fight a reoccurring thought and the excitement rising with it: is Addison interested in her?

Addison is adjusting to his new role as King. Rumors of a rebellious uprising among the youth in Tarsurella intensifies, as acts of violence and protest break out across the city. Addison is determined to uncover the hidden instigator who fearlessly blogs democracy-driven ideals with a secretive pen name. Will Addison discover and expose the fiery rebellion leader? Or will his efforts fail to stop the rebellious thoughts spreading like wildfire, causing a heartbreaking rift in his divided nation?

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What I Thought

*I received eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.  A huge thank you to the author!*

After reading The Coronation earlier this year, I was so excited to read the sequel and not only that, but be a part of the launch team.  If you read my review for The Coronation, you’ll know I loved it, and I’m so happy to say that The Rebellion did not disappoint, either!

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The Way You Make Me Feel Blog Tour | Book Review | Favorite Quotes + Giveaway!

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Hey everyone! I’m so excited today is my stop on the blog tour for The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo, hosted by Tin from The Book Maiden! I’m going to be sharing my thoughts about the book and some of my favorite quotes. Also, be sure to check out the end of this post, because there’s also a giveaway for a hardcover copy of the book! 🎉

Alright, let’s get started!

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Title: The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

Pages: 288

Genres: YA, Contemporary

Published by: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc. (May 8th, 2018)

Summary

Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn’t so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind?

With Maurene Goo’s signature warmth and humorThe Way You Make Me Feel is a relatable story of falling in love and finding yourself in the places you’d never thought to look.

The Way You Make Me Feel
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What I Thought

*I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A huge thank you to the publishers!

Going into this book, I really didn’t know what to expect. The synopsis sounded interesting, though, so I decided to give The Way You Make Me Feel a chance. I’m so glad I did!

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Book Review | Dreaming with God

dreaming with godTitle: Dreaming with God: A Bold Call to Step Out and Follow God’s Lead by Sarah Beth Marr

Pages: 203

Genres: Christian, Non-Fiction, Motivational

Published by: Baker Books (Feb. 6, 2018)

Summary

The world tells us that the way to make all our dreams come true is to set our own course and strive every day. But when it’s all on us, we end up feeling exhausted, frustrated, and, disappointed when things don’t turn out as we’d hoped. Have you ever wondered if there was a better way?

There is. God knows the desires of our hearts–he put them there. And he calls us to trust, to lean on him, and sometimes . . . to wait. Weaving together her unique perspective as a professional ballerina with profound truths drawn from Scripture and the life of faith, Sarah Beth Marr reminds us that we are not dreaming alone. If God has given us a dream, we can be sure that he will come alongside us as we work toward realizing it. Using her own story as a catalyst, Marr encourages women to surrender their plans to God, to stay in tempo with his Spirit, and to step into a deeper relationship with Christ. When they do, she says, they will be able to move confidently into the future, knowing that their dreams and God’s desires are aligned in perfect harmony.

Dreaming with God: A Bold Call to Step Out and Follow God's Lead

What I Thought

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  A huge thank you to Baker Books and Sarah Beth Marr!*

I’ve followed Sarah Beth Marr on Instagram for years now.  From her beautiful dancing, to her meaningful devotionals on her blog, I’ve really adored her, and have loved watching her grow through her writing journey.  When she first announced that she was releasing a book, I just knew I had to read it!

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Book Review | The Afterlife of Holly Chase

the afterlife of holly chaseTitle: The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

Pages: 389

Genres: YA, Paranormal/Fantasy, Retellings

Published by: HarperTeen (Oct. 24, 2017)

Summary

On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.

She didn’t.

And then she died.

Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge–as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.

Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable.

But this year, everything is about to change. . . .

The Afterlife of Holly Chase

What I Thought

I picked this book up at the library, on a whim, because it was a new Christmas release.  I had heard mixed things about The Afterlife of Holly Chase, and so I was not really expecting much out of it, except a predictable and fun Christmas story.  Well, this book totally exceeded all of my expectations!

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Book Review | The Photo Traveler

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Title: The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez

Pages: 352

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction/Time Travel

Published by: Fahrenheit Publishing (Feb. 20, 2013)

Summary

Seventeen-year-old Gavin Hillstone is resigned to being miserable for the rest of his life. Left alone in the world after his parents died in a fire when he was four, he was placed in foster care, which for him meant ending up in an abusive home with an alcoholic adoptive father.

Gavin’s only escape is in taking and creating images. His camera is his refuge from the unending torture and isolation of daily life in his “family.”
Until he learns by accident that he isn’t alone in the world after all. His father’s parents are still alive and living in Washington DC.

When he takes the plunge and travels 3,000 miles to find his grandparents, he learns that they—and he—are part of something much bigger, and more dangerous, than he could ever have imagined. Something that has always put his family at risk and that will now threaten his own life, while forever changing it.

He learns that he is one of the last descendants of a small group of Photo Travelers—people who can travel through time and space through images. But his initial excitement turns to fear, when he soon discovers that he and his grandparents are being pursued by the fierce remnants of a radical European Photo Traveler cult, the Peace Hunters. What Gavin has, they want!

His adventure will take him to past eras, like The Great Depression and the Salem Witch Trials. Gavin will have to discover who he really is and must make choices that spell the difference between life and death for himself, for the relatives he now knows and loves, and for the girl he will come to love.

For Gavin Hillstone, life will never be the same.

The Photo Traveler

 

What I Thought

I had never heard of The Photo Traveler, before I saw an advertisement for it on Epic Reads.  Instantly, I was intrigued, which is something, because I usually don’t pay much attention to advertisements at the side of my screen. I saw it was only $0.99 at the Nook store, so I decided to go ahead and buy it.

I was hooked pretty quickly. I found the story really intriguing and I was drawn to the idea of time traveling through photos.  I loved the plot!  I also loved how Gavin talked and acted like a regular 17 year old.  It made his character seem realistic.  I also loved Gavin’s relationship with his grandparents.

I have to say the only thing I didn’t entirely care for about this book, was that some of the events and relationships happened very quickly. Without spoiling anything, I felt like certain moments were being built up to happen slowly, and over time, and then all of a sudden they were already happening.

Also, like most self-published books I’ve read, I caught a couple of typos, but for me at least, they didn’t distract from the story any way.

Also: CLIFFHANGER!!!

So, overall, I highly recommend this book!  I think fans of time travel would really enjoy this book, but it’s not too complicated or confusing that I think even readers who don’t typically enjoy time travel novels would still enjoy this one.

4 and half stars 2

 

*Review originally written July 2013*


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