Silent Night By Wendy Clarke #review

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‘Silent Night’ is a collection of thirteen Christmas stories by Wendy Clarke, a regular writer of fiction for national magazines.
All of these stories have previously been published in either ‘The People’s Friend’ or ‘Take a Break Fiction Feast’. If you like stories with emotional depth and a satisfying ending, then this collection is for you.
What Shirley Blair, Commissioning Fiction Editor for ‘The People’s Friend’, says about the author:

‘Wendy Clarke has become one of The People’s Friend’s most valued writers, offering our readers a range of themes and a level of emotional satisfaction that is rare in the short story format.’
Project Christmas: Andrew and his children are grieving. Can he make this a Christmas his late wife would have been proud of?
On My Own: Bella needs to get away from it all but her Christmas cottage by the sea holds more than a few surprises.
Silent Night: Christmas Eve, a starry night and two young men who have more in common than they realise.
A Christmas Present Called Abbie: Dan plans to have the perfect Christmas on his own – until daughter Abbie turns up.
Do You Believe in Angels: Sometimes you need to have belief to hold a family together.
A Song for Christmas: Being in a pop band doesn’t make you a good candidate for a step-dad… or does it?
The Memory Purse: Mr Bhadu’s memory purse is almost full. Can Tracy provide the perfect final memory for him this Christmas?
All I Want for Christmas: What will Keith do when the present his step-daughter wants for Christmas is sold out?
Cancelling Christmas: Having always thrown the best Christmas party, Geraldine decides that this year enough is enough.
The Greatest Gift: David discovers the best gifts are not always the biggest.
Christmas Strike: When Jan goes on strike on Christmas Day, it takes a special person to put things right.
Finding Santa: Emma is scared Santa won’t find her when they’re snowed in at the airport.
Together for Christmas: Julie and Kevin have always spent Christmas with their best friends. It might be time for a change.

My Review

I’d firstly like to thank Wendy for allowing me to take part in her blog tour for Silent Night.

I was immediately drawn to this book by the cover, which is absolutely gorgeous. I’m a sucker for Christmas and more than happy to indulge in a delightful pick and mix of festive stories. Silent Night really is like a box of quality street, there is something for everyone within its pages.

Each story is heartwarming, Wendy has a wonderful ability to address so many different situations, she does so with warmth and sincerity.

It has been a long time since I have read a collection of short stories and Silent Night didn’t disappoint. I really enjoyed being able to dip in and out of the book.

I think in a collection like this, there will always be stories that a reader can relate to and will enjoy more than others, that’s part of the joy!

This book is the perfect pre-Christmas read you need to get you into the festive spirit Click here to buy Silent Night

About Wendy

Wendy Clarke

Wendy Clarke is a writer of women’s fiction. Her work regularly appears in national women’s magazines such as The People’s Friend, Take a Break Fiction Feast and Woman’s Weekly. She has also written serials and a number of non-fiction magazine articles.

Wendy has published two collections of short stories, Room in Your Heart and The Last Rose and has just finished writing her second novel.

Wendy lives with her husband, cat and step-dog in Sussex and when not writing is usually dancing, singing or watching any programme that involves food!

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A Vicarage Christmas By Kate Hewitt #review #blogtour #giveaway

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Synopsis

Welcome to Thornwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District… where homecomings happen and surprises are in store for the four Holley sisters… Anna Holley, the third of four sisters, has always felt a little bit forgotten. A family tragedy when she was a child had her retreating deep into shyness, and social anxiety kept her on the fringes of the cozy chaos of the busy vicarage. After several years away from home, Anna returns for Christmas… and an important announcement from her father. As much as she once loved the village, coming back is hard and puts Anna’s social capabilities to the test. Avoiding her sisters’ bossy questions, she heads out to the local pub one night, and meets a handsome stranger nursing a pint. Somehow, unburdened by expectations, Simon seems like the perfect person to spill all her secrets to—including a hopeless, long-held crush on her sister’s boyfriend. Confident she’ll never see him again, Anna returns home… only to discover the next day that Simon is actually her father’s new curate! Anna is beyond mortified, but Simon won’t let her retreat into her usual shyness—and for once Anna is forced to confront the past, and all the fears and feelings she’d tried so long to hide. But with his own heartache that needs to heal, can Simon help Anna to make this the most magical Christmas either of them have known?

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My Review

I was so excited when I was given the chance to take part in the blog tour for A vicarage Christmas. I adore Kate’s books and reading them is like coming home! They are an absolute cosy read, perfect for a cold rainy day snuggled up under a blanket with a hot drink. The fact that this was also my first festive read of 2017 made it absolutely perfect!

A vicarage Christmas didn’t disappoint me, the characters are so real to life and have that complete likeable factor.

Anna is a lovely character but also quite complex, she suffers with social anxiety that she has hidden well over the years, even from her family. The blossoming romance between her and Simon is a joy to ‘watch’ unfold. A vicarage Christmas sees Anna face the demons from the past that have caused her pain and made her, to a certain extent hide away from the world.

This is the first in the series of The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite, I enjoyed briefly meeting Anna’s 3 other sisters and i’m really looking forward to getting to know them better in Holley sister’s series.

If you like a feel good story to warm your heart with a large measure of Christmas cheer this is the book for you!

Click here to buy A vicarage Christmas

I’d like to thank Kate, Neverland blog tours and Tule publishing for allowing me to take part in this blog tour.



About Kate

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Kate is the USA Today-bsetselling author of over 60 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. She also writes for Harlequin Presents. She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots. Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in a market town in Wales with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can read about her life



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Giveaway


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