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Book Review – One Christmas Kiss In Notting Hill by Mandy Baggot

Tabytha Reviews…

One Christmas Kiss In Notting Hill

By Mandy Baggot

 

So, here’s the official blurb;

Curl up by the fire with the ultimate seasonal romance, from the bestselling author Mandy Baggot!

Imagine the perfect Christmas Kiss…

His strong arms around her waist, her hands on his face, the snow slowly starts to fall…

It’s enough to make Isla Winters cringe! While her sister can’t get enough of this – increasingly common – sight on the streets of London, Isla’s too busy trying to stop Hannah’s wheelchair from slipping on the ice, and making sure she’s not too late to her dream job at Breekers International.

But everything changes with the arrival of Chase Bryan, fresh from the New York office. He’s eager to learn everything about Isla’s beloved Notting Hill, but as the nights get colder, will cosying up to him come at a price?

I Read It: 7th – 11th December 2017

In Which Format: Kindle

Approx Length: 384 pages

My Goodreads Rating:  5 Stars

This is in the contemporary romance genre – affectionately known “chick lit”. It’s a standalone story with Ms Baggot’s trademark HEA (Happily Ever After) ending.

 

So, what kept me reading?

I am already a big fan of Ms Baggot’s books; I’ve read them all and they keep getting better and better. I find her writing style very easy to read, her plotlines well thought out and I think she has a magical way of creating characters that I can’t help but connect to.

I loved the depth of personality that we experienced with Isla and Chase; their quirks, fears and hopes brought them to life. I’ve got to hold my hand up and confess that I didn’t like Chase to begin with, but I think that only confirms how talented a writer Ms Baggot is because I was still invested in his story despite his character flaws. Lol! But, like so many of her books, this story isn’t just about Isla and Chase and their romance, we have intermingled storylines and a cast of supporting characters that adds a further splash of realism to the world in which Ms Baggot has created without the plot feeling confusing or over-burdened. I don’t think I can be the only person to have come to think of Mr Edwards’ rose bush as a character in its own right – sentimental, heart-warming and beautiful!

So is this a page turner, did the story keep me guessing? Goodness me, yes! The journey had twists and emotional turns a plenty due to the different stories running alongside our main romantic one. Plus the fact that this story is set around Christmas time means that we (the reader) are already in the literary mood to want, and easily accept, that not only is romance in the air but miracles can happen.

 

So, were there any downsides?

No, that’s why it’s got 5 stars.

 

In a nutshell…

I loved it! This is a wonderful, feel good contemporary romance novel – perfect reading at any time of year but feels so much more special at Christmas!

I was completely engaged from the first page; the romance between our main couple was believable, the background story arcs are well thought out and balance the romance beautifully. I loved the fact that the drama aspect of this story kept me guessing and kept me on the edge of my seat, the relationship aspects (both romantic and family ones) caused me to shed a tear or two as well as put a smile on my face and although there are no overly explicit sex scenes in this book, the few passionate scenes contained within these pages managed to set my tummy a-tingling due to the anticipation that Ms Baggot had built up. *shivver*

I think that this is a wonderful standalone contemporary romance with Ms Baggot’s signature HEA. What more could a girl want! I think fans of romance (with a capital R) and relationship stories of all ages would enjoy this book.

 

Links to be helpful:

Visit MANDY BAGGOT’S own website

See ONE CHRISTMAS KISS IN NOTTING HILL on Goodreads.com

Buy ONE CHRISTMAS KISS IN NOTTING HILL in paperback or for your Kindle on Amazon.co.uk


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Romance | One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill by Mandy Baggot – Jera’s Jamboree

Hello Lovely Followers,

As you may know, Mandy Baggot is one of my favourite contemporary romance authors to day. Back in November, I was lucky enough to be invited to the book launch of Mandy’s latest novel One Kiss in Notting Hill. I haven’t read it yet for a few of reasons (one of which is that I wanted to wait until December to help me get into the Christmas mood) but rest assured I will post a review when I have. In the mean time, I am happy to share with you what a fellow blogger posted on her site about the event and the book itself.

Enjoy!

 

Source: Romance | One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill by Mandy Baggot – Jera’s Jamboree

 

Romance | One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill by Mandy Baggot

I had a brilliant time at Mandy Baggot’s paperback launch for One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill at Waterstones in Salisbury recently.  It was great to catch up with lots of chatting, a brilliant reading from Mandy and her daughters (and sampling the wine 🙂 )

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If you’ve been around since my early days of blogging you’ll know I’ve always championed Mandy’s writing however I’ve got to say it, One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill is THE BEST YET.  And after you’ve read my thoughts, you’ll have the chance to grab a SIGNED copy (UK only).  Don’t miss it.

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Paperback: 448 pages

Publisher: Ebury Press (Fiction); 01 edition (16 Nov. 2017)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1785036734

ISBN-13: 978-1785036736

Imagine the perfect Christmas Kiss…

His strong arms around her waist, her hands on his face, the snow slowly starts to fall…

It’s enough to make Isla Winters cringe! While her sister can’t get enough of this – increasingly common – sight on the streets of London, Isla’s too busy trying to stop Hannah’s wheelchair from slipping on the ice, and making sure she’s not too late to her dream job at Breekers International.

But everything changes with the arrival of Chase Bryan, fresh from the New York office. He’s eager to learn everything about Isla’s beloved Notting Hill, but as the nights get colder, will cosying up to him come at a price?

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One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill has it all.  Flawed characters who draw you in, conflict, friendships, community,  breaking the mould of stereotypes and of course romance.  I can’t put into words just how amazing this story is.

Isla is 5 years older than sister Hannah and oh so protective.  I loved how it’s made clear that even though Hannah needs that little bit extra she is strong and capable.  I was so invested in both sisters and wanted to go live with them!  With Chase coming on the scene and knowing his motives I thought I would dislike him.  However, when I can get inside the head and heart of a character, my emotions aren’t going to be so black and white and it’s not that easy.  That’s what happened with Chase.  His growing friendship with Isla and his relationship with his daughters, Brooke and Maddie, gives us plenty of opportunities to see his vulnerabilities and hook us in.  He is one mixed up but very hot male.

Beaumont Square, Breekers and Notting Hill in December are fabulous settings for the story to take place.  Mrs E and work colleagues add humour whilst Raj is a character who isn’t stereotypically what you think he’s going to be.

The romance is so special.  Powerful and melting at the same time. I loved the scene in the Electric Cinema and afterwards.  The London Eye (or iCircle as Maddie renamed it) will never be the same for me 🙂

There’s so much I want to say (peppermint tea!!!!!) but I don’t want to give you any spoilers.  If you enjoy a romance read then One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill is a must.  A feel good story that will engage all your emotions and senses and leave you on a high.

Connect with Mandy Baggot

Website

Twitter @mandybaggot

Facebook Page

 

If you’re a UK resident, don’t miss the chance to enter the giveaway for a signed copy of One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill.  It should reach you before Christmas! Enter via Rafflecopter.   Good luck!

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Book Review – One Wish In Paris by Mandy Baggot

Hello Lovely Followers,

I’ve just realised that although I read this fantastic back in December, I forgot to post my full review! See it’s an age thing – pre-menopausal women tend to forget stuff. Lol!

Anyway, enjoy my review and (hopefully) be inspired to buy this wonderful book!

One Christmas In Paris

By Mandy Baggot

So, here’s the official blurb;

They say Paris is the City of Love, so bring your je ne sais quoi and don’t forget the mistletoe!

Ava and her best friend Debs arrive in Paris just as the snow starts to fall. The Eiffel Tower glitters gold and the scent of spiced wine is all around, but all Ava can think about is Leo, her no-good, cheating ex.

Debs is on a mission to make Ava smile again, and as they tour the Christmas markets, watch lamplight glittering on the river Seine, and eat their body weight in pain-au-chocolat, Ava remembers there’s more to life than men … Until they cross paths with handsome, mysterious photographer Julien with his French accent and hazelnut eyes that seem to see right inside her.

Ava can’t ignore the intense chemistry between them, but her fingers have been burned before and she can’t forget it, especially when her ex, Leo, starts texting again. Can Ava really trust Julien – and what exactly is his secret?

Will Ava go home with a broken heart, or will she find true love amongst the cobbled streets of Paris?

Join Ava and Julien in the most romantic city in the world this Christmas, as they discover the importance of being true to themselves, and learn how to follow their hearts.

I Read It: 9th – 12th December 2016

In Which Format: Kindle

Approx Length: 394 pages

My Goodreads Rating:  5 Stars

This is in the contemporary romance genre – affectionately known “chick lit”. It’s a standalone story with Ms Baggot’s trademark HEA (Happily Ever After) ending.

So, what kept me reading?

I’m already a fan of Ms Baggot’s books; her writing style is very easy to read, her plotlines are well thought out and she has a way of creating characters that I connect to.

I loved the depth with which Ms Baggot wrote our two main characters, Eva and Julien in this book; their quirks, fears and hopes made them come to life for me. But, like so many of Ms Baggot’s books, this story isn’t just about Eva and Julien and their romance, we have intermingled storylines and a cast of supporting characters that adds a further splash of realism to this tale’s world without the plot feeling confusing or over-burdened.

So is this a page turner, did the story keep me guessing? The journey had twists and emotional turns a plenty due to the different stories running alongside our main romantic one (e.g. Eva and Deb’s secret reason for being in Paris, Julien’s relationship with his family, etc). Plus the fact that this story is set around Christmas time means that we (the reader) are already in the literary mood to want and easily accept that romance is in the air.

So, were there any downsides?

Nope.

In a nutshell…

This is a wonderful, feel good contemporary romance novel – perfect reading at Christmas or any time of year! I loved this book!

There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like about this story. I was completely engaged with this book, it’s a real page turner, and yes, I did laugh out loud at some of Deb’s comments but if you’re anything like me you’ll shed a few tears along the way too.

I think that this is a wonderful standalone contemporary romance with Ms Baggot’s signature HEA. What more could a girl want! I think fans of romance (with a capital R) and relationship stories of all ages would enjoy this book.

Links to be helpful:

Visit MANDY BAGGOT’S own website

See ONE CHRISTMAS IN PARIS on Goodreads.com

Buy ONE CHRISTMAS IN PARIS on Amazon.co.uk


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Book Review – One Wish In Manhattan by Mandy Baggot

One Wish In Manhattan - Mandy BaggotOne Wish In Manhattan
So, here’s the official blurb;
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… to fall in love.
The temperature is dropping, snow is on its way and Hayley Walker is heading for New York with one wish on her mind…to start over.With her nine year-old daughter Angel, Hayley is ready for an adventure. From hot chocolates and horse-drawn carriage rides in Central Park, to ice-skating at the Rockefeller Centre, and Christmas shopping on 5th Avenue – they soon fall in love with the city that never sleeps.

But there’s more to New York than the bright twinkly lights and breathtaking skyscrapers. Angel has a Christmas wish of her own – to find her real dad.

While Hayley tries to fulfil her daughter’s wish, she crosses paths with Billionaire Oliver Drummond. Restless and bored with fast living, there’s something intriguing about him that has Hayley hooked.

Determined to make her daughter’s dream come true, can Hayley dare to think her own dreams might turn into reality – could A New York Christmas turn into a New York Forever?

Travel to the Big Apple this Christmas and join Hayley and Oliver as they both realise that life isn’t just about filling the minutes…it’s about making every moment count.

I Read It: 6th – 8th December 2015
In Which Format: Kindle
Approx Length: 358 pages
My Goodreads Rating:  5 Stars

This is in the contemporary romance genre – affectionately known “chick lit”. It’s a standalone story with Ms Baggot’s trademark HEA (Happily Ever After) ending.
 
So, what kept me reading?

 

I’m already a fan of Ms Baggot’s writing style; I find it very easy to read her stories.

 

I loved the depth with which Ms Baggot wrote our two main characters; their quirks, fears and hopes made them both feel very real to life. But this story isn’t just about Hayley and Oliver and their romance, we’re also blessed with background story arcs and a cast of supporting characters that adds a further splash of realism to this tale’s world.  

 

So did the story keep me guessing? The journey had twists and emotional turns a plenty due to the different stories running alongside our main romantic one (e.g. Hayley’s secret search for Angel’s father, Oliver’s business projects and practices, Hayley’s relationship with her family, Oliver’s relationship with his family, etc). Plus the fact that this story is set around Christmas time means that we (the reader) are already in the literary mood to want and easily accept that miracles do happen.

So, were there any downsides?

 

Nope.

 

In a nutshell…

 

This is a wonderful, feel good contemporary romance novel – perfect reading for this time of year!  I was completely engaged with this book, it’s a real page turner, and yes, I did laugh out loud at some of Hayley’s and Angel’s comments but if you’re anything like me you’ll shed a few tears along the way too.

 

Oliver’s one sexy billionaire and there’s loads of sexual tension but although there’s some smexy scenes and banter in this book, this is more of a PG than an 18+ story. 😉 So I think it fans of romance (with a capital R) and relationship stories of all ages would enjoy this book.

 

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