This time last year I shared a Christmas book, Nobody Cancels Christmas and whilst I still struggle to get into the festive spirit before Halloween, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to read the author’s 2019 festive treat, Four Christmases and A Secret.
The writing is as light, fun, and fast as last year’s offering, and yes, I stayed up very late to finish it. I did struggle a bit with the rather thickly laid on “I’m such a failure” chorus from Daisy, and the thirteen year gap seemed too long and I had to mentally reset her age to mid twenties. Other than that, I loved it. Great the mix of characters, Stanley is a hero, and it made me cry.
There are some strong movie influences – the pair of mum’s reminded me of Bridget Jones’s mum, whilst Uncle T strongly reminded me of one of the characters from Four Weddings & a Funeral, and given the title of the book I’m guessing that is entirely intentional. Don’t want to say any more for risk of spoilers.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
Except for Daisy Christmas means another of Uncle T’s dreaded Christmas parties, complete with Christmas jumper and flashing antlers. And Oliver Cartwright. Gorgeous Oliver Cartwright. Who she hates.
Every year Daisy has to face insufferable Ollie and hear all about how BRILLIANT he is. Whereas Daisy has no job, no man and no idea how to fix things.
This Christmas however Daisy is determined things will be different. There will be no snogging Ollie under the mistletoe like when they were teenagers. No, this year she’ll show Ollie that she’s a Responsible Adult too.
But as the champagne corks pop, and the tinsel sparkles, Uncle T has news of his own to share…and it could change Daisy’s life forever…
Zara Stoneley is the USA Today bestselling author of ‘The Wedding Date’.
She lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.
Born in a small village in the UK, Zara wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when she grew up. After many (many) years, and many different jobs, her dream of writing a bestseller came true. She now writes about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hopes that her tales make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’.
Zara’s bestselling novels include ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘No One Cancels Christmas’, ‘The Wedding Date’, ‘The Holiday Swap’, ‘Summer with the Country Village Vet’, ‘Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage’ and the popular Tippermere series – ‘Stable Mates’, ‘Country Affairs’ and ‘Country Rivals’.
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