Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Book review of I'll Be Home for Christmas by Karen Clarke

French Village Diaries book review I'll Be Home for Christmas Karen Clarke
I'll be home for Christmas by Karen Clarke

I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Karen Clarke

Publication day: 14/10/2019


Nina Bailey loves Christmas. Except this year she doesn’t. Because it turns out that her husband-to-be has been cheating on her – and her beautiful wedding ceremony in the snow is cancelled.

She’s not really in the mood to be jolly, sing carols, or go anywhere near gingerbread men – in fact, what Nina wants is to avoid the whole thing. So she’s come to stay at her Aunt Dolly’s cosy café to nurse her broken heart.

Nina is determined to get through Christmas with no tinsel, no fuss – and definitely no flirting. So when she arrives and meets infuriatingly handsome Ryan Sadler, with his gorgeous forest-green eyes, she is not best pleased. And when Nina overhears him making fun of her, she is furious. (There might have been an incident with a koala onesie and a spilled bottle of milk, but that really wasn’t her fault!) So despite the spark between them, and the fact that he can whip up a fabulous dinner faster than she can say Michelin star, romance and Christmas are off the menu this year.

Unfortunately, Aunt Dolly hasn’t quite got the message, going to great lengths to provide a proper British Christmas for her beloved niece: a true home away from home. With sparkling lights adorning every wall and a tree to equal the Rockefeller Center’s and, yes, mistletoe above every doorway, can Nina resist the magic of Christmas – and stick to her no-romance rule?

This heart-warming romantic comedy will have you reaching for eggnog, roasted chestnuts and gingerbread cookies! The perfect festive book to read curled up in front of the fire, for fans of Sue Moorcroft, Holly Martin and Debbie Johnson.
French Village Diaries book review I'll Be Home for Christmas Karen Clarke
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My review:

I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Karen Clarke, is the third and final book in the Little French Café series and I have quickly become a big fan of Karen’s novels since starting this trilogy. She has the ability to set the scene so you feel like you are there, fill it with characters who are alive, quirky and feel like friends and also trap you in a story you don’t want to put down.

Dolly’s café on the Ile de Ré has already given us Nat and Jay and then Charlie and Elle, but can it work its magic once more? Dolly’s niece Nina is coming for Christmas and Dolly is determined it will be a Christmas like no other for the pretty little island off the Atlantic coast of France. She has gone over the top with decorations, introduced Christmas jumpers and mincepies to the locals, and despite Nina wanting to escape Christmas, is planning a full turkey and all the trimmings meal too. And, unusually for the island, this year there is also snow.

Having called off her wedding to her unfaithful fiancé, Nina is off men. She needs space and a clear head to plan her future and work out what her dream job could be. A break with her Aunt Dolly and cousin Charlie is just what she needs. What she doesn’t need is complicated Ryan, Charlie’s best mate, who is staying above the café too.

Things get off to an embarrassingly bad start when Nina meets Ryan (although it is hilarious for us). All Ryan wants is peace and quiet to write his next novel, not hassle from his ex-fiancée, or disruptions from Charlie’s cousin. However, Dolly wouldn’t be Dolly without a spot of well-meaning match-making, but I’m saying no more here, you’ll have to find out the rest for yourselves.

I will say that I am sad this is the last book in the trilogy as I have enjoyed them all and will miss catching up with the familiar characters in Dolly’s special little café on the Ile de Ré.

If you are looking for a bit of cosy comfort and romance to escape the mad run up to Christmas, you can’t go far wrong here.

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Author Bio: 

Karen Clarke writes romantic comedy novels. Her BEACHSIDE series is set in the fictional seaside town of Shipley and features recurring characters, but each book can be read as a standalone. She is currently working on a new, three-book series set in Devon.

Karen has also written three romcoms with a paranormal twist, all available to download

When she's not working on her novels, Karen writes short stories for women's magazines and has had over three hundred published globally. Some of them can be read in her short story collection 'BEHIND CLOSED DOORS...and other Tales with a Twist'

Karen lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and three grown-up children.

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