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    Book Review: Christmas Secrets by the Sea by Jane Lovering

    CSBTS Cover ImageIT’S NEARLY CHRISTMAS.

    Actually, I don’t feel overly Christmassy right now which I hope changes in the next three days. Normally I am finished up with university work a lot earlier than I was this year so it seems like Christmas has actually come around a lot quicker than it should’ve. But, I’ve had my Christmas nights out (for both jobs), I have my last shift before Christmas tomorrow and then I’m off for a grand total of three days, so if that isn’t cause for celebration then I don’t know what is.

    Today, though, it is the final stop on the Christmas Secrets by the Sea blog tour – clearly they were saving the best till last (lol).

     

    Christmas Secrets by the Sea

    Book #1 in the Seasons by the Sea series

    By: Jane Lovering

    Release date: 13 December 2018

    Publisher: Farrago Books

     

    About the Book

    Sometimes you don’t get the Christmas presents you imagined…

    Tansy Merriweather is down on her luck. She’s lost her business and her relationship, and instead of a glamorous London apartment, her home is now a campervan on a Dorset beach. And as if things couldn’t get any worse, a scruffy dog called Brian with a taste for sardines has adopted her as his owner.

    When Tansy’s new-found friends at the café in the bay help her to find a job as a location scout for a new TV show, things start looking up. However, she soon discovers that the show’s glamorous star, Davin O’Riordan, is as grouchy as he is  handsome – and just as Brian starts forging a touching romance with Davin’s elegant whippet, Seelie, Tansy begins to wonder exactly what Davin’s fans see in him.

    As Christmas approaches, Tansy and Davin discover each other’s secrets, and a new bond begins to grow between them. But how will they cope with the storms headed their way – and can they save the café from closing?

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    My Thoughts

    This could not have been more perfect to read at this time of year. It wasn’t the kind of fluffy Christmas romance that you may expect it to be, and instead was incredibly touching and special. In fact, it isn’t really about Christmas at all, apart from the time of year that it was set. Christmas books probably have a preconception surrounding them that they can only be read at this time of year, but I actually think this could be enjoyed no matter what the month is because that isn’t really the focus. Perhaps the title is slightly misleading in this way.

    I did slightly struggle to connect with the main characters to begin with, but thankfully this did change as the book progressed and you got to learn more about them and their backgrounds. My favourite characters were definitely single mum Karen and her son Rory though! I absolutely loved reading about their relationship, and could imagine the little café that they worked in perfectly because it sounded so like the one I work in myself whenever I’m back in my little tiny seaside hometown. I also could not shake the image of Jamie Dornan as Davin, which is certainly not a bad thing to happen. Maybe it’s just because they are both Irish. I wonder how Jane Lovering imagined him when she was writing this, but that’s how it turned out in my own mind. Again, absolutely zero complaints there.

    A special mention goes out to the dogs in this book, which I never would have imagined I would be saying. Brian (which just seems like a hilarious name for a dog) was such a fantastic addition to the storyline, and I knew right from the beginning that Tansy wouldn’t be able to resist him when he plonked himself down at her feet and decided to call her his own.

    Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book for its sarcastic sense of humour and easy-flowing style that was a welcome escape after such a stressful few weeks at the end of this semester. I’ll definitely be following the series from now on. A big thank you to Fanny from Farrago Books for inviting me on to this tour!

     

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    Jane Lovering - photo credit to Vienna Johnson

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    Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

    Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

    I was tagged by the wonderful Jenn from Jenniely to do the Bookish Naughty or Nice tag that she set up last year, and it was such a good one that I couldn’t not do it. I’m constantly amazed when I see people creating new tags – where do they get the ideas from?!

    As always, there a couple of rules to go along with this tag:

    ♥ Tag and link the person who tagged you

    Tag and link Jenn

    Tick/cross off the ones you have done or not done

    Tag another 10 people (I’ve only tagged five because that is as many as I could be bothered doing lol)

    Even if you haven’t been tagged, why not go ahead and do it anyway! Only six days left till Christmas to fit it in…

     

    • Received an ARC and not reviewed it

    Many, many, an ARC gone unread…

    • Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley

    Currently sitting at 39% lol OOPS how did that happen?!?! To be fair, I barely ever use it any more. I used it a lot more when I didn’t have a blog because that was my only source of free books. I really should go back to it though because there were always such good choices.

    • Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)

    Technically NO because I don’t have my blog and my Goodreads linked yet – I know, I know, I’ll get round to it eventually.

    • Folded down the page of a book

    More times than I like to admit.

    • Accidentially spilled on a book

    Coffee and tear stains all over my uni books. Not tears from a sad story either. Tears of STRESS.

    • DNF a book this year

    Noly from The Artsy Reader is going to be appalled when I say this again, but I still haven’t finished A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. It’s not even that I don’t like it – I absolutely loved it! I don’t really know what happened, I think it was just so long and I had so much uni stuff going on at the same time that I took too long a break in the middle and never went back to it. I am planning on restarting it though, hopefully over Christmas.

    • Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it

    Just about all of the classics I own.

    • Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework)

    Homework, sleeping, working, tidying, you name it.

    • Skim read a book

    I’m so bad for skim reading, I have to stop. I read something and think, “hold on, what?” because it doesn’t make sense from me skipping over an important sentence.

    • Completely missed your Goodreads goal

    I have ticked this because I was way off track for a couple of months, but I think I am actually redeeming myself and I might juuuuust make it in time for the end of 2018.

    • Borrowed a book and not returned it

    My friend Emma (unwillingly) stores many books in my home.

    • Broke a book buying ban

    I am constantly on a book buying ban, meaning I am constantly breaking my book buying ban.

    • Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about

    I have lost count of the amount of times I have written just the title of the book and left it in drafts for too long, and so now you will never see the review for it unless I reread the book or something.

    • Wrote in a book you were reading

    I would never write in a book that I am reading for pleasure, but all my uni books are notes and highlights galore for essays and class discussion.

    • Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads

    I read a lot on my kindle while I was on holiday in Spain at Easter and I think I missed adding half of them to Goodreads. Probably would’ve already been at my 2018 goal if I had actually done it.

    • Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book

    It is too precious to give them incase I don’t get it back, a.k.a. what I do when I borrow one from them.

    • Broke the spine of someone else’s book

    I could never! That is outrageous.

    • Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged

    Noooo, the jacket has to stay on! That’s all part of the fun!

    • Sat on a book accidentally

    Technically no, but I have accidentally bent pages back from the book being in my bag which is absolutely heartbreaking. Damn books. They make us feel so many emotions.

     

    Ok. 15/20. I have been seriously naughty this year. Sorry, Santa. Please forgive me and bring me more books.

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    I TAG:

    Noly @ The Artsy Reader

    Kerry @ Herding Cats

    Evie @ Evie Jayne

    Emma @ Booking Good Read

    Princess of Pages

    and anyone else that wants to do it! Feel free to leave your links below.

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