Today, I am delighted to be taking part in today's book blast forJulie Ryan‘s new Christmas novella Callies Christmas Countdown. A review copy was provided by Brook Cottage Books in exchange for an honest review.
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Callie is an event planner, organising weddings and corporate parties. What she'd really love however, is to organise the perfect Christmas. How difficult can it be after all? She simply needs to get her divorced parents talking to each other, sort out a Christmas Eve wedding for the daughter of a millionaire and wait for her hunky, rich boyfriend to propose. What could possibly go wrong?
Chick-lit at its best. Perfect for a pick me up in the busy run up to Christmas. At a 150 pages this is a lovely guilt free quick read and a festive treat covering the long run up to Christmas. An amusing and lovely relaxing read.
Callie is likeable and easy to emphasize with. Counting down to Christmas Callie knows exactly what her perfect Christmas would be. Whilst Lauren knows what her perfect wedding should be. Callie is her wedding planner and together they are organizing the perfect Christmas wedding. I really liked the twists and turns in the plot, there are plenty of surprises and funny bits.
There is a love triangle too. Personally I couldn’t imagine what she saw in the stuck up but sexy twit she’s dating. Whilst the attentive, sexy friend and neighbor; now that’s another story –I get that.
Being a Christmas novel, there is some lovely Christmas sentiment in here too, I love Granny’s Christmas star and the role it played in the story. It was funny too how Callie ends up playing both the matchmaker and the parent role to her mother.
I can heartily recommend this book for some Christmas cheer.
Michele - "I absolutely loved this book by Julie Ryan, so different to her other books IV READ and equally as enthralling."
Rachel's Random Reads - "There is a lovely sense of humour in this story, and I loved how Callie seemed to care more about others than herself."
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Julie was born and brought up in a mining village near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. She graduated with a BA (hons) in French Language and Literature from Hull University. Since then she has lived and worked as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in France, Greece, Poland and Thailand. She now lives in rural Gloucestershire with her husband, son and two cats, a rescue cat and a dippy cat with half a tail. She is so passionate about books that her collection is now threatening to outgrow her house, much to her husband’s annoyance, as she can’t bear to get rid of any! They have been attempting to renovate their home for the last ten years.
She is the author of the Greek Island Mystery series, Jenna’s Journey, Sophia’s Secret and Pandora’s Prophecy, each of which can be read as a standalone. She considers Greece to be her spiritual home and visits as often as she can.