Twitteresque Reviews: Twitteresque Reviews: Christmas at Lilac Cottage, House of Dreams, The Good Girl

May 24, 2016 Book review, Twitteresque Reviews 6 ★★★★

Twitteresque reviews are for books where I don’t feel like writing a full review but I want to give you a flavour of how I felt during the book.  All in 140 characters or less!

 

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Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin

Twitteresque Reviews: Twitteresque Reviews: Christmas at Lilac Cottage, House of Dreams, The Good GirlChristmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin
Published by Bookouture on 25 Sept 2015
Genres: Romance
Pages: 350
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
four-stars

Welcome to the charming seaside town of White Cliff Bay, where Christmas is magical and love is in the air…

Penny Meadows loves her home – a cosy cottage decorated with pretty twinkling fairy lights and stunning views over the town of White Cliff Bay. She also loves her job as an ice-carver, creating breathtaking sculptures. Yet her personal life seems frozen.

When Henry and daughter Daisy arrive at the cottage to rent the annex, Penny is determined to make them feel welcome. But while Daisy is friendly, Henry seems guarded.

As Penny gets to know Henry, she realises there is more to him than meets the eye. And the connection between them is too strong to ignore…

While the spirit of the season sprinkles its magic over the seaside town and preparations for the ice sculpting competition and Christmas eve ball are in full swing, can Penny melt the ice and allow love in her heart? And will this finally be the perfect Christmas she’s been dreaming of?

 

Very cute, full of Christmas cheer and a whole village cast of zany, nosey but loveable characters!  Perfect for you want a feel good read and not just for Christmas!

 

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House of Dreams by Fanny Blake

Twitteresque Reviews: Twitteresque Reviews: Christmas at Lilac Cottage, House of Dreams, The Good GirlHouse of Dreams by Fanny Blake
Published by Orion on November 5th 2015
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 361
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
three-half-stars

It's only a long weekend - what could possibly go wrong?
'House of Dreams is a heart-warming tale of secrets slowly revealed and family tensions in a beautiful Spanish setting. A compelling and delightful read' - Santa Montefiore
In the hilltop villa with its spectacular views across rolling countryside to the straits of Gibraltar, Lucy anxiously awaits the arrival of her brother and sister.
They’re spending the weekend together to say farewell to Casa de Sueños, the house in the mountains of southern Spain where they grew up.
Her sister, Jo, landing at the airport with her fractious four year old, dreads the prospect of this time with her family which will fulfil their mother’s last instructions that they celebrate her birthday together. Only this time their mother won’t be there.
Tom, their brother, remembers the chaos of his bohemian upbringing and wants nothing more than for their stay to go off without a hitch. Then a beautiful face from his past appears at the villa . . .
Over one long, hot week weekend, past secrets will spill out, making the siblings question themselves, the choices they’ve made and where their future lies in this gorgeous new novel from Fanny Blake.

 

A character driven satisfying read, if a little slow.  I enjoyed the  ‘present is everything’ theme  and despite being about a memorial service, it is full of life.

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The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Twitteresque Reviews: Twitteresque Reviews: Christmas at Lilac Cottage, House of Dreams, The Good GirlThe Good Girl by Mary Kubica
Published by Harlequin MIRA on July 29th 2014
Pages: 352
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
three-stars

"I've been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she works. I don't know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she's scared. But I will."
One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.
When Colin decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota instead of delivering her to his employers, Mia's mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them. But no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family's world to shatter.
An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a propulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems.

 

I expected more. It took me 6 weeks read as I never felt gripped by the characters or the story. The writing is good, the various voices authentic but it just never wowed.

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Talk to TrishHave you read any of these and what did you think of them? Are there any that you are interested in reading? 

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6 Responses to “Twitteresque Reviews: Twitteresque Reviews: Christmas at Lilac Cottage, House of Dreams, The Good Girl”

    • trish

      I feel like I’m one of the few people not wowing and that makes me sad. I wanted to wow! Especially as I enjoyed Pretty Baby.

  1. Wattle

    Christmas at Lilac Cottage sounds cute! And that cover is gorgeous!

    I’m sorry The Good Girl wasn’t gripping, that’s a bit of a disappointment 🙁
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    • trish

      Christmas at Lilac Cottage is a charming book so it’s one to keep in mind whenever you want a little comfort read!

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Christmas at Lilac Cottage looks adorable and I love the look of House of Dreams! That’s too bad that The Good Girl didn’t work for you. It looks like it has potential but a thriller that is unthrilling is such a disappointment!

    • trish

      I’m in the minority with The Good Girl so it may well work for you Katherine. And yes big thumbs up to the other two!

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