I'll Be Home for Christmas: A heartwarming feel good romantic comedy

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‘A wonderful Christmas love story, I absolutely loved this book… Hilarious and fun, I found myself laughing out loud several times… I could not put this book down.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️


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.


Readers are falling in love with I’ll Be Home for Christmas!

I love this author!!... Laugh-out-loud scenes that will keep you chuckling your way through the book!... Such a lovely book and is absolutely perfect at this time of year with its Christmas theme!!... Lovely characters, fabulous scenery and a storyline which will leave you wanting more! Would definitely recommend!Stardust Book Reviews


I LOVED I’ll be Home for Christmas, and I wish I had enough words to explain just how much I fell in love with the story and the characters… From the heartbreak to the emotional moments, to the touching and hilarious ones. This book had everything for me and I would quite happily read it again in an instant.’ The Writing Garnet ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️


Melted my heart!... Had me cracking up laughing hysterically!... A brilliant storyline!!’ Heidi Lynn’s Book Reviews

 

Impossible to put the book down The pages were turning that quickly that it was almost as if they were turning themselves I haven’t laughed as much whilst I was reading a book as I did with I’ll Be Home For Christmas.’ Ginger Book Geek ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️


The pages flewCharming characters, beautiful landscape, snow and hot chocolate, pastry and love, humour and romance. What more could I ever want in a Christmas book?!!’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️


I love Christmas book season!!! What a fun and sweet book to start my season reading with… I'll definitely be reading more books from this author!’ Goodreads Reviewer


Loved reading this heart-warming storySuch a gorgeous Christmas book that kept me enthralled throughout and desperate to go walk in the snow ❄️’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️


‘A perfect Christmas romanceperfect to get lost in the story. I have loved every page and finished in just one sitting.’ Goodreads Reviewer 

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Bookouture
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Published on
Oct 14, 2019
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Pages
323
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ISBN
9781786818010
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English
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Genres
Fiction / Family Life / General
Fiction / Holidays
Fiction / Humorous / General
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Holiday
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Fiction / Women
Humor / General
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'Oh my gosh, this book is laugh-out-loud hilarious, I was cracking up the entire time! The jokes are great! The banter is awesome! I’m in love!' Crocklife, 5 stars


New Year’s Eve. The most over-rated night of the year, right? I have to get through a night of enforced fun, drink all the prosecco and talk about new beginnings. But I don’t want new beginnings. I want my old beginning back.


It’s been ten days, two hours and forty-three minutes since Tansy got dumped. Two heartbreaking weeks since Renzo, who made her weak at the knees and dizzy with excitement, found out Tansy’s secret – and ended it on the spot.


Since then, she’s spent every evening scrolling through their old photos, drunk texted him twenty-six times (he stopped reading after five), and lost count of how many packets of Kleenex she’s cried her way through.


That’s where Operation Get Renzo Back comes in. She ropes in a new wing-woman, maxes out her credit card and accidentally-on-purpose bumps into him at every opportunity. Oh, and she finds a fake boyfriend, as you do…


But while she’s busy pretending, Tansy’s plan is thrown a major curveball. She has to learn the hard way that it’s not her, it’s him – and that sometimes, a break-up can end up being the making of you.


A fresh, funny and fabulous novel for anyone who has been dumped, got a post-break-up haircut, stalked an ex on Facebook, and then realised they were WAY better off without them. Fans of Sophie Kinsella, Lindsey Kelk and Matt Dunn will love this laugh-out-loud read.


Readers absolutely love It’s Not You It’s Him:


‘OMG I loved it. Sophie Ranald has done it again. I could not put the book down.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars


‘I absolutely loved this book. I devoured it in less than a day.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘Let me just say I LOVED this so much.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘This book is absolutely amazing and you can't help but binge read all the words… Couldn’t put it down.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘I absolutely loved this book! Sophie Ranald has managed to perfectly balance romance, comedy and some pretty serious topics.’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘Had me laughing, crying and I simply couldn’t put it down. I raced through it in a few hours. And I simply loved it.’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘Amazing and hilarious… I had a blast reading it… It’s a straight-up five-star read for me!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


'I adored this book!... I loved every hilarious, emotional and romantic moment (and had to stay up long past my bed time to finish!)... Brilliant.' NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars


‘I could not put this book down!! I was in love from the first page. The main character was someone I want to have coffee with. It was like talking to your girlfriends... Amazing!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘Totally hooked me in… I loved the humor… I am excited to recommend this book to my friends!’ NetGalley Reviewer


‘Seriously funny… I cannot recommend this book highly enough and will be telling all the patrons that come into my library for a good summer read to get this!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘I was constantly saying I'm just going to read a little longer until I finally looked up and it was 2:00 in the morning and I had finished the book.’ NetGalley Reviewer


‘Genuinely made me laugh out loud! Perfect.’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘A feel-good, laugh-out-loud rom com that is hugely relatable.’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘Absolutely gorgeous… Sharp humour, witty characters, real dialogue and lots of laughs sewn together with awkward and heartfelt moments. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘I struggled to put this book down!... Sophie Ranald really brought all the feels… Definitely pick up this book!’ Dream Come Review


‘Absolutely brilliant… I devoured it in a few hours because it was impossible to put down… Be prepared for a rollercoaster of emotions… Packed full of laughs... Had me laughing all the way through… Perfect.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

Is this all there is? I scraped the last dregs of Caramel Chew Chew ice cream out of the bottom of the tub with my finger and licked it. It left a sticky smear on my phone’s screen when I typed into Google, “How to find love, sex and happiness.”

 

Charlotte has always been a good girl. But being good is getting boring…

 

She’s not just stuck in a rut – she’s buried in it up to her chin. The only company she has in bed is the back catalogue of Netflix and falling in love feels like the stuff of fairy tales. So when she stumbles across a popular podcast, ‘Sorry Not Sorry’, which challenges women to embrace their inner bad girl, she jumps at the chance to shake things up.

 

Old Charlotte would never ask for a stranger’s number, go on a blind date or buy lacy lingerie… But New Charlotte is waving goodbye to her comfort zone (with a side order of margaritas). And it turns out that good things happen to bad girls…

 

A fabulously feel-good novel that will make you laugh till you cry and leave you living life to the full, margarita in hand! If you’re a fan of romantic comedies by Sophie Kinsella, Lindsey Kelk or Matt Dunn, and love TV shows like Girls, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin, you won’t be able to put down this hilarious read.

 

Readers are absolutely loving Sorry Not Sorry:

 

‘OMG THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST ROMANCE BOOKS I’VE EVER READ… I literally laughed out loud because it is just too relatable and too funny… Reminds me of Sophie Kinsella… CANNOT wait to read more books from this author!!’ Bookish Bibliophile, 5 stars

 

‘I don't know how much my review will do justice to this book with my sleep induced brain, but my excited heart won't allow me to rest until I have posted this. Have you ever felt that particular urge to share your excitement just after reading an amazing novel? Ever experienced that bubbling happiness that won't be subdued?... There is only one thing I can shout at you: READ IT! … An excellent light read that is hard to put down. It cost me a night's sleep, but that was so worth it. Happy reading everyone!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘I am sitting on a bus leaving New York and I couldn’t even wait to get in front of my laptop to write a review... This book was THAT. GOOD… I took this book slowly because it was one of those novels you know you’ll be sorry to see end. Hell, I even slacked on some finals to read instead of working on my dissertation. I’m not sorry that’s for sure ;)… That last minute twist???? I was screaming.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Fantastic… So good I binge read it overnight… There was no way I was putting this book down once I started… The twists and turns kept me hooked… It had me laughing out loud, cringing and falling in love with the characters… So so good and you really have to one-click it as soon as you can.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 Stars

 

‘I adored this book… It made me laugh, crave margaritas... Funny, empowering, and has all the feels.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘The perfect pick-me-up… Delightful… Packed full of laughs… A good old giggle!’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘Wonderful!... I have never read any Sophie Ranald books but I am now going to be working my way through them. With the suggested margarita in hand, of course!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘I couldn’t put it down!’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘I devoured this book in one sitting and felt very connected to Charlotte (which is a must-have for me)… I loved this to pieces.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘I really loved this book!... Drew me in and didn't let me go.’ NetGalley Reviewer

 

‘Well what can I say!!... From the moment I started this book I was captured by the characters and their lives… Just when you think you know what is coming next Sophie manages to surprise you with an unexpected twist… I haven’t enjoyed a book so much in a very long time.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘I laughed, cried, and laughed some more… HILARIOUS.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 


‘Really loved this book!... Had me hooked!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

From the bestselling author of A Winter’s Fairytale and The Christmas Project Come home for Christmas to the Best Little Christmas Shop – the snowiest, cosiest place you can be! Perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan and Sue Moorcroft

Home for the holidays...

Icing gingerbread men, arranging handmade toys and making up countless Christmas wreaths in her family’s cosy little Christmas shop isn’t usually globe-trotter Lexi’s idea of fun. But it’s all that’s keeping her mind off romance. And, with a broken engagement under her belt, she’s planning to stay well clear of that for the foreseeable future...until gorgeous single dad Cal Martin walks through the door!

Christmas takes on a whole new meaning as Lexi begins to see it through Cal’s adorable five-year-old son’s eyes. But, finding herself getting dangerously close to the mistletoe with Cal, Lexi knows she needs to back off. She’s sworn off love, and little George needs a stability she can’t provide. One day she’ll decide whether to settle down again – just not yet.

But the best little Christmas shop in this sleepy, snow-covered village has another surprise in store...

Praise for Maxine Morrey...

’A delightful wintery tale full to the brim with drama, passion and heartwarming cheer.’ – Gem~Bee on The Christmas Project

‘As a festive love story, this book has it all: romance, an engaging heroine you feel you could be friends with, a handsome caring hero...lots of warmth and humour and plenty of snow.’ PortobelloBookBlog

‘This book was a real wintry treat, with all the snow nicely contrasting with all the warmth the story exuded. I couldn’t help but find myself laughing away or sighing with happiness and I’m so excited to read more from Maxine if this is the kind of feel-good novel she’s capable of. I just want to read it all over again and probably will do in Christmases to come.’ Sophie at Reviewed the Book

‘This is a beautiful fairytale for adults, set in and around Christmas, with a healthy helping of romance...this story draws you in and won't let you go. It is beautifully written, very easy and pleasurable to read.’ Rachel’s Random Reads

‘Fantastic strong characters, along with beautifully descriptive writing enabled me to immerse myself into their world and become a fly on the wall. I love books that transport me to Christmas and make me feel all festive and warm and Winter’s Fairytale certainly delivered for me.’ Jill Loves to Read

‘Within the first page turn I was laughing out loud… It was a delight to read.’ 5* Rachel’s Random Reads

 

When Marnie Appleton inherited a sweet shop from her grandfather she was determined to do his legacy proud. The shop has been a much-loved feature of the little seaside town of Shipley for years, but now Marnie needs to bring it up to date, and she’s recruited gorgeous new assistant Josh to help.

 

Marnie gets busy redecorating the shop and choosing delicious new sweets to stock, but things are never that simple: new neighbour Isobel, a fame-hungry blogger, is on a crusade against sugar, and she’ll go to any lengths to secure bad publicity for Marnie’s shop.

 

Marnie fights back with homemade sugar-free treats, but with her best friend Beth heavily pregnant, her grandmother Celia recovering from an operation, and her very recently ex-boyfriend Alex returning to Shipley with a new love, Marnie has a lot on her plate.

 

And then there’s Josh, with whom Marnie is struggling to keep her relationship strictly professional…Will both the sweet shop and love flourish?

 

A deliciously heartwarming read about family, friends and handmade coconut ice. Perfect for fans of Cressida McLaughlin, Debbie Johnson, and Tilly Tennant.

 

What people are saying about The Beachside Sweet Shop:

 

‘I do love a book that can make me giggle after just a few pages. As well as being funny, the storyline had a homely feel to it, reading it made me feel comfortable, relaxed and welcome…It’s amazing how much drama one little sweet shop can create! I was captivated, and sometimes surprised, by the goings on in the little village shop…a bright read that left a smile on my face and my taste buds in need of some sweet treats.’ 5* V Family Fun

 

‘I smiled all of the way through this gorgeous heart-warming read. A lot of the sweets reminded me of my childhood. The fictional Seaside town of Shipley sounds gorgeous, I almost packed my bags and started looking on TripAdvisor for a place to stay. The characters and storyline are just everything I adore in a book. I can honestly say that I felt quite sad to be saying farewell to everyone at the end.’ 5* The Reading Shed

 

‘Brilliant! Such a beautiful, heart warming story! Loved every word! So well written. A magical, feel good tale. Loved, loved, loved. Highly recommend it to everyone.’ Renita D’Silva

 

‘I really loved this! It was like a breath of fresh air…I may also point out the bright bold and beautiful cover for this book…from the minute I saw it I wanted to read this book.’ 5* Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Fun, light hearted and fast paced.’ 5* Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Highly recommended :)’ 4* Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Had me laughing out loud.’ 4* Consumer reviewer

 

‘So funny…I’d recommend this book to everyone.’ 5* Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Nostalgia in buckets (& spades?)…brilliant characters you instantly love.’ 5* Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Fantastically funny…an entertaining read.’ Jo’s Book Journey

 

‘A sweet and charming read.’ 4* Pretty Little Book Reviews

 

‘I really enjoyed this book … all the characters were lovable.’ 5* Katie’s Book Ends

 

‘This book was a great read, so easy to dive into and get lost…Highly recommend it…dive in and forget the world around you.’ 4* Trish B’s Blog

 

‘Such a sweet book (sorry, couldn’t resist)… A really cute, sweet (sorry, I did it again) read. Thoroughly enjoyed it.’ 5* Lilac Mills

 

‘I can’t wait to read the next.’ 4* Lilina Reads

 

‘A delightful British love story.’ For the Love of Books

 

‘Such a fun filled happy read…Loved it.’ 4* Goodreads reviewer 

‘I absolutely adore this… Stunning… This novel is absolutely fantastic.’ The Cosiest Corner, 5 stars

 

Meg Larson thought she had everything she wanted: she works in the local bakery, she’s months away from marrying her high-school sweetheart, and home is beautiful, sunny Seashell Cove, where the sky is blue, the sea is turquoise and the sand is golden.

 

Except that the bakery is up for sale and her fiancé Sam’s more interested in bikes than their relationship. When Meg receives shocking news about her family, he’s on a cycling tour and ignoring her calls – and posting selfies on Facebook with a female cyclist he looks far too cosy with...

 

Luckily the bakery’s estate agent, Nathan, is understanding and funny, and as the summer goes on an unexpected friendship blossoms. When the bakery is given a second lease of life under a mysterious new owner, Meg realises a change might be exactly what she needs too.

 

Will Meg find the happy-ever-after she dreams of in Seashell Cove?

 

An uplifting, laugh-out-loud rom com that will make you dream of romantic days at the beach. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson, Holly Martin and Jenny Oliver.

 

What readers are saying about The Bakery at Seashell Cove:

 

‘I absolutely loved it… Touched my heart … Absolutely wonderful… If I could give this book more than five stars I really, really would… Uplifting, feel good and absolutely beautiful. I adored it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Such an amazing read, I just didn't want to put it down. It's worth far more than the five stars I have given it… Full of romance… Funny and heart-warming… Fantastic read, I highly recommend it… Simply fantastic read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Wonderful… Heart-warming and funny… Absolutely perfect… Had me hook, line and sinker right from page one… Delight in every single word.’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘Sent my pulse racing… I fell head over heels in love… Will certainly have your heart melting… Extremely hard to put down… A deliciously, wondrous story that you will devour within no time at all. It is escapism at its finest and I really enjoyed every minute of it.’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘Delightfully brilliant!... I absolutely LOVED this book… Truly magical… It would take a person made of stone to not fall in love… This book made me feel the happiest I have felt in a long time… I felt as though I was on cloud nine… I truly didn’t want the story to end… Simply perfect.’ The Writing Garnet, 5 stars

 

‘An absolute joy to read… A warm, romantic, feel-good read… The perfect piece of escapism!’ Dash Fan Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘I couldn’t put it down… Highly recommended, I loved it!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Laugh out loud… I couldn’t put it down… I highly recommend this book!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘I loved this story, it swept me away to a quaint English seaside village where anything could happen and where a happy ending is guaranteed… If you love Jenny Colgan, then Karen Clarke should be on your to-be-read list.’ For the Love of Books, 5 stars

 

‘Ticked all the boxes for me… Thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining.’ B for Book Review, 5 stars

 

‘Must be read if you like a very good, feel-good summer read full of love and hope with the bonus of tasty treats… Karen Clarke has very quickly become one of my favourite authors.’ Chells and Books, 5 stars

 

‘Karen Clarke is quickly becoming one of my must-read authors… Loved the story… The perfect cosy read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the café at Seashell Cove, where there’s hot chocolate to keep you warm – and the man of your dreams could be waiting…

 

Interior designer Tilly Campbell loves being carefree and single. But her latest job is redecorating the cosy local café for a Christmas party, and when her friends confess their plans for the big night – including a proposal, a declaration of love and a pregnancy announcement – Tilly starts to wonder if she might be missing out…

 

Transforming the café into a winter wonderland is more of a challenge than she thought, so when she bumps into gorgeous newcomer Seth, Tilly welcomes the distraction. Seth is a single father, struggling to settle his son Jack into their new cottage, and Tilly is determined to help them make their house into a home in time for Christmas.

 

But with the café still in chaos just days before the party it looks like it’s going to be a Christmas to remember for all the wrong reasons… With friends old and new relying on her, can Tilly save the Christmas party?

 

And could she finally find love waiting for her under the mistletoe?

 

A heart-warming, hilarious read about friendship, family and the meaning of Christmas. Perfect for fans of Sue Moorcroft, Holly Martin and Debbie Johnson!

 

What readers are saying about The Christmas Café at Seashell Cove:

 

‘The absolute perfect read… Would definitely recommend this one without a shadow of a doubt! Fantastic!!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘I absolutely adore this… The perfect Christmassy story… Absolutely perfect!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A heart-warming, hilarious read about friendship, family and the meaning of Christmas… Get swept away as I did with this book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Had me chuckling throughout.’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘Funny from the first page – in fact make that funny from the first paragraph! I so enjoyed this light-hearted and feel-good read… I found myself chuckling along… Engaging and very witty.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Oh how I love Seashell Cove! It’s probably one of my favourite series – ever… It’s funny throughout, it’s engaging, and just written beautifully!… I loved, loved, loved being back in Seashell Cove… Keeps you hooked to the story until the very last page.’ The Cosiest Corner, 5 stars

 

‘If this book doesn't get you into the spirit of Christmas then I don't know what else will!… I love this series… The setting is fabulous… Sit back and enjoy every aspect of this wonderful novel. The Christmas Café at Seashell Cove is one that will definitely warm your heart. It's a fabulous story… One to put a smile on your face and joy in your heart!’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘A lovely, cosy and heartwarming Christmas story… Makes you laugh out loud.’ B for Book Review, 5 stars

 

‘A perfect read for the holidays.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘I love Seashell Cove!… Heartwarming.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Fabulous… I loved reading every moment of this story… Gwen from the cafe was as amusing as ever… A joy to read, this is another lovely story from an author who is fast becoming a drop-everything-and-read-now author – in fact I pretty much did that with this book and didn't regret it. Such a pleasurable story to lose yourself in for a few hours.’ Rachel’s Random Reads, 5 stars

 

‘I instantly fell for Seth… Full of Christmas cheer, romantic moments, and gives you that feel-good feeling… Real laugh-out-loud moments… Excellent.’ Star Crossed Reviews

 

‘Heartwarming… Perfect for cosy days in during the festive season.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

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