Friday, 19 December 2014

Christmas Review and Christmas Read of the Week!

This week's read of the week is I Heart Christmas from Lindsey Kelk's I Heart series! I was so lucky to get a review copy of this last year. Here is my review!

The bit on the back…

Angela’s planning her very own fairytale of New York…

• Enormous Christmas tree

• Eggnog

• Eccentric British traditions

• Gorgeous man

But Santa’s throwing her a few curveballs – new job (as if it’s not mental enough already), new baby-craze from her best friend Jenny, and Alex determined they should grow up and settle down. Once friends start turning up uninvited on her doorstep (and leading her astray), can Angela really have a merry little Christmas? So much for happy holidays – something’s got to give…

To be honest I’m not even sure how to start writing this review, so I will firstly say thanks to Harper Fiction and Net Galley for the ARC.

I want to make sure I do this justice, and get across exactly how much I completely enjoyed this story – so here goes.

As you will know the story is the next instalment in Lindsey’ I Heart series. Number 6 to be exact. The whole series is about MC Angela Clarke. In this story we meet up with Angela again in New York. Her very own magazine is doing brilliantly. So brilliantly that her editor has decided she is ready to take the reins on a trial period. If this isn’t enough stress for Angela, Alex is trying to get her to make grown up decisions and Jenny is making grown up decisions she’s not grown up enough to make. All of this makes for an epic challenge, but add in the hard task of trying to plan the perfect Christmas and it seems like it’s just a struggle for Angela to get out of the bed in the morning!

I absolutely adore Angela, in a recent guest post I even went as far as to say if I could be any character ever, it would be her. She is just amazing, quite simply. One of the things I love most about Angela is her sense of humour. Lindsey has written her with expert wit and honestly almost everything she says has me actually laughing out loud. So much so that I was told off by my boyfriend. I think the thing that really gets me about her sense of humour is that I think it’s quite similar to my sister’s and my own. So Angela’s point of view is often like something that I would say myself. I thought I would pick a quote from the story to get my point across, and picking just one was a hard task, but here it is.

“Megan’s eyebrows were so high up her forehead I was amazed we hadn’t had a call from air traffic control asking her to bring them back down”

The next best thing about this book, is Alex. Alex Reid. Alex super hot musician/book boyfriend Reid. I’ve always had a thing for him, right from the beginning. I think one of the biggest draws about Alex is that he really really loves Angela and it’s quite obvious, even though the narrative is only ever from Angela, through his actions in the story. He is really sweet to her and he is really super cute with Angela’s best friend’s baby. I think the fact that he has always tried to stick by Angela in her craziness also speaks of just how much he loves her. 

I heart Alex.

This story has something a little bit different to the others in the rest of the series. It has quite a good message behind the whole thing for modern women in our society! Every woman dreams of having it all, after all we are told we can have it. But how practical is it in real life to keep all your balls up in the air? Angela is testament to the modern day girl who has a high flying career but who also wants to have a family. This scenario really makes her even more relatable than before I think as it’s something that almost all of us will face.

Another epically funny story from Lindsey, with equal measure of love and tequila thrown in.

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