Holding by Graham Norton
I didn't really know what to expect when I first started reading this book, I love Graham as a TV presenter and I loved reading his autobiographies but if I was honest I was worried that this book would be a real let down - how wrong was I. From the very beginning I was drawn into the story and the characters within it. I loved that there were a few small twists in and around the story. In a quiet Irish village, a body that has laid buried for two decades is found, who it is and who put it there have remained a secret all this time but as the local policeman starts to uncover the truth, secrets from the past start to emerge. I can't give much more away without spoiling the story for you (and I really don't want to do that) but you won't be disappointed with how the story unfolds or with how it ends.
The Time To Say Goodbye by Miranda Barnes
This book is a really lovely story of a woman coming to terms with the death of her husband. There are no shocks or twists or anything of the sort in it. It is simply someone finding their way after the love of their life leaves them. Gwen is trying to get over losing her husband. She has a feeling of loss, desolation and isolation until going to stay with her friends in Northumberland. Here she learns that she can and will live again - she just needed a change of friends and scenery to help her get over her grief.
Christmas at the Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
This is the first book I've ever read by Jenny Colgan and boy did I enjoy it. Although this book is the third in a series you don't need to have read the others to enjoy this book. The story follows Polly, Huckle and their rescued Puffin Neil (I want a Neil of my own) who live in an old lighthouse in a very remote part of Cornwall. Huckle wants to settle down and marry the love of his life Polly (who makes the most amazing baked goods in town) but she has attachment issues and doesn't think the happy ever after exists for anyone so is reluctant to make any plans for their future. Polly is also keeping a huge secret for her best friend which doesn't go down well with Huckle when he finds out - this makes him question all his thoughts and feelings for Polly. I really enjoyed this book, it wasn't an over the top festive romance that makes you roll your eyes and declare war on happy ever afters but it has enough of the smushy stuff to hit you in the right places and to make you feel all festive and fuzzy inside. Definitely a feel good festive read.
*I was sent Kindle copies of the above titles in return for a review - all opinions and thoughts expressed as my own*