BLOG TOUR: Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights by Carole Matthews- WIN A SIGNED COPY!!

I am so excited to be on the blog tour today for Carole Matthews' latest book, Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Kisses. This fantastic festive read is Carole's 30th book which I think we can all agree, is a fabulous achievement. I think Carole is one of the hardest working authors I know; she writes two books a year and is prolific on social media- she always makes time to share her news and interact with her readers and fans. I think that Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights will prove very popular, here's the synopsis and my review: 

Fay and Danny are madly in love and it's all Fay's ever dreamt of. But she left everything- including the delightful cake shop she used to run- to be with Danny on his cosy canal boat The Dreamcatcher. And as she soon finds out, making delicious cakes on the water isn't always smooth sailing!
Then Fay gets a call from her friends, a call that sends her back to where it all began, back to where she first met Danny, back to her friends and the cake shop in the garden. It will be hard being away from Danny but their relationship is strong enough to survive... isn't it?
Fay soon falls happily back in love with her passion for baking- especially now she's back on dry land again!- and starts to wonder if she ever should have left. With Christmas around the corner, she is determined that her friends will have a very merry time, but does that mean even more time away from Danny?

Publisher: Sphere
Pages: 389

This is Carole Matthews' 30th book, how fantastic is that! I honestly don't know how she does it but I'm so glad that she does!
Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights is the sequel to Carole's extremely successful book, The Cake Shop in the Garden. It is one of my favourite of Carole's books so I was very excited to read this one and catch up with all the old characters again. I think you could read this as a stand-alone but I would highly recommend reading the first book too as you wouldn't want to miss out.
Fay and Danny are making a life for themselves, things are hard going but they are loving canal life on Danny's boat. Fay gets a phone call from Lija who is worried as their friend Stan is unwell and she could do with a hand looking after him as she also has the cafe to run. Fay is reluctant to leave Danny but Stan is like a second father to her so she knows she has to go back. She slots back into life at the cafe and is so proud to see how well Lija is doing but she clearly needs help. Fay is torn- she misses Danny terribly but then she also feels at home back with her friends. What if she should not have left? Where does that leave her and Danny in the future?
Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights is a real delight. It was so good to be back with the characters I love from the first book. Lija is my particular favourite and her rea

ctions and one-liners had me laughing out loud. Add into this, Lija's new assistant, Rainbow, who is a fantastic creation. Bubbly, bright and happy about EVERYTHING, Rainbow brings a real  breath of fresh air to the story- you will love her!
As with all of Carole's Christmas books, it is not too in your face. Yes, there's Christmas trees and the odd mince pie but it is not too twee or cheesy as some Christmas books can be!
I very much enjoyed Carole's descriptions of the food at the cafe; she gives daily descriptions of the cakes that Lija and Fay bake  and it will make your mouth water.
The romance is still very much alive for Fay and Danny, they are a lovely couple and you feel that they found each other at the right time. It always seems to be outside pressures that cause them trouble  and you are just left hoping that their relationship is strong enough.
Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights is such a lovely read and the cover is stunning. I would highly recommend it plus it would be the perfect Christmas gift for many a book lover!

So if this has whet your appetite- you can win a signed copy of Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post before midnight on October 25th and I shall draw a name out of a hat! The competition is open to UK residents only- Good Luck!


claire allen said...

cant wait to read this really enjoyed the first one

Trish Hills said...

I can't wait to read this! And happy birthday, lovely! Xxx

Trish Hills said...

I can't wait to read this! And happy birthday, lovely! Xxx

Unknown said...

Would love to win a copy of this book x

Aileen Clifford said...

Would love to win this x

Jean Bull said...

It sounds a wonderful Christmas book, Dot. I love all your photos too!

Anonymous said...

I had no idea this was a follow up book. I loved The Cake Shop in the Garden and have only recently got into Carol Matthews books. I have already started the Christmas reading thanks to netgalley!

Anonymous said...

You're always guaranteed a Christmas treat with Carole Matthews; such lovely, warm stories x (Emma Miller)

Laura said...

Thanks for the chance. Love Carole's books. Lx

Julie said...

I absolutely love Carole's books, especially the Christmassy ones, so would be super excited to read this if I was lucky enough to win :-)

Dot said...

Thanks for entering everyone! I pulled a name out of my daughter's monster hat and the winner is....


Congratulations! Please get in touch with your full name and address and I can pass it on to the publisher!

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