Monday, September 30, 2019

Four Christmases and a Secret by Zara Stoneley

Four Christmases and a Secret

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
Except for Daisy Christmas means another of Uncle T’s dreaded Christmas parties, complete with Christmas jumper and flashing antlers.  And Oliver Cartwright.  Gorgeous Oliver Cartwright. Who she hates.

Every year Daisy has to face insufferable Ollie and hear all about how BRILLIANT he is.  Whereas Daisy has no job, no man and no idea how to fix things.
This Christmas however Daisy is determined things will be different.  There will be no snogging Ollie under the mistletoe like when they were teenagers.  No, this year she’ll show Ollie that she’s a Responsible Adult too.

But as the champagne corks pop, and the tinsel sparkles, Uncle T has news of his own to share…and it could change Daisy's life forever…

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Another enjoyable escape read from Zara Stoneley that will make you laugh even as it pulls at your heart strings.

Daisy and Ollie grew up together, and their mothers are best friends/ worst competition type enemies. Every aspect of their lives has been compared and held up to judgement. Sort of like the boy/girl next door expectation, would they be best friends or would they marry?
Until the year each went off to university and their lives took very different paths.

A decade (plus) passes before Ollie and Daisy are in the same room together again, at a traditional holiday party hosted by Uncle T. I loved Uncle T. He is flamboyant and interesting, larger than life, has many ex-wives and a huge secret.
I also fell in love with Stanley. There was a moment when he (or his situation) broke my heart, and made me snuggle someone special close to me, but all in all, the experience had value. (Not giving anything away.)

Daisy has a flatmate, Frankie with her own wild and crazy and complicated love life.
I could see an exciting novella or two from her story or viewpoint.
Perhaps after another author gathering, additional ideas will be triggered.

Life after Uni did not turn out as Daisy planned, even with her list making. Christmas also seems to be an especially disastrous time of year for her. After discovering Ollie again, life took even more strange twists for Daisy. All is taken in stride, along with some snide bantering dialogue. Frankie stands by her side, when she is not off snogging or looking for someone to snog.

Will life ever straighten out for Dairy? Can she and Ollie find their way to being friends again or will it always be a competition? What happens to Stanley? Who discovers Uncle T's major secret?
So much to love in this feel good book!

Author Bio
Zara Stoneley is the USA Today bestselling author of 'The Wedding Date'.

She lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

Born in a small village in the UK, Zara wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when she grew up. After many (many) years, and many different jobs, her dream of writing a bestseller came true. She now writes about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hopes that her tales make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say 'ahhh'.

Zara’s bestselling novels include 'Bridesmaids', 'No One Cancels Christmas', 'The Wedding Date', 'The Holiday Swap', 'Summer with the Country Village Vet', 'Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage' and the popular Tippermere series - 'Stable Mates', 'Country Affairs' and 'Country Rivals'.
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