Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Sleigh Bells in the Snow - Reading My Books

After a peruse through my bookshelves I found that I had 17 - yes 17! - Christmas books waiting to be read.  So I decided that something had to be done about this situation.  I have gathered them all together into a basket and hope to read as many of them - all of them? - as I can before the end of the year.

Some are light and breezy, some I think will be more heavy going - there is a volume of Dickens Christmas stories in the basket - but hopefully they will be interesting and seasonal and will provide some festive cheer.  Also if I can read all of them that will bring my total of books read this year to at least 44 which is far more books than I have read for many years, so that would be another good thing!

My first read from the basket was Sleigh Bells in the snow by Sarah Morgan.  I didn't realise until I started reading that it is a romance book with, ahem, fully described intimate moments.  Something I can either take or leave as long as they are relevant to the story and not too explicit and as they passed those two tests in this story I carried on.  I just want you to be aware though in case it isn't your sort of thing.  I will not mention more of that though in my review.

The book tells the story of Kayla Green who works in PR and Jackson O'Neill and the rest of the O'Neill family.  Kayla is happily living and working in New York having moved there not too long ago from England.  Christmas is coming though and Kayla really doesn't want to celebrate it.  Jackson is struggling to run the family business Snow Crystal which is a ski resort.  He has run his own business very successfully, but the family are struggling with theirs and don't really seem to want Jacksons help, or Kayla's.

However, Kayla goes to the resort to see what can be done and of course as time passes the family problems become clearer and the dynamics between them are resolved and Kayla works out what needs to be done.  Spoiler alert - which is obviously the outcome from the start! - boy and girl meet and fall in love in the end! 

The book has lovely descriptions of a family preparing for Christmas, baking and decorating Christmas trees, cooking and family times together and is a lovely way to start thinking about Christmas.  The story is very light and easy to read, but none the worse for it.

My recommendation?  Give it a go, if you don't mind the intimate moments and I think you will enjoy it.  I give it an 8 out of 10 overall.  My copy is off to the charity shop and I hope that someone else will enjoy it.

That brings me to 28 books read so far this year, so just 16 more to go to get to my new target.  I am on to the next one already!


p.s. book reviews can be found here.


  1. I've read this book a few years ago. If you checkout www.fantasticfiction.co.uk you'll find the other books in this same series. The other two brothers are featured in those.
    I do the same as you about this time of year, wade through some Christmas titles. In the summer I love to read some of a Debbie Macomber series. Cx

  2. I do wonder about Christmas books. If they are written just to tempt us into buying and parting with more cash around that festive time of year, but this one has your thumbs up so I shall keep an eye out.
    Lisa x

  3. Sounds like a light, fun read. Not sure I'm in the mood for Christmas books yet even though I know it's creeping in! Good job on getting through your books. I still have way too many!

  4. Like you I have a stash of Christmas books all ready for my break away and a relaxing Christmas.

  5. that sounds like my sort of thing. I'm the lookout for festive themed books, right now I've got a glut of summery themed books but I'm in the mood for snow!
    I finished Heidi Swain's 'Coming home to Cuckoo cottage' and loved it. She has two festive books released so I must get them (she also has a blog by the way).
    I'm almost half way through 'The little teashop of lost & found' by Trisha Ashley a End loving it. Especially as I've just found a few recipes at the back (was looking to see how many pages there are, not trying to spoil the ending!).

  6. You're smart to start reading your Christmas books now. I always wait until December & then I'm always too busy to actually sit down & read more than the first chapter!

  7. A good one to read on a long winter night...

  8. Forewarned is forearmed. :) Especially before and during Christmas, I'd love to read descriptions of a family preparing for it, baking, cooking, and decorating Christmas trees, but in such a book I really wouldn't care for any details of intimate moments.
    Thank you for the review, dear Amy. I haven't had much time for blogging recently, but I'll try to follow your Christmas book reviews. xx


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