Monday, 7 October 2019

The Christmas Calendar Girls by Samantha Tonge - Blog Tour Review

This Christmas fall in love with the town of Chesterwood ...
Christmas is meant to be a time of giving, so with Chesterwood food bank under risk of closure Fern knows just what to do to save it. She's going to get the town to create a living advent calendar.

Fern, and her best friends, call for help from the local community to bring this calendar to life. When Kit, the new man in town, offers his assistance Fern's heart can't help but skip a beat (or two).

As they grow ever closer, Fern must admit that Kit's breaking down the barriers she built after the death of her husband. But his past is holding him back and Fern doesn't know how to reach him. No matter how hard she tries.

In this town, Kit's not the only one with secrets. Domestic goddess Cara is behaving oddly, burning meals in the oven and clothes whilst ironing, and Davina's perfect children are causing trouble at school leaving her son, Jasper, desperately unhappy.

Can the Christmas Calendar Girls find a way to bring the community together in time to save the food bank, while still supporting their families and each other? Can Fern find love again with Kit?

This is a story about kindness and letting go of the past. It's about looking out for your neighbours and about making every day feel like Christmas.

My Review

It is that time of year again, when all the Christmas books are being released. What better way to kick off the festive reading than a Christmas book by one of my favourite authors! Samantha Tonge writes a great story, and I am yet to be disappointed by anything I have read. The Christmas Calendar Girls is no exception, I absolutely loved it. It's a story about friendship, love, moving on, helping others and of course Christmas!

Since Fern lost her husband, she hasn't thought about being with anyone else, until she meets Kit. Oh Kit! Where to start with Kit, in my head I have imagined him as a cross between Tom Hardy and Jason Momoa! He is just splendid! I was hoping all the way the book that something would happen between them.

When the women organise a living advent calendar in a bid to save a food bank, they all pitch in. Even though each of them has things going in their lives, they each do all they can to help along with the rest of the community. It's a lot of work, can they pull it off in time to save the much needed food bank?

The Christmas Calendar Girls is a heartwarming, uplifting and Christmassy brilliant read. If you are looking for a Christmas read I would highly recommend picking up this brilliant book by the super talented Samantha Tonge.

About The Author

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad,including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.
When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women's magazine's.
She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQ Digital at Harper Collins and in 2014, her bestselling debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category. In 2018 Forgive Me Not, heralded a new direction into darker women's fiction with publisher Canelo. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association romantic comedy award.

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