Friday, 17 October 2014

Book Review - Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake by Sue Watson

Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake
Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake by Sue Watson
Published: 17th October 2014
Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 232
Available on Kindle
For Tamsin Angel, Christmas is always the biggest and best… chic parties and a little showbiz sparkle are a must. This year though, things aren’t going quite as planned…

With bailiffs suddenly at the door and her husband nowhere to be found, it looks like Christmas just got downsized. Moving into her sister’s one-bedroom flat, she wonders whether things will ever be the same again.

After losing her husband on Christmas Eve, Sam Angel has rebuilt her life around her son Jacob and her new business – The White Angel Bakery. She’s also found herself a very handsome, loving boyfriend, but is struggling to let go of the past.

Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake follows the story of the two Angel sisters Tamsin and Sam. Tamsin is living a glamourous life which involves spending her husband’s money and planning her next fabulous interior. She spends most of her time creating the most fabulous parties for her rich friends and neighbours.  Sam’s world is completely different she spends all her time making cakes for her White Angel bakery trying to scrape enough money together to meet her next rental payment. One night Tamsin’s perfect world comes crashing down on her when the bailiffs come knocking on the door and she finds out her husband has scarpered. Forced to move in with sister Sam the two sisters soon realise that deep down they are not as different as they first thought.

This is the first book by Sue Watson that I have read and I absolutely loved it, I was almost in stitches laughing at the comical exchanges between the two sisters. The chapters alternate between their viewpoints and for the first few chapters I found this a little repetitive as the same scenes were described by both sisters, but once I got my head around it I loved it, it was brilliant to see how they interpreted the same things in such different ways and this made for a very funny read.

Sue has created two really great characters in Tamsin and Sam and I loved the way they interacted with each other and did a little bit of subtle meddling to help their sister out. At first I thought I wouldn’t gel with Tamsin but she turned out to be such a sweetheart by the end I wanted to give her a great big Christmassy hug. Initially she comes across as someone who is just focused on having the best and being the best but as the story unfolds we learn that she is just looking to be accepted for who she is and to find somewhere to call home.  When disaster strikes and Sam needs her help she puts on her designer shoes, an old pair of jeans and dives right in to do what she can to help her little sister.  Sam’s still nursing a broken heart from the death of her husband and is unwilling to commit to boyfriend Richard, with some heart to heart’s with Tamsin she learns to leave her rose-tinted view of the past behind her and begin to focus on her future.  

I loved this book; it has some truly hilarious scenes and some wonderful characters each adding their own little bit of sparkle to a wonderful heart-warming tale. Its book which shows that the true meaning of Christmas is not who has the biggest turkey, the most decorated tree or the most glitter its about spending time with family, friends and those who love you for who you are not what you have.

Thank you to Sue Watson and Kim at Bookouture for sending me an arc copy to review, I truly enjoyed every page and recommend that everyone adds this little gem to their Christmas reading list.

Rating 5/5

Thrown together with a sprinkle of Christmas magic, Sam and Tamsin might just learn a little more about each other – and themselves. But when disaster strikes at the bakery, will they be able to save the day in time for Christmas?

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