Today is Sunday, time to look back in the rearview mirror and talk about my week in and out of the blog. As usual I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted for years by Kimberly @caffeinatedreviewer .
In my private life
Well this was another week homeworking.
Belgium is still waiting for COVID cases to slow down a lot but we seem to reacha standstill.
The highlight of my week was going on a long walk with my mother this Wednesday.
We stayed apart while walking in the countryside but my mom was so happy to do something and see someone!
She used to go to the fitness club every day, go have coffee in a tearoom in town and see lots of friends. All that has changed for months and she has it hard right now.
Work has me staying behind my computer, in my kicthen for long hours each days and I know that I am so lacking in answering comments but honestly, at the end of the day, I need to go for a walk, leaving the house. When I come back, I am usually so tired with the lack of light that blogging si becoming very difficult.
I hope having two weeks of holiday at Christmas will help me to make it up to all of you!
On the blog this week
Every day I posted about my Best Reads of 2020!
This didn’t leave me with much time to read and review but I managed to finish two books! As I am way behind on all that I have to do, I’ll just post mini reviews here below:
Faking Under the Mistletoe by Ashley Shepherd is a perfect Christmas romcom.
Easy to read and easy to fall for. I gave it 4 stars.
Olivia really made me think of the heroine of Me Before You. She was bubbly, upbeat and decided to see the glass half full. Wearing ugly Christmas sweaters, going ice skating, smiling, smiling, always smiling.
That girl really LOVES Christmas. And this is the understatement of the year!
I confess that at the beginning I was quite undecided if I loved her or not as she comes at you full force with her will to make Christmas so great at the office. She looked like an overeager pomeranian (no offense to that race), chirpy but I had yet to decide if she was smart or just hairbrained.
Slowly but surely I warmed up to her as I realized that her sunny personality hid a girl who is alone in life and who had never had it easy. Progressively we guess more about her past and the light tone of the story takes a deeper turn.
Olivia was in fact admirable and courageous.
Manning two jobs to make ends meet, trying to please everyone , she may live in a dingy appartment, everything she had she had earned.
Surrounded by wealthy people and celebrities at her job, she was never envious and always kind.
The trope of the book is fake dating. I love that trope!
Olivia is determined to help her boss, Asher, get back his former girlfriend and will launch a fake dating campaign to make Francesca jealous.
Asher our male main character is really a grinch.
He is showing a severe and kind of jerky face but his actions say otherwise when he is either looking at his niece like she is hanging the moon or taking care of a trashed Olivia.
Honestly if I had a boss as demanding as Asher I would have exploded but Olivia took everything in stride and gave as good as she got because the banter was incredible!
I often wonder how authors come up with so many witty remarks and the comebacks had me smiling or laughing all along.
Reading this story makes it impossible not to be in the mood for Christmas but know two things:
1) There is an ugly part coming your way where we’ll definitely veer off romcom territory;
2)You will end up gaining at least 5 pounds just reading Olivia eating cookies, hot chocolate and every Christmas food imaginable, preferably sweet, all the time!
Perfect Christmas read.
Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand was another Christmas read.
4 stars and all warm feelings for that family saga.
Winter Street gives you all the warm feelings for Christmas.
This book plunges you in the life of a family amidst crisis.
We follow every character on that Christmas eve and day, beginning with the father Kelley whose second wife Mitsy just left after he found her cheating with Santa!
He is shocked and dead set on burning her clothes in their bathroom …while they are an inn and have guests.
Ava, music teacher and kelley’s daughter barges in the room and stops the fire, taking it upon herself to still organize the big event they have at the inn every Christmas.
She will rally the help of her brother, Kevin, bartender and secretly soon to be father.
Ava has so much to do while stressing over her relationship with her boyfriend, gone to visit his parents and see his former girlfriend…
To add more stress, their older brother, Patrick, trader extraordinaire won’t come celebrate Christmas with his wife and kids this year. No words of explanation. They don’t know that Patrick is in big trouble!
Ava is brave but disheartened and would so love going with her mom Margaret, Kelley’s ex wife, on a warm island to spend Christmas.
While falling into the middle of Kelley, Ava, patrick, Kevin and Margaret’s lives, this is not difficult at all to see who they are, what they went through in their lives from the moment Kelley divorced Margaret now the female facefamous anchor of CBS news.
Every one of these characters have made mistakes, are having doubts and their own little or big problems but that made them so human that I couldn’t help relate and love them.
Elin’s writing is fluid, engaging and had me read that book in one sitting.
Family drama, love, heartbreak and Christmas vibes are what you’ll find aplenty in this quick read.
Now it’s your turn: what happened into your life this week?
Thanks for reading!