Sunday, 29 November 2015

Blog Tour: Wish Upon a Christmas Cake by Darcie Boleyn

"The most wonderful time of the year? Katie Warham has just one wish this year…to have the best Christmas ever! 

If only she could lock herself away in a cloud of flour and sugar at her cosy little tearoom, Crumbtious Cakes, instead of spending the festive season trapped with her judgemental mother, crazy Aunt Gina and loved-up celebrity brother Carl… But Katie never expected her ex-boyfriend, widower Sam – and his two adorable children – to turn up on her doorstep. She didn’t think that any man could tempt her under the mistletoe this year, but Sam might just prove the exception! 

And as the snow begins to fall and Katie puts the final touches to her famous Christmas cake, she begins to wonder, could her Christmas wish actually come true?"

Wish Upon a Christmas Cake is a perfect festive read. Filled with friendship, fun and food (oh, the food!) it is all you want when curling up on a winters evening with a good book. I was really taken by this story and enjoyed it a lot. This is Darcie's debut and is truly wonderful, she perfectly captures the essence of Christmas, family and love and creates an emotional, immersive read.  

The story is filled with emotional ups and downs as Katie is still coming to terms with the death of her Granny. She makes a wish to have the best Christmas ever and so, as you'd expect, there's plenty of spanners thrown into the works that challenge this wish.

Relationships form a huge part of Wish Upon a Christmas Cake and I loved watching them play out. There's Katie's controlling and (if I'm honest) fairly irritating, Mum Esther, who always makes her thoughts known. This is offset by her kind and caring Dad, who I loved. The main relationship I loved watching unfold was with her first love, Sam. She finds out he's recently widowed, and meets his two children who are truly adorable. It's obvious there's still a spark between the two of them and when they're reunited a wave of different emotions to come over Katie. I was really rooting for the two of them as Sam is a great character who's a perfect fit for Katie. 

The settings in Wish Upon a Christmas Cake are brilliant - the tearoom that Katie runs, Crumbitious, holds a special place in my heart - it sounds absolutely wonderful (and what a brilliant name for a tearoom!) I'm a sucker for a story with a tearoom and so this perfectly delivered. Then there's the manor house where they all spend Christmas... a gorgeous setting for the festive period, Darcie really brings it to life and transports you to this beautiful location, she has a brilliant way of describing situations and events that pull you into that world and engross you in this story. 

As the story centres around grief and loss it's expected that Wish Upon a Christmas Cake is an emotional rollercoaster, with loads of ups and downs. It really hit home for me and there were a couple of occasions where I found myself with a lump in my throat. 

Overall this is a fantastic story, perfect to read in the build-up to Christmas and had firmly put Darcie Boleyn on my radar, she is a talented author and I can't wait for more! 

Author Bio
Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

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