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

A fabulous Christmas read from the author of Love, Lies & Lemon Cake…

Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake

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.

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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Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake is a wonderfully sweet Christmas story about the love of family, how to stay strong when the odds are against you, and learning to be the person you want to be. It’s a magical and uplifting story that I thoroughly enjoyed, and definitely put me in the Christmas spirit.

Sam and Tamsin Angel are about as different as sisters come. Sam is a down-to-earth bakery owner, still grieving her late husband, who works her arse off for her son and herself to get by.

Tamsin is used to the finer things in life. She’s been a kept woman for a long time, so champagne and glamour are everyday staples to her. Naturally, this makes the bailiffs showing upon her doorstep one hell of a shock. As she discovers her husband may have kept their financial status a bit of a secret, she finds herself at a bit of a lose edge, to say the least.

So when Tamsin has to move into Sam’s flat above the bakery, the atmosphere is a little tense. Sam has been a grafter all her life, and Tamsin wouldn’t know a hard days work if it slapped her in the face. To say she’s having a little difficulty grasping the concept of money -something she has never had to consider before- would be a slight understatement!

I absolutly loved Sue’s summer release Love, Lies and Lemon Cake, so I was super excited to hear she had a Christmas release coming out, and over the moon when Bookouture provided me with a review copy. (Thanks guys!) Right from the get go, this book does not disappoint!

Sue’s writing is simply hilarious, and with this being written from the view point of two different sister’s, we got two totally different personalities. Sue developed the sisters’ characters so well, the book effortlessly shifted between them and they very much had their own voice. Oh, and then there’s Mrs J – just wait, you’ll love her!

As well as the humour, the book is also incredibly moving, and includes many touching topics such as grief, the loss of a love one, bullying, domestic abuse and financial ruin. At the heart of the book is about being able to come through these things, about being there for the people you love and allowing them to be there for you.

I finished this book with the true warm, fuzzy feeling of Christmas, and think it’s a perfect book to curl up with this winter.

Thank you for another wonderful book, Sue.

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Release date: 17 October 2014
Publisher: Bookouture
Buy: Amazon UK
Buy: Amazon US
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