Friday, 6 October 2017

Book Review - Annie's Christmas By The Sea by Liz Eeles - Blog Tour

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Title: Annie's Christmas by the Sea
Author: Liz Eeles
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 6th October 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

On the beautiful coast of Cornwall lies the idyllic Salt Bay, where Christmas is the perfect time for bringing family and friends together…

Annie Trebarwith is happily settled in Salt Bay with her beloved great-aunt Alice and gorgeous boyfriend Josh Pasco. Snow is in the air, and Christmas is just around the corner.

But when the father she’s never met, aging rock god Barry, turns up with the half-sister Annie didn’t know existed, life suddenly gets complicated. Barry and Storm are soon clashing with the entire village, and their antics are even driving a wedge between Annie and Josh.

Can Annie prevent her new family ruining the festivities and repair things with Josh in time for a cosy Christmas? Or will their relationship end up as frosty as the Salt Bay air?

What a fantastic sequel, and a highly enjoyable story in its own right. 

I thoroughly enjoyed my return to Salt Bay, and the book starts shortly after the previous one ended. Besides the choir and Annie still getting used to have family in Alice and Toby, and her boyfriend Josh, and  Salt Bay not being London, Annie has one more huge shock to deal with. 

Out of the blue her father and half sister show up, and decide to stay with Annie for a while. They are not exactly suited to life in Salt Bay and the early interactions are cringe worthy and hilarious. As the story progressed though you get to know them both a bit more and I ended up really liking them both. 

One of the secrets from the first book is expanded up on more this time, and in Annie doing her best to help everyone involved in it,  has to keep something rather large from he boyfriend which doesn't go down too well. 

IF you are planning on reading Annie's Holiday by the Sea, then I would suggest doing that before reading this one, partly so the events occur in chronological order and also as reading them the other way around would be to my mind confusing. This can be read as a standalone and all the key points from book 1 are mentioned enough so that you don't feel like you are missing out. 

Despite having Christmas in the title I feel this is a book that can be enjoyed all year around, as although its set in the winter months, Christmas doesn't play a massive part in the overall story. 

I am loving Liz Eeles writing style, she has a great way of describing her characters so that they feel so real. I could really picture the action. I loved also getting to know a bit more about other residents of Salt Bay, and really hope that there will be more Salt Bay books in the future. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for this copy which I've reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Author Bio:

Liz began her writing career as a journalist and press officer before deciding that she’d rather have the freedom of making things up as a novelist. 

Being short-listed in the Corvus ‘Love at First Write’ competition and the Novelicious search for a new women's fiction star gave Liz the push she needed to keep putting pen to paper …. and ‘Annie’s Holiday by the Sea’ (her first published novel) is the result. 

Liz lives on the South Coast with her family and, when she’s not writing, likes to spend time walking by the sea, and trying to meditate. Her ambition is to be serene one day …. she’s still got a long way to go.

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