Hello again, I’m very chuffed to be posting this review today. I’m lucky to have connected with Ellen via Chick Lit Goddesses on Facebook and s jumped at the chance to read Home for the Holidays. First here’s a little about Ellen and her wonderful book.
About the Book:
When Lexi and Ryan make the decision to venture home for the Christmas holidays, neither of them can wait to catch up with their families. What the pair don’t anticipate is the series of life changing events their families have been going through while they’ve been continuing with their American adventure, including a newly nudist father.
As they try to weather the storm, they discover that being back in the UK is creating more questions than answers for them as a couple and their American dream is beginning to fade. Fast.
*This novel can be read as a follow on from The Story of Us or as a standalone*
Ellen lives in the wonderful county of Yorkshire, England where she spends most of her time baking, eating, baking, and eating. Occasionally she does leave the house to go to the cinema or do some food shopping though.
After spending years with an overactive imagination, she decided to put all the magic in her head to some good use and put finger to laptop where The Story of Us was born and became her debut novel.
She loves to travel, her favourite destinations so far have all been in America, hence the love of all things, and all people, American. The food rocks pretty hard too, she ate until her jeans begged her to stop whilst she was there. True fact.
Aside from day dreaming and eating, Ellen is a sucker for a lolcat, penguins and monkeys – she has never claimed to be normal.
Having not had chance to read The Story of Us yet, I was so relieved that Home for the Holidays can absolutely be read as a standalone (but I’d recommend grabbing a copy of The Story of Us and reading that first anyway) In it, we meet Lexi and Ryan, a very loved up and engaged couple living in San Francisco but heading back to the UK for the festive period. Lexi is adorably likeable and Ryan is clearly a sexy and loveable man. Not only has Ellen written loveable characters in Lexi and Ryan, but in the supporting cast, from Lexi’s best friend Rosie and her husband Jason and right through to parents and siblings. This book has a little bit of everything, competitive shopping, grouchy pregnancy and some rather steamy love. I adored it and was sad when each night my ‘curfew’ came around and I had to put it down. A warm and lovely Christmassy read!
Ellen gets a big fat five stars from me for Home for the Holidays and I’m grabbing myself a copy of The Story of Us too!
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