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Four Christmases and a Secret

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  74 reviews

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Except for Daisy Christmas means another of Uncle T’s dreaded Christmas parties, complete with Christmas jumper and flashing antlers.  And Oliver Cartwright.  Gorgeous Oliver Cartwright. Who she hates.

Every year Daisy has to face insufferable Ollie and hear all about how BRILLIANT he is.  Whereas Daisy has no job, no man and no

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Dash fan
5☆ An Endearing, Fun, Witty Romance with a Sprinkle of Heart Warming Festive Cheer.

I was overjoyed to see Zara had written a new Christmas Book and I couldn't wait to read it!

Four Christmases and a Secret is a delightfully Fun, Endearing, Witty, Heart Warming Romance.

Daisy always attends her Uncle Terence Christmas Parties. Which she loves as they are always lots of fun and in her favourite place, his bookstore!
But things are about to change when Oliver sneaks a passionate kiss on Daisy under t
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
It is never too early for Christmas! Zara Stoneley is quickly taking a place on my shelf of "must read" authors. That is why I jumped at the chance to read her latest book. This book was a delight to read and I must tell you even though it has the word Christmas in the title, this is a perfect feel good read for anytime of the year.

Daisy just found out she is losing her boyfriend, her dog (rest assured nothing happens to the dog) and her job. She just might lose her darn mind. What always cheers
DJ Sakata
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Favorite Quotes:

Oh God, he is so not perfect for me. How can I go out with somebody who doesn’t like chocolate?

I am part of a couple! I have a date, and a dog. Sadly, mother is finding it hard to come to terms with what ‘vegan’ means. She thinks Tim’s just in denial and longing for something meaty to get stuck into. Her plan seems to be to sneak bits onto his plate thinking that the rest of us won’t notice, and Tim will be thrilled.

Ollie once left a list in the kitchen that he swears said ‘milk,
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, blog-tour, arc
The perfect Christmas book to kick off the holiday reading season. Precisely the right amount of Christmas cheer to start getting you in the spirit. this really is a book you could read anytime of the year, so you don’t feel crazy that you’re reading it in September. Zara Stoneley has written another fabulous book full of fantastic characters and the perfect blend of romance and humor. I smiled, I swooned, and at one point I laughed so hard tears were coming down my face.

Daisy has lost everythi
Finitha Jose
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Utterly fabulous! There is no other word for this emotionally woven, splendid Christmas story. It is everything that we could hope for this Christmas and I can hardly wait for December now. Out of all the books I have read of her (and that is more than one in case you are wondering), this is probably her best. Ok, I am getting carried away. But really guys, this is not an exaggeration. Whether you like the festive season or not, you really MUST read this.

What could be the reasons? Well, here is
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charming, touching, and romantic!

Four Christmases and a Secret is a cute, heartwarming read that takes you into the life of Daisy Dunkerly as she meanders through all sorts of highs and lows, from losing her boyfriend, enduring an unsatisfying career, fostering dogs with sweet personalities, surviving the annual Christmas parties, ugly sweaters and all, and reconnecting with a successful, handsome friend from the past.

The writing is sentimental and light. The characters are charismatic, unique,
Rachel Gilbey
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I could so easily see this working on a big screen, its such a heartwarming story, and I didn't have more than half an inkling as to the big secret.

The story does indeed feature four Christmases , but yet I feel this could easily be read at any time of year, as not only do we feature Christmas, it also takes in the rest of the year too, and with the exception of the mega Christmas party each year, I didn't overly feel festive for the rest of the story.

I really enjoyed seeing how Daisy develops
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

When it comes to gearing up for the holidays, I don’t typically want to see anything Christmas-related until after Thanksgiving. However, I will always make an exception for two things: Hallmark Christmas movies and Christmas-themed books. Throw in that beautiful cover and I was all in for Four Christmases and a Secret.

This is one of those books where I don’t feel the synopsis does the story justice. It’s slightly mislea
Zoé-lee O'farrell

Yay, I am back with another book by Zara and I think I have to say this one is my favourite out of the ones I have read! Why, well it is just so much fun, there is a dog called Stanley and even though you have a will they, won’t they scenario it was not forced down your throat. Instead, the situations and the secrets drive this book, the romance well it gave me the warm and fuzzy feelings. Also, it had me crying quite a bit too when I was not smiling like a loon!!! For me, this book has everythi
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
With Christmas and secret together in the title, I couldn't resist the lure of the book. And the cover, it was so brilliant. My eyes were stuck to it. I had to force myself to turn the page and start reading.

This was Daisy's story over the 4 Christmases. A delightful character who was a bit of a ditz, to begin with, but slowly grew over the pages. Her parents were friends with Ollie's, her sometimes friend and most times competitor. Ah, the fun and innocence of childhood. They snogged too.. Unde
Okay, what is it with the books I’ve read of late? Do editors even exist anymore?

This book is at least 100 pages too long. I nearly threw it in the DNF pile several times because scenes and inner thoughts were being rehashed over and over. I’m afraid around the 75% I started to do the dreaded skim. Not a good sign. I’m not sure what this trend is with books. Do the publishers think the buying public want their money’s worth and therefore, every book must be over 350 pages long no matter what? I
Although Christmas parties do feature in this story, it isn't really a festive romance as such. Daisy is the main character in the story and it is great to see how she grows and matures through the story which spans more than a decade. Uncle Terrence is an absolutely brilliant character - he isn't really her Uncle but he has always had that role in her life. He runs a bookstore and hosts a party every Christmas for family and friends there.

Daisy has mixed feelings about the party as Uncle Terren
Jane Linfoot
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Four Christmases in one Zara Stoneley novel? Could it get any better?

Actually yes it could, because in Four Christmases and a Secret Zara Stoneley also serves up a cast who are quirky, characterful and fabulously well drawn. She also filled my head with pictures of fabulous festive settings and wonderfully described detail. Not only was there lashings of Christmas to enjoy, but thanks to a certain dog called Stanley, there was also cuteness by the snow-shovel-load. This lovely story is like a f
Caitlyn Lynch
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemp-romance
Zara Stoneley writes charmingly British romantic comedies that are very much in the vein of Bridget Jones, and Four Christmases and a Secret fits perfectly into that niche. We meet Daisy Dunkerly, our heroine, at a Christmas party when she’s still in her teens, about to sit her A-levels, with a bright future ahead.

Fast-forward 13 years to the same relative’s annual Christmas Eve bash and Daisy is somehow completely failing out of life, with a dead-end job, a tiny room in a friend’s flat, and a b
Misfits farm
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Daisy has just been dropped by her boyfriend. It’s almost Christmas and he’s shown his true colours by putting everyone before her. She is currently working at the local rag- or at least she is until she gets a text advising her that she has to reapply for her job as three papers are merging. The love of her life is Stanley the dog she is fostering and her Uncle who runs a bookshop.Uncle Terence holds a party every year and flashing jumpers are a pre- requisite. When she was younger she had a th ...more
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heroine-*my kinda people*⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Will I recommend it?-highly. To all romcom lovers!:)

Thank you netgalley and the publishers for this book. I wanted to read it since I saw the beautiful cover and also the blurb. It sounded just like something I would love reading and I was right! I couldn't put it down. I read it in 3 hours since I got it. And I loved this story. Its my first Zara Stoneley book and its not going to be my
Hannah Clarke (Love Books Actually)
I was chuffed to be asked to read and review Zara's new book, as you all know I am a huge fan of her stories and this one is another corker! A story that includes festive jumpers celebrating Christmas Eve at a party in a bookshop has my vote! But don't fear if you think festive books are out too early, this story takes us through all the seasons as well as covering four Christmases so no bah humbugging just yet!

I really warmed to the main character Daisy straight away. A fun, caring and like a l
Joanne Robertson
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have to admit that my favourite parts of the Bridget Jones films are those set at Christmas when the terrible Christmas jumpers come out and everyone is eating turkey curry! So I was excited to find out that Zara Stoneley was setting her next book around, not just one Christmas but FOUR different Christmases! Poor old Daisy has to attended Uncle Terence’s spectacular Christmas parties every year, with her appropriately festive attire, and listen to how fantastic life is going for her old schoo ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic holiday book, although it is much more than a Christmas romance, I did wish that I was cozied up in front of a fire with a warm drink as I read this book!

A very charming story about a wonderful woman who has really let life pass her by due to an event when she was a teenager that altered the course of her life. Now many years later, it seems that just as life was continuing to plod along, decisions need to be made and that also means making peace with the past, and the secret
Jena Henry
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Zara Stoneley has written some bestsellers. And now in time for the holidays, we have the joy of her latest book, Four Christmases and a Secret. According to her About the Author pages at the end of this book, Ms. Stoneley tells us that she writes about “friendships, dreams, love and happy ever after. She hopes her tales make us laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say ‘ahh!’” As booklovers, aren’t those exactly the treats we like to find in Christmas books?

Four Christmases presents three
Norah Gibbons
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Four Christmases And A Secret by Zara Stoneley is a funny and charming Christmas themed book reminiscent of Bridget Jones Diary and all your favourite British Rom Com films. Daisy Dunkerly is 31 and feeling that her life can be summed up with the phrase Must Try Harder. Ambitious and competitive as a child everything seemed to go wrong when she was 18, did poorly on her exams and her dreams of becoming a vet ...more
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I see it’s time to read a book by this author I always have an ‘aaaaaahhhh’ feeling, because her stories are always like a warm, comforting blanket. I guess you know what I mean and you experience the same thing with some writers.

Imagine a christmas tree with lots of parcels under it. You always hope the biggest one will be for you. And then it is time to distribute them and it IS your name that is on the box. You could not be more happy. This is how I react when I open one of her books.

Monica Mac
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book! I have been a fan of this author for a while, and this book is an outstanding example of her work, for sure.

Daisy goes to Uncle T's for the annual Christmas party, where she stands around with her parents and Ollie's parents, hearing about how brilliant Ollie is. Daisy has memories of their childhood when they teased each other and then later on competed with each other. She is sick to death of hearing about Ollie and his accomplishments, especially when it seems t
chai (likechaitea)
This is my first Christmas-related read for the year and I'm off to a good start. Four Christmases and a Secret made me feel warm inside because 1) it's set during the holiday season; 2) it has the friends-to-lovers trope aka my favorite in romance even though it was quite the slow-burn; 3) Uncle Terence and his bookstore; 4) Christmas party in a bookshop - I mean, how amazing is that; and 5) Stanley.

There were still things that bugged me though was how Daisy's mom annoyed me at the beginning wh
Vicki Bowles
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Daisy feels hopeless, especially compared to childhood friend, Ollie, who she hears about endlessly from her mother - he's a Doctor, no less, with a Beautiful Girlfriend (again). How can she ever live up to that?

Daisy's career is less than stellar - like many of us, she flounders from one thing to the next, unable to catch a break to do the thing she thinks she wants to do most.

I found Daisy a bit irritating to start with - the story is narrated by her, and her thoughts tends to interrupt conv
Vikkie Wakeham
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, what a fantastic book. This is one that I haven't been able to put down. I've read this gorgeous book in just one sitting- it is fabulous.
I have adored the characters in this book, I was rooting for them from the very start. They are likeable and realistic, plus you can pick up the chemistry between them from the very beginning. Daisy is down to earth and as a reader it is obvious that her kids with Ollie has stayed with her for years. Ollie is the nice guy that every girl dreams
Dilushani Jayalath
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review <\i>

For lovers of Sophie Kinsella this is the perfect book. The second book this month for me during Christmas which had without any surprise, put me in the festive mood three whole months prior to it. Cute and easy read although sometimes I did feel the writing slightly disjointed but this does not mean I did not enjoy it because I most certainly did. As expected of a Christmas novel it had the perfect ending for the cute s
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
This book is a beautiful romantic novel that will make you laugh and cry in equal measure. The story of this group of family and friends who meet every year at Uncle Ts book shop for a Christmas party was a lovely heartwarming tale about first love and broken heart and finding the belief in yourself to live your true life without changing for anyone else. The story is set around a love of books and of family and does not disappoint. If you love romantic stories this one will not let you down.
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books, arcs
Thank you to NetGalley and One More Chapter (and HarperCollins UK) for the advanced digital copy of this novel! All my thoughts are my own.

"Four Christmases and A Secret" is about Daisy Dunkerly, a woman in her early thirties. Every year, her Uncle Terrance hosts a Christmas Eve party in his bookshop, meaning Daisy has to wear antlers, Christmas sweaters (or jumpers), and hear about how perfect and successful her childhood friend (and sort-of crush, back then at least) Oliver Cartwright is. S
Megan (Glitter and Plato)
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
Daisy and Oliver are childhood friends who have lost contact into adulthood despite Uncle Terrence's annual Christmas party at his bookshop. Each year Daisy feels defeated by the epically responsible and glamorous life Ollie compared to her single, dreadful, sad state of affairs. Thirteen years after sharing a kiss under the mistletoe as teens, Ollie is back in town with his model girlfriend. This could not happen at a worse time, as Daisy is struggling to keep a hold of her boyfriend ...more
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Zara Stoneley is the USA Today bestselling author of The Wedding Date.

Born in a small village in the UK, she wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when she grew up. After many (many) years, and many different jobs, her dream of writing a bestseller came true.

She writes about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hopes that her tales make you laugh a lot, cry a li