Four Christmases and a Secret
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
Daisy has lost everythi ...more
What could be the reasons? Well, here is ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Daisy has mixed feelings about the party as Uncle Terren ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I really warmed to the main character Daisy straight away. A fun, caring and like a l ...more
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 ...more
Four Christmases presents three ...more
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.
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 ...more
There were still things that bugged me though was how Daisy's mom annoyed me at the beginning wh ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more