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Four Christmases and a Secret: A heartwarming Christmas romantic comedy from the USA Today bestseller

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  641 ratings  ·  134 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 idea
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Published September 27th 2019 by One More Chapter
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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
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,
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
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was a heartwarming festive book that made me laugh so much while reading. I adore Uncle T character and would love to get lost in his bookshop as Daisy did.
I like Daisy a lot and kind of feel sorry for her as I know how sometimes it's hard with dealing with family jokes. Sometimes this books gave me vibes of Bridget Jones's Diaries but also had a little sad moments.
The ending was kind of obvious but I guess it's just typical for Christmas books.
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,
Oh My Gosh - I loved this book! Set over the time frame of four Christmases, this is more a love story than a holiday one as see the lives of Daisy and Ollie grow and change over four years. This is a funny, laugh out loud read, full of quirky characters who you either love or hate or love to hate! This is one of those books that you just want to see made into a movie because you know that the ensemble cast would be amazing! Put it on your holiday reading list and you will not regret it!
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it
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This novel will certainly get you in the mood for Christmas! Reminding me very much of ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’, I found myself smiling along to the typical characters you have come to expect in this style of fiction. There is nothing too new in this story, it isn’t surprising, but it does leave you wanting to dig out your own Christmas jumper and find the tree decorations!

With thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins for provid
Elle's Book Blog
My Rating: 3 Stars
Genre Chick Lit | Comedy | Holiday Romance (partially)

Since the start of November, I’ve been on a Christmas book spree. I’ve been slowly putting together a list of books to read during the holidays and this one was included. Now, while I enjoyed Daisy and Ollie’s story, this was NOT THE CHRISTMAS BOOK I was expecting. The story only has a few chapters with Christmas in it and because of this, I was really disappointed. The title of your story should give readers an idea of
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
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 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
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
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
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
Daisy has attended Uncle Terence’s Christmas parties for as long as she can remember. But this year, after losing both her boyfriend and her job, she’s especially looking forward to the distraction. Terence’s parties are legendary shindigs, filled with fun and family—and even better for book-obsessed Daisy, they’re hosted in his bookshop. Unfortunately, this year Ollie, son of her mother’s best friend, is also attending. Growing up, they had a rivalry for years, but now everyone seems to prattle ...more
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Heartwarming festive tale with themes of following your dreams, family ties and secrets. I enjoyed following the main protagonists journey to becoming a more confident woman , shedding a toxic friendship and an unhealthy relationship on the way. Had a few tears and smiles too whilst reading, enjoyable December read.
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 story w
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
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
Fiction Addition Angela
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Zara Stoneley is an author who you can reliably sit down, open her books and get lost in. Easy to read, humorous and wrote almost like a Bridget Jones story.
This is a Christmas romp set over a period of four Christmases and obviously has the Christmas jumpers, mistletoe and turkey until it’s coming out of your ears theme.

Daisy has lost her job, her foster dog and her boyfriend and is always being compared to her childhood friend who is the perfect Son according to her Mum and her best friend wh
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
I read this for the Popsugar 2020 Challenge category "a book with a great first line". The great first line was 'I flung open the curtains and shouted look at my hedgehogs!' Actually this had nothing much to do with the book, but it was a great opener. The book was a sweet rom-com but with lots of family dynamics and includes animals, book shops, a hidden romance in the older generation, and a late bloomer finally finding her niche, along with a reunion with a long time friend turned lover. ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fun, light hearted, frothy romance. Captivating and enjoyable throughout. I really enjoyed the whole book from start to finish. It has tastes of Bridget Jones with an over bearing Mother and Christmas jumpers but it really is it’s own tale and not just for Christmas. Highly recommended.

Thank you Netgalley
Mandy Baggot
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic read from Zara Stoneley. It had wit, warmth and wonderful humour! Highly recommended!
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, 2019-releases

Daisy has just lost her boyfriend, her job and probably her dog. The only thing keeping her sane is the annual Christmas party at Uncle Terrence's bookstore. She loves these parties, they bring all her favourite people together, and they are in her favourite place, bookstore. However, every single Christmas party, she has to endure hearing of Oliver Cartwright - they grew up together and were best friends for ever, but now they are not as they went their separate ways after Ollie went to univers
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
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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

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