Today is my stop on Darcie Boleyn’s blog tour for her debut book ‘Wish Upon A Christmas Cake’. I’m so excited to be part of the tour, because I absolutely loved this book, as you will see from my review further down the page, and don’t forget to enter the generous giveaway from Darcie at the bottom of this post. If you’re a fan of Christmas stories, this is definitely a book you will love. Big thanks to Darcie and Jenny from Jenny in Neverland for the chance to be part of the blog tour.
About Darcie Boleyn
Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.
The most wonderful time of the year?
Katie Warham has just one wish this year…to have the best Christmas ever!
If only she could lock herself away in a cloud of flour and sugar at her cosy little tearoom, Crumbtious Cakes, instead of spending the festive season trapped with her judgemental mother, crazy Aunt Gina and loved-up celebrity brother Carl…
But Katie never expected her ex-boyfriend, widower Sam – and his two adorable children – to turn up on her doorstep. She didn’t think that any man could tempt her under the mistletoe this year, but Sam might just prove the exception! And as the snow begins to fall and Katie puts the final touches to her famous Christmas cake, she begins to wonder, could her Christmas wish actually come true?
This holiday season, snuggle up by a roaring fire with a mulled wine and enjoy Darcie Boleyn’s festive winter warmer!
EXCERPTS FROM WISH UPON A CHRISTMAS CAKE BY DARCIE BOLEYN
Ann appeared in the doorway with two large mugs and I grinned, anticipating what delights she had created. When she handed me my mug, I wasn’t disappointed. The surface of the drink was frothy with whipped cream and when I sniffed it, the warming aromas of ginger and cinnamon made my mouth water. I couldn’t resist sticking my finger into the cream and scooping out one of our homemade gingerbread marshmallows. I placed it on my tongue and allowed it to slowly melt there, the sugary surface soon giving way to a soft and gooey centre.
‘Good?’ Ann asked as she sat next to me and grinned at me from beneath a whipped cream moustache.
‘Heavenly.’ I raised my mug to my lips and blew on the liquid, eager to cool it down and drink it. We sat like that, in the companionable silence of good friends, as we consumed our calorific hot chocolates and I could feel the strains of the day slipping away from me until I was almost comatose.
Ann turned in her seat to look at me. ‘So do you want to talk about it?’ Trust her to wait until I was too relaxed to put up a fight. I shrugged.
How many times could we discuss the same old things
Ann reached out and wiped a rogue tear from my cheek. I took a few deep breaths, determined not to crumble.
‘What would your granny want you to do, Katie?’
‘To spend Christmas with my family.’
‘Because her family was everything to her.’
‘Well there you go.’
I met Ann’s eyes and tried to smile. She gave me a sympathetic one in return and patted my hand, then something seemed to occur to her. Ann stood up and headed to the kitchen.
‘Where are you going?’
‘Be right back,’ she called over her shoulder. ‘I have an idea…’
I lay my head back against the sofa and thought about Granny. She had been such a character. A tiny, intelligent and witty lady, she’d been an eternal optimist, capable of seeing the silver lining in every cloud. On top of that, she’d been a layer of protection, soaking up some of the damage my mother could do by unfalteringly defending me and making me giggle whenever Esther became a bit overbearing. But now Granny was gone.
I had tried so hard over the years to let my mother’s negative comments wash over me but sometimes, even though I was thirty-two, she still managed to hurt me. But then a mother is meant to be a woman’s ultimate role model, her port in the storm, her protector. With Esther, it had never really seemed that way because she was always so bloody critical. Granny had been all the good things for me; basically another mother. It was like being in an American TV show growing up, with the good cop and the bad cop.
‘Here we go,’ Ann sang as she sashayed back into the shop. She placed a plate with a piece of our famous Christmas cake on it and a fork in front of me.
‘What’s this for?’ I asked. I was already riding the sugar high from her delicious hot chocolate.
“Wish upon a Christmas cake!’ Ann exclaimed.
‘Huh?’ I raised a quizzical eyebrow at her.
‘Well I won’t have a wishbone till Christmas Day and it’s too cloudy for shooting stars tonight so I say we wish upon a Christmas cake that this be the best Warham family Christmas ever.’ She smiled encouragingly, but I still eyed her dubiously. ‘Oh come on, what have you got to lose? It could work; Esther might be nice for Christmas and you could get a tall, dark and handsome hunk in your stocking!’ She winked at me.
My Review for Wish Upon a Christmas Cake
Wish upon a Christmas Cake is the delightful debut novel from Darcie Boleyn. Sentimental and incredibly sweet this book makes a perfect Christmas read. Dealing with the issue of loved ones lost,it made me think of my own grandparents, and the Christmas traditions we carry on because of them. At times I found myself holding back the tears as Wish Upon a Christmas Cake stirred up happy memories of Christmas past. For an author able to do this shows a wonderful understanding of family love and values. Ok it maybe sickly sweet and sentimental, but isn’t that what Christmas books are all about?
I loved the characters, and the dialogue between Katie and Sam, they fit together perfectly and you just want them to find their perfect ending. Don’t get me wrong not everything in Katie’s life is perfect, she has a difficult relationship with her mother which is apparent throughout wish upon a Christmas Cake, also Katie’s grief at loosing her grandmother all help to make the story more credible, and not just a fluffy fairytale, and I think that’s why I loved it so much.
This is the sort of book you want to read on a cold winters night, put in your fluffy pyjamas, grab a hot chocolate and for a couple of hours and immerse yourself in the delights of Wish upon a Christmas Cake. Many thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
5☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️out of 5 from me
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