Christmas in March: A Surprise Christmas Wedding by Phillipa Ashley #booklovers #BookBloggers #Christmas

A Surprise Christmas Wedding by Phillipa Ashley book cover

GIFTED / I know, I know. It’s March and I am reviewing a Christmas book. Well, it is a book that I have recently read, and since I am two years behind with my reviews, there will be Christmas stories reviewed on Book Dust Magic during whole year. I don’t mind it really (because Christmas stories are my favourite), and I hope neither are you.

I received this book via Netgalley, and I want to say thank you to the publisher, Avon Books UK.
A Surprise Christmas Wedding was published on November 26th 2020 and it has 400 pages.


About the book:

FROM GOODREADS / It’s been a year since Lottie’s fiancé walked out, leaving her heartbroken. But things start to look up when she lands her dream job at a beautiful Lake District estate, with a handsome groundskeeper for a neighbour.
So when Lottie is asked to organise a last minute Christmas wedding at Firholme, she can’t wait to get started. Until she meets the couple, and discovers that Connor, the man who broke her heart, is the groom-to-be.
As snow falls on the hills, can Lottie put aside her past to organise the perfect winter wedding? And will there be any festive magic left to bring Lottie the perfect Christmas she deserves?



Guys… This book was such a ride! The author didn’t shy away when it comes to put our main character, Lottie, in a difficult situation.

Just imagine working in a wedding residency, having to organize the wedding of an ex who’s cuts still hurt? Yeah, that is the fire Phillipa Ashley had put our Lottie in.

Apart from having to suffer along with her, I also had a lovely time reading about the place and of course, all the other characters, and witnessing love development between her and her (new) love interest, in this heartwarming story.

However, this is not just a light read, because it makes you think. It challenges you to consider how would you act, what would you say, what could you forgive, and what would you choose to forget, if you were in the character’s shoes.

The writing style was good and easy to follow, and it is obvious how the character has numeorus number of books written previously.

All the Christmas elements present in the story make it appropriate festive read (but if you’re like me, you can enyoj it any time of the year).

Overall, a really good book that I would deffinitely recommend.

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Book Review: A Merry Mistletoe Wedding by Judy Astley

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Title: A Merry Mistletoe Wedding
Author: Judy Astley
Publisher: Random House, UK
Date: October 22nd, 2015
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: from Publisher for a review


Synopsis (from Goodreads): It is almost a year since Sean and Thea met and it’s been a roller-coaster ride: they’re getting married on Christmas Eve!

Neither Thea or Sean want a big fuss – a simple wedding, with Christmas carols and just a few sprigs of mistletoe for decoration is all they need. But before they know it, things begin to get complicated. Trying to manage a long-distance relationship in the build-up to their Christmas wedding is one thing, but as one challenge after another comes their way, the happy couple begin to wonder if they’ll ever make it down the aisle…

With unforgettable characters, charming romance and lots of laughter,A Merry Mistletoe Wedding is a gorgeous Christmas read – perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Milly Johnson.



A Merry Mistletoe Wedding is a continuation to a novel It Must Have Been a Mistletoe.
Although it can easily be read as a standalone, I do suggest, if you plan to read it’s prequel, to do it before you grab this one.
The reason: you will be spoiled for the most things that happened in the previous book.
But, if you’re just in a mood to read something quick and entertaining, or you don’t mind spoilers, then go ahed and read it.

The story is written in the third person and it follows three women: Thea, who’s getting married, her sister Emily, who gave birth recently and is dealing with postnatal depression, and Anna, who is selling her old house with the aim to buy a new one.

From all of three stories, I have to say that the one that kept me interested the most was Emily’s.
Since I didn’t read the first book, I didn’t know what actually happened to her in Cornwall and, because of that, I had a difficult time to understand her behaviour.
As the story progressed, I recognized her depression and anxiety.
At first I was looking at her as the one who’s acting rude, but later, I saw how people around her misunderstood her.

Thea (I love that name!) had some interesting things going on in her life. After all, she was getting married. I couldn’t help but wonder how come her preparation for it wasn’t as stressful as it is in real life (at least that’s the impression I got from those few weddings I was a part of in a preparation process), but the ex-boyfriend drama and unfamiliar girl in her fiance’s flat were enough on her plate.
I have a feeling her story is much more interesting in the first book.

Anna ‘s story was the least interesting to me but was still enjoyable.

If you’re looking for a warm Christmas read I have to warn you: this is not that kind of a book.
The most christmassy thing about this book is it’s title and the cover.

The plot follows the time period from summer to Christmas, when the wedding is happening.
There are a few scenes with Santa and, of course, mistletoe.

I really, really liked scenes in Cornwall. I am not even sure what was so good about them, but I am sure they made me want to visit that place.

What I didn’t like about this book is how Emily solve her problem just like that. I don’t think it works that way in reality.
I wish that aspect of the story was developed more realisticly.

Would I recommend this book?
Will I read It Must Have Been a Mistletoe even though I know most things that happened in it?
You know what? I think I will. I definitely will!


Buy this book: Amazon US* Amazon UK * Book Depository