I work from my base in Southend on Sea, and really enjoy what I do. My head is full of ideas, - some good and some that just don't work, but I love trying new things and seeing how thoughts can turn out. I make all the items myself from ,my work room or at my mums house.
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Two beautifully embroidered pin cushions. I am very pleased with both of them. I will be using one for myself and saving one as a gift for my daughter. Many thanks. My interest in textiles began in childhood and has continued into my adult life.
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I live for a great room service menu and Omni has never disappointed! My favorite local getaway is a night up at Semiahmoo. Skip the fresh flowers this year and bring her a bouquet of buttercream flowers. I guarantee cookies from Jenny Cookies Bake Shop will be a hit! Most of the below items are somewhat frivolous, which is exactly what mom deserves. Barefoot Dreams Blanket.
No ratty, not-cozy-anymore blankets around this house! I have used it every day since I got it. I have even traveled with it!! Cute Pajamas. The best part about these pjs is the pocket that is embroidered Do Not Disturb. Can I get an amen?! As a self-proclaimed introvert and home body, I literally scooped these pjs up in a hot hurry, not even caring that they were a size too big.
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The mystery surrounding Thomas love interest all those years ago, which Jane finds intriguing, is all too easily resolved for my liking and the happy ending is all too obvious. This is pure escapism, so as a reader you know what to expect and if you have a few hours to while away then there are worse things you could read. Unfortunately this was just a bit too cheesy but I may have had more positive things to say had I read it nearer Christmas!!
A huge thanks to author and publisher and Netgalley for allowing me to read ahead of publication. Aug 12, Isabelle Broom rated it it was amazing. I really enjoyed this — especially all the wonderful descriptions of Norway. Aug 15, Val Robson rated it liked it Shelves: netgalley. A Gift In December is good mix of history and Christmas romance. The main character is journalist Jane Brook who is sent on an assignment to Norway.
I found the history side of why this happens and the ceremony proceeding the cutting very interesting. There are many of these — journalists Sandra and Nick, three female bloggers and TV celebrity Philip Donnelly who is known for his womanising. Also on the trip is an elderly gentleman, Thomas, who was a soldier who helped the King of Norway to escape the Nazis in Thomas befriends Jane and reveals a brief meeting he had with a girl in the night before he left with the King.
Marit wrote to him for years afterwards and Thomas is anxious to trace her. Jane agrees to help and the story picks up momentum. However, the Thomas story was quite low key as the plot focussed on Jane's romances. I did enjoy learning more about Norway's part in the Second World War though and how the UK helped them, hence the annual gift to this day of the Christmas tree which is displayed in Trafalgar Square, London.
Aug 10, L. Elliott rated it it was amazing. Light reads like this always fill me with an odd sort of warmth and not just because of the fact they are perfect cosy reading.
https://redercentdowre.gq The rawness and truth of how strange reality can be to pull us into moments we never saw coming but those that can truly transform our lives. Of how things come into our lives at the moments we least expect and give us a whole new outlook on life. As soon as I read the opening letter, I was already hooked and since knowing the plot, a little emotional just from that alon Light reads like this always fill me with an odd sort of warmth and not just because of the fact they are perfect cosy reading.
As soon as I read the opening letter, I was already hooked and since knowing the plot, a little emotional just from that alone. Anything wartime always does that to me given we all know how much these letters were worth to those lives back then. It really moved my heart from the first page from that short letter alone and it got better page by page as we weaved through these stories and letters merging as one tale. Janes life starts with a bit of a sad knocking after her ex sends her a single email, calling off the relationship and she soon is welcoming this trip to Norway to get a break from some of the heartache.
Each page flowed along so perfectly and never felt like too much of an info dump. The characters were all perfectly rounded too, bringing many great different perspectives on this unique tale as we went along further into the story. All the relationships and moments that entailed really filled up your heart with a lovely warmth and I totally understand why this is the perfect Winter read. It has the perfect balance of sadness and good tidings. Nothing so heavy it could be hard to read or too light. The real perfect blend.
A beautiful, light heart-warming read. Ready to tug at every emotion with raw honesty and an all-round perfect Winter tale. Aug 07, Claire Mc Partlin rated it it was amazing Shelves: netgalley-reviews , christmas-read. I really enjoyed this story, quite light-hearted to start with, but with added depth just over a third in with the additional story developing of the wartime drama of the King of Norway's escape to London during the war, and the people who helped him. Jane is a journalist who recently broke a big story and so is on a high career-wise at the moment, but it's heading towards Christmas and she has also recently split with her partner and so is very down.
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She is persuaded to go to Norway on an all-ex I really enjoyed this story, quite light-hearted to start with, but with added depth just over a third in with the additional story developing of the wartime drama of the King of Norway's escape to London during the war, and the people who helped him. She is persuaded to go to Norway on an all-expenses paid trip to do a lighter piece on how the Norwegian people donate a Christmas tree to London every year for their help in the war. There are a variety of people on the 'jolly', younger bloggers and a bit of a Z-list slimy!
One of the people on the trip is a quieter elderly gentleman, Thomas, who turns out to have been involved with helping the King escape during the war. He is looking for the girl Marit who helped them, and whom he corresponded with for a while but then lost touch.
This is the interesting history bit of the book, which I really enjoyed, a bit of intrigue going on too and a few secrets. The book definitely got better and better as it went on and I couldn't put it down towards the end, just wanting to know what happened. The story of Thomas and Marit was really interesting. In the end everything was solved and Jane got her story albeit with a few mishaps along the way and the guy - but which one?!
Really lovely story, although slightly sad towards the end, but with a real Christmas feel in all the snow and cold. Just lovely. Aug 10, Claire Watson rated it really liked it. A Gift in December is one of those books you start reading and end up with a warm cosy feeling as you become immersed in the story.
Heartbroken journalist Jane is sent to Norway to cover the Queen of the Forest, the tree that is donated to the people of London each year. A week of luxury hotels, festive celebrations and snowy forests could be just what she needs to get over her broken heart. Plus she gets to write a great story for her paper and spend some time in the company of the gorgeous Phil A Gift in December is one of those books you start reading and end up with a warm cosy feeling as you become immersed in the story.
Plus she gets to write a great story for her paper and spend some time in the company of the gorgeous Phillip Donnelly. However during the trip, Jane discovers hidden war-time letters between a young soldier and a mysterious girl and a final plea that was never answered. Can Jane find the perfect ending for the soldier and maybe a happy ending of her own? Beautifully written, this book will entertain to the very last page. Thank you to NetGalley, Hodder and Stoughton and the author for the chance to review. Aug 17, Sara Oxton rated it really liked it. A Gift in December by Jenny Gladwell a four-star read that will magic you away.
Throw in some drama in the telling of the tale and you will get taken away from the very first page when you start the letter they story unfolds and take you in to its pages.
The only thing that disappointed me was Jane her character just bothered me at times as she w A Gift in December by Jenny Gladwell a four-star read that will magic you away. The only thing that disappointed me was Jane her character just bothered me at times as she was well written for the most part but floated and became someone irritating at other parts. Aug 14, Brittany Smith rated it really liked it. A Gift in December has us following Jane, a journalist at the the top of her professional game. Unfortunately she is at the bottom of her personal game as her boyfriend has dumped her via email because of her hard earned achievements.
Jane would like nothing more than to stay in her flat and eat ice cream until she feels better,but her boss has other plans for her. She decides to send Jane to Norway with a spot on a press tour for the cutting ceremony of the Trafalgar Christmas tree. Jane is joi A Gift in December has us following Jane, a journalist at the the top of her professional game. Jane is joined by quite an eclectic mix of people and one in particular catches her journalistic eye.
Thomas was just a boy of 19 when he was tasked with saving the king of Norway. On a top secret mission he meets a woman that he never seems to be able to forget. But nothing goes as planned for Jane. This story was a very cute read that will fill you with warm fuzzies throughout. It will be an amazing Christmas read as it transports you to a truly magical place. The descriptions were amazing and I really felt like I could see Norway. The characters were a mixed bag and they all had their sweet and redeeming qualities. After reading this book I now want to go to the country and gobble up even more of their history and culture!
A very pleasant surprise. Aug 24, Daisy Dooley rated it really liked it. Sometimes a book takes you by surprise like an unexpected gift. A Gift in December is one of those books. Charming, beautifully written and like the best hot chocolate on a cold day. The descriptions of Norway including husky sled rides, the glass boxes on stilts in the forest, the twinkling lights in the dusky darkness all made me want to book a flight to spend Christmas there.
The story begins in in Nybergslund, Norway as a young soldier prepares to begin to get King Haakon out of Norway t Sometimes a book takes you by surprise like an unexpected gift. The story begins in in Nybergslund, Norway as a young soldier prepares to begin to get King Haakon out of Norway through the forests and into the mountains.
King Haakon, refusing to capitulate to the Nazi's demands has no choice but to escape before the relentless bombing of his country begins. We then fast forward to , and meet Jane Brook, heartbroken, lost and dreading spending Christmas alone. She's a journalist and is being sent to Norway to cover the annual gifting of the Christmas tree - 'Queen of the Forest', gifted by Oslo to London in 'gratitude for its assistance during WWII. Amongst others accompanying Jane on the trip is Ben, a freelance photographer, Phillip Donnelly, a reality TV 'celeb' and journalis,t and Thomas Erikson, who is the guest of honour at the tree cutting ceremony.
Thomas gives a beautiful speech at the ceremony, "One cannot be sentimental about the past. In fact, one must not be so And yet I think that traditions give us something valuable. They remind us of who we are, deep down". Jane talks to Thomas and learns he was the young soldier who helped the King escape Nazi occupation. He asks Jane to help him with finding a young lady - Marit - who was the guide tasked with giving him the best route out of the forest. They spend one night together in , and she wrote letters to him in London before they lost touch.
He returned to Nybergsund after the war ended to try to find her but nobody had heard of her. He hides her letters in the chimney breast of the cottage they stayed at in case she should ever return. Jane takes on the challenge and with Phillip she goes to the cottage and finds the letters. Ben who is from Norway translates the letters and Jane wonders why Thomas never wrote back.
Thomas asks her to try to find Marit and eventually she tracks down her family. She was in fact called Margaret Elton, and she became a photojournalist travelling the world. After a near fatal accident on a skiing trip, Jane returns to London and re-evaluates her life. She decides she's had enough of living a safe life and takes a job working for the Washington Post. At the tree lighting ceremony in Trafalgar Square, she is reunited with Ben and learns that Thomas has died, but has left her a letter asking her to write Marit's story. Jane has discovered that there was far more to Marit's story than helping Thomas out of the forest.
She was in fact a spy and was able to smuggle out valuable information in her letters. Thomas and Marit's story has a massive effect on Jane, and she realises that during the trip she has developed feelings for Ben, which are reciprocated. In Thomas's final letter to her, he tells her, 'Love is not worth waiting for. Grab it with both hands'. And so, she does.
Heart-felt and inspiring, A Gift in December is a gorgeous read. Aug 22, Georgina rated it really liked it. In fact, when it comes down to it, it's probably the most important thing there is' Jane is struggling. Christmas is fast approaching, and having just been dumped by boyfriend Simon, she's hardly feeling the festive spirit. Sure, her career as a hard-hitting journalist is going well, but nothing else seems to be. So, when her editor sends to on a press trip to Norway, she's hardly got high hopes for it being an interesting tr 'Someone who knows the bones of you and likes you anyway - that's sexy.
So, when her editor sends to on a press trip to Norway, she's hardly got high hopes for it being an interesting trip. She certainly isn't expecting to be thrown together with the famous adventurer Philip Donnelly.