Stella’s Christmas Wish, published in November 2016 by Black and White, has had some delightful reviews in the last week.
From Fictionophile (a booky blog I hadn’t come across before but will now be following):
‘ … This is a charming Christmas novel that will be appreciated by anyone who likes the work of Kate Hewitt or Rosamund Pilcher. A ‘feel-good’ love story set over the Christmas season, and a heart-warming testament to the importance of family.’
(How brilliant to be compared to two (best-selling) authors whose books I love!)
From Withloveforbooks (again, a book blog I didn’t know; they did a lovely feature on the book, asking me to write a guest post (which I did, on sending Christmas cards) and doing a review which included:
‘ … Kate Blackadder's writing has a lovely flow. Her vivid descriptions of Melrose made the town come to life really well. It was easy to picture Stella's friends and family. I love stories about close communities and Stella grew up among wonderful people. I enjoyed reading about every single one of them. Stella's Christmas Wish is a charming and sparkling Christmas story with a terrific moving and fabulously romantic ending.’
From Lothian Life, an online magazine. Anne Hamilton raised some points about the book that I have been hoping someone would!
‘ … there are several other dimensions to this tale that raise it above being ‘just’ another decent bit of chick-lit.
I’ve said it many times, but the fiction world needs more strong and engaging older characters! And it’s here that Kate Blackadder delivers that something extra. Stella and her ex, Ross, may be young, but other characters are not – Alice, Gray, Lilias – and rather than these being consigned to the realm of supporting cast, they are main players with their own stories, both developed and resolved.
Kate Blackadder has produced a light but not light-weight read, perfect for the festive season – or actually any other time of year.’