Four Christmases and a Secret by Zara Stoneley: fun, festive and fabulous

Four Christmases and a Secret

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 how to fix things.

This Christmas however Daisy is determined things will be different.  There will be no snogging Ollie under the mistletoe like when they were teenagers.  No, this year she’ll show Ollie that she’s a Responsible Adult too.

But as the champagne corks pop, and the tinsel sparkles, Uncle T has news of his own to share…and it could change Daisy’s life forever…


My review

Christmas starts now with this lovely book by Zara Stoneley. It couldn’t be anything but lovely – she’s a fantastic author. And since I have a soft spot for heroines called Daisy then I knew I was in for a treat when I started this story.

And what a treat it is! We meet some splendid characters, two and four-legged, the plot is original and very entertaining and the writing is wonderfully readable and humorous. We really care about our slightly ditzy Daisy and want things to work out well for her. We cringe alongside her when her mum and her mum’s best friend constantly extols the virtues of the perfect Ollie. We will her on in her attempts to make a success of things, but I think we also love that, like us, she’s only human and her life is a rollercoaster of minor disasters and tiny, occasional victories.

Uncle Terrence is a superb, uniting character in the play. He’s something of a Father Christmas in that he’s the life and soul of the family’s Christmas, and keeps it alive for them all, even when they might not fully appreciate it.

‘Four Christmases and a Secret’ is fun, festive and fabulous. Find out for yourself!


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Author Bio

Zara Stoneley is the USA Today bestselling author of ‘The Wedding Date’.

She lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

Born in a small village in the UK, Zara 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 now writes about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hopes that her tales make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’.

Zara’s bestselling novels include ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘No One Cancels Christmas’, ‘The Wedding Date’, ‘The Holiday Swap’, ‘Summer with the Country Village Vet’, ‘Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage’ and the popular Tippermere series – ‘Stable Mates’, ‘Country Affairs’ and ‘Country Rivals’.

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