5 Books I Have Read Recently


Lately I have been reading more and more books from NetGalley so I thought that I would share them with you. All of these books were received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin

christmas-at-lilac-cottageI was so happy when I found this book on NetGalley! This was the second Holly Martin book that I read. I love Henry so much! He is such a great character and a very protective dad but sometimes I think that he might be a bit too protective – that does pain me to say. Penny was such a great leading lady and I love how her character becomes stronger throughout the story and she starts really standing up for herself. Daisy seems like a genuinely nice person which is quite refreshing, seeing as teenagers are often portrayed as rude and unfriendly.

Christmas Under A Starlit Sky by Holly Martin

christmas-under-a-starlit-skyYes, Holly Martin makes it onto this list twice (I actually wanted to put her on here 3 times)! I have fallen in love with her writing and feel the need to share her work. Also, she interacts so much on Twitter which is wonderful! This is Book 2 in the series A Town Called Christmas. I wrote a full review of Book 1 on my blog which you can find here. The minute I started reading I was taken back to the town and it was as though I had never left. Everything between Neve and Oakley is so beautiful and not predictable! You can read this book without having read Book 1 but I would recommend reading it first to get the character backgrounds. I would love to do a full review of this book on my blog so let me know if you would be interested!

Next to You by Julia Gabriel

next-to-youI need to find a hard copy of this book so that I can share it with everyone I know. That is how much I loved this book! If anyone finds one I would be most grateful if you could send it to me! It is an amazing story of love and how it really does beat all the odds. Jared is easily one of my favourite book characters ever which is a big feat as I have read a LOT of books. He has the biggest heart and really is the nicest man. He has obviously been scarred on the inside as well but once he opens himself up to the opportunity of love he becomes even stronger. Phlox is a lovely character who also deserves all of the happiness in the world. I really cannot find fault with either of them or with this story.

When in Rome… Find Yourself by Lena Mae Hill

when-in-romeI love travelling and I have always wanted to go to Rome so this book gave me even bigger wanderlust. There are a lot of things that I can relate to with regards to the main character, Rory. I get anxious about airport security and I get migraines. I have also had to navigate an international airport by myself. Although I like Ned as a character, the way he kept saying ‘dude’ got a bit much sometimes. Rory’s worry about trying to navigate public transport and getting off the wrong stop is relatable because that happened to me. I was in the middle of NYC, at night, and got off at the wrong stop. I was alone and had no idea where I was exactly. This story was fairly predictable. It also started off pretty slowly and then suddenly moved very quickly which wasn’t my favourite thing.

You’re the One That I Want by Angela Britnell

youre-the-one-that-i-want-jpgWhile reading about all of these places in Europe I just wanted to book a flight. This book was enjoyable but it was not my favourite – the reason was mainly because of the main character, Sarah. I just feel as though she is a bit much. She is so harsh and downright rude to Matt at times when he is actually the one doing her a favour. Everything seems to be about her which is quite selfish. Due to the fact that the European tour they are on was not very long this book was very fast paced which made sense in the context of the book. I also love Matt as he was incredibly patient considering what he was put through. This book is very descriptive and the things they did were easily imaginable even though I had never been to the places mentioned.

Do you use NetGalley? Have you read any of these books before? Which ones sound good to you? Let me know in the comments!


Kirsty x




  1. September 26, 2016 / 18:09

    I’ve never used NetGalley but I’m really tempted to – everyone seems to rave about it! What’s your favourite thing about it? Is it easy to use?

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 26, 2016 / 18:34

      It is incredible and so easy to use! You just request which books you would like and then wait to see if your request is approved. You are not required to send reviews of the book on the site but the more you send the more chances you have of being approved for more books 🙂

  2. abbeylouisarose
    September 26, 2016 / 18:26

    This isn’t strictly relevant to your post content but that fluffy blanket / comforter you’ve used as a photo background looks sooooo cozy, I want one! ? I haven’t read any of these books so these are all fab recommendations – I am very tempted to pick up “You’re The One That I Want”!

    Abbey ✨ http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 26, 2016 / 18:44

      Thank you! It is so cosy! My cat normally steals it away though so I don’t get to use it too much haha!

  3. Charlene McElhinney
    September 26, 2016 / 18:42

    Love your recommendations chick!

    I only recently got back in to reading and I am absolutely loving it. I’m addicted. I’m never without a book these days and any opportunity I get to indulge myself in a book – I grab with both arms!
    I love reading posts about books and seeing what other people are reading and loving!

    Fab post!

    Charlene McElhinney

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 26, 2016 / 18:44

      Thank you so much! I have a holiday from work coming up and I cannot wait to read, read, read!

  4. September 26, 2016 / 18:46

    I have never used net galley but I might give a try now! A question for you: are the Holly Martin books kind of like Hallmark movies? My daughter really likes hallmark movies so if they are I think she might like these books. Great job on all the reviews!

    Annika | http://Theseasonahead.com

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 29, 2016 / 18:25

      Thank you! There is definitely a similarity. They are very easy to read and are so well written 🙂

  5. September 26, 2016 / 18:53

    Great post xx I would love to read some of these books they sound great 😉

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 29, 2016 / 18:24

      I definitely recommend them! 🙂

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 27, 2016 / 18:38

      Thank you for reading!

  6. Jess
    September 26, 2016 / 20:43

    Next to You sounds like a book I’d enjoy! The cover is so beautiful. I’d also be interested in reading a full review of ‘Christmas Under a Starlit Sky’. Loved this post xx

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 29, 2016 / 18:24

      Thank you so much! I would definitely recommend Next To You if you’re looking for a good love story that’s not only soppy haha! 🙂

  7. September 27, 2016 / 18:25

    The post is so amazing! I love it:)


    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 29, 2016 / 18:27

      Thank you! 🙂

  8. Molly
    September 28, 2016 / 03:19

    I haven’t read any of these, but they sound like they were good. I’m not familiar with NetGalley, think I’m going to have to check it out!

    Molly | Hey There Sunshine

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 29, 2016 / 18:17

      NetGalley is such an amazing site and idea. I would definitely recommend it! 🙂

  9. September 29, 2016 / 19:16

    Great post! Thanks for the recommendations!
    Holly Martin’s Christmas books really call my attention, because I just love everything Christmassy haha. And also, When in Rome… Find Yourself sounds like a really good book, too!

    I use NetGalley, too! During this past month, I got 10 books from them and all of them sound interesting! I can’t wait to read them! The one that called my attention the most from these ten books is The Wonder by Emma Donoghue.

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 30, 2016 / 21:11

      I am so happy to find someone who also uses NetGalley! Holly Martin is such a great author so I would definitely recommend any of her books! I’ve read 3 so far! 🙂

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