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A Very Lucky Christmas

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I have to be completely honest and say that I have never heard of this author!  Even though, when I have looked her up, Lilac Mills has written so many books of exactly the kind that I would read!  This author has slipped under my radar in stealth mode and I will certainly be going and reading more of her books in the future.

This book definitely gets you straight into the Christmas spirit before you open it with its fabulously festive cover!  The blurb makes it sound like the kind of book that was right up my street, and I was keen to get started on this one.  Everything is going wrong for Daisy Jones this Christmas!  Trouble at work and having to move back in with her parents after a break up is made worse by a trip to A&E when Daisy chokes on a sixpence in her great-grandmother’s Christmas Pud!  But are things looking up for Daisy when she is treated by dishy doctor, Noah Hartley?

What a lovely book!  Daisy is a great character and was so likeable!  I think so many people could relate to Daisy in this book – I mean, how many of us have had Christmases where absolutely nothing has gone right, I know I have!  Being the obvious romance that it is, you know where the story is going, but I really enjoyed Daisy and Noah’s storyline and you certainly couldn’t help feeling sorry for Daisy throughout the book for her sheer bad luck!

It was such an easy read, no complicated storylines and everything just flowed so well.  I was carried away on a festive story of fun, laughter and love and found myself speeding through the pages as it was so enjoyable.  This would be a most welcome present in someone’s Christmas stocking or failing that just read it yourself, curled up under a blanket with a big hot chocolate!
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I would like to thank Canelo for asking me to review this book and to Ellie Pilcher for arranging the blog tour. I would also like to thank Lilac Mills for writing a guest post for my blog.
This was a relatively quick read for me. A great plot with the added bonus of it being set at Christmas time. Daisy is one of those characters that you can imagine watching on film and putting you hands up to your face shaking your head. 30 years old living back at home A very funny easy read romance. with everything going wrong in her life Daisy is very much in need of a lucky Christmas. I couldn't help but laugh at Daisy as one disaster happens after enough.
This is a great read to cosy up to this December and while away a couple of hours. A very funny easy read romance.
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Honestly I wasn’t sure about this book at the beginning and I didn’t like where it was going. I thought I was going to get a love story... and boy did I get it! I just needed some patience! I want to know more about Daisy and Noah and what happens to them, the chartacters are portrayed in such a heartwarming way and I finished the book with a smile on my face!
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or at least it’s supposed to be. But after a string of bad luck for Daisy Jones, including swallowing a 6 pence, lands her in the hospital with Dr. Noah Hartley, it seems things aren’t quite going as planned.

Will her luck turn around or will things continue to go downhill??

This was a cute story. Light and fun. And another perfect read for the Christmas season! 

Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book!
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If you've ever had a year where everything seemed to go wrong, you will feel right at home with poor Daisy Jones.  This fun Christmas romance has it all: a cheating boyfriend, family drama, backstabbing "friend", and even a few trips to the hospital.  Just when it looks like things couldn't get worse, they do, again and again.  When an ill-fated attempt at improving her luck back-fires, Daisy heads down a hilarious path of misadventure.  Will an unlikely love interest turn things around for Daisy in new year?  If you enjoy a holiday love story that isn't overly Christmasy, this one is for you. 

*Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
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A Very Lucky Christmas tells the story of Daisy who has experienced the most unlucky Christmas of her life. Just when you thought things couldn't get worse for Daisy they do. This book is hilarious and the perfect Christmas season read. Loved all the characters, can't wait to read more from Lilac Mills.

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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Everything starts to go wrong for Daisy at Christmas. Her nan decides they need to make a Xmas pudding and put in a lucky sixpence which Daisy then chokes on. She goes to hospital and meets Dr. Noah Hartley who she then keeps on meeting in embarrassing circumstances.
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This book!!!  I laughed so hard and loved these characters!  I love an English book and the humor in it.  These characters had me in stitches, good side characters can make or break a story and these characters absolutely made the story.  From break-ups, to visits to the AE, to intestinal problems, to swoony doctors; this book has it all!  I felt so sorry for Daisy when the story began and I hurt with her in all her trials, but celebrated with her in her triumphs. A great read.
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Story is well-written,humorous and endearing.Daisy's character is very convincing. As a reader you will sympathize with her and laugh on her at the same time.A good light holiday read.
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Daisy wasn’t having the best luck, but the ruddy silver sixpence certainly didn’t help. It all started when she came home to find her boyfriend, Freddie, in bed with another man, forcing her to move back home with her mother and grandmother. With Christmas around the corner, familial tensions quickly start boiling over. However, she makes a genuine effort for peace, even going so far as to making her great grandmother’s recipe for Christmas pudding—adding in a silver sixpence for good luck. Unfortunately, eating too quickly, she chokes on the coin and has to be rushed to the local A&E where she’s greeted by the dreamy Dr. Hartley … and that’s when her luck really starts to change. 

Well, this book started off with me glad I wasn’t in Daisy’s shoes. The first few pages are incredibly rough, and it only goes downhill from there for a time. Fortunately, author Lilac Mills handles these scenes with a bit of a wink to the reader. At times, she seems to even relish in the misfortunes of her main character simply because of the sheer volume of bad things that happen to her. However, it’s a Christmas romance after all, and it’s apparent her fortune will shift by the end. 

Before she gets there, though, the suffering piles on and a lot of it is pretty funny. The Christmas dinner scene at the beginning is a completely chaotic mess and relatable. It’s topped by Daisy’s choking on the sixpence piece. I won’t spoil everything, but the results of that incident crop up over and over in increasingly hilarious and fresh ways.

This book is light on romance, which isn’t a problem, but should be noted. Noah Hartley is a great foil for Daisy, and their progression together is a highlight. One common trope in the book is the use of miscommunication. Characters hear what they want to hear and make vast leaps to conclusions. At first, I found this slightly frustrating. However, Mills sets the stage for poor communication early and it makes sense for these characters. If Daisy didn’t realize her longtime boyfriend was gay and that she didn’t actually love him anyway, then it seems reasonable she would have communication problems.

And I do want to give special praise to Lilac Mills for her handling of the gay ex storyline. Plenty of other authors inadvertently demonize characters like this or play into awkward stereotypes. That doesn’t happen here, and I was pleased with how tastefully it was handled. 

It’s a fun and festive romance with some bite, perfect for Christmas.
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Brilliant book very funny and quite festive. I had only meant to read a few pages when I got started but actually ended up finishing the book in one sitting! Now that's the sign of a very enjoyable book!
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Another lovely book from Lilac Mills :c)  I do love a good Christmas book :c)

My review has been posted to my blog & Goodreads.  Review has also been tweeted as usual.  Thank you! :c)
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4 - "It all started with the sixpence..." Stars!

My second read by Lilac Mills was as enjoyable as the first, with the added bonus that it was a Christmas book. A Very Lucky Christmas had me laughing out loud at regular intervals, as Daisy Jones negotiates her life and the many disasters that befalls it during one seasonal period.

She was thirty, single, and living back at home with her mum…

A relatively quick read, I think the main reason I enjoyed it so much was a lot of the bad luck that befalls Daisy, and a lot of the familial situations that occur are things you as the reader can relate to. Romance wasn’t really the main priority in this one until the latter stages of the book, and that was the only downside for me as I felt the connection between Daisy and Noah was a little tenuous, in relation to the amount of page time they actually spent together.

"Any change..?"

But Daisy, and her family themselves were a fully fleshed out unit. And that was where the main focus of the story was for me, and where I derived the most enjoyment.

Ideal if you are looking for a little light reading entertainment over the Christmas period, and another winner from this author for me!
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Lilac Mills has learned the arduous art of captivating her audiences’ attention and keeping us riveted until the very end wanting more.  A Very Lucky Christmas was comical yet romantic; quirky yet entertaining.  I genuinely enjoy the characters and their development.  Zoe surprised me as an enterprising intellectual and I loved the interesting addition to the plot her character provided.  Thanks to ‘a Very Lucky Christmas, I’ll be on the lookout for Lilac Mills’ other pieces.  Thank you to the author, publisher, and Netgalley for allowing me the privilege of reading and reviewing this novel.
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Daisy thought she had found “happily ever after” with Freddie until she came home early one day.  It turns out she was the pseudo romance so Freddie didn’t have to reveal his true sexuality preference to his parents.
Devestated Daisy returns to her mom’s.  Who would have thought that the “Christmas Pudding” would change her life?
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This was such a lovely read. I really loved Daisy and her family. This book really made me laugh. A great Christmas read!
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Lovely festive Christmas read. Perfect for over the long winter nights. Magical storyline. Great characters that pull it all together
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What a hoot! If you are looking for a Christmas romance, with a lot of chuckles, then this is the book for you. Poor Daisy, when it rains it pours, with one thing after another happening to the poor thing. From catching her boyfriend in bed with another man, to moving back in with her mother and grandmother, to swallowing a sixpence and having her brother take her to the emergency room, it just keeps going. Luckily, a hunky doctor is on call, and while Noah has a lot of misunderstandings with her, it is plain there is sparks. Highly recommend this book. A great holiday read, and hard to put down.
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Amazing book. Loved it from beginning to end. 
Well written which kept me captivated throughout. 
I will definitely be reading other books by this author
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Daisy Jones is certain that her boyfriend will propose soon, but this dream is shattered suddenly. She is forced to move back home. Her Great Grandmother suggests that they make a Christmas pudding and puts a lucky sixpence inside it.  When Daisy finds the lucky sixpence, it turns out to be rather unlucky instead. As her luck goes from bad to worse, she repeatedly encounters Dr. Hartley, who witnesses her downfall. Will get luck ever change?
This book is very funny, Daisy's  predicament seems to get worse and worse, and you can't help but feel sorry for her as the situations get more bizarre. The characters are well developed, and believable. I couldn't put the book down, as I wanted to know if Daisy's luck changed. This is a very enjoyable and light hearted festive story
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