Wednesday 18 November 2015

My Festive Reads: Festive Cover Stars 2015

They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover - but we all do, right?
I love Christmassy covers, whether they're cosy-looking or bright and cheerful and there are some gorgeous festive covers out this year. I've picked three of my favourites to share!
The Fox At The Manger
by P L Travers
About The Book
For the first time since the war, the Christmas peal is ringing at St Paul's Cathedral. There is joy. There is new hope. It is Christmas Eve, the carol service has ended, and a woman with three small boys leaves the cathedral, the children swooping like pigeons.

'Why weren't there any wild animals at the crib? Haven't they got something to give?' asked one of the children.
And I heard myself say, 'Yes, they have.'
Was it true, what I told them? Did I dream it? Where it came from I do not know but I seemed to remember every word, just as if I had heard it . . .

Outside the cathedral, the children are told the nativity story from a unique perspective: that of a fox. Despite the scorn of the other animals, he enters the stable to offer the child a gift that only he can give.
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I love the classic cover for The Fox At The Manger, especially the vibrant colours used. In real life, the red bow really stands out against the teal, making this cover extremely strokable.
You can see my review of The Fox At The Manger here
The Twelve Dates of Christmas
by Lisa Dickenson
About The Book
At thirty, Claudia's life is stale and the romance with long-term boyfriend, Seth, has disappeared. Determined to inject some festive spark back into their love life, Claudia and Seth go on their first date in a very long time. But when the night ends in disaster, Claudia suddenly finds herself facing life - and Christmas - alone.

Life alone is exciting, scary and full of soon-forgotten exercise regimes and ill-advised attempts at crafting sexy underwear. It's also filling up with dates, surprisingly. With best friends Penny and Nick at her side, a surplus of festive markets, mulled wine and Christmas tunes, Claudia attempts to face all this change with gusto. One thing's for certain: this year, Christmas is going to be very different . . .
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The Twelve Dates of Christmas was originally released as an ebook serial but this year it's all been packaged into a gorgeous paperback with a bright and cheerful cover. It's gorgeously sparkly and I love the little details, such as the London skyline in the background and - my favourite bit - the little hearts on the ferris wheel.
You can see my review of The Twelve Dates of Christmas here
How To Stuff Up Christmas
by Rosie Blake
About The Book
'Tis the season to be jolly. Unless you've found an intimate picture of another woman on your fiance's phone...
Eve is heartbroken after discovering her fiance is cheating on her. Being surrounded by the joys of Christmas is more than Eve can bear, so she chooses to avoid the festivities by spending Christmas alone on a houseboat in Pangbourne. Eve gets gets an unexpected seasonal surprise when handsome local vet Greg comes to her rescue one day, and continues to visit Eve's boat on a mission to transform her from Kitchen Disaster Zone to Culinary Queen.
But where does Greg keep disappearing to? What does Eve's best friend Daisy know that she isn't telling? And why is there an angry goose stalking Eve's boat?
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Another bright and cheerful festive cover but with a dash of humour. I love the toppled gingerbread man and the expression on his little biscuity face. The colours are perfect and the book really stands out on the shelf for me.
I can't wait to read How To Stuff Up Christmas and my review will be here on the blog soon.
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Although the covers are pretty different, I realised after picking them that they've all got a teal-coloured element to them. This is clearly the way to get me onside this Christmas!

I'd love to know which covers you're loving this year!
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