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ARC Review – Lizzie’s Christmas Escape by Christie Barlow

ARC Review – Lizzie’s Christmas Escape by Christie BarlowLizzie's Christmas Escape by Christie Barlow
Published by Bookouture on October 21, 2016
Pages: 348
Source: Netgalley

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


A gorgeous country house hotel, a liberal dusting of snow, a cosy weekend away…what more could Lizzie ask for at Christmas?
Every Christmas Lizzie promises herself that things will change and she will leap into the new year a new woman. And yet here she is again, at the beginning of December and nothing is different. Her girls have grown up and left home, her husband Henry is slumped in front of the TV and she is alone in the kitchen, seeking refuge in the cooking sherry and talking to her Gary Barlow calendar. She’s also been very diverted by handsome new neighbour Marcus and she knows she shouldn’t be …
So when best friend Ann suggests a weekend away in the country, Lizzie jumps at the chance. Will this Christmas escape give Lizzie some much needed perspective and allow her to mend her marriage? Or will Marcus prove to be too much of a distraction?
A funny feel good festive read about rediscovering the magic of Christmas - just the thing to curl up with on a cold winters night.
What everyone’s saying about Christie Barlow:
‘This is an excellent book which swept me along so well that I read it in less than a day. I loved the characters and the story and will definitely be reading more by this author. This is definitely a book to read curled up with a mug of tea or hot chocolate.’ Bookloverwormblog
'A heartwarming and cosy countryside read with characters you will love' Rachael Lucas
‘I found this book really enjoyable, the author has an engaging writing style that managed to draw me into the storyline and the lives of our character. The storyline flowed at a great pace and I raced through the book in no time soaking up the wonderful detailed descriptions. I can see that fans of Cathy Bramley and Cathy Woodman would love this book.’ Rea's Book Reviews
‘Kitty's Countryside Dream will have you laughing and smiling one minute and then you'll feel it pulling at your heart strings. This really turned out to be a beautiful book …turning the pages and unravelling the story was very thought provoking.’ Crooks on Books
‘ I didn’t want to put the book down.’ Best Crime Books and More
‘Kitty's Countryside Dream is a soul-boosting necessity. I have a suspicion it's been sprinkled with a little bit of magic, as on the darkest days it'll warm your cockles and make everything seem right with the world. So, get those wellies on and head for a new roost in the country in this delicious feel-good tale with a gorgeous soft centre.' Little Bookness Lane
'A fantastic story, one that will keep you reading long into the night, just to find out what happens. I loved every moment of it and some of the scenes, with chickens, will have you chuckling' Rachel's Random Reads
‘I was unable to put this book down. I read it within a day because I was so drawn in to the characters themselves it was like I knew them. I would completely recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Definitely a huge 5 stars!’ Katie's Reading Korner Review
'This had me gripped from the first chapter. It will have you laughing, crying and will just give you a warm feeling inside' Laura H Book Blog

Lizzie is lacking excitement in her life. The most exciting thing that happens to her is her conversations with her Gary Barlow calendar in her pantry. Her marriage is strained feeling more like roommates than anything else. She’s missing her girls terribly who are off to Uni. With the holiday’s quickly approaching Lizzie is wanting a change. She’s not expecting the relationship she has with her new neighbor Marcus. It’s sets everything on its head. Will Lizzie get things figured out by the holidays time?

In ” an Oyster Shell – A fulfilling heartwarming Christmas read.

The Pearls – My favorite part about this book was her relationship with her best friend Ann. They both had a lot going on in the span of the story, but they were always there for each other. I feel like the relationship between these two was more of the highlight of the book.

The romance in this book in the end, was poignant. You get to see what the true love in Lizzie’s life really is and it comes as a surprise to her and the reader.

The Christmas cheer in this book was really great. I loved all the snow that kept falling. The shops that they would go visit. Eventually, the cottage that her and Ann would share for a night. It was a great Christmas story.

I really loved the character growth that you see in most of the characters. Especially, in Lizzie. You would think at 40 something you would have everything figured out. Nobody really does. It was nice to see the changes that Lizzie went through.

The Sand – This was a great book

5 Pearls!

5 Stars

About Christie Barlow

Christie Barlow the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother decided to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. She is just a Mum who wrote a book to prove to her children whatever you want to do in life go for it. The book she wrote to prove a point is now an Amazon #1 bestseller in the UK and USA.

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