16 Oct 2014

Blog Tour (Review) / Humbugs & Heartstrings by Catherine Ferguson

This is a tale about love and friendships, complete with a sprinkling of Christmas magic. Perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan and Lucy Diamond.

Two ex-friends. One Christmas to remember …

Bobbie's boss Carol is a real misery-guts, dedicated to making the lives of everyone around her unhappy in pursuit of every last penny. What makes it worse is that the two women have history: once they were best friends.

When handsome hotelier Charlie steps into the frame the two women go to battle as one sees a romantic future ahead and the other a possible lifeboat for her business. With wonderful warmth and humour, and the odd mince pie fight, the women are forced to confront their shared past, the turbulent present and, most importantly, the potential of the future.

Published:    2nd October 2014
Publisher:  Maze
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Review Copy from Publisher
Review:   5 out of 5  *** FANTASTIC READ***

My Review

What I loved about this story...
Despite the fact that I was reading a Christmas book in October, I LOVED this story.  You see Bobby at the beginning not having the best time.  Her brother needs an operation, her mother is struggling with money and having to work in a job that is not her dream job with a boss who used to be her best friend but now the boss from hell.     This book has a slight 'A Christmas Carol' feel to it as Bobby has her tea leaves read and she is told that there will be three 'messangers' and throughout the book you find out what that is all about, even though I don't think that this is the main focus of the story.  This story has great elements of comedy, romance and Christmas spirit and a really fun read.  What I loved the most was the character development of the main character, Bobby, throughout the story as we see her really down in her luck at the beginning and we see her progress throughout.   

What I was not fond of with this story... 
Absolutely nothing! I loved this story and definitely one that you should pick up for Christmas!

About the Author
(from Goodreads)

Catherine Ferguson burst onto the writing scene at the age of nine, anonymously penning a weekly magazine for her five-year-old brother (mysteriously titled the ‘Willy’ comic) and fooling him completely by posting it through the letterbox every Thursday.

Catherine’s continuing love of writing saw her study English at Dundee University and spend her twenties writing for various teenage magazines including Jackie and Blue Jeans and meeting pop stars. She worked as Fiction Editor at Patches magazine (little sister to Jackie) before getting serious and becoming a sub-editor on the Dundee Courier & Advertiser. Moving south in her thirties, she set up Surrey Organics, delivering fresh organic produce to people's homes – and this experience provided the inspiration for her first attempt at writing a full-length novel.

Catherine’s first novel HUMBUG AND HEARTSTRINGS is very loosely based on Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL and is a clever, modern tale about the price of friendship, the cost of enmity, and the value of love. She lives with her son in Northumberland.