Welcome to If In Doubt Read, today I’m to be sharing my review on the #Blogtour for the wonderful Sue Watson’s latest book the festive feat that is #Snowflakes,Iced Cakes and second chances. I’m lucky to be sharing the date with some other fabulous bloggers so make sure you check them out by following the blog tour poster above! Thankyou so much to Bookouture and Netgalley for my copy πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌ


Escape to the cosy little village of Appledore for hot chocolate with extra marshmallows and a second chance at love. Can an unexpected offer make Chloe believe in miracles again?

A year after she separated from her husband, Gianni, on Christmas day, Chloe’s heart is finally on the mend as she unpacks the decorations for her first ever festive holiday alone. That is, until the phone rings…

It’s the manager of Gianni’s new seaside restaurant in Appledore, begging for her help. Equally famous for his gold-leaf Christmas puddings and his explosive temper, Gianni has been really stirring up a sensation with the locals – and not in a good way! It’s the last thing she wants to do, but Chloe knows she is the only one that can help.

As pans fly and the temperature in the kitchen rises, Chloe’s calming influence and magic touch might just get critics back on side in time to save the restaurant from sinking like a sad soufflΓ©. But could it also re-light a spark in her realtionship ?

Chloe came to Appledore ready to move on, but when the snow clears, will she finally find the way to back her husband’s heart?


Ok so as a massive and I mean MAHOOOOSIVE Fan of Sue Watson, I LOVE Snow β˜ƒοΈβ˜ƒοΈβ„οΈβ„οΈ and I am a self confessed crazy Christmas fanatic and so you can understand just how excited I was to read this book. With its festive cover design, Christmas title and synopsis!

I also a hygee queen and Autumn/ winter is my favourite time of the year because i absolutely love to snuggle up with candles and fairy lights drinking hot chocolate in front of the fire watching Christmas films and reading.So this book description had my name all over it, and I am not exaggerating when I say that when you read this it’s like a pair of giant arms have reached out from between the pages and enveloped you in the warmest,cosiest hug ever.
As you can only expect from Sue, her trademark humour makes this light hearted and laugh out loud story an absolute joy to read, but don’t be fooled into thinking this means that it’s trademark frivolity is without depth or heart, it’s packed full of both and contains a highly emotive element too. As always expect larger than life characters but the focus is very much on the two main characters Chloe and her estranged Italian husband Gianni. We are shown the early days of their romance and led through the events that led up to their unhappy parting and then we move forward in the present day where
Gianni is attempting to set up a restaurant and with his fiery Italian temperament and his huge ego, things are not going according to plan.In steps Chloe- but can she win over the locals and set things onto the right path? I felt for Chloe Gianni isn’t the easiest person to deal with but it becomes clear they still hold strong feelings for each other and she manages him perfectly.
Gianni’s colourful language and rather weak grasp of the English language create some hilarious exchanges that had me howling and despite his ability to insult and offend he has a softer side that will melt your heart.
If anyone can create that wonderful feel good factor when reading then Sue can she has a real talent for creating characters who you become emotionally invested in, settings that conjour up nostalgic feelings and childhood memories and storylines that are full of fun, humour and real life. Reading this book was the literary equivalent of sinking Into a deep hot bubble bath on a cold winters night or sipping creamy comforting hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire as it snows outside. Other than these comparisons I can’t quite find the words to describe how amazing her book made feel, so I appreciate the talent it must take to actually evoke these emotions within me, but with her mouthwatering descriptions of delicious food and the twinkly Christmas setting she did just that. thankyou again Sue for another delight, added without Any careful consideration to my favourites list. I re-watch favourite Christmas films every year and now I will be re-reading this as part of my yearly tradition in the run up to the big day. You conjured up the spirit of Christmas, and it’s a little early even for me but I’m already full of festive cheer!