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Humbugs and Heartstrings: A gorgeous festive read full of the joys of Christmas! by [Ferguson, Catherine]
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Humbugs and Heartstrings: A gorgeous festive read full of the joys of Christmas! Kindle Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 165 customer reviews

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Length: 331 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1899 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Maze (2 Oct. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00NEJS3IA
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 165 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,337 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bobbie hates working for her miserly boss, Carol. They were once best friends but now Carol is bad-tempered and ruthless when it comes to her cleaning business, Spit and Polish. Bobbie and Carol were once so close and Bobbie hopes that one day they can mend their fractured friendship but that doesn't seem possible, especially when they meet Charlie, a charming hotelier who they both take an interest in.

Humbugs and Heartstrings is a humorous festive tale of love and friendship that had me giggling almost immediately. Bobbie isn't very happy with her life. She feels stuck in her job, she has no real social life and she needs to scrimp and save to pay for an operation for her little brother. She couldn't be more different to Carol who is bossy and mean-spirited. Despite Carol's unpleasantness, I thought she was a fantastic character and I loved her penny-pinching ways. I also really liked Charlie and the bond he quickly forms with Bobbie.

There are so many great characters in the book, from Bobbie, Carol and Charlie to Bobbie's slightly flaky mum and her friend, Bunty. The book isn't overly festive but it is full of warmth and charm and a hefty dose of fun and humour. I was interested to find out what had happened between Bobbie and Carol to destroy their once close friendship and I wondered whether they would ever be able to put their past aside and get back to the friends they had once been. I liked the little references to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol which are sprinkled throughout the novel and hoped that this would mean Carol would see the errors of her way and change for the better!

I thought Humbugs and Heartstrings was a lovely, heart warming romantic comedy and I enjoyed it very much.
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I'm a sucker for all things Christmassy, so decided to get in the mood early with this book. Am I glad I did! Loved the clever references to A Christmas Carol and the writer really gets you hooked from the very start. Finished it in a couple of days, simply because I couldn't wait to see how it all ended! Highly recommended, feel-good story.
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I really love the opening chapter of this book it really made me giggle. This book in fact had me giggling at places throughout which was really nice.

It is a feel good Christmas romp. With great characters and a story that yes is predictable but is heartwarming too. It is kinda the story of Scrooge but the ghost or messengers as they are called in this story actually visit the Christmas lover instead of Scrooge which in turn helps to make Scrooge a better person.

I really enjoyed this feel good book. It will have you laughing out loud and you will get lots in the drama of everything.

Bobby works for a cleaning company. Under the direction of her boss who used to be her best friend. Who is a real grinch called Carol. Carol is mean and moody and damn right nasty. She give cruelly de Vil a run for her money.

Bobby and Carol stopped being friends when a business venture that saw them trading the stock market made Bobby loose all her money. Carol wasn't supportive at all with the support of a family who are rolling in money. Carol loosing money barely dented her prospects. Bobbys brother is poorly and was born with a curvature of the spine that just keeps getting worse. He needs life changing operation. But for that to happen they have to save every single penny. Which is why Booby stays in a job she hates slaving away for a boss she despises.

Bobby is set a task to get Carol a room in a swanky London hotel for a pittance. While on the quest she speaks to a guy called Ronald McDonald who she gets to know quite well through emails and Ronald does a deal for Bobby on the hotel room that is a steal.

However a chance encounters bobby meets Ronald whose name is actually Charlie. Who is basically a millionaire.
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It started off well, but I found myself getting irritated with the characters. Towards the end I actually didn't really care about them and I knew how it would end. It was an easy read, but too contrived and predictable, hence the two stars.
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Bobbie works for a cleaning company and her boss used to be her best friend when they were younger. Something happened that severed their friendship- but we don't discover what until later in the book. Her boss is very penny pinching- is she worried about money even though she comes from a wealthy family? When she asks Bobbie to book her a London hotel for an extremely small budget she finds it impossible to find anywhere with a pool! Eventually she manages to speak to a Mr Ronald McDonald who promises to find her something suitable.

They develop a rapport when he keeps in contact- and by chance they meet as he comes back with her boss after the trip. Are they both after the same man- is this what split them up all those years ago?

After meeting her brother who needs a private operation to cure a curvature of the spine- he suggests that Carol's company runs a Christmas Fayre to help raise funds. That's the most christmassy part to the story and the build up and preparation is fun to read. Things don't go entirely to plan.

The selecting fancy dress costumes is really amusing- you can just imagine her boss making sure that Bobbie is only left with the worst costume whilst everyone dresses as Snow White and fairies etc. You can really imagine that happening!

The hint of romance between Bobbie and 'Ronald' who amazingly turns out not to be called Ronald is captivating. He seems like a lovely man- but the course of true love doesn't run smoothly.

I loved this book and would highly recommend it.

With many thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for the chance to read this one.
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