The Christmas Calendar Girls #BookReview #BlogTour #Aria #NetGalley

Written by Samantha Tonge


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This Christmas fall in love with the town of Chesterwood…

Christmas is meant to be a time of giving, so with Chesterwood food bank under risk of closure Fern knows just what to do to save it. She’s going to get the town to create a living advent calendar.

Fern, and her best friends, call for help from the local community to bring this calendar to life. When Kit, the new man in town, offers his assistance Fern’s heart can’t help but skip a beat (or two).

As they grow ever closer, Fern must admit that Kit’s breaking down the barriers she built after the death of her husband. But his past is holding him back and Fern doesn’t know how to reach him. No matter how hard she tries.

In this town, Kit’s not the only one with secrets. Domestic goddess Cara is behaving oddly, burning meals in the oven and clothes whilst ironing, and Davina’s perfect children are causing trouble at school leaving her son, Jasper, desperately unhappy.

Can the Christmas Calendar Girls find a way to bring the community together in time to save the food bank, while still supporting their families and each other? Can Fern find love again with Kit?


This is a story about kindness and letting go of the past. It’s about looking out for your neighbours and about making every day feel like Christmas.


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Feel-Good & Thoroughly Satisfying!    Stars 5


A wonderful, heart-warming festive read which encompasses all the great things about Christmas – and will most definitely leave the reader with a fabulous fuzzy feeling!

Fern and her two friends, Cara and Davina are all bringing up children whilst aiming to be part of the local primary and the wider community. As it heads towards Christmas, there is also extra work to be done supporting the kids with all the school activities – but this year there is more reason to be concerned. The local food bank, a lifetime to many, is under threat of closure and desperately need to raise funds to stay afloat; can these three friends help in any way whilst struggling with their own issues? Fern is trying to work out Kit’s mindset whilst becoming aware that her feelings towards him are not completely platonic; Cara – normally a domestic goddess – is not her usual efficient self and Davina finds herself with worries over her usually well-behaved twins’ demeanour. What is going on?

This is a superb read! Steeped in Christmas spirit and packed with the problems all of us face at some (usually several) times in our lives, there is lots to keep the reader glued to the pages. It is a charming book and also a thought provoking one, making us all aware that there is more to Christmas than just finding the perfect gift and buying more food it’s possible to eat in a month, never mind a few days! I absolutely adored everything about it and Sam Tonge’s creativity and writing experience shine through every part of this story. Feel-good to the nth degree and thoroughly satisfying which makes this a solid 5* read, and one I’m so happy to recommend to all lovers of a darn good festive read!

My thanks to publisher Aria for my copy via NetGalley, and specifically to Vicky Joss – both for my spot on this tour and also for supplying all the necessary details in good time. As always, all opinions are completely my own and entirely honest.


Tags: Christmas, romance, women’s fiction
  • Format: ebook, paperback
  • Size: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Aria
  • Publication Date: 3 October 2019
  • Purchase Links: Google Play
  •                                 iBooks
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Author Bio


Samantha TongeSamantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely. When   not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.

She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQ Digital at Harper Collins and in 2014, her bestselling debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category. in 2019 Forgive Me Not heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo. in 2019 she was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association romantic comedy award.


Social Media


Twitter: @SamTongeWriter

Facebook: @SamanthaTonge Author


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