Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Mistletoe and Mayhem - Catherine Ferguson **BLOGGER/AVON CRAFTY CHALLENGE!**

"Lola Plumpton can’t believe her luck.

Christmas is coming and her gorgeous boyfriend, Nathan has offered up his swanky apartment to host the Plumpton family’s festive celebrations. It looks set to be a Christmas to remember. And it is – but for all the wrong reasons.

As the 25th December draws closer, Lola unexpectedly finds herself missing some key components:

1. A job (but who needs one of those anyway, when you’ve got the ultimate family Christmas to prepare for?)
2. Money (no job equals no money, it turns out.)
3. A boyfriend (yup, Nathan the hunk has said adios to Lola – and in the *most* embarrassing way possible…)
4. Somewhere to host her fabulous family Christmas (because of course, no Nathan means no des res apartment.)

Lola’s at a loss about what to do. But one way or another, she’s going to make this the happiest Christmas her family’s ever had…"

Eeeek! Christmas is coming! This is my first Christmas novel of the year and I LOVED it - funny and festive, I fell in love with Lola and her slightly ridiculous life. Everything seems to fall apart for poor Lola, but she perseveres and that was one of the things I loved about her. Supporting characters in the book were also brilliant - there were some really lovely people in Lola's life, easy to relate to, lovely kind hearted people, perfect for a Christmas story!
This was the first novel of Catherine Ferguson's that I have read, but I will definitely be catching up on her others. 
Tied in to this review was the challenge brought by the Avon team - the book has a fair few Christmassy craft recipes and ideas in it, so us bloggers were challenged to take on the Avon team in re-creating some of them. I opted for the Rocky Road - hoping that bringing my secret weapon into play (my 11 year old daughter, Izzy) would be enough to win!

Rocky Road

We spent a lovely Sunday morning getting covered in chocolate and smashing up biscuits ready for our Rocky Road...

It was so easy to make (and hopefully we weren't going to poison anyone....)

Once everything was mixed together, and it was smoothed out nicely into the tray we popped it in the fridge for the rest of the day...

And this was the finished article! Slightly wonky on the edges (we were going for the country-style, rustic look) and probably cut into pieces that were far too big, it was DELICIOUS and lasted approximately 10.649 seconds. Bring it on Avon Team - lets see if you can do it better! 

Mistletoe and Mayhem is out now (currently at the bargain price of 99p) and you can get it here:

**My thanks to Helena at Avon for my ARC - and the lovely Rocky Road recipe!**

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