LIZZIE’S CHRISTMAS ESCAPE by CHRISTIE BARLOW#romance#Fridayreads#Newrelease@Bookouture@ChristieJBarlow



A gorgeous country house hotel, a liberal dusting of snow, a cosy weekend away…what more could Lizzie ask for at Christmas?

Every Christmas Lizzie promises herself that things will change and she will leap into the new year a new woman. And yet here she is again, at the beginning of December and nothing is different. Her girls have grown up and left home, her husband Henry is slumped in front of the TV and she is alone in the kitchen, seeking refuge in the cooking sherry and talking to her Gary Barlow calendar. She’s also been very diverted by handsome new neighbour Marcus and she knows she shouldn’t be …

So when best friend Ann suggests a weekend away in the country, Lizzie jumps at the chance. Will this Christmas escape give Lizzie some much needed perspective and allow her to mend her marriage? Or will Marcus prove to be too much of a distraction?

A funny feel good festive read about rediscovering the magic of Christmas – just the thing to curl up with on a cold winters night.


‘This is an excellent book which swept me along so well that I read it in less than a day. I loved the characters and the story and will definitely be reading more by this author. This is definitely a book to read curled up with a mug of tea or hot chocolate.’ Bookloverwormblog

A heartwarming and cosy countryside read with characters you will love‘ Rachael Lucas

‘I found this book really enjoyable, the author has an engaging writing style that managed to draw me into the storyline and the lives of our character. The storyline flowed at a great pace and I raced through the book in no time soaking up the wonderful detailed descriptions. I can see that fans of Cathy Bramley and Cathy Woodman would love this book.’ Rea’s Book Reviews

‘Kitty’s Countryside Dream will have you laughing and smiling one minute and then you’ll feel it pulling at your heart strings. This really turned out to be a beautiful book …turning the pages and unravelling the story was very thought provoking.’ Crooks on Books

‘ I didn’t want to put the book down.’ Best Crime Books and More

‘Kitty’s Countryside Dream is a soul-boosting necessity. I have a suspicion it’s been sprinkled with a little bit of magic, as on the darkest days it’ll warm your cockles and make everything seem right with the world. So, get those wellies on and head for a new roost in the country in this delicious feel-good tale with a gorgeous soft centre.Little Bookness Lane

‘A fantastic story, one that will keep you reading long into the night, just to find out what happens. I loved every moment of it and some of the scenes, with chickens, will have you chuckling’ Rachel’s Random Reads

‘I was unable to put this book down. I read it within a day because I was so drawn in to the characters themselves it was like I knew them. I would completely recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Definitely a huge 5 stars!’ Katie’s Reading Korner Review

This had me gripped from the first chapter. It will have you laughing, crying and will just give you a warm feeling insideLaura H Book Blog



I really love this time of year when all the wonderful book covers appear with beautiful Christmas scenes , just like this one. Lizzie has always been the dutiful wife and mother but now her two girls are away at university and Henry her husband, doesn’t even seem to notice when she is in the same room. So when Prince Charming aka the Fairy Godmother, in the form of Marcus the incredibly handsome and charming new neighbour, moves across the road from Lizzie it gives her more than hot flushes. Ann, Lizzie’s best friend since college days, becomes Lizzie’s Jiminy Cricket, her conscience that questions the decisions that Lizzie makes.

I believe that most women will gel with Lizzie quite early on in the book as a lot of readers will relate to how she describes her life. I liked that Christie Barlow wasn’t hesitant in tackling the taboo subjects that many women in their forties are reluctant to talk about. I really must get myself a Gary Barlow for the New Year, it is certainly a step up from talking to myself. The characters in the book are all very different in the way they react to the same situation, which makes the whole thing so much more real. The Christmas Escape came quite late in the book but was a large part of the story.

Christie Barlow doesn’t only give her readers a brilliant story but also something to reflect on too. After all if something seems too good to be true, then it normally means that it is! I received this novel from Bookouture via Netgalley and I chose to leave this review.


Christie Barlow the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother decided to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. She is just a Mum who wrote a book to prove to her children whatever you want to do in life go for it. The book she wrote to prove a point is now an Amazon #1 bestseller in the UK and USA.
‘A hilarious observation of playground politics.’
‘As funny as it is true…’

‘Well-observed, highly-relatable and wickedly-funny.’
Cathy Bramley author of Ivy Lane.

‘What a tonic, this book should be available on prescription! Witty and incisive.’
Matt Franks – comedian.

‘A hilarious account, cleverly witty all the way through, a very entertaining read.’
Kim the Book Worm.

‘Full of laughs and hilarious one-liners’
JB Johnston Book Tours.

‘Hilarious entertaining read.’
Chicklit Chickadees Book Tour

Christie can be contacted through her webpage or via her Facebook page


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