Written by Lucy Coleman
As the snowflakes start to fall, Holly Cove welcomes a new tenant to the beautiful old cottage on the beach…
For lifestyle magazine journalist Tia Armstrong, relationships, as well as Christmas, have lost all their magic. Yet Tia is up against a Christmas deadline for her latest article ‘Love is, actually, all around…’
So, Tia heads to Holly Cove where the restorative sea air and rugged stranger, Nic, slowly but surely start mending her broken heart.
Tia didn’t expect a white Christmas, and she certainly never dared dream that all her Christmas wishes might just come true…
Set in Caswell Bay on the stunningly beautiful Gower Coast, the cottage nestles amid the limestone cliffs and the woodlands, where the emotions run as turbulently as the wind-swept sea.
As cosy as a marshmallow-topped mug of cocoa, fall in love with a heart-warming festive story from the bestselling author of The French Adventure.
Tags: Christmas, rom-com
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3996 KB
- Print Length: 426 pages
- Publisher: Aria
- Publication Date: 18 September 2018
- Purchase Links: Amazon UK
- Amazon US
I’m thrilled to be able to join this Blog Tour; my grateful thanks to Vicky Joss of Aria for including me. As I’ve previously read and reviewed this novel (you can find my review HERE), I’m absolutely delighted to welcome author Lucy Coleman who has penned this Guest Post especially for us!
I’m always nostalgic about old traditions at Christmas and for many years those hardly changed. My dear mum was the Christmas magic-maker when I was young, and she always made it special. After I married, and my sons were born, I took over as head chef for our fast-expanding family and our house was always full on Christmas Day.
I vividly remember the year the duck was so tough I couldn’t serve it and had to use the joint of cold pork I’d cooked the day before. And the year a neighbour’s cat jumped in through the partially opened kitchen window and dragged almost half of the turkey out onto the lawn.
But the laughter around the table, the silly Christmas cracker jokes and hats, the chaos of everyone trying to talk at the same time … and me in kitchen, always with some sort of panic going on – that was Christmas!
These days, we have three separate Christmas celebrations, as our family is rather spread out. Sadly, my mum and dad are no longer with us, but I know they are with us in spirit. However, a new generation means we have a wonderful time with the kids, making new memories and traditions together.
We have also learnt that Christmas isn’t about one single day – it’s not possible to get everyone in the same place, at the same time. And kids want to be at home, playing with their longed-for gifts, don’t they? So we hit the road, with the car boot filled with presents and festive fare. Each of the celebrations we have is very special and a blessing.
When Lawrence and I return home, we have our own Christmas for two and that’s equally as important for us. We toast the old, and the new, traditions while relaxing after relaxing after all the excitement.
Last Christmas we started a new tradition. It was the first time Lawrence and I didn’t buy each other presents. It was freeing, as we are both impossible to buy for. Several years ago, we’d begun treating ourselves to a joint present for the house and took it in turns to choose the item. The year before last I chose two large, metal stags for the dining room. Prior to that, Lawrence chose a big TV with surround sound – great for watching films, but I shake my head every time I walk past it, ha-ha!
Finally, last year we decided there was no point in buying things just for the sake of it. It never was about the presents for us, always the time spent with the ones we love. And now that has turned into almost a week of non-stop Christmas. So who needs a present?
Christmas traditions do change at the years go by, but for me there are two things that never change. The fact that there’s more joy in giving, than there is in receiving. And the fact that it isn’t about how much money you have to spend, but about the effort you put in to make it fun and memorable.
Thank you so much for inviting me back, Grace, and I hope you have a truly wonderful festive season!
Wishing everyone a very happy, healthy and fun-filled Christmas 2019.
Lucy lives in the Forest of Dean in the UK with her lovely husband and Bengal cat, Ziggy. Her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Lucy won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award.