Welcome to my Twelve Books for Christmas blog. Over these first twelve days of December I've been introducing you to twelve romance books to warm your heart and make you feel all Christmassy. :) They'll all make wonderful presents for a friend, or you could even treat yourself.
My final book is The Christmas Collection box set by best selling author, Victoria Connelly. Three heartwarming stories about love, family and friendship - an ideal Christmas read.
Three heart-warming novellas full of feel-good festive fun. Stories of love, family and a place to call home set on the wild North Devon coast, the romantic Highlands of Scotland and the beautiful Lake District.
Christmas at the Cove
When Millie Venning escapes to her aunt's cottage on the windswept Devon coast for Christmas, she isn't looking for romance. So, when she finds a handsome stranger already at the cottage, she's baffled. Has her aunt double-booked the cottage by mistake or is she up to her match-making tricks once again?
Christmas at the Castle
Life at Caldoon Castle in the Highlands of Scotland isn't easy for Catriona Fraser and her two children especially since her husband died. So, when Iain MacNeice and his two daughters book the castle for the Christmas holidays, Catriona's prayers seem to be answered. But the MacNeices arrive with a whole host of their own problems and it's going to take time, patience and a little bit of Christmas magic to make this holiday a happy one.
Christmas at the Cottage
After a bad breakup, all Rowan Corrigan wants is time alone at the family cottage in the Lake District. But her sister Rachel and husband Paul have exactly the same idea. As does Paul’s best friend Nick – the very last man Rowan wants to see after her embarrassing encounter with him at Rachel and Paul’s wedding. As the snow begins to fall, this could become the worst Christmas on record. But Christmas is a time for miracles and Rowan has always believed in those...
Victoria Connelly is the bestselling author of The Rose Girls and The Book Lovers series. Her first novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film. Victoria flew to Berlin to see it being made and even played a cameo role in it. Her romantic comedy, The Runaway Actress, was nominated for the RNA's Best Romantic Comedy of the Year and, being a true romantic herself, she got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales. She now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a Springer spaniel and her ex-battery hens.
I asked Victoria to tell us a bit about her festive family traditions
Do you have any favourite family Christmas traditions? If so, what are they?
My husband and I love to go for a long walk on Christmas morning. One year, it was so mild and sunny that we completely lost track of time as we walked through a wood high above the River Orwell. I think we ate Christmas lunch at about four o’clock!
When do you open your Christmas presents?
As soon as I’ve got up, let the dog out and opened the hen coop and fed everyone. Presents won’t wait any longer than that!
If you could invite any author living or dead to share your Christmas lunch, who would it be?
H E Bates. I’d love to invite him to any event just to meet and talk to him. He’s my favourite writer and I so admire his ability to write absolutely anything from short stories, essays and autobiography to light-hearted novellas and serious war novels. He’s a real inspiration, and the creator of the Larkin family must surely be a good laugh too!
What book would you like to find in your Christmas stocking?
Ben Pentreath’s ‘English Houses’ – a gorgeous fat hardback full of wonderful photographs of beautiful rooms. Like most writers, I’m incredibly nosy and love to poke around other people’s homes.
What is your favourite Christmas film?
It’s a Wonderful Life. It has everything: love, laughter, James Stewart – my favourite actor – Clarence the angel, Zuzu’s petals and an ending that will make you smile and cry at the same time. A true classic.
My website is: www.victoriaconnelly.com
My Facebook reader page is here: https://www.facebook.com/Victoria-Connelly-335816876315/
I'm on Twitter as @VictoriaDarcy
Thanks for dropping by, Victoria. :)
Bring a little sunshine into your life!
Sassy, feel good romance by Karen King. Just right to cosy up with on cold winter nights. Published by Accent Press