The Kiss Before Christmas
Love & Writing, Reading Romance

Home for Christmas

I’ve been home for Christmas for thirty six hours, now. In that time I have:

  • Had a manicure that has, miraculously and for the first time ever, lasted the full three days
  • Been on a playdate at the soft play that didn’t even dent the manicure
  • Eaten a ridiculous number of excellent meals
  • Watched the Daughter’s ballet show DVD eight times with a variety of relatives
  • Experienced a particularly epic Boat Sunday
  • Sung a lot
  • Watched my middle brother’s band perform a covers set ranging from My Sharona to Last Christmas to Cupid
  • Refused to drink any form of alcohol that comes in a test tube or mixed with red bull
  • Sadly not refused to drink the wine
  • Been ousted from the spare room and forced to sleep in the tiny and freezing back bedroom at Mum and Dad’s, so slept in extra sweaters and socks
  • Watched my youngest brother’s boyfriend deal manfully with meeting the entire 30 strong family in one sitting, not freak out when we all started singing in public, and then fall asleep on the table in the pub afterwards
  • Attempted last minute Christmas shopping in Chester but ended up spending too long eating lunch so failed to buy anything
  • Been a-visiting friends and family

I am now very, very ready for a nap.

The Kiss Before ChristmasActually, what I’m most looking forward to, after the initial frenzy of festive fun is over, is settling down with a good book and losing myself in someone else’s world for a while, before I get back to reading my own.

Of course, in reality what I’m doing, at 5 in the morning when I wake up freezing, or at midnight when I’m half asleep, or over lunch on the free restaurant wifi, is checking the reviews for my latest release – festive novella, The Kiss Before Christmas, from HarperImpulse.

So here, as a sort of early Christmas present to myself, is a quick round up of some of my favourite review snippets from the last few days:

A great festive romance. My heart melted for the characters and I felt for their situation. Their story was engaging and I couldn’t stop reading!

Sienna, Lost to Books – 5 stars

If you love holiday stories, you’ll enjoy this romance novella, but it’s perfect for devouring any time of the year.

Lucy Felthouse, Blogcritics – 5 stars

A perfect Christmas read.

Rachel Cotterill, Goodreads – 5 stars

The characters were great-I really warmed to Dory in particular.

Books with Bunny, 8.5/10

This is a well crafted, quick enjoyable Christmas read. Well worth a few hours, of your time. I will be keeping my eye out for more from this talented author in 2014.

Claire Robinson, Goodreads – 4 stars

I was in the mood for a light romantic read and The Kiss Before Christmas was just what I was looking for.

Irene, Goodreads – 4 stars

My heartfelt thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read and review Dory’s story this Christmas. And if you’re looking for a little something to curl up and read this Christmas Eve, I hope you might enjoy this one…