Welcome to day 9 of Christmas Month and I have this beautiful guest post from Chrissie Manby.
Chrissie Manby is the author of twenty romantic comedies including A PROPER FAMILY HOLIDAY, THE MATCHBREAKER and SEVEN SUNNY DAYS. She has had several Sunday Times bestsellers and her novel about behaving badly after a break-up, GETTING OVER MR RIGHT, was nominated for the 2011 Melissa Nathan Award.
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This year is going to be different because it will be our family’s first Christmas without Dad and I know we’re going to miss him dreadfully. So many of my favourite Christmas memories are tied up with my father and the efforts he made to make the season special.
Dad always found the perfect gift. Sometimes in a skip. He intercepted my first ever typewriter on its way to the rubbish dump, cleaned it up, got it into full working order and presented it to me on Christmas Day with a copy of Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing. I learned to type over the boring bits of the Christmas holidays and credit the whirlwind typing speed that got me all the best temp jobs to that recycled gift. I also used that typewriter to write my first ever published story. As a fourteen year old obsessed with clothes and make-up, a typewriter is the last thing I would have asked for, but it was definitely what I needed.
Last year, Dad surprised me again with another Christmas gift I wouldn’t have put on my list. A real tree. I wasn’t planning to decorate my house. Didn’t seem worth the bother. Dad thought that was a miserable way to approach the festive season, so he bought me a ready-decorated tree just fifty centimetres high. About a month ago, the tree was repotted to give it room to grow. As I write this, I can look out into my tiny garden and see Dad’s last Christmas gift to me stretching its branches and I’m reminded of all the happy Christmasses we had together and the Christmasses to come. They’ll be different without Dad, for sure, but the tree reminds me that they still can and will be happy.
A wonderful, heart-warming and funny Christmas novel from Chrissie Manby, perfect for curling up with in front of the fire. What could be more magical at Christmas than a fairy tale come true? It's the festive season and the members of the Newbay Theatre Society, more commonly known as the NEWTS, are preparing to put on a show. Being cast as Cinderella is the realization of a dream for newcomer Kirsty, not least because she hopes starring in a panto under the direction of her boyfriend Jon will bring them closer together. But Kirsty soon learns that it's not all glitter and good cheer behind the scenes at the amateur theatre as bitter rivalries nurtured through decades, wardrobe mishaps and suspicious near-fatal accidents threaten to derail the production. And then there's Prince Charming himself. Will working together with Jon bring Kirsty her happy ever after...or reveal their love to be nothing but a 'showmance'? With Christmas just around the corner, it's going to take more than a Fairy Godmother to get Kirsty and her cast-mates to the ball.
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