Today I have the wonderful Zara on my blog talking about her favourite festive reads!
Zara Stoneley was born in a small village in Staffordshire and wanted to be James Herriot when she grew up. After completing an IT degree, working as a consultant, running a dog grooming business, teaching, and working at a veterinary practice she decided she had more than enough material to write several books even if she would never qualify as a vet!
She is the author of the Tippermere series (Stable Mates, Country Affairs and Country Rivals) published by HarperCollins, as well as several standalone novels. Snuggle up this winter with her latest book 'The Holiday Swap'- the perfect cosy, Christmas read which will whisk you from Cheshire to Barcelona, and back again!
Zara is currently writing the first book of a new series, which will be published by HarperCollins in 2017 – look out for a hot vet and the most gorgeous country village ever!
You can find out more about Zara on her website www.ZaraStoneley.com. She also spends far too much time on social media – Twitter Facebook You can follow her travels in Barcelona and Cheshire on Instagram, and explore the inspiration behind her books on Pinterest.
At the moment I’m rushing around like a loony so haven’t got time to read, but I’m hoping to curl up in a quiet corner with some lovely books over the Christmas holidays. Here are five gorgeous heart-warming stories I’ve already read, that I think you’ll find are great to unwind with – whether it’s after you’ve wrapped presents, written a pile of Christmas cards, or when you finally have your feet up after Christmas dinner!
‘Christmas at the Comfort Food Café’ by Debbie Johnson.
The Comfort Food Cafe is like no other place on earth. Perched on a snow-covered hill, it’s a place full of friendship where broken hearts can heal, new love can blossom and where Becca’s Christmas miracle really could happen – if only she can let it... Read more
‘Not Just for Christmas’ by Alex Brown
Kitty thinks she's come to terms with her husband Ed’s death on active duty. When she learns that Ed’s army dog, a black Labrador named Monty, is being retired and needs rehoming, it awakens her heartache once more. She knows she could never take on Monty – it would be too painful, but with more than one dog needing a home this Christmas, is a miracle too much to hope for? Read more
‘One Christmas in Paris’ by Mandy Baggot
Ava and her best friend Debs arrive in Paris just as the snow starts to fall. The Eiffel Tower glitters gold, but all Ava can think about is Leo, her no-good, cheating ex. Debs is on a mission to make Ava smile again, and as they tour the Christmas markets, and eat their body weight in pain-au-chocolat, Ava remembers there’s more to life than men... Until they cross paths with sizzling hot, oh-so-mysterious photographer Julien. Read more
‘Every Time a Bell Rings’ by Carmel Harrington
As foster parents, Belle and Jim have given many children the chance of a happier start in life. They shouldn’t have favourites but little Lauren has touched their hearts. And now her mother is well enough to take her back and Belle can’t bear the loss. Christmas is cancelled. Then Jim crashes his car one icy December night, and Belle finds herself standing on The Ha’Penny Bridge wishing she had never been born. But what happens to a Christmas wish when an angel is listening… Read more
‘Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop’ by Jane Linfoot
The snow is falling around Brides by the Sea, Cornwall’s cutest little wedding shop, and wedding dress designer Seraphina East is in her cosy studio designing exquisite dresses to make even the most demanding bride’s dreams come true. Read more
I hope you have a lovely Christmas, and enjoy these reads as much as I did!
A sweet, funny and compelling tale that makes you wonder exactly what your life would be like if you just had the nerve to try and change it' - Debbie Johnson, bestselling author of Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe Two women, two very different lives - one perfect solution to escape festive heartbreak! Tucked away in the idyllic English countryside, Daisy Fischer's cosy little cottage has always been her safe haven. But when her completely dependable boyfriend issues her an ultimatum, Daisy realises there's a whole world out there she's missing out on. Florence Cortes's life couldn't be better - gorgeous apartment right on the beach, fabulous job and dreamy boyfriend, or so she thought. Suddenly, Flo's life isn't so perfect after all. When the girls house swap for the holidays, it's not long before Daisy is being distracted by sun, sea and sexy Javier while Flo finds herself snowbound for Christmas with only handsome neighbour Hugo and a house full of animals to keep her company. Love actually does seem to be all around this Christmas, but in the places Flo and Daisy least expect to find it...