The festive, feel-good follow-up to Summer at the Cornish Cafe.
Christmas will be slightly less turbulent than summer, won’t it? Demi certainly hopes so.
She and Cal are keeping their fledgling relationship under wraps for now. But then Kit Bannen, a hunky, blond – and somewhat mysterious – writer arrives at Kilhallon Resort, and not everyone is charmed. Cal is sure that Kit is hiding something. But is he the only one guarding a secret?
Demi is busy baking festive treats for the newly opened Demelza’s cafe, but when Cal’s ex Isla arrives to shoot scenes for her new drama, Demi can’t help but worry that things aren’t quite over between them. Kit flirts with both women, fuelling Cal’s suspicions that Kit has hidden motives for staying on at Kilhallon. Then Cal has to go to London, leaving Demi and Kit to decorate the cafe for Christmas . . . all by themselves.
A storm is brewing in more ways than one. As surprises unfold and truths are uncovered, can Demi and Cal finally open up to each other about their feelings?
Mince pie cookies
200g mincemeat (even nicer with fancy mincemeat, e.g. orange and cranberry)
150g caster sugar
2 medium eggs
200g plain flour
½ teaspoon mixed spice
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1. Bring the butter and eggs up to room temperature and turn the oven to 180C. Get two cookie/baking trays out and line with grease-proof paper.
2. Cream together the butter, sugar and eggs in a mixing bowl.
3. Gradually stir in the flour, then the mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda.
4. Finally, stir the mincemeat into the cookie dough.
5. These cookies spread out while cooking, so add small teaspoons of the mixture to your baking parchment and make sure they’re well spaced.
6. Check on them after 10 mins, take them out once they’re golden on the top. Leave to cool, then keep in an airtight box.
Part two of a cosy and heartwarming seasonal romance, perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley.
Beth is running away. With her young son Leo to protect, Willow Cottage is the lifeline she so desperately needs. Overlooking the village green in a beautiful Cotswolds idyll, Beth sees a safe place for little Leo.
When she finally uncovers the cottage from underneath the boughs of a weeping willow tree, Beth realises this is far more of a project than she bargained for and the locals are more than a little eccentric! A chance encounter with gruff Jack, who appears to be the only male in the village under thirty, leaves the two of them at odds but it’s not long before Beth realises that Jack has hidden talents that could help her repair more than just Willow Cottage.
Over the course of four seasons, Beth realises that broken hearts can be mended, and sometimes love can be right under your nose…
I am very excited to have Bella on my blog today with a guest post on Family Christmas Traditions!
Hi The Reader’s Corner , Thank you for having me on your blog today.
Until I was seventeen I assumed that everyone’s Christmas was pretty similar – how wrong could I be? At the time I thought it was reasonable to think that Christmas was a fairly set format – open presents, have turkey for dinner, crash out in front of the television. And I think for most of us this summary is accurate, however, the nuances of exactly what happens can be quite different.
I was shocked when at seventeen I spent Christmas with my then boyfriend’s family to discover that they did not take it in turns to open presents or even read the labels to see who the gift was from. Instead they counted down from three and then ripped everything open as quickly as possible in a frenzy of wrapping paper. I was totally stunned and slightly appalled.
This experience was a shock but thankfully it helped me to understand that as we are all individuals we like to do things in different ways and different doesn’t mean wrong. Although, I think we each hold our Christmas traditions close to our hearts so when someone suggests a change it is tricky to accommodate.
When I got together with my husband and suggested cold carved ham and scrambled eggs for Christmas breakfast you’d have thought I’d rubbed chilli in his underwear – he was outraged and could think of nothing worse (apart from someone rubbing chilli in his underwear) so this is a tradition from my childhood that has been replaced with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs and peace has been restored.
I love a real Christmas tree – the fresh pine smell, the vibrant colour, the natural shape but my husband just sees dropping pine needles everywhere so we alternate the years between having a real tree and an artificial one and that helps the harmony.
I have friends who argue every year over when to put up their tree because she is used to doing it on the first of December and him on Christmas Eve!
Another friend likes to take her decorations down on Boxing Day! Whereas I subscribe to the twelfth night theory.
Then there’s advent calendars – traditional with religious scenes behind each door or chocolate and toy filled? Or perhaps a homemade one, which is what we go for.
Our family Christmas is a happy mix of the fond memories my husband and I have of our childhood Christmases as well as a healthy combination of new ones we have created together which include the visit to us of two of Santa’s elves that create mayhem each night when we go to sleep much to my daughter’s delight, watching a favourite Christmas film whilst wearing Christmas hats and jumpers and buying a new bauble each year for our daughter that will gradually build a collection of memories she can take with her when she leaves home and starts traditions of her own.
Have a very Merry Christmas everyone!
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