If you know me, you’ll know that I’m not a huge lover of Christmas. But today I’m bringing you a guest post from author, Kate Hewitt all about when Christmas goes wrong. And I am totally down for that. All those embarrassing stories and royal cock-ups – those are the Christmas stories Grinchy over here loves best. So grab a cuppa and enjoy this wonderfully festive and disastrous guest post!
There are so many wonderful things about Christmas. The traditions, the food, the presents, the decorations, the sparkly snow and of course the sense of wonder and thankfulness. But what happens when Christmas goes a bit wrong?
My family has always celebrated Christmas in a big way; my mother is usually the most excited on Christmas morning, shouting up to us (even when we’re adults) that ‘Santa has come!’. But occasionally things don’t go according to our best-laid plans. There’s the time when I was about four when my father was filming us all hanging up our stockings with his brand new 1970s home movie camera, and he stepped on the microphone. Crack! Cue everyone wincing and then a tense silence. Since then it has become a family joke to grumble ‘Merry Christmas’ as he did afterwards, looking decidedly grumpy.
And then a few years later I was one present short on Christmas morning. Not a big deal, you think, but in our family we all save one present for last, and everyone opens them at once. When I was around twelve I didn’t have a present to open when everyone else did. I wasn’t THAT upset, although my older brother now likes to pretend to sob as he claims I did that year—trust me, it’s a joke that is trotted out Every. Single. Christmas.
Another time someone accidentally tossed a silver spoon into the cavity of the turkey before it was cooked—my father cut into it, looking utterly flummoxed. And then there’s the year we had sausages instead of turkey because the bird had defrosted too much and started to rot. Or the time my older brother filmed us on Christmas Eve while my father read the Christmas story from the Bible—it was only later, when we watched it, that we realized absolutely no one was paying attention and all the kids were mucking about, making faces and poking each other.
The funny thing is, when things go wrong, it can become a memory that makes you laugh and draws you together as a family. Certainly we reminisce and joke about the times it all went pear-shaped rather than those when it went swimmingly.
A Cotswold Christmas is about when things go wrong—Anna Vere’s hotel room is flooded and she has nowhere to say—and then they go wonderfully right. It wasn’t the Christmas she’d expected, but it ends up being better than she could have ever hoped.
What about you? Have you had a Christmas that went wrong? And did it eventually go right? Perhaps you can at least laugh about it!
About the book
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Blurb: Welcome to Wychwood-on-Lea… a not-too-quaint village where frosty evenings, welcoming fires, and second chances will make this a Christmas you’ll never forget.
Anna Vere has escaped to the Cotswolds for Christmas to try to heal from her broken engagement and, far worse, her broken dreams. When her reserved room at a bed & breakfast is flooded, she takes up the offer of camping out in Willoughby Close, the converted stables of the nearby manor house… and is taken under the wing of sexy local carpenter Colin Heath.
What starts out as merely helping a neighbor in need turns into far more as Colin and Anna share a surprisingly intense and emotional connection, weaving their own Christmas magic as they spend the holiday together. But Anna has a secret she’s scared to reveal, something that could destroy the fragile bond they’ve just created, and Colin knows she’s only in England for a short time. Can these two sudden soul mates risk their hearts for a love that has yet to be tried and tested?
Get swept away by this poignant and heartwarming story, set in beautiful Wychwood-on-Lea, in the English Cotswolds. And look forward to four more books set in Willoughby Close, where everyday miracles and happily-ever-afters are guaranteed.
About Kate Hewitt
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Bio: Kate is the USA Today-bestselling author of over 40 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. Other series include the Emigrants Trilogy, the Amherst Island Trilogy, and the Falling For The Freemans series.
She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.
Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in the English Cotswolds with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever.