Today I’m sharing a guest post from author, Lindsey Paley, to celebrate her new book, Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes. I absolutely adore the cover of this book and I love this guest post because we’re talking about two things I love, 1) cakes and 2) the Lake District, which I visited last year! So enjoy and don’t forget to check out the book information and a giveaway at the bottom of the post.
Snowflakes, the Lakes and Christmas Baking Fun!
Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes is set in the fictional village of Aisford near Windermere in the English Lake District. It was an easy choice as a setting as it’s one of my favourite places in the UK to visit. From walking in the heather-covered fells, mooching around the flower-filled gardens and taking a spin in the pretty sailing boats and yachts on the lakes, it’s a great way to spend a few days recharging the batteries.
The book is the first in the Camille Carter series. The story revolves around a celebrity cookery book writer’s culinary school at Craiglea Country Manor where Millie, all-round buttercream princess, is stranded when the Festive Feast course is cancelled because of a snowstorm. The village is Christmas card-perfect, but Millie is a confirmed sun-worshipper and hates the snow and the cold. She plots her escape but ends up locking spatulas with hunky estate manager Fergus McKenzie when he is forced to rescue her. It’s a story of love and friendship and of reaching for a cupcake with a sprinkle of edible glitter when life gets tough.
I have to confess I’m like Millie. I prefer my weekends away to be doused in sunshine. On my last research trip to Lake Windermere for the brand new novel in the Camille Carter series – April Showers and Wedding Flowers – it rained almost non-stop. Here’s a photo!
Whilst atmospheric, I decided that the next book in the Camille Carter series would definitely have to be set somewhere warmer. So, Millie’s culinary adventures will continue next year in the city of her home – Paris! I’m going to love researching the story for Parisian Affairs and Chocolate Eclairs.
Links: Goodreads | Amazon UK
Blurb: When all-round buttercream princess, Millie Carter, becomes stranded at Craiglea Manor Cookery School, she believes her chance of enjoying a merry festive season is over.
The village of Aisford is Christmas-card perfect, but Millie hates it – she hates the snow, her freezing fingertips, and being forced to look like her Aunt Marjory in a mud-splattered wax jacket and wellies instead of her beloved shorts and sparkly sandals.
She plots her escape but ends up locking spatulas with the estate manager, Fergus McKenzie, who is forced to rescue her before she succumbs to a severe dose of hyperthermia. Things start to improve with the arrival of handsome Sam Morgan, fresh from the beaches and rum shacks of the Caribbean.
Can Millie accept her fate? And will Aisford sprinkle some of its seasonal magic on her troubles?
Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes is a festive story of love and friendship and reaching for the buttercream icing and edible glitter when life gets tough.
To celebrate the blog tour, Lindsey is giving away an eBook copy of Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes and… wait for it… An actual Christmas cake to one lucky winner! So please click HERE to enter the giveaway but it’s U.K only I’m afraid so any international readers, I’m really sorry but do check back because there’s often giveaways going on on Jenny in Neverand!