Books make super Christmas presents so I thought I’d gather together a selection of gorgeous Christmas books that would make perfect stocking fillers. And my book for day eight is the delightful Snowflakes at Lavender Bay by Sarah Bennett.
The most wonderful time of the year…
Libby Stone has lived in Lavender Bay all her life. She loves the little seaside town and has big dreams to turn her father’s greasy old chippy into a dainty teashop – not that she’s told him yet!
Finding love isn’t easy amongst the cluster of coastal houses, but it’s not every day that someone quite as handsome and mysterious as Owen Coburn walks into the local pub.
And as the snowflakes begin to swirl on the promenade, Libby realises she’s falling for him. But Owen has been keeping a secret that could destroy everything…
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I asked Sarah to tell us about the Lavender Bay series.
The enduring theme through the series has been about the community in Lavender Bay coming together to support one another through good times and bad. I decided to introduce a Christmas Market with wooden sheds set up all along the promenade and linked it into the annual switch-on of the Christmas lights. Seafront communities have to work very hard in the winter months as their survival is often dictated by the main tourist season. The market was a way of bringing visitors in who might not otherwise have bothered. I really loved the idea of wandering along the prom bundled up against the wind with a hot sausage roll in my hand and visiting stalls from all the lovely shops and businesses I created for the series. I feel like if I can create that mood for myself, then hopefully I can do the same for my readers. I want them to feel like they are a part of that community, that at any moment Paul or Annie from the pub will offer them a mug of mulled wine or hot spiced cider, or they’ll be browsing through the beautiful gifts Beth sells in the Emporium.
I’ve always been drawn to the sea. As a family, we traditionally take a walk after Christmas lunch to blow away the cobwebs and walk off a little bit of that excess food and drink we all tend to indulge in. Imagine living in Lavender Bay and being able to walk along the beach and breathe in that salt air—absolute bliss! Now I really wish I was going to be there this holiday season.
It sounds wonderful, Sarah. Can you tell us a bit about how your own Christmas traditions.
What is your favourite Christmas memory?
We lived in Germany when I was a child as my father was in the RAF. One year we went on a skiing holiday in Austria with the Forces Caravan Club and everyone put a tree outside their caravans covered in lights. I can still see them all glittering in the snow, it was such a magical image. What wasn’t quite so magical was being the smallest, lightest child so I was loaned out to be boosted onto the caravan roofs in order to clear the snow off them as it was so deep!
I can imagine the scene, Sarah! When do put up your Christmas tree? And do you prefer a real or artificial one?
It gets so dark and gloomy in November so the tree quite often makes an appearance mid-month. I don’t have a tree this year as I will be staying with my husband in his apartment in Brussels and we don’t have any decorations there. I might have to sneak out and get one!
Christmas in Brussels sounds fun! How do you usually spend Christmas Day?
This year it will be very quiet. We’re not really into presents so I think a lazy day with some nice canapes and a glass of fizz mid-morning and then some variation on a turkey lunch. We’ll probably binge a box set or two.
What present are you hoping to receive this year?
As I said, we’re not really into presents. I’m just glad I can spend this Christmas with my husband as last year he was away on deployment in Afghanistan. Being with him is the best gift I can ever have.
Aw, I hope you both have a lovely Christmas. Thank you for dropping in and talking to us.
Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.
Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives. When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.
Sarah is the author of the Butterfly Cove, Lavender Bay and the forthcoming Bluebell Castle trilogies, published by HQ Digital UK.
You can find out more about Sarah here:
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sarah-Bennett/e/B01N6J6ZE1/
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