For Day 3 we’re escaping to a winter wonderland with the delightful Let it Snow by Sue Moorcroft. Isn’t the cover eye-catching with all that gorgeous snow? Let’s find out a bit more about the story then Sue is going to tell us about her research trip to Switzerland where the book is partly set.
This Christmas, the villagers of Middledip are off on a very Swiss adventure…
Family means everything to Lily Cortez and her sister Zinnia, and growing up in their non-conventional family unit, they and their two mums couldn’t have been closer.
So it’s a bolt out of the blue when Lily finds her father wasn’t the anonymous one-night stand she’d always believed – and is in fact the result of her mum’s reckless affair with a married man.
Confused, but determined to discover her true roots, Lily sets out to find the family she’s never known; an adventure that takes her from the frosted, thatched cottages of Middledip to the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland, via a memorable romantic encounter along the way…
Let it Snow paperback or at your favourite book shop or supermarket
Now over to you, Sue, I’m dying to find out about your trip to Switzerland!
Have a book idea, will travel
If a friend said to you, ‘If you want to set a book there you can come to Switzerland with me’, what would be your reply? Mine was: ‘I want to set a book there!’ And so Let it Snow was born.
Rosemary J Kind, also an author, moves regularly between the UK and Switzerland. Last December, she arrived at my house with our route planned and Wilma her Swiss Mountain Dog (or Entlebucher) in the back of her car. She also had a host of ideas for things for me to see in Switzerland and it’s down to her that Lily in Let it Snow, the Middledip village singing group, Isaac and his Dalmatian dog Doggo had such a brilliant time.
After driving through England to Folkestone we took the Eurotunnel, which was a new experience for me. I don’t enjoy confined spaces but the train was light and airy. By the time we’d eaten our lunch and used the wifi to catch up with social media we were rolling off the train in Calais.
We drove south through France to Chalons en Champagne where we were booked to spend the night and next day headed for the Swiss border, reaching Ros’s village near Unterägeri in the canton of Zug in time to visit the supermarket.
We spent the next week visiting nearby towns and villages, walking through country parks, admiring vistas of snowy peaks, Swiss chalets and Christmas lights, Christmas lights everywhere. As one of the characters says in Let it Snow, the Swiss really know how to do Christmas.
Visiting Zürich with Ros’s friend Gina, who generously took us around, climbing the tower of the Grossmünster church with me, taking us on trams, to the Christmas markets to eat bratwurst and drink glühwein and even to see the German language edition of my books on sale in the bookshops. We watched the little red tram staffed by angels that takes children on Christmas rides; saw the astonishing Swarovski Christmas tree in the railway station; and listened to a choir on a pyramidical stage – ‘The Singing Christmas Tree’.
On December 6th we watched the St Nicholas Day parade in Unterägeri with Samichlaus and his entourage collecting for children’s charities, making the most incredible noise with cowbells and whips as they did so. (Samichlaus is a representation of St Nicholas, the patron saint of children.)
A temporary ice rink was a great place to enjoy a beer while watching the skaters. In common with other cold countries, the children learn early and I was fascinated by youngsters who skated as easily as I walk.
Another British author, Louise Mangos, contacted us on Twitter to say she lived in the area and we met at The Raten for a very Swiss lunch.
And throughout the week I gathered all the information I needed to send Lily to Switzerland for a winter adventure. I’m a fortunate author indeed that, via this awesome research trip, I had quite a winter adventure of my own.
What an amazing experience, Sue.
Sue Moorcroft is a Sunday Times and international bestselling author and has reached the coveted #1 spot on Amazon Kindle. She’s won the Readers’ Best Romantic Novel award and the Katie Fforde Bursary, and has twice been nominated for a Romantic Novel of the Year Award.
Her short stories, serials, columns, writing ‘how to’ and courses have appeared around the world.
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/SueMoorcroftAuthor
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