It’s the sixth day of my Twelve Books for Christmas blog and today’s recommended book for your stocking is The Best Little Christmas Shop by the bestselling author of A Winter’s Fairytale and The Christmas Project, Maxine Morrey, .
Home for the holidays…
Icing gingerbread men, arranging handmade toys and making up countless Christmas wreaths in her family’s cosy little Christmas shop isn’t usually globe-trotter Lexi’s idea of fun. But it’s all that’s keeping her mind off romance. And, with a broken engagement under her belt, she’s planning to stay well clear of that for the foreseeable future…until gorgeous single dad Cal Martin walks through the door!
Christmas takes on a whole new meaning as Lexi begins to see it through Cal’s adorable five-year-old son’s eyes. But, finding herself getting dangerously close to the mistletoe with Cal, Lexi knows she needs to back off. She’s sworn off love, and little George needs a stability she can’t provide. One day she’ll decide whether to settle down again – just not yet.
But the best little Christmas shop in this sleepy, snow-covered village has another surprise in store…
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Praise for Maxine Morrey…
’A delightful wintery tale full to the brim with drama, passion and heartwarming cheer.’ – Gem~Bee on The Christmas Project
‘As a festive love story, this book has it all: romance, an engaging heroine you feel you could be friends with, a handsome caring hero…lots of warmth and humour and plenty of snow.’ PortobelloBookBlog
‘This book was a real wintry treat, with all the snow nicely contrasting with all the warmth the story exuded. I couldn’t help but find myself laughing away or sighing with happiness and I’m so excited to read more from Maxine if this is the kind of feel-good novel she’s capable of. I just want to read it all over again and probably will do in Christmases to come.’ Sophie at Reviewed the Book
‘This is a beautiful fairytale for adults, set in and around Christmas, with a healthy helping of romance…this story draws you in and won’t let you go. It is beautifully written, very easy and pleasurable to read.’ Rachel’s Random Reads
‘Fantastic strong characters, along with beautifully descriptive writing enabled me to immerse myself into their world and become a fly on the wall. I love books that transport me to Christmas and make me feel all festive and warm and Winter’s Fairytale certainly delivered for me.’ Jill Loves to Read
Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten. Coming in first, she won a handful of book tokens – perfect for a bookworm!
As time went by, she continued to write, but ‘normal’ work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, as well as a book on Brighton for a Local History publisher. However, novels are what she loves writing the most. After self publishing her first novel when a contract fell through thanks to the recession, she continued to look for opportunities.
In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK’s ‘Write Christmas’ competition with her romantic comedy, ‘Winter’s Fairytale’.
Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words loves to read sew and listen to podcasts. As she also likes cake she can also be found either walking or doing something vaguely physical at the gym.
I asked Maxine to tell us a bit about her Christmas traditions
Do you have any favourite family Christmas traditions? If so, what are they?
We’re not super big on traditions to be honest, and tend to just go with the flow when it comes to Christmas. We do always have a tree, of course, and years ago, after I decorated the little tree we’d had for years for the third time in one day, trying to get it to look good, I had to admit defeat. It was time to shop!
Although I love the idea of a real tree, it’s just not practical for our lives and I absolutely love the fibro optic one we currently have. It’s getting on now and is well travelled so I dread it not working! But it comes out of the loft, its branches are fluffed, then it’s plugged in and ta-dah! Done. I’ve learned from experience now that this is definitely my kind of tree decorating.
Apart from that, the only other tradition I keep up is one I know lots of people will relate to – that of buying the hallowed Christmas edition of the Radio Times. Getting comfy with that, a highlighter and a nice cup of tea is all part of Christmas.
When do you open your Christmas presents?
Christmas present opening has always been Christmas morning for us. Growing up, we had to have our breakfast, wash and get dressed before any presents were opened. If we had guests coming, we had to wait until they arrived. I can remember being fit to burst sometimes with all the delay!
Nowadays, although we do tend to have breakfast first, getting dressed is just an option.
If you could invite any author living or dead to share your Christmas lunch, who would it be?
The author I would most like to share a Christmas dinner is, probably predictably, Jane Austen. Although I have read that she wasn’t always that chatty, which was likely due to shyness. I can totally relate to this and know just the cure…pop the bubbly! She did like a glass of wine or two apparently so I’d get her on the bubbly and enjoy that sharp wit and hopefully pick up a writing tip or two!
What book would you like to find in your Christmas stocking?
Honestly, I’d be thrilled to find any book in my Christmas stocking! I’m eagerly awaiting the new Stephanie Plum book from Janet Evanovich which is out next month, so that would be brilliant. Although dinner may end up quite late if I start it there and then…
Oh I know what you mean, Maxine. I daren’t start reading a book on Christmas morning …
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Thanks for dropping by to talk to us, Maxine. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy, successful New Year!
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