Part two of a cosy and heartwarming seasonal romance, perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley.
Beth is running away. With her young son Leo to protect, Willow Cottage is the lifeline she so desperately needs. Overlooking the village green in a beautiful Cotswolds idyll, Beth sees a safe place for little Leo.
When she finally uncovers the cottage from underneath the boughs of a weeping willow tree, Beth realises this is far more of a project than she bargained for and the locals are more than a little eccentric! A chance encounter with gruff Jack, who appears to be the only male in the village under thirty, leaves the two of them at odds but it’s not long before Beth realises that Jack has hidden talents that could help her repair more than just Willow Cottage.
Over the course of four seasons, Beth realises that broken hearts can be mended, and sometimes love can be right under your nose…
I am very excited to have Bella on my blog today with a guest post on Family Christmas Traditions!
Hi The Reader’s Corner , Thank you for having me on your blog today.
Until I was seventeen I assumed that everyone’s Christmas was pretty similar – how wrong could I be? At the time I thought it was reasonable to think that Christmas was a fairly set format – open presents, have turkey for dinner, crash out in front of the television. And I think for most of us this summary is accurate, however, the nuances of exactly what happens can be quite different.
I was shocked when at seventeen I spent Christmas with my then boyfriend’s family to discover that they did not take it in turns to open presents or even read the labels to see who the gift was from. Instead they counted down from three and then ripped everything open as quickly as possible in a frenzy of wrapping paper. I was totally stunned and slightly appalled.
This experience was a shock but thankfully it helped me to understand that as we are all individuals we like to do things in different ways and different doesn’t mean wrong. Although, I think we each hold our Christmas traditions close to our hearts so when someone suggests a change it is tricky to accommodate.
When I got together with my husband and suggested cold carved ham and scrambled eggs for Christmas breakfast you’d have thought I’d rubbed chilli in his underwear – he was outraged and could think of nothing worse (apart from someone rubbing chilli in his underwear) so this is a tradition from my childhood that has been replaced with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs and peace has been restored.
I love a real Christmas tree – the fresh pine smell, the vibrant colour, the natural shape but my husband just sees dropping pine needles everywhere so we alternate the years between having a real tree and an artificial one and that helps the harmony.
I have friends who argue every year over when to put up their tree because she is used to doing it on the first of December and him on Christmas Eve!
Another friend likes to take her decorations down on Boxing Day! Whereas I subscribe to the twelfth night theory.
Then there’s advent calendars – traditional with religious scenes behind each door or chocolate and toy filled? Or perhaps a homemade one, which is what we go for.
Our family Christmas is a happy mix of the fond memories my husband and I have of our childhood Christmases as well as a healthy combination of new ones we have created together which include the visit to us of two of Santa’s elves that create mayhem each night when we go to sleep much to my daughter’s delight, watching a favourite Christmas film whilst wearing Christmas hats and jumpers and buying a new bauble each year for our daughter that will gradually build a collection of memories she can take with her when she leaves home and starts traditions of her own.
Have a very Merry Christmas everyone!
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