I don’t know about you, but I find the winter season to be one of the best times of year to cosy down with a good book. The nights are long which means that the children are more likely to be amicable when trying to get them to sleep at 7pm, and hot coco tastes so much better when curled up among the extra throws and blankets that swamp the sofa.
So on to some of my recommendations for this festive season:
The Plumberry School of Comfort Food by Cathy Bramley
As someone who can’t get enough of a soppy love story, I find Cathy Bramley and similar Authors (likely in this top 3) to be brilliant contributors to the genre of romance. The Plumberry School of Comfort Food is a wonderful mixture of romance, inspiration and charm. Also a foodie, I find the plot to be deliciously tantalising with the underlying flavours of both fine dining and warming comfort foods, (I mean, who doesn’t love a fish finger sandwich made with fresh crusty bread?).
Initially thrown in to an emotionally unstable main character’s story, it is somewhat satisfying to see her through her journey not only of love, but also of acceptance and healing. It gets you, or me at least, thinking of the New Year and what sort of journey I might find myself on and how to make it a positive one.
A Christmas Feast & other stories by Katie Fforde
Until I started commuting to work, I’d never been much of a ‘short story’ reader. However, there’s nothing worse than getting into a book and having to close it part way because you have to change trains. Thank goodness for my time commuting though because now I am more than open to the wonders of the short story.
A Christmas Feast and other stories holds a collection of Katie Fford’s marvellous romances in miniature between its pages, but they are no less enjoyable and fill the soul with all the warmth of a great novella. The variety of rich characters and the heartwarming relationships set within surprisingly well fleshed out back drops, make this book as exciting as an advent calendar. My favourite? The one with the Author in Scotland… but I shall say no more, you’ll have to read it yourself.
Warm Hearts in Winter by Helen Pollard
This was one of the first books I downloaded onto the new Kindle I got for Christmas and by the day after boxing day I had read it through. Carting it around with my while arranging platters of crackers and cheese and reading one handed while feeding my baby girl just goes to show how much of an easy read this was.
The plot line was right up my street and the romance, though obviously cliche like most in this genre, still gave me the fuzzies from the get go. It felt very much like a long short story and most likely sits in the novella bracket, but it was well rounded and fulfilling. I highly recommend!