The Holidays Are Coming: time to relax and enjoy a good read!

In today’s Bookshop Window I talked to some of our LLm authors and asked them to choose one of their books to suggest as a holiday read. So here are a few lines explaining why you might enjoy …

 A Christmas read!


Zara Stoneley’s ‘The Holiday Swap: The perfect laugh-out-loud romance for fans of the Christmas movie The Holiday!’

If you enjoy sun, sea, sand and snow, then grab the perfect antidote to the winter blues.  Enjoy ‘a sweet, funny and compelling tale that makes you wonder exactly what your life would be like if you just had the nerve to try and change it! Romance, sunshine, and festive fun – all rolled into one superbly readable Christmas gift of a book!

Put your feet up, sit back, and sip a cocktail in Barcelona with Daisy and a sexy Spaniard at your side, then curl up with a hot chocolate in Cheshire with Flo and delicious Hugo.


 Linn B. Halton’s A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love ~ it all started at Christmas!

If you enjoy a little magic in a story, then there is a spirit or two flitting in and out to help love along. Meet Grandma Grace, desperate for her beloved grandson to find ‘the one’ and Lily Grace, the granddaughter who just wants her divorced parents to be happy.

But I’ll leave it to the readers to add their thoughts, because their words are very special …

There’s something magical about grandma but then again this is a fairytale….’ Bookmad

There was a rather poignant part of the storyline which made me overcome with emotion. It opened my eyes to many, many things; especially the powerful force behind true love itself.The Writing Garnet


Or if drama, action and love is what you are looking for, then Sheryl Browne has just the thing!



If you enjoy a compelling read and your mulled wine with just the right amount of spice, then you’ll love curling up with a hot doctor. Rachel at Random Reads says, “I managed to read Learning to Love in one sitting, and loved every second of it.  It has everything you could want in a story, from a dishy doctor, village of friends, family with some wonderful children, a dastardly villain and a large helping of drama and action. This is a fast paced story, that will leave you gasping for more. Learning to Love teaches you how to love …” Read the full review here: Rachel’s Random Reads

Grab you copy and see if Doctor Adams can show you how. Voted a ‘Top Read of all time’ at Nikki’s Books4U, Learning to Love – comes with some useful advice from The Reading Shed:

Learning to Love – Sometimes help comes from the most unlikely places …

Living in a small village like Hibberton, it’s expected that your neighbours help you in a time of need. But when Andrea Kelly’s house burns down, taking all her earthly possessions with it, it’s the distant and aloof Doctor David Adams – the person she would least expect – who opens his door not just to her, but to her three kids and slightly dotty elderly mother as well.

Andrea needs all the help she can get, dealing with aftermath of the fire and the suspicious absence of her husband, Jonathan. But, as she gets to know David and his troubled son, Jake, she begins to realise that maybe they need her help as much as she needs theirs …



If you enjoy novels that are engaging and easy to follow but also give you food for thought then Gypsies Stop tHere (and its sequel/prequel, No Gypsies Served) could be for you!


Gypsies Stop tHere is Miriam Wakerly’s first novel, published as paperback in 2008, and readers are still buying it and reading if for the first time. This was produced way before the media became obsessed with the Gypsy theme, and as one review says, it is ‘an honest, even-handed attempt to explore the barriers dividing Gypsies/Travellers from settled communities.’

Miriam says, ‘I often get lovely feedback from readers, and they seem to really like both the English village setting and the characters’ – described in a review:  ‘Kay is both gutsy and pragmatic while her friendship with Dunstan, the generous-hearted gardener and all-round good guy, has a teasing ‘will they, won’t they?’ quality about it.’

The back cover reads:  Will uprooting herself from London to live in the country help Kay escape guilt-ridden memories of her husband’s death? Far from finding a quiet life, she is caught up in an age-old village conflict where passionate opinions on Romany Gypsy Travellers divide the local people.

 A young woman, Lena, enters her life, unwittingly putting Kay’s plans on hold as Kay struggles to not only come to terms with her emotional past but to resolve Lena’s  problems, those of the village and the Gypsies. And another relationship blossoms that she would never have dreamed of …


If you are in the mood to head off into the jungle – try this romantic comedy novella!



 Handsome young chef, Zach Docherty is feeling the heat. Following an exposé in a national newspaper, his fiancée, Poppy Dunlop, has broken their engagement.
Heartbroken at the thought of life without Poppy, Zach drowns his sorrows and when his agent suggests that Zach become a contestant in a reality TV show, Jungle Survival, he reluctantly agrees. Plunged deep in the jungle, into a bizarre mix of talent and trials, Zach meets glamour model, Cleo Petra, and the cameras go crazy.
Will Zach survive and be crowned Jungle King?
Or will his latest exploits push Poppy further away…
“Fans of, ‘I’m A Celebrity,’ will love this book!”
Nikki Ashton, best-selling author
“If you’re looking for a highly entertaining story, look no further.” 
Linda’s Book Bag

“Another really good book from Caroline James.”
Rachel’s Random Reads

“A fun romantic read – 5 stars!”
My Chestnut Reading Tree


Whatever our troubles are, and no matter how bad the weather is outside the window, curl up with a book and escape it all!

We’re raising a toast to all of our visitors for their continued support over the years.


Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas

and a healthy, happy & prosperous New Year! x



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