Today. I bring you a guest post by the lovely Elizabeth Holland. Earlier this year, I read her book titled 'The Vintage Bookshop of Memories', and really enjoyed it. So, when I heard she was releasing 'Christmas at the Vintage Bookshop of Memories', I ordered my copy once the pre-order was made available. I have since read the book, and enjoyed it just as much as the first. The book is a sequel, but could be read as a stand alone. I asked Elizabeth if she would be happy to tell me about the inspiration behind the book, and she kindly obliged. Elizabeth is not only a talented writer, she is also a great supporter of the writing community, and someone I am proud to call my friend.
Inspiration for 'Christmas at The Vintage Bookshop of Memories'
Anyone that knows me, knows how much I LOVE Christmas. It’s my favourite time of the year, and brightens up those dull and dreary days (at least, it does here in the UK!) With this in mind, writing a Christmas romance was firmly on my list of things to-do. I love a cosy romance, and there is nothing better than a cosy romance set at Christmas. They’re my favourite reads and because of this, I wanted to write my own.
I considered writing something new, but I couldn’t shake the village of Ivy Hatch at Christmas from my mind. This is where the idea for 'Christmas at The Vintage Bookshop of Memories' sprung from. An idyllic English village, covered in snow with a Christmas Day wedding. What more could you want from a cosy romance?
I have based the story on the romances I like to read at Christmas - something to escape the stresses of everyday life. It’s designed to be read as either a stand-alone or as a sequel to 'The Vintage Bookshop of Memories'. The story will sweep you up and leave your festive worries behind.
'Christmas at The Vintage Bookshop of Memories' follows Katie Wooster as she returns to the village of Ivy Hatch for her best friend, Prue’s wedding. Her life is in pieces after discovering her boyfriend in bed with her boss. With no job, no home, and no boyfriend, Katie is desperately trying to put her life back together. Can Ivy Hatch and a sprinkle of festive spirit help her find happiness again? Perhaps the local farmer, Austin, can put a smile back on her face.
The book combines everything that I love at Christmas; romance, happiness, friends, family and a little too much food and alcohol! The theme of fashion continues in this novella as Katie realises that fashion can be used to boost her confidence and express herself.
‘Knights in shining armour were so outdated, it was all about best friends in 1940s fashion these days.’