It is the end of October
We should be talking about autumn, that season of mists and mellow fruitfulness…
Or Hallowe’en, darker nights, spooky goings-on and tales by candlelight.
Warning: if you think autumn is too early for “December Festivities”, look away now!
As you can see, this book has a Christmas theme. I am sorry, it can’t be helped. It is out there.
The Dreaded C Word in Autumn?
I know, I feel your pain. (Apologies, Dame Isadora, for using the phrase!)
It is only just autumn. I cannot really get into the festive mood until 1st December, but needs must, as they say. The book is out there, and I must talk about it…
It is a Regency Romance
And as such, you will find no Santa Claus, Christmas trees, decorated or otherwise, although there is holly and mistletoe, and presents on St Nicholas Day, 6th December. Toasted crumpets (yes, crumpets).
And snow. Lots of snow.
It is also a heart-warming story about finding love and working together to make a happy family life for a little boy. What more do you need in a book on a cold winter’s evening?
The story begins…
It starts in a pretty Somerset village where Lily Wrayford lives a happy, comfortable life. It is the last days of summer, 1814, and Lily is guardian to a little boy, Toby, whom she loves as her own. When it seems he is about to be taken away from her, she takes drastic measures to prevent that happening.
The first part of this book is set in and around the Somerset Levels. It is flat and marshy and — as it is a childhood haunt of mine — I think it is quite beautiful. It is full of winding lanes and rhynes, the deep drainage ditches that run between the fields. Somerset in September is mild and sunny. Just like Lily. But autumn is coming…
This is Leo’s territory.
In contrast to Somerset it is rugged and hilly. To Lily, at first, it seems as harsh and unyielding as Leo himself.
Can she be wrong about both????
This one is from my own garden, a few years ago when I lived on the Pennines. Who needs baubles??
Yes, Christmas is a time for giving…
BUT I don’t want to give too much of the story away. That means that’s all I’m going to say about it here.
Still, Christmas is about giving, so I thought a giveaway might be in order.
The Autumn Giveaway – NOW ENDED
Two names will be chosen at random at 9 am (UK time) on Friday 4th November from the comments to this blog and announced here on the blog shortly after.
FOR THE UK – Tote bag, make-up bag, notebook and pen, plus a paperback copy of The Duke’s Family For Christmas for one lucky commenter.
Sadly, I can only send this to UK addresses, but do not despair!
FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD – I will send an e-copy of The Duke’s Family for Christmas to one lucky commenter.
To make it easier for the Blogging Elves to do their work,
please add your location country to your comment.
Thank you and good luck everyone. I am now reverting to my usual curmudgeonly self and signing off with a Bah Humbug.