Monthly Archives: November 2018

A Christmas Gift by Sue Moorcroft

A lovely review from Linda Hill of Linda’s Book Bag. I just wanted to share this one as I try very hard for authenticity in my books and Linda’s comments have painted a big smile on my face.

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I always feel so privileged to be part of Sue Moorcroft’s street team and so it gives me enormous pleasure to be part of the launch celebrations for her latest book, A Christmas Gift, by sharing my review today.

Sue is a regular here on the blog and you can see other Linda’s Book Bag posts with Sue in the following links:

Discussing One Summer in Italy

An interview with Sue Moorcroft

A guest post from Sue on over-sharing and my review of The Christmas Promise

A guest post from Sue on her fantasy holiday companions

My review of Just For The Holidays

A guest post from Sue on loving a village book

My review of The Little Village Christmas

A Christmas Gift was published by Harper Collins imprint Avon on 1st November 2018 and is available for purchase through the links here.

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‘A Christmas Gift’ by Sue Moorcroft (Part One)

Lovely review here from The Ginger Book Geek.


My blog post for my stop on the blog tour for ‘A Christmas Gift’ is going to be slightly different to the majority of my blog tour posts in that this one will come in two parts.  The first part (this part) contains my review and the second part contains an extract from the book to give you a taster of what to expect when you pick the book up for yourselves.  I hope you enjoy reading it just as much as I did.


Georgine loves Christmas. The festive season always brings the little village of Middledip to life. But since her ex-boyfriend walked out, leaving her with crippling debts, Georgine’s struggled to make ends meet.

To keep her mind off her worries, she throws herself into organising the Christmas show at the local school. And when handsome Joe Blackthorn becomes her assistant, Georgine’s grateful for the help. But…

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For the love of Christmas books

To continue the celebrations of publication of A Christmas Gift, I’ve invited a few people to tell us what they feel about fab Christmas books and to include a Christmassy pic if they felt so inclined.

First up is Helen Huthwaite, Publishing Director, Avon HarperCollins:

“Reading my first Christmas book of the season gives me all the happiness and warmth of biting into a festive mince pie or slurping delicious mulled wine on a cold winter’s evening. As the dark nights draw in, a Christmas story brings light, fun and hope – a teaser for the many festivities that lie ahead. And that’s why I can’t possibly confine myself to a Christmas read for just one season – they bring me joy all year round!

Mark West, author, a great writing buddy and my long-standing beta reader:

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“Until you started writing Christmas books, I never even realised they were a “thing” but I was very happy to discover their existence. I love Christmas and everything about it but, for me, a Christmas read brings to mind happy hours spent lying on the floor as the smells of Christmas dinner suffused the house, reading the latest Look-In or Six Million Dollar Man (or whatever else had taken my fancy that year) annual.”

Hattie Grunwald, literary agent at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency:

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I’m a big fan of Christmas traditions – visiting Christmas markets, hosting a Christmas dinner for my friends or seeing the panto with my family – and for me, reading a Christmas book is another magical way of welcoming in the festive season every year. Whether it’s a classic you re-read every year, or the newest offering from your favourite author, there’s nothing better than snuggling up with a paperback full of Christmas magic!”

Heidi Swain, author:

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“All books are special, but there’s something truly magical about Christmas books. Nothing comes close to snuggling under a fleecy blanket on a chilly day with a mug of marshmallow-topped hot chocolate and a plot packed full of festive events and seasonal spice!

Heidi has her own brand-new Christmas book out, too! Look out for Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland. Congratulations, Heidi!

Susan Baker, a stalwart member of my street team, #TeamSueMoorcroft:


“I love Christmas. It’s the very best time of year. It’s not the day itself, it’s the run-up and all the prep work. Yes, it’s manic, but my escape at the end of the day is to curl up with a Christmas book. It has to be a romantic story, all snowflakes and tinsel.  It is by far the best way to escape the world that is supermarkets and worrying if Amazon will deliver on time. I love to be able to curl up and immerse myself in a wonderful Christmas Wonderland before reality strikes and I’ve got to worry about Turkey timings!

I adore giving and, for that matter, receiving books as Christmas gifts – the best Christmas gift of all is a Christmas book.”

Bella Osborne, author:

Bella's cat“I am a huge fan of Christmas and it is, without doubt, my favourite time of year. I’m relatively new to Christmas novels but now really enjoy curling up with a mince pie, glass of mulled wine and a Christmas book that immerses me in the festivities. I’m even going to have a crack at writing one myself!”

Anne Williams, blogger on Being Anne and member of #TeamSueMoorcroft:

“Tinsel and lights, snow and the man in the red coat, the magic of the season, a nice touch of romance – I’m an unashamed fan of Christmas books, and always try to read as many as I possibly can. When you’re a blogger, Christmas books start to appear before you’ve put away your suntan lotion these days, but the season can’t start too early for me – I get to excited by every new sparkly snow-covered cover I see.”


And from me:

I love Christmas books more every year! Until I began to write them I simply hadn’t realised how many readers looked to them for Christmas build-up excitement, Christmas reading-time and Christmas gifts. Right from my first Christmas book, The Christmas Promise, I got swept up in the fun – especially when The Christmas Promise rewarded me so handsomely by being a Christmas #1 on Amazon Kindle – and it’s great to see my latest, A Christmas Gift, on the shelves. All my life, books at Christmas have been favoured gifts, both to give and to receive, whether they’re set at Christmas or not.



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My first hardback – A Christmas Gift



Today A Christmas Gift is published as a hardback. Even the picture above doesn’t really do it justice, as it’s ornamented with foil and shiny things.


There’s something special about a hardback book. So far as I’m concerned, this particular volume is special because it’s my first ‘proper’ hardback, so it feels like a promotion. I’ve had occasional hardback library editions or foreign editions but nothing quite so special as this.

A Christmas Gift it is for me!

And we hope it will find its way under a lot of tees and into a multitude of stockings this Christmas. It is, after all, such a lovely easy shape to wrap.

However many people read it, a gift from themselves to themselves or from someone special, I hope they all enjoy reading how this Christmas changes everything for

  • Georgine France, who surely deserves a little more shine on her life
  • and Joe Blackthorn, who’s disillusioned not by success, but by what some people are prepared to do to achieve it.

A Christmas Gift, published in hardback today, 1 November 2018


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