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:

Hattie doing Christmas

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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7 responses to “For the love of Christmas books

  1. It was lovely to be able to help you celabrate the publication of A Christmas Gift. I love being part of your Street Team. Thank you for the opportunity to take part in your lovely blog. Heres to lots of lovely christmas reading ! X

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  2. Lovely, Sue! All the best, and happy reading (and writing!)

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  3. I love Christmas books, and enjoyed so much Sue Moorcroft’s new book, A Christmas Gift” (First Hard Cover!!!). Christmas time has always been special to me, because I have good memories of loving childhood Christmases. My family did not have much money, but my parents always made it a special time for me and my sisters. Reading Christmas books brings back that love. Things are not always perfect, but love and hope will see you through. A am a new member of Sue’s Street Team, and am happy to promote this lovely book so other readers may pick it up and enjoy it also.


    • Thank you, Judy! I had childhood Christmases like that too – lots of time to spend together as a family. We were often abroad, as a military family, so that took away the option of bigger gatherings, but we never minded.


  4. Christmas already? Aargh! So disorganised this year – but you’ve begun to put me in the mood. Good luck with the book, Sue! Jenny x


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