Ever wondered what they did and where they lived. What about where you came from and what happened in the past that may have shaped who you are? I am hooked on it.
I started my family tree over 12 years ago after being given a pile of photos and papers relating to my grandmother and her parents. The story goes that my great grandfather on my grandmother's side was a Swedish sailor, married to a Romany gypsy who was in touch with the spirit world.
At the start of December, I selected 3 festive reads and downloaded to my Kindle. The choice of titles was vast, but my selection didn’t disappoint. Each of them was filled with just the right blend of family angst, romance and festive feel-good stuff.
If you’re looking for a good book this Christmas check out these 3 festive reads.
The final edits are in the bag! Now I can get excited about my new novel for 2020. I'm taking a brave step and sending it out to digital publishers - this might be the one to catch their eye. I await their response in anticipation.
While waiting, I thought I'd share with you a short back story written about Joy, the main character in this new novel, and also in The Way of Life, my first novel.
After a long day travelling, being greeted by Janie and Mickey at the door of Chez Castillon was pure bliss. This beautiful, characterful French townhouse, pretty unimpressive from the street, is a mirage of French charm once you’re through the sturdy front door. A wide hallway that runs the length of the house ends with wrought iron gates that give you a glimpse of the shimmering blue pool beyond.
The wind is bitter, but then it always is out here, especially at this time of year. Climbing the metal steps, the steel rail is icy to touch. The heels of the woman in front click-clack as she ascends. All I can see is her dark heavy fur coat, flapping in the wind. It touches my face, soft, warm. Finally, I reach the top, welcoming the blast of warm air that embraces me.
This summer, I decided to take a break from the crime genre, turning my attention instead to novels about families, relationships and the odd romance. I’m enjoying my summer reads, and there are still plenty of books left on my ‘to read’ pile. Between Twitter and good old Amazon, I continually see more titles that capture my attention.
So here are my top 3 summer reads so far...