Today I have a guest post from Helen Rolfe who talks about her favourite Christmas films. There’s a couple of films in there that I enjoy myself but if films are not for you then why not enter the giveaway where you could win a copy of this fabulous sounding book and some chocolate to enjoy while you read.
Blurb: Christmas is coming and New York is in full swing for the snowy season. But at The Little Knitting Box in the West Village, things are about to change …
The Little Knitting Box has been in Cleo’s family for nearly four decades, and since she arrived fresh off the plane from the Cotswolds four years ago, Cleo has been doing a stellar job of running the store. But instead of an early Christmas card in the mail this year, she gets a letter that tips her world on its axis.
Dylan has had a tumultuous few years. His marriage broke down, his mother passed away and he’s been trying to pick up the pieces as a stay-at-home dad. All he wants this Christmas is to give his kids the home and stability they need. But when he meets Cleo at a party one night, he begins to see it’s not always so easy to move on and pick up the pieces, especially when his ex seems determined to win him back.
When the snow starts to fall in New York City, both Cleo and Dylan realise life is rarely so black and white and both of them have choices to make. Will Dylan follow his heart or his head? And will Cleo ever allow herself to be a part of another family when her own fell apart at the seams?
Full of snow, love and the true meaning of Christmas, this novel will have you hooked until the final page.
Guest post: Favourite Christmas movies
Where do I start? I love Christmas movies and have to stop myself watching them all year round. I like to save something for the winter months!
My favourite would have to be Love Actually. I know there’s a real divide between movie lovers as to whether they love it or hate it, but I’m definitely in the ‘love it’ camp. What I really love about the movie is that it’s made up of so many smaller stories, but characters’ lives are all intertwined. There are some funny moments, some tender scenes, some sad, but the movie really does leave me feeling happy. And of course, there are plenty of romantic moments, so it’s a winner for me!
My second favourite is The Holiday starring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz. I bought this movie when I lived in Australia and needed a little fix of England. Set in a charming Cotswold village, as well as L.A. this movie certainly doesn’t disappoint. I love the way the two female characters have swapped houses and get to live a different life, which helps them learn about themselves. I think this movie is a brilliant way of showing how stepping outside of our comfort zone can open our eyes to where we need to make changes in our lives.
Another Christmas favourite is Christmas with the Kranks. I think I only watched it originally because it was suitable family viewing so the kids could enjoy it too, but I’ve watched it every year since. It’s an amusing tale about a man, Luther, who wants to skip Christmas. His daughter won’t be around so he books a cruise for himself and his wife, they’re not holding their usual Christmas party, they’re not even doing cards or decorating the house even though everyone else on their street has. But when their only daughter says she’s coming home from overseas for Christmas, there’s a party to organise and Christmas to arrange! What I love about this movie is that it ends up being a lesson in the true meaning of Christmas. There’s a moment – and I won’t spoil it for you – towards the end of the movie where Luther shows his good side and makes a grand gesture straight from the heart. I think tears well up in my eyes every time I see it. There are romantic moments, funny scenes and it’s a great movie for the whole family. I’d definitely recommend it!
My favourite thing about Christmas movies? Snuggling up under a blanket, a glass of mulled wine and the tree lights twinkling in the background.
Have a wonderful Christmas!
Helen J Rolfe.
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Helen J Rolfe writes contemporary women’s fiction with an emphasis on relationships and love. She enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and characters who face challenges and fight to overcome them. Helen enjoys creating strong female lead characters and although her stories often deal with serious issues, they always have a happy ending.
Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries around the world. So far, locations have included Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Connecticut, Bath and the Cotswolds.
Born and raised in the UK, Helen graduated from University with a business degree and began working in I.T. This job took her over to Australia and it was there that she studied writing and journalism and began writing for women’s health and fitness magazines. She also volunteered with the PR department of a children’s hospital where she wrote articles and media releases. Helen began writing fiction in 2011 and hasn’t missed the I.T. world one little bit, although the I.T. skills have come in handy of course, especially when it comes to creating and maintaining a website.
After fourteen years of living in Australia, Helen returned to the UK and now lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and their children.