WOW another week closer to Christmas and to celebrate the BIG Day 🎄I have a host of Bookouture favourite authors on my blog over the next week or so. Now anyone who follows my reviews will know I’m a HUGE fan of crime and psychological thrillers, but every now and then when I’m looking for a lighter read I always turn to Christie Barlow, her books can always cheer me up, they are well written, with “real life” characters and I’m always guaranteed a laugh or three. Lizzie’s Christmas Escape is the perfect read for this time of year and I can’t recommend it highly enough, you can find the link to my review for this delightful book further down the page. As usual I’ve digressed so without further ado here’s the fabulous Christie Barlows very Christmassy post.
Where will you be spending Christmas?
It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas! I simply adore Christmas and it is my most favourite time of the year! This year I will be spending Christmas at the shack, (a house I’ve just renovated) with my family. I have four excited children and there is never a dull moment!
The shack looking very Christmassy
Do you have any Christmas traditions?
Thanks to The Great British Bake Off, my Christmas Eve morning is spent with my children in the kitchen with our pinnies on, usually surrounded by every possible ingredient. We love to make homemade goodies which includes Gingerbread men and chocolate truffles. We wrap them up in tissue paper or pop them inside mini baskets tied up with red ribbon and a sprig of holly ready for when the grandparents arrive!
Once we have finished baking and have sampled the delights, we wrap up warmly in our winter woollies and coats and amble across the fields of the local country estate with our mad cocker spaniel Woody for an hour or two. As soon as we return home, everyone enjoys a mug of hot chocolate and we throw the logs on the fire. We gather together around the log burner and everyone puts away their smart phones and we play some old fashion games instead. We have SO much fun and board games allow all the family to get involved.
In the evening, we will gather around the piano and I will play some traditional carols while the family have a good sing-song!
What is your favourite Christmas memory?
I have SO many! When I was eight years old, I can remember ripping the wrapping paper from my presents and receiving a turntable with a selection of vinyl records; it was very cool! In recent years I’ve loved the children rushing into my bedroom and waking me up at an ungodly hour. Seeing the delight on their faces when they open their presents will always be amongst my treasured memories.
The very cute Christie Barlow as a child
What was your worst ever present?
One year I was super excited to open what I thought was an electric blanket (I suffer from the cold) but once I opened the box, inside was a porcelain doll! A very scary looking porcelain doll!
Favourite Christmas tipple?
I always have a cheeky glass of sherry or two!
Have you got a Christmas message you would like to share with your readers and bloggers?
This year has been truly amazing in the land of books and that is down to all the lovely readers and bloggers. I absolutely appreciate all the kind words and messages that everyone sends me and if it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be doing the job I love, so thank you. Christmas is a magical time for my family and I hope it is for you too. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year…oh, and a very big box of chocolates!
Christie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty’s Countryside Dream and Lizzie’s Christmas Escape.
She lives in Staffordshire with her husband, four kids, horses, chickens and a mad cocker spaniel. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. She is a Mum who wrote a book to prove to her children whatever you want to do in life go for it. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK and USA.
Christie loves to hear from her readers and you can get in touch via her
Christie Barlow books published by Bookouture
Every Christmas Lizzie promises herself that things will change and she will leap into the new year a new woman. And yet here she is again, at the beginning of December and nothing is different. Her girls have grown up and left home, her husband Henry is slumped in front of the TV and she is alone in the kitchen, seeking refuge in the cooking sherry and talking to her Gary Barlow calendar. She’s also been very diverted by handsome new neighbour Marcus and she knows she shouldn’t be …
So when best friend Ann suggests a weekend away in the country, Lizzie jumps at the chance. Will this Christmas escape give Lizzie some much needed perspective and allow her to mend her marriage? Or will Marcus prove to be too much of a distraction?
You can read my review here……Lizzie’s Christmas Escape
Link to Lizzie’s Christmas Escape can be found at the top of the page, it’s a book that would make a perfect Christmas as it’s got such a beautiful cover.
My thanks to Christie for answering my Christmas questions and also for the photographs from her personal collection 😘😘