The Christmas Calendar Girls written by Samantha Tonge, publisher Aria Fiction, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format. The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.
This Christmas fall in love with the town of Chesterwood…
Christmas is meant to be a time of giving, so with Chesterwood food bank under risk of closure Fern knows just what to do to save it. She’s going to get the town to create a living advent calendar.
Fern, and her best friends, call for help from the local community to bring this calendar to life. When Kit, the new man in town, offers his assistance Fern’s heart can’t help but skip a beat (or two).
As they grow ever closer, Fern must admit that Kit’s breaking down the barriers she built after the death of her husband. But his past is holding him back and Fern doesn’t know how to reach him. No matter how hard she tries.
In this town, Kit’s not the only one with secrets. Domestic goddess Cara is behaving oddly, burning meals in the oven and clothes whilst ironing, and Davina’s perfect children are causing trouble at school leaving her son, Jasper, desperately unhappy.
Can the Christmas Calendar Girls find a way to bring the community together in time to save the food bank, while still supporting their families and each other? Can Fern find love again with Kit?
This is a story about kindness and letting go of the past. It’s about looking out for your neighbours and about making every day feel like Christmas.
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Samantha Tonge’s latest novel: The Christmas Calendar Girls.
The Christmas Calendar Girls is wonderfully uplifting and is the ultimate festive read; as the year draw’s to a close we often take a look back of our lives, it’s a time of reflection and our thoughts widen to those less fortunate. This is a story about family and the strength of friendship bringing a community together to help those in need.
Fern with her young daughter Lily moved to Chesterwood for a fresh starting following the tragic death of her husband. It’s now been a few years since her husband’s untimely death but the sadness is easing with the help of the friends she has made in Cara and Davina.
When the friends hear of the struggle of the local food bank keeping up with the growing demand for food packages and with the daily expenses of running the bank they come up with a plan to raise much needed funds to keep this required resource going. With the festive season approaching the girls decide to incorporate the joy of the season and bring to life a Christmas Advent Calendar.
With just over a month till Christmas Fern, Cara and Davina have much to organise for this epic festive fundraising extravaganza. We follow the girls with their efforts to bring their plan to fruition whilst juggling family life with all it’s ups and downs. The combining of the strengths within the friendship group and community are a force to be reckoned with. There’s also the prospect of new romance on the horizon but the couple in question have so many emotional hurdles to overcome before they can let their heart accept love again.
The Christmas Calendar Girls is such a warm-hearted, uplifting story with a wonderful ethos that’s quite inspirational.
About the Author
Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.
When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.
She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category. In 2018 Forgive Me Not, heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association romantic comedy award