25 Days in December written by Poppy Alexander, publisher Orion, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and is due to be published in paperback on 28th November 2019.
To buy/pre-order link: https://amzn.to/37y4rtY
You can’t plan for the unexpected…
Kate Potter used to know what happiness felt like.
A few years ago, she was full of energy, excited by every possibility. But that was back when everything was different, before Kate’s husband went away with the army and didn’t come home. She can’t even remember what it felt like to be in love.
Then Kate meets Daniel. Recognising her loneliness reflected in his eyes, Kate vows to try and help bring him out of his shell. But as Kate plans to bring life back to Daniel, she might have stumbled on the secret to happiness…
Can one chance meeting change two lives?
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of the paperback of Poppy Alexander’s festive romance novel: 25 Days in December.
25 Days in December by Poppy Alexander is such a wonderful feelgood story. It gave me all the best heart-warming vibes but it had so much more going on.
Kate has been bringing up her young son by herself for four years now since the tragic death of her soldier husband, Tom. She’s struggled as a single parent, juggling work with school times and trying to balance the bills. She’s also still finding herself living in a fug of despair since her sadness began. At this time of year Kate tries her best to be positive for 6 year old Jack but this year she plans to inject a little more festive spirit into their lives throughout December leading up to Christmas, a bit like an inspirational mindfulness advent.
Daniel too is finding this festive season in particular difficult, it’s the first Christmas since the death of his beloved sister who he spent most of his life caring for. One of Daniel and his sister, Zoe, favourite things to do was to pick a real Christmas tree together. The memory of this act was bitter sweet but he always remembers how kindly the Christmas Tree Girl treated Zoe. Daniel always had a smile for the young woman who worked at the department store selling Christmas trees and he’s now wondering if she’s out in the cold again this year selling those trees?
Selling the Christmas trees once again came down to Kate dressed up as warmly as she could in her festive gear she too couldn’t help thinking about the charming young man with his sister and wondered if they will return to the store again this year?
25 Days in December is such a beautifully written love story that is so sad and tragic in places but it’s filled with charming, tender moments that fill your heart with warmth and joy. I adored this story, my heart ached for both Kate and Daniel, I felt the whole hopefulness of new beginnings and cherished the warmth emanated throughout.
About the Author
Poppy Alexander wrote her first book when she was five. There was a long gap in her writing career while she was at school, and after studying classical music at university, she decided the world of music was better off without her and took up public relations, campaigning, political lobbying and a bit of journalism instead. She takes an anthropological interest in family, friends and life in her West Sussex village (think, The Archers crossed with Twin Peaks) where she lives with her husband, children and various other pets. Poppy also writes as Rosie Howard and Sarah Waights.