Christmas at the Farmhouse written by Rebecca Boxall, publisher Wild Fox Press, is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited and paperback format.
As the anticipation of Christmas builds in the Nielsen family’s cosy farmhouse, Jo, Magnus and their grown-up children begin to congregate for a hybrid Danish-Jersey festive season, each with a surprise of their own – though the surprise that arrives over Christmas is the most life-changing of all.
Fifty years earlier, in 1969, Susan Jones finds herself being pursued by Mr Jenners, her former English teacher, and at the age of seventeen is packed off to a Home for Unmarried Mothers in London by her uncompromising father. As Christmas approaches, all she can do is desperately hope to be rescued, but will anyone be able to reach her in time?
The two timelines of this festive story gradually weave together in a tale that examines whether love and hope can eventually triumph over even the deepest sadness.
Rebecca Boxall is the award-nominated author of five bestselling novels – Christmas at the Vicarage, Home for Winter, Christmas on the Coast, The Christmas Forest and Christmas by the Lighthouse.
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Rebecca Boxall’s latest novel: Christmas at the Farmhouse.
This novel is quite short in length (206 pages) but it packs a punch. It is more than just a cosy festive read, it has plenty of light and dark and really keeps you captivated by the storyline. In fact I was so emotional by the end of the novel that I found it hard to see the words through my tears.
Christmas at the Farmhouse is a story of two halves that come together in one emotional finale. Back in the late 1960’s young Susan’s life was quite confined with her controlling parents. However, she did have an escapism with her part-time job in the bakery. When someone who should know better pays her attention Susan is initially flattered and likes the freedom of talking with an adult. However, life becomes dangerous and disturbing for Susan but light from an unexpected source brings her hope and happiness. Nonetheless, fate was to pull another blow her way and Susan is ripped apart from this joy she has made.
Fifty years later we are in Jersey at a farmhouse that sounds so homely. To a large extended family that are as unconventional as they come. As Christmas Day approaches new shocks and changes to various members of the family are announced but the surprise that Jo has so thoughtfully planned brings a much needed clarity to one member of the family.
Christmas at the Farmhouse is a time-slip novel with a coming of age storyline centred around the unjust of certain rules of life post war England. At times the story is endearing and at others it’s darkness provokes fury within the reader but the finale will unravel your emotions entirely. Charming, thought-provoking and highly emotive.
Author Bio –
Rebecca Boxall was born in 1977 in East Sussex, where she grew up in a vicarage always filled with family, friends and parishioners. She now lives by the sea in Jersey with her husband, three children and Rodney the cat. She read English at the University of Warwick before training as a lawyer and also studied Creative Writing with The Writer’s Bureau. She is the bestselling author of Christmas at the Vicarage, Home for Winter, Christmas on the Coast, The Christmas Forest and Christmas by the Lighthouse and was nominated for the Romantic Novelist Association Awards in 2020.
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