I love reading books about Christmas at this time of year. This year, I have three treats to read in a spare moment with a cup of coffee as three of my favourite contemporary writers have published short stories on a Christmas theme – & two of them are free.
Katie Fforde’s story, Staying Away at Christmas, is available as a digital-only story from Amazon. So, you’ll need a Kindle or Kindle app to read it. It costs $1.52US & includes the first chapter of her forthcoming book, A French Affair. Miranda is a single mother setting off to spend Christmas in Devon with her two daughters. Miranda is taking stroppy teenager Isa & young Lulu to the holiday cottage they’d loved in summer but will it have the same charm in the middle of winter? When they arrive, they discover that widower Anthony & his two children, Dan & Amy, have also arrived for Christmas thinking that they had booked the cottage. Anthony is aggressive & prickly & Miranda is anxious enough about Christmas without dealing with these complete strangers. Will Christmas be a disaster or a delight?
Trisha Ashley & Elly Griffiths have given their fans a Christmas present with a free short story available through their websites. Both are PDF documents so you can read them online, print them off or download them to your e-reader (I did this with Calibre).
Trisha’s story is called A Christmas Wish & it’s available here. A young Chloe Lyon from Trisha’s novel Christmas Wishes sees an angel. Trisha also includes some yummy Christmas recipes from her books as well as a few new ones.
Elly’s story, Ruth’s First Christmas Tree, is available through the Quercus website. Just register here & you’ll be sent a link to the story. Ruth is determined that her daughter Kate will have a proper, traditional Christmas, including a Christmas tree. Her plans don’t quite work out but thanks to Cathbad & Nelson, Kate & Ruth have a Christmas to remember. I’m looking forward to reading Elly’s new novel, A Dying Fall, when it’s published early in the New Year.