I can always count on Katie to get me in the festive mood, I’ve been a huge fan since I first started reading her books about 7 or 8 years ago, and I have a shelf dedicated only to Katie’s books on my bookcase.
The Christmas Stocking and Other Stories, is a great collection of festive stories with two already published separately and four brand new ones.
The Christmas Stocking sees Romy, a young woman selling handmade Christmas decorations at a Christmas market, getting stranded at a customer’s house when she drives over to do a delivery. Felix is alone for Christmas and offers for Romy to stay with him for Christmas Day, romance ensues.
In Dream Christmas Ginny and Ben are heading off to the new forest on their honeymoon after their disastrous wedding in which both mothers completely took over. When they arrive at the cottage, Ginny is shocked to discover it is nothing like the hot tub, double shower, memory foam mattress filled cottage she booked and is instead completely old fashioned. But someone seems to be looking after them, providing food, drink and a warm fire, there are no footprints in the snow though so who could this mystery person be and what is their agenda?
Fenella is stressing over creating the perfect Christmas in Candlelight at Christmas but then the power goes out and disaster strikes, how will she keep so many people happy when there’s no lights never mind no cooker?!
Tristan and Isolde, a pair of naughty dogs come barrelling into Stella when she’s scattering ashes beneath the dog walker’s tree in the village she’s just moved to. With them comes their handsome owner Fitz and somehow she finds herself hosting him and his elderly mother for Christmas dinner, then Stella and Fitz’s respective partner’s turn up and it all gets a little uncomfortable…
Falling in love with one of the guests was never Jo’s plan when she agreed to help her friend Andi cook Christmas dinner in A Christmas in Disguise. Both women think they’ll get away with it because Andi’s celebrity diva boss makes her wear All chef whites, but then suddenly she’s asked to be a stand in girlfriend too, and awkward if hilarious times ensue.
Finally, in The Christmas Fairy Ella, an out of Work actress is hired to help out Brent a young uncle who agreed to have his nephew and two nieces for Christmas. At first Brent is reluctant to accept her help but soon the Christmas Magic is happening for more people than just the children. This story is extra special because it features some of the lovely characters from Katie’s novel A Summer at Sea.
As usual the stories were beautiful, happy ending stories (my favourite kind), wonderfully festive and easy to devour in a single sitting.