Christmas courtesy of Wynthorpe Hall by Heidi Swain
There’s something truly magical about writing a Christmas book and there’s also an extra sprinkling of reader responsibility. I’ve lost count of the number of times family and friends have told me they’ve been excited to read a book with ‘Christmas’ in the title only to feel let down by the lack of seasonal detail filling the not quite festive enough pages.
This particular niggle was top of my list when I wrote Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market last year and when I was asked if I would consider writing a second book this year with Christmas at its heart, I made it my number one priority all over again.
Fortunately my head had been filled with the grand country house setting of Wynthorpe Hall and its ever so slightly eccentric family for months and I just knew that this was the place to sprinkle with a dusting of snow and fill with delicious warming Winter dinners. The hall and family stepped up to provide the perfect place for Anna, the girl with the impossible work/life balance to discover there really is more to the festive season than taking care of her employers needs and wants.
As well as the festal fun on offer in the town of Wynbridge I’ve also indulged in adding some family traditions, a pagan celebration and rather more than the usual amount of trees. So if you decide to take a trip to Wynbridge this winter and pop along to Wynthorpe Hall then I’m certain you’ll feel as if you’ve had your fill of mulled wine and snowy landscapes.
Wishing you all a very merry Yule and stockings stuffed with a copy of Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at The Christmas Fair!