Snowed in at Christmas by Claire Sandy | Blog Tour

Today on Becca's Books, I'm absolutely delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the fabulous Claire Sandy's brand new festive book Snowed in at Christmas! Since reading Claire's previous novels, I've fallen absolutely head over heels in this author's style. Huge, chaotic families are one of my favourite things to read about in books, and Claire Sandy does this exact thing so well. I cannot wait to read Snowed in at Christmas, but until then, I have this wonderful piece from Claire Sandy herself to share with you. Titled Christmas Makes It's Own Rules, I can assure you that you're in for a fantastic read!

 ~ Christmas Makes It's Own Rules ~
We all have our own way of doing Christmas, which is, of course, the only way to do Christmas. My mother looked baffled by people who didn't have smoked salmon before the turkey; she regarded these deviants as worse than murderers.

We all differ on when the gifts should be opened. Are you a first-thing-in-the-morning-er? We're before-lunchers. And we do it in a circle, like some weird cult. I know grown adults who still put out biscuits for Santa, and tut if there isn't a bite taken out of the apple they left for Rudolph.
These rules are comforting, transporting us back to childish Christmasses past. In a world that changes so fast it can be hard to remember which Kardashian is married to which idiot the certainty of Christmas is calming.

But Christmas is more than the sum of its parts. You can strip it down and it's still as mighty and glorious as ever. Some professions can't down tools on the day - imagine rolling up to A & E with a cracker novelty stuck up your nostril only to find the nurses were all at home eating After Eights as if there was no tomorrow. Police officers, lifeboat crews, muggers - they're all on duty at Christmas now and then.

Christmas sneaks in wherever it's wanted; my mum (she of the smoked salmon prejudice) occasionally worked on Christmas Day and would come home red cheeked from smiling. The atmosphere was so different to a normal working day that the hours flew past. As she said, any job feels easier when you're wearing a paper hat and there's a sausage roll in the vicinity.
You might be tucked into a hospital bed, stuck in a snowed-in departures lounge, marooned in a broken down bus, but Christmas will come and find you. It's in the singing of carols, the telling of terrible jokes, the realisation that we're all in this together. 

It's free, too; it doesn't rely on handing over presents you've extended your overdraft to buy. It doesn't even - whisper it - rely on turkey. When you're bereaved or heartbroken or just plain broke, Christmas can feel like an unwanted guest bearing down on you with all its demands and expectations. If you ignore the fuss and just concentrate on the feeling you might find that the big mid-winter hug of Christmas makes you feel a tiny bit better.

Asta's plane touches down in Ireland as the first flakes of snow begin to settle. As the weather worsens, it turns what should be a flying visit into a snowed-in Yuletide with her chaotic family.
Asta fled her childhood village years ago, with a secret hidden deep within her. That secret is now a feisty sixteen-year-old - Kitty - who's keen to meet her long-lost relatives. It seems there are many family mysteries waiting to be unwrapped, along with the presents under the tree...
Missing the man she left behind in London, yet drawn to a man she meets in Ireland, Asta is caught in an emotional snowstorm.
Maybe this Christmas Asta will find a cure for her long-broken heart?

Claire Sandy lives in Surrey with a husband and a daughter and loves lots of things, such as baking, reading, writing, eating, chatting about matters of global importance with her daughter, dressing up her dog and inventing new things to do with gin. Before she wrote books, she made radio jingles and sold wool (not at the same time). Now she has her dream job as a novelist, having already written What Would Mary Berry Do? and A Very Big House in the Country.

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