I have to begin this post with an apology. I fully intended reading and reviewing Just for the Holidays, Sue Moorcroft’s latest novel, whilst on my own holiday a week ago. However, a nasty bout of food poisoning or Norovirus knocked me out for three whole days so instead of sitting on the beach and reading, I was otherwise engaged and my reading schedule has gone haywire! However, I do have a great guest post from Sue today, all about her fantasy holiday companions.
Just for the Holidays was published by Harper Collins imprint, Avon books, on 18th May 2017 and is available for purchase in e-book and paperback here.
Just for the Holidays
In theory, nothing could be better than a summer spent basking in the French sun. That is, until you add in three teenagers, two love interests, one divorcing couple, and a very unexpected pregnancy.
Admittedly, this isn’t exactly the relaxing holiday Leah Beaumont was hoping for – but it’s the one she’s got. With her sister Michele’s family falling apart at the seams, it’s up to Leah to pick up the pieces and try to hold them all together.
But with a handsome helicopter pilot staying next door, Leah can’t help but think she might have a few distractions of her own to deal with…
My Fantasy Holiday Companions
A Guest Post by Sue Moorcroft
A holiday is the perfect opportunity to chat to your significant other, family members or friends. You might see them every day but do you really get the chance to talk? Around the pool, on the beach, on a coach trip, in a bar or restaurant, you’ll have much more time than usual to find out all kinds of interesting things.
With this thought in mind I’ve compiled a list of fantasy holiday companions – people I think it would be fascinating to chat to.
Nevil Shute was a superstar author. He died in 1960 but wrote epic successes such as A Town Like Alice, which was the first grown-up novel I ever read. His scope was wide. He wrote about both world wars, the services, the UK, France, Australia. He wrote about events before they occurred such as What Happened to the Corbetts, his impression of what would happen to Southampton if war broke out – and it was uncannily accurate. I’d like to know how he did that and if anybody ever made disparaging remarks because he often wrote about love.
I just like to hear Stephen Fry speak. He’s got a razor wit and a rapid riposte; he’s well travelled and has done much to bring awareness to the condition of bipolar disorder, from which he suffers.
I’m an F1 addict and Jenson was one of my favourite drivers. I remember him even when he was racing go-karts and I watched the coverage on Channel 4 on Saturdays. I will talk to anyone with any knowledge of F1 for hours (even when they don’t want me to) and to kick back and chat to a driver is one of my ambitions. I’d ask him how he feels about coming back for just one race this season in Monaco.
She was my infant school teacher in Malta. I’d like to ask her whether she thinks her methods got the best out of students and I’d like to tell her that she was wrong when she said that I’d never get anywhere by daydreaming. (I call it plotting, now.)
My grandmother, Elizabeth
Of course, I’d love to be with every family member I’ve loved and lost but I never knew this gran. She died when my dad was two. I’d like to tell her what a great person he grew up to be. She could tell me about the part of my family I never knew well.
Now I have my holiday party together I can start thinking of destinations. Australia … Singapore … Mauritius?
(Well, I’ve been to Australia and Singapore Sue, but Mauritius is on my wish list so maybe we could go together?)
About Sue Moorcroft
Award winning author Sue Moorcroft writes contemporary women’s fiction with occasionally unexpected themes. The Wedding Proposal, Dream a Little Dream and Is This Love? were all nominated for Readers’ Best Romantic Read Awards. Love & Freedom won the Best Romantic Read Award 2011 and Dream a Little Dream was nominated for a RoNA in 2013. Sue’s a Katie Fforde Bursary Award winner, a past vice chair of the RNA and editor of its two anthologies.
The Christmas Promise was a Kindle No.1 Best Seller and held the No.1 slot at Christmas!
Sue also writes short stories, serials, articles, writing ‘how to’ and is a creative writing tutor.
You can find out more about Sue via any of the following links: website, blog, Google+, LinkedIn, Goodreads, Take Five Authors, Facebook and her Facebook author page. You can also follow Sue on Twitter.