Hi Becca and welcome to Alba in Bookland's Christmas Feature. Here's your first question: Best Christmas present from your childhood?
Oooh, great question! There were so many presents that I loved, but I think, if I remember rightly, my toy kitchen was my favourite. You know the ones! You’ve got your oven, your cupboards, your sink and your fridge. Not forgetting the food that kept me entertained for hours upon hours. I served chips and eggs, and tea in a teacup poured from my teapot, all handed over to Mum of course, then I’d wait eagerly for her to eat up and sip imaginary tea. It was brilliant, I absolutely loved that kitchen.
Do you have any ideas to write a Festive read in the future?
Oh, I would LOVE to write a festive story, so fingers crossed! Christmas is my favourite time of year, and it’s also swiftly followed by New Year and then my birthday which makes it even more exciting. I’m a sucker for twinkly lights, anything cinnamon scented, wrapped presents and Christmas music, so if I had the chance to use my love for Christmas in a novel I would jump at it, but we shall see!
A Christmas book recommendation for this year
Oh, gosh, this is difficult because there are just SO many, but I’ve got to say that Holly Martin’s White Cliff Bay stories, Christmas at Lilac Cottage & Snowflakes on Silver Cove have been magical! They’ve got it all. The romance, the festivities, the fun and the snow! Perfect books to add to any Christmas reading lists this year.
Favourite Christmas cover
Again, SO DIFFICULT! I absolutely adore Samantha Tonge’s My Big Fat Christmas Wedding and Claire Sandy’s Snowed in for Christmas. In truth though, I love them all and really can’t bear to pick just one favourite, sorry Alba!
Who played Santa Claus the best:
- David Huddleston in the classic Santa Claus
- Richard Attenborough in the remake of Miracle on 34th Street
- Edmund Gwenn in the original Miracle on 34th Street
- Edward Asner in Elf
I really loved Richard Attenborough in the remake of Miracle on 34th Street. That film is just adorable, and he did a great job of playing Santa I thought!
Thanks for having me on your blog, Alba! It’s been fun answering your questions, and if possible, I’m even more excited for Christmas now! Becca x
Thank you Becca for stopping by and answering all my festive questions! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
Becca blogs at the fantastic Becca's Books and has recently published her debut novel Return to Bluebell Hill with Carina:
As sweet and satisfying as strawberries and cream! This British summertime, get out in the garden with Rebecca Pugh’s sparkling debut novel.
Home is where the heart is…
Jessica McAdams has never belonged anywhere; never truly felt at home. Of course, what did she expect from parents who never made her feel welcome in her own house? Leaving her life in London to return home to the charming country village of Bluebell Hill is harder than she thought. Especially as she never considered she’d be returning under such heart wrenching circumstances…
Clearing out the stunning and imposing Bluebell House after her parents’ death is difficult for Jessica—they never had the best relationship and now it’s too late. Yet spending time in the house that was never a home, having afternoon tea with dear old friend Esme—and sharing hot, sizzling kisses with delectable gardener Rueben!—opens Jessica’s eyes to the potential of Bluebell House… Could this big old, beautiful manor really be her forever home? Is Bluebell Hill where her heart is, has always been?
Jessica soon dares to dream of her very own home with delicious Rueben by her side. But when a deep, dark secret of Bluebell House is unearthed, Jessica’s world is turned upside down…
Will Jessica ever find where her heart truly lies?
An emotional tale of self-discovery, taking chances and romance! Rebecca’s unique British voice feels like coming home again and again.