Kirsty Ferry is fast turning into one of my go-to authors for when I need a zing of brightness in my day! I was originally introduced to her work with Watch For Me By Candlelight and after reading and reviewing Summer at Carrick Park earlier in the year, I jumped at the opportunity to read this festive novella, Watch For Me At Christmas.
The latest installment in the Hartsford Mysteries series, the reader is once again transported to the wonderfully charismatic Hartsford Hall, where Emmy Berry arrives to take part in the annual Frost Fayre. When a freak blizzard leaves her stranded in the run up to Christmas, she can’t quite shake the feeling that she is back where she belongs, a feeling which is only heightened when she meets Tom Howard. Even though they’ve never met before, they can’t ignore the feeling that they already know one another.
As I have come to expect with a Kirsty Ferry novel, Watch For Me At Christmas is pure and blissful escapism, this time with a huge dollop of festive cheer. I recognised a number of characters from her earlier work and it was lovely to reconnect with them and see what they’re doing now – a little like catching up with old friends!
As ever her writing is engaging and just so flipping lovely! She draws the reader in and paints such beautiful images in the minds eye. If I didn’t have children I could quite lose myself in one of her novels and devour in a single sitting.
Her characterisation is wonderful. Whilst I didn’t fall in love with Emmy and Tom quite as much as I did with Rosa and Joel in Summer at Carrick Park, I was still totally invested in their story and their developing relationship.
If you’re looking for a little romance and bags of festive good cheer all tied up into an enchanting tale; look no further than Watch For Me At Christmas.
When midwinter magic brings you home for Christmas … When Emmy Berry arrives at Hartsford Hall to work at the Frost Fayre she immediately feels at home. Which is odd because she’s never set foot in the place in her life.
Then a freak blizzard leaves her stranded and things get even weirder when she bumps into Tom Howard. Tom and Emmy have never met before but neither can ignore the sense that they know each other.
With Christmas fast approaching and the weather showing no sign of improving it soon becomes apparent that Hartsford Hall has a little bit of midwinter magic in store for them both …
About the Author
Kirsty is from the North East of England and won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition in 2009 with the ghostly tale ‘Enchantment’.
Her timeslip novel, ‘Some Veil Did Fall’, a paranormal romance set in Whitby, was published by Choc Lit in Autumn 2014. This was followed by another Choc Lit timeslip, ‘The Girl in the Painting’ in February 2016. ‘The Girl in the Photograph’, published in March 2017, completes the Rossetti Mysteries series. The experience of signing ‘Some Veil Did Fall’ in a quirky bookshop in the midst of Goth Weekend in Whitby, dressed as a recently undead person was one of the highlights of her writing career so far!
Kirsty’s first timeslip novel ‘The Memory of Snow’, commended in the Northern Writers’ Awards, is set on Hadrian’s Wall, with the vampire tale ‘Refuge’ set on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. She has also put together a collection of short stories, a non-fiction collection of articles and writes Gothic Fiction under the pen name Cathryn Ramsay.
Kirsty has had articles and short stories published in Your Cat, Peoples Friend, Ghost Voices, The Weekly News and It’s Fate, and her short stories appear in several anthologies. She was a judge in the Paws ‘n’ Claws ‘Wild and Free’ Children’s Story competition in 2011, 2013 and 2014, and graduated from Northumbria University in December 2016, having achieved a Masters with Distinction in Creative Writing.
You can find out more about Kirsty and her work at http://www.rosethornpress.co.uk, catch her on her Facebook AuthorPage, follow her on Twitter @kirsty_ferry or pop by her blog at http://www.rosethornramblings.wordpress.com.
*My thanks to Choc Lit for an e-copy of Watch For Me At Christmas. The choice to read this novella was my own and this review forms my honest opinion.