#TCRXmas with Heidi Swain

Posted December 12, 2015 by thischickreads in guest post / 1 Comment



It’s day 12 of our #TCRXmas and today I have the pleasure to welcome lovely Heidi Swain to my blog. Heidi is the author of ‘The Cherry Tree Cafe’, a book I’m really looking forward to reading as I’ve heard nothing but amazing comments about it. Her second novel, ‘Summer at Skylark Farm’ will be published by Simon & Schuster UK in June 2016. Thank you Heidi for visiting and taking part in #TCRXmas and hope you guys enjoy her post.




All I Want For Christmas…



Hello my lovely! Thank you so much for inviting me on to your beautiful blog to talk about my Christmas Wish List. When you mailed me the topic my initial reaction was a happy hop, a snowy skip and a jingle bell jump because I thought I’d have the piece written in a matter of minutes. However, that has not proved to be the case at all!

At work I mulled over what I thought I really wanted for Christmas knowing it would be easy to take a couple of simple but satisfying routes to answering. On the one hand I could go with polishing my tiara and flashing my cosmetically enhanced smile and trot out the Miss World staple of world peace and global goodwill. On the other I could simply list all the things I would be happy to tear into under the tree – some fabulous fiction, a cracking bottle of fizz, sumptuous slippers, fleece pj’s, Valentino scent and stacks of stationery, (husband please take note), but was that what I really deep down in my heart and soul wanted?

No, was the conclusion I came to. (Apart from the world peace bit of course but let’s be realistic). What I actually realised I wanted more than anything was a feeling, a feeling that I am not going to capture again. That delicious heart thumping, toe tingling excitement that, if we are lucky, we hang on to for the first decade of our lives. I wanted to hang my stocking, stack the plate with mince pies and snuggle under the blankets knowing that when I woke the magic would have happened and I could tear around the house yelling ‘he’s been, he’s been!’ So what I guess I’m saying is that all I really want for Christmas is to be eight years old all over again!

Wishing you and yours the very happiest Christmas and a blessed and healthy New Year!




#TCRXmas with Heidi SwainThe Cherry Tree Cafe by Heidi Swain
Published by Simon & Schuster UK
Published on 16.7.2015
Genres: chick lit
Pages: 464
Format: e-book
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Cupcakes, crafting and love at The Cherry Tree Cafe...

Lizzie Dixon's life feels as though it's fallen apart. Instead of the marriage proposal she was hoping for from her boyfriend, she is unceremoniously dumped, and her job is about to go the same way. So, there's only one option: to go back home to the village she grew up in and to try to start again.

Her best friend Jemma is delighted Lizzie has come back home. She has just bought a little cafe and needs help in getting it ready for the grand opening. And Lizzie's sewing skills are just what she needs.

With a new venture and a new home, things are looking much brighter for Lizzie. But can she get over her broken heart, and will an old flame reignite a love from long ago...?

For everyone who loves settling down to watch Great British Bake-Off, the Great British Sewing Bee, or curling up to read Milly Johnson or Jenny Colgan,The Cherry Tree Cafe is a coffee-break treat.




About Heidi Swain

Although passionate about writing from an early age, Heidi Swain gained a degree in Literature, flirted briefly with a newspaper career, married and had two children before she plucked up the courage to join a creative writing class and take her literary ambitions seriously.
A lover of Galaxy bars, vintage paraphernalia and the odd bottle of fizz, she now writes contemporary fiction and enjoys the company of a whole host of feisty female characters.
She joined the RNA New Writers’ Scheme in 2014 and is now a full member. The manuscript she submitted for critique, The Chery Tree Café, is her debut novel published by Simon and Schuster in July 2015.
She lives in Norfolk with her wonderful husband, son and daughter and a mischievous cat called Storm.

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