Happy Hump Day lovelies today I am involved in a special blog tour for the book birthday of the Christmas at the Little Knitting Box.
I must admit I haven’t read this gorgeous festive treat but here at Hayley Reviews we have an extract from the book…
This extract is a scene with Dylan and his ex-wife, Prue…
Showered and ready to face his ex-wife twenty minutes later, he joined all three of them in the kitchen, where mayhem ensued. Ruby had eaten waffles laden with syrup, Jacob was still shovelling them into his mouth and Prue was sitting at the far end of the table in a camel cashmere sweater with her blonde, razor-sharp bob sitting perfectly. Expecting her to supervise the kids so they didn’t wreck the kitchen had clearly been too much to ask.
‘Thank you kindly,’ he said to Ruby when she put out a plate of waffles in front of him.
‘Oh yes please.’ He ignored the syrup already trailing across the countertop as she turned the maple syrup bottle upside down. ‘Whoa, enough!’ He gently prodded his daughter in the ribs so she giggled addictively. ‘I want syrup with my waffles, not waffles with my syrup.’
‘Mommy doesn’t want any but I poured her juice.’
‘Well done.’ He tucked into his waffles as Ruby ran off to get ready for the day. At six years old, she was already quite the little lady. She’d been dressing herself since she was two, and that had set a precedent. She rarely wanted anyone to do anything for her and Dylan hoped it would last.
‘They’re big waffles,’ Prue commented, with a distasteful look at his plate.
Prue had kept him fighting fit right from when they first knew each other. She’d wanted a trophy husband, if there was such a thing, which begged the question why care now? Why care when they were divorced and she was an attractive, single blonde who could probably have her pick of men.
‘I think I’ve got room for another,’ he said, and Jacob appeared at his side to drop another waffle onto his plate. He squirted the syrup for himself. Actually, he didn’t want another, but this was fun, winding Prue up. Childish but amusing all the same, and after his disastrous date with Cleo, he needed cheering up. He’d checked his phone as soon as he got out of bed this morning, kicking himself for even thinking she was going to get in touch.
‘It’ll catch up with you, you know.’ Prue sat back appraising the kitchen.
She nodded towards the waffles. ‘Eating like that.’
‘Come on, it’s a treat. Ruby is excited about having you here and taking us both to the school to see what she’s been doing.’
‘Are you still working out?’
‘What’s it to you, Prue?’ He scraped up the last of the syrup from his plate. He almost wanted to lick it just to annoy her. ‘Haven’t you found someone else to turn into the perfect man by now?’
‘That’s not fair.’ She finished her juice and at least had the good grace to take her glass and put it in the sink.
He cleared the kitchen while calling out to Jacob to let his sister get ready in the bathroom first. ‘So are you?’ he asked. ‘Are you seeing anyone else?’
‘I am.’ She was about to lean against the kitchen countertop as he stacked the sticky plates in the bottom of the dishwasher, but decided not to put her cashmere at risk. ‘His name’s Brian, he’s in finance.’
His profession came as no surprise. ‘How long have you been together?’
‘A couple of weeks.’
‘Do you think it could be serious?’
With a roll of her eyes, she said, ‘It’s not been long enough to know.’
He could smell her perfume when she moved closer to him. She’d worn the same fragrance since they’d got together. A heady, hypnotic scent that went with her image and he had no doubt cost more dollars than some people spent on their monthly grocery bill.
‘Are you seeing anyone?’ she asked.
He didn’t answer straight away but he was thinking about Cleo. ‘No. No, I’m not.’ It was true, wasn’t it? After last night, Cleo was unlikely to ever want to be near the man who was taking away her store, a part of her life.
If that didn’t wet you appetite here’s the blurb and a bit more information on Helen and Christmas at the Knitting Box.
Christmas is coming and New York is in full swing for the snowy season. But at The Little Knitting Box in the West Village, things are about to change …
The Little Knitting Box has been in Cleo’s family for nearly four decades, and since she arrived fresh off the plane from the Cotswolds four years ago, Cleo has been doing a stellar job of running the store. But instead of an early Christmas card in the mail this year, she gets a letter that tips her world on its axis.
Dylan has had a tumultuous few years. His marriage broke down, his mother passed away and he’s been trying to pick up the pieces as a stay-at-home dad. All he wants this Christmas is to give his kids the home and stability they need. But when he meets Cleo at a party one night, he begins to see it’s not always so easy to move on and pick up the pieces, especially when his ex seems determined to win him back.
When the snow starts to fall in New York City, both Cleo and Dylan realise life is rarely so black and white and both of them have choices to make. Will Dylan follow his heart or his head? And will Cleo ever allow herself to be a part of another family when her own fell apart at the seams?
Full of snow, love and the true meaning of Christmas, this novel will have you hooked until the final page.
You can purchase it at the below links.
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-at-Little-Knitting-Box-ebook/dp/B01N7CMRV4
Helen J Rolfe writes contemporary women’s fiction with an emphasis on relationships and love. She enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and characters who face challenges and fight to overcome them. Helen enjoys creating strong female lead characters and although her stories often deal with serious issues, they always have a happy ending.
Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries around the world. So far, locations have included Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Connecticut, Bath and the Cotswolds.
Born and raised in the UK, Helen graduated from University with a business degree and began working in I.T. This job took her over to Australia and it was there that she studied writing and journalism and began writing for women’s health and fitness magazines. She also volunteered with the PR department of a children’s hospital where she wrote articles and media releases. Helen began writing fiction in 2011 and hasn’t missed the I.T. world one little bit, although the I.T. skills have come in handy of course, especially when it comes to creating and maintaining a website.
After fourteen years of living in Australia, Helen returned to the UK and now lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and their children.
Website – http://www.helenjrolfe.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/helenjrolfewriter
Twitter – https://twitter.com/HJRolfe
And there’s more we have a gorgeous giveaway win Christmas at the Knitting Box (paperback) and chocolate. What a treat!
And there’s more the gorgeous book two is now available to pre-order
I love this wintery looking cover, a white Christmas would be magical.
Snowflakes and Mistletoe at the Inglenook Inn (New York Ever After, Book 2)
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but is it the time to fall in love?
As the flames on the log fire flicker and the snowflakes swirl above the New York streets, maybe this Christmas could be the one that changes everything…
When Darcy returns to Manhattan, she’s put in charge of the Inglenook Inn, a cosy boutique hotel in the heart of Greenwich Village. The Inn needs a boost in bookings if it’s to survive the competition, so Darcy is convinced that hosting Christmas this year is the answer. What she doesn’t expect is to meet a face from the past, which can only spell trouble.
Myles left England behind and took a job in New York. It’s a step forwards in his career, and has the added bonus of being nowhere near his family. He’s also hoping to avoid Christmas, the worst time of the year. But when his company puts him up at the Inglenook Inn and he recognises Darcy, it isn’t long before they clash.
When disaster strikes, can Myles and Darcy put their differences aside to make Christmas at the Inglenook Inn a success?
Publication Date – 12th December 2017
Thanks again Rachel for organising another brilliant blog tour. As I said I haven’t read these festive treats but I definitely hope to.