A gorgeous country house hotel, a liberal dusting of snow, a cosy weekend away…what more could Lizzie ask for at Christmas?
Every Christmas Lizzie promises herself that things will change and she will leap into the new year a new woman. And yet here she is again, at the beginning of December and nothing is different. Her girls have grown up and left home, her husband Henry is slumped in front of the TV and she is alone in the kitchen, seeking refuge in the cooking sherry and talking to her Gary Barlow calendar. She’s also been very diverted by handsome new neighbourMarcus and she knows she shouldn’t be …
So when best friend Ann suggests a weekend away in the country, Lizzie jumps at the chance. Will this Christmas escape give Lizzie some much needed perspective and allow her to mend her marriage? Or will Marcus prove to be too much of a distraction?
A funny feel good festive read about rediscovering the magic of Christmas - just the thing to curl up with on a cold winter’s night.
What everyone’s saying about Christie Barlow:
'What a corker of a book! Relatable, enticing, full of humour and drama in double doses and with a huge dollop of Christmas sprinkled in! It’s pace doesn’t slow down for a second, from the first page you are hooked!'I Blog Books
'Very relatable characters and a story written to make you laugh and cry makes this a great read!'Angry Grey Cat Reads
'An all round fun author to read!'Eat Your Books Out
‘This is an excellent book which swept me along so well that I read it in less than a day. I loved the characters and the story and will definitely be reading more by this author. This is definitely a book to read curled up with a mug of tea or hot chocolate.’ Bookloverwormblog
'A heartwarming and cosy countryside read with characters you will love' Rachael Lucas
‘I found this book really enjoyable, the author has an engaging writing style that managed to draw me into the storyline and the lives of our character. The storyline flowed at a great pace and I raced through the book in no time soaking up the wonderful detailed descriptions. I can see that fans of Cathy Bramley and Cathy Woodman would love this book.’ Rea's Book Reviews
‘Kitty's Countryside Dream will have you laughing and smiling one minute and then you'll feel it pulling at your heart strings. This really turned out to be a beautiful book …turning the pages and unravelling the story was very thought provoking.’ Crooks on Books
‘ I didn’t want to put the book down.’ Best Crime Books and More
‘Kitty's Countryside Dream is a soul-boosting necessity. I have a suspicion it's been sprinkled with a little bit of magic, as on the darkest days it'll warm your cockles and make everything seem right with the world. So, get those wellies on and head for a new roost in the country in this delicious feel-good tale with a gorgeous soft centre.' Little Bookness Lane
'A fantastic story, one that will keep you reading long into the night, just to find out what happens. I loved every moment of it and some of the scenes, with chickens, will have you chuckling' Rachel's Random Reads
‘I was unable to put this book down. I read it within a day because I was so drawn in to the characters themselves it was like I knew them. I would completely recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Definitely a huge 5 stars!’ Katie's Reading Korner Review
'This had me gripped from the first chapter. It will have you laughing, crying and will just give you a warm feeling inside' Laura H Book Blog
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How far must she go to find herself?
Lizzie's Christmas Escape: A Sparkling Feel Good. Christmas Romance by Christie Barlow, is the story of 40 something Lizzie Stevens who has come to a crossroads in her life. Her daughters Abbie and Freya are at university, her husband Henry works long hours and has no interest in her the little that he is home. As long as his tea is ready, that is all he seems to care about.
Lonely and alone, Lizzie's only male companion seems to be the Gary Barlow calendar hanging in her pantry. With only her best friend Ann to help her see her value, Lizzie has become lost. For several years she has pledged that things will improve, but they haven't.
Just as Lizzie has reached the end of her rope, handsome and suave widower Marcus Bowman moves in next door. He is like a cooling rain on a parched dessert for Lizzie. He says the right things, does the right things, and makes Lizzie feel valued for the first time in a long time. Is she being shown her value or lead down the crimson path to self destruction?
In a very interesting, sometimes intense, examination of the humdrum of everyday life and midlife crises, Christie Barlow spins a tale that so many can take to heart. The number one lesson to come away from this novel with is the extreme importance of lifelong communication.
Written with clear insight and understanding, Lizzie's Christmas Escape will touch your heart and tug at your heartstrings. I found it to be a most interesting book and do recommend it.