Comfort & Joy is out today.
Christmas Eve has arrived at Plumberry, and everyone is looking forward to the big day. The whole village seems to have special plans this year- but nature is about to put a big, wet spanner in the works.
This short story is so full of festive cheer against all odds, that it'll give even the biggest Grinch a warm Christmas glow. I finished it with a big smile and a cuddle for my kindle. It's the sort of story that make you plan to be the very best version of yourself all the way through until the big day lands.
Although Comfort & Joy is a short story based around the characters and settings of Cathy's novel The Plumberry School of Comfort Food, it also reads perfectly as a stand-alone story, so you don't necessarily have to have read Plumberry first- though I'll be making sure I read it very soon, as I fell in love with all the characters in Comfort & Joy, and I'd really love to spend more time with them all.
I feel a new Christmas tradition coming on. Unwrap your favourite tree bauble, pour a glass of mulled wine and snuggle up with Comfort & Joy!
It’s been a busy year for Verity Bloom at the Plumberry School of Comfort Food, but Christmas Eve is finally here. With delicious treats all wrapped up and the ingredients packed away, Verity is looking forward to a relaxing few days with her new boyfriend.
Good food, family and friends – it’s a simple recipe for true comfort and joy, and all Verity’s friends in the village are full of excitement about the holidays too.
But the weather has other plans in store… Relentless rain leads to a power cut that spells disaster for many of Plumberry’s residents. It’s starting to look like this year’s celebrations could be a total washout.
With dreams of a perfect Christmas dashed, will the last of the festive cheer be swept away in the downpour? Or can the cookery school create a Christmas miracle for everyone Verity holds dear?