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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

All I Want for Christmas by Ros Clarke (Guest Post & Giveaway)

Happy Hump-day lovelies! Today I'd like to welcome author Ros Clarke over who has a great holiday post for you all!

I'm a sucker for a great Christmas movie.  I love the classics--Meet Me in St Louis, Miracle on 34th Street and Holiday Inn--and I love some of the recent films too--The Holiday, While You Were Sleeping, and Love Actually.  Okay, I'm a sucker for a soppy Christmas rom-com.

Love Actually is an unusual film, telling ten separate but related love stories in the space of its two hours. Ten short stories, really.  I love how gradually we discover the connections between all the characters and I always shed a little tear at the final scene in the airport with all the happy reunions. Because mostly, I love a happy ending, and with Love Actually, you get a lot of happy endings for your money.

Not all the stories have a happy ending, though. There's Andrew Lincoln, left holding up placards in the street to tell Keira Knightley he loves her even though he knows it's unrequited. There's the heartbreaking moment when Emma Thompson realises that her husband, Alan Rickman, has been cheating on her. And there is the magnificent Laura Linney as Sarah,  whose desperate crush on her co-worker has to take second place to the mentally-ill brother she cares for so much. I can't tell you how much I wanted Karl to be a better man.  To understand Sarah's need to be there whenever her brother called. To find a way to support her rather than to walk away.

All I Want For Christmas is my way of finding a happy ending for a somewhat similar situation.  Anna's mother has early-onset Alzheimer's disease and Anna is her main carer.  She doesn't want pity and she doesn't think she has room in her life for any other relationship.  But Hugh Munro has different ideas. He doesn't want to offer Anna pity, but he does want to offer help. It's not going to be easy for any of them, but it's going to be better if they face the future together.

Last night, Anna Gardner was the life of the office Christmas party—right up until she threw herself at gorgeous advertising executive playboy, Hugh Munro. Again. Last year, Hugh let her pretend their passionate kiss never happened, but this year he’s determined to make Anna admit she wants him as much as he wants her. Except, Hugh doesn’t know the office party is the only night of the year his friend lets her hair down. That every hour she’s away from the office is spent caring for her sickly mother. That her mother’s condition, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, is hereditary. When Hugh finds out what she’s been hiding, he’s forced to do some serious soul-searching. It’s not fair to Anna or her mother for him to get involved casually, but casual relationships are all he knows. Can he prove to himself—and to Anna—that she’s all he wants for Christmas?

Enjoy All I Want for Christmas, a $.99 Entangled Flirt! Get your copy at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books On Board | Amazon UK

About Ros:
Ros Clarke is a writer, a student, a church worker, a crafter, a blogger, a twitterer, a lazy gardener, and an appalling housekeeper. She is interested in almost everything except cricket and football (US and UK) and mostly she likes happy endings in fiction and in real life.

You can find Ros at her website and follow her on Twitter!




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6 comments:

Sophia Rose said...

Ah! This story sounds very touching. We have that condition in our family so it is nice to see it brought out in a story.

Thanks for the post and for the giveaway opportunity.

Tore said...

This sounds like a really good read. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Karen C said...

All I Want for Christmas sounds like it has a lot to offer us and I loook forward to reading it. Thanks for the chance to win it.
kacbooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

Brenda Hyde said...

It sounds like you want to make me all weepy:) I'm also a sucker for Christmas movies. I buy one a year for our family. We have White Christmas, Christmas in Connecticut, Miracle on 34th St, and all the Santa Clause movies plus a bunch more. I love them all:)

hregtvedt said...

This book is already on my wishlist! Sounds perfect for Christmas!

ML said...

This sounds like a great heartwarming story for the season.
mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com