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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Watch For Me at Christmas by Kirsty Ferry- Feature and Review


When midwinter magic brings you home for Christmas … When Emmy Berry arrives at Hartsford Hall to work at the Frost Fayre she immediately feels at home. Which is odd because she’s never set foot in the place in her life. 

Then a freak blizzard leaves her stranded and things get even weirder when she bumps into Tom Howard. Tom and Emmy have never met before but neither can ignore the sense that they know each other. 

With Christmas fast approaching and the weather showing no sign of improving it soon becomes apparent that Hartsford Hall has a little bit of midwinter magic in store for them both …



Watch for Me at ChristmasWatch for Me at Christmas by Kirsty Ferry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Watch for me at Christmas by Kirsty Ferry is a 2018 Choclit publication.

Emmy Berry is at Hartsford Hall to work on the Frost Fayre. Although she’s never been there before, she feels a sense of belonging. Making things even more surreal is meeting Tom Howard. She’s never met him before, but she is drawn to him in an inexplicable way, she simply can’t explain, and it seems Tom feels the same way. The mystery deepens as they rely on the ghosts of the past to explain why they feel so drawn to Hartsford Hall, and to each other.

I loved this novella!! I’ve gotten a very early start on my holiday reading this year, and while I have several Christmas themed books to read still, hands down this the sweetest story I’ve read, so far, this season. The past and present collide in a poignant story of loss and true love. The romance is sweet and tender. Against the holiday backdrop, this is a heartwarming, if mildly bittersweet, love story, that will leave you with all the warm and fuzzy feelings of the holiday season, and with the promise of a love that will last a lifetime- and beyond.

This is my second Harsford Hall story by Kirsty Ferry and I have enjoyed them both immensely. She does a great job of creating two compelling stories, one from the present and one from the past, and merging them into one, in a whimsical, magical, and touching way. Highly recommend!




Kirsty is from the North East of England and won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition in 2009 with the ghostly tale 'Enchantment'.

Her timeslip novel, 'Some Veil Did Fall', a paranormal romance set in Whitby, was published by Choc Lit in Autumn 2014. This was followed by another Choc Lit timeslip, 'The Girl in the Painting' in February 2016. The experience of signing 'Some Veil Did Fall' in a quirky bookshop in the midst of Goth Weekend in Whitby, dressed as a recently undead person was one of the highlights of her writing career so far!

Kirsty's first timeslip novel 'The Memory of Snow' is set on Hadrian's Wall, not far from where she lives and her second novel, the vampire tale 'Refuge' is set on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, which lies just off the beautiful Northumberland coast.

'The Memory of Snow' was also commended in the Northern Writer's Awards, shortlisted to the top five of Wyvern Publication's novel competition in 2011 and longlisted in the Red Telephone Novel Competition in 2012. 

Kirsty has also put together a collection of short stories entitled 'Turn on a Sixpence' and a non-fiction collection of articles entitled 'History and Mystery - Northern Hauntings Explored'. 

'Skellig' author David Almond has given Kirsty excellent feedback on her work and she recently attended a Crossover Fiction workshop with David, facilitated by the Royal Society of Literature. 

Kirsty has also had articles and short stories published in Peoples Friend, Ghost Voices, The Weekly News, It's Fate, Vintage Script, and Wyvern Magazine. Her short stories also appear in Wyvern Publications 'Mertales' and 'Fangtales anthologies, Whitby Abbey's 'Pure Inspiration' anthology and Bridge House Publishing's anthologies 'Devils, Demons and Werewolves', 'Crime after Crime' and 'Voices of Angels', along with 'The Best of CafeLit 2011'. All of these books are available on Amazon. 

Kirsty was a judge in the Paws 'n' Claws 'Wild and Free' Children's Story competition in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

You can find out more about Kirsty and her work at www.rosethornpress.co.uk, catch her on her Facebook AuthorPage or follow her on Twitter @kirsty_ferry.

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