The Christmas Swap


By Talia Samuels

It’s the perfect Christmas love story.

Margot Murray is a newly single, high-flying businesswoman with no interest in a cutesy seasonal romance.

Ben Gibson is an unlucky-in-love sweetheart in need of a woman to bring home for the holidays.

Together, they make a pact: Margot gets a blissful week away from London in a picture-perfect manor, in exchange for posing as Ben’s girlfriend.

The story can only go one way. Margot is sure to fall in love for real.

And she does.

With Ben’s sister, Ellie.

What could possibly go wrong?

The Christmas Orphans Club

By Becca Freeman

For ten years Hannah and Finn have spent Christmas together. With no one to enjoy the holidays with, they’ve created their own festive traditions. From crooning in a karaoke bar behind a China Town restaurant, to waving from a parade float. Through the years, they’ve been joined by other lonely souls, Priya and Theo, creating The Christmas Orphans Club.

But everything is about to change. After their friendship suffers the test of a rocky year, Finn and Hannah are finally speaking. They’re trying to put the past behind them and bring back their Christmas spirit. Until Finn announces some rather big news.

News that rocks the group to its core. This may be their last Christmas together…

Can Hannah make this one to remember?

One December Day

By Rachel Marks


Luke loves Christmas. He loves the woolly scarves, the mulled wine, the music, the snow. But he’s beginning to ask: what good is it, if you have no one to share it with?

Laura doesn’t think there’s anything magical about December. She’d never normally be seen dead with a man in a Christmas jumper. But, at a crowded gig this winter’s evening, has she found her soulmate in handsome, funny frontman, Luke?

Under the lights, something magical begins. But will Luke and Laura still feel the same on this day next December? And the one after that?

Finding love at Christmas is special. But is staying in love – year after year, through the joy and heartbreak – the real miracle?

Luke and Laura are about to find out. One December day at a time…

Last Christmas at Ballyclare

By Emily Bell

After yet another heartbreak, Natasha is flying home for Christmas to Ballyclare, the beautiful old house in the Wicklow hills that’s been a constant all her life.

She’s hoping for family solace, but her mother and sister have their own troubles. Doon is dreading her upcoming wedding to the perfect man, and their mother Aileen is still grieving their father Dan, who disappeared over twenty years ago.

Worse still, Aileen has terrible news for the sisters: the house is literally falling down, and will have to be sold.

But when a stranger with a family connection to the house knocks on their door, their fortunes start to take a turn.

With snow on the hills and magic in the air, is there a chance all three women might lose their hearts this Christmas – and keep their home?

Win a Duck & Dry blow dry with Prosecco, monthly flowers for a year from 123 Flowers and Christmas nightwear from Their Nibs and copies of the books

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Final closing date for entries is 23:59 on 30/12/2023 and all entries must be received on or before that date.
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A set of pyjamas of your choice from Their Nibs
1 x copy of The Christmas Swap
1 x copy of The Christmas Orphan’s Club
1 x copy of One December Day
1 x copy of Last Christmas at Ballyclare
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Duck & Dry

Duck & Dry is the brand behind best the blow dries in London. We launched in 2014, and now have multiple locations in London’s most iconic areas bringing chic and accessible hair styling to the capital.

Having created thousands of blow dries in our salons, we know what it takes to create beautiful hair. So we developed our own hair care and styling product range. It has been tried-and-tested by our professional stylists, cleverly formulated and packed with natural active ingredients that deliver professional results whether in salon or at home.

123 Flowers

Here at 123 Flowers, we take great pride with every bouquet we create. We understand the importance of those special occasions and the sentiment attached to sending fresh flowers. We have created a range suited for all occasions so that you can be sure to find that perfect arrangement. We deliver 7 days a week to make sure that all important date is never missed. Each bouquet is hand tied by our talented florists with care to make sure your gesture gives maximum impact. We provide bespoke orders, whether you are looking for a custom bouquet or a number of arrangements to thank clients and colleagues, get in touch today.

Their Nibs

Their Nibs is about creating pieces that are special to us and that resonate with you.

We place slow design at the heart of what we do: this means we’re not interested in fast fashion but in creating beautiful, practical clothes that will last, that give good value and that you love.

Our collections are designed by women for women – the things that inform our lives are the same as yours so we have a built-in connection with our customers. And, that translates across everything we do.