A seasonal short story by Christina Jones
As with so many things in Kitty Appleby s life, falling in love with Sandcastle Cottage, on a bitterly cold day was a monumental mistake. She hadn t even needed to rent a cottage, or move to the seaside village of Firefly Common. Kitty had a home and a boyfriend and a job and a life in lively noisy bustling Reading.
Or so she thought
But three weeks before Christmas, with the snow forecast to be thundering in from Siberia, Kitty suddenly had none of these things.
Sandcastle Cottage was her only salvation. And as Kitty and her increasing band of waifs and strays moved dejectedly into the house in Firefly Common, she simply hoped someone had remembered to cancel Christmas
Christina Jones has written all her life (as well as having millions of Proper Jobs including factory worker, secretary, nightclub dancer, blood donor attendant, barmaid, waitress, civil servant and fruit picker) and is the best-selling and award-winning author of 27 books.
Christina first had a short story published when she was just 14 years old. She has written for teenage and women s magazines fiction and non-fiction for a number of years, had her own humour column in The Oxford Times, and has contributed to national newspapers.
She is currently writing novel number 28 - Summer at Sandcastle Cottage.