A teacher’s life is never easy … especially at Christmas!
Working at a tiny village school in rural Yorkshire has its own unique set of challenges – but when teachers Lydia Knight and Jake Immingham are tasked with getting the children to put on a Christmas play for the local elderly people’s home, they know they’re in for a tricky term!
But in between choreographing sugar plum dance routines, reindeer costume malfunctions and trying to contain Rory Scott’s wannabe rap star aspirations, Lydia realises that, even as a teacher, she isn’t past being taught a couple of things – and one of those things is a much-needed lesson in Christmas spirit.
Jane was born in Devon and now lives in Yorkshire. She has five children, four cats and two dogs! She works part-time and also teaches creative writing. Jane is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and has a first class honours degree in creative writing.
Jane writes romantic comedies which are often described as ‘quirky’.
Her debut Please Don’t Stop the Music won the 2012 Romantic Novel of the Year and the Best Romantic Comedy Novel award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
Lydia has a wry sense of humour but she fears rejection because of an unexplained event that occurred in her past. Her life consists of teaching in a tiny rural school, the children accept her without reservation or judgement and almost the only human contact she has is with them. Her simple life changes dramatically when she has to help organise the school Christmas play with her colleague Jack, . Dealing with challenging problems and over excited children, Lydia finally gains confidence to comes out of her self imposed isolation.
This is supposed to be a short story, but believe me, it’s a long, short story, a delight to read and thoroughly recommended.
Jane Lovering never disappoints. This is a lovely festive novella centred around Lydia who is a primary school teacher. Lydia has a reason to keep people at arm’s length, a reason that is explained half way through the story so I won’t give it away. Jake is a colleague who wants to get to know Lydia better and is trying his best to do so. Will the fact that they need to put together a Christmas play for the Old People’s Home thaw the frost between them? As always Jane writes with warmth, humour and such descriptive writing that I was living the scenes with the characters. Just perfect for a Christmas treat.
I love the cover. It’s fun and playfull.
In the beginning of the story there are some things you don’t understand what they are about. But no need to panic or to put the book down. Soon everything will be revealed and the result is a beautifull story about love and the chirstmas spirit. The hint of suspense and the funny bits spice it up.