By the time we have all struggled through to the Christmas break, most of us are exhausted. In the northern hemisphere, we have winter to add to our fun and this year it has come early; there has already been snow in many places. In the southern hemisphere, it is full summer and quite a number of businesses shut down for most of the month. All in all, the prospect of the Christmas holidays is a daunting one for a large number of people involved in the rush to close businesses and the year end accounts.
So what is our suggestion then? Well, as a publisher, we naturally suggest reading to relax. For instance, those dreaming of summer sun and hot weather, read a book that takes you there and for those in the sun who would love to experience a northern winter, read a novel with a winter setting.
So putting our money where our mouth is, what can we offer Sunpenny's readers?
For all you northerners, relax this Christmas with these lovely books, all of which are set in the southern hemisphere. You can soak up the sun in Australia with Sandra Peut and Blue Freedom, in Zimbabwe with JS Holloway's Dance of Eagles and KC Lemmer's A Flight Delayed, and in New Zealand and South Africa with Debbie Roome's Embracing Change. Just click on the authors' names for the links to their books!
And for those of you sweltering in the south? Well, we have a few special books for you too! How about experiencing a barge in Belgium in the winter of '62 with The Skipper's Child by Valerie Poore or winter in an English country cottage with Someday Maybe by Jenny Piper. Then there's Julie McGowan's two novels set in Wales during WWII and before. Each of these provides special winter scenes to cool you down in your hot weather.