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Christmas of New Beginnings

Published Date: September 15, 2021

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book 1 - Padcock Village.

200 pages


Not all festive wishes come true right away – sometimes it takes five Christmases …

Folk singer Cerys Davies left Wales for the South Downs village of Padcock at Christmas, desperate for a new beginning. And she ends up having plenty of those: opening a new craft shop-tea room, helping set up the village’s first festive craft fair, and, of course, falling desperately in love with Lovely Sam, the owner of the local pub. It’s just too bad he’s firmly in the clutches of Awful Belinda …

Perhaps Cerys has to learn that some new beginnings take a while to … well, begin! But with a bit of patience, some mild espionage, a generous sprinkling of festive magic and a flock of pub-crashing sheep, could her fifth Christmas in Padcock lead to her best new beginning yet?

Book 1 – Padcock Village series. Book 2 – Edie’s Summer of New Beginnings.

Available as an eBook and Audio download on all platforms. Paperback available from Amazon. 

Kirsty Ferry

Kirsty FerryKirsty Ferry is from the North East of England and lives there with her husband and son. She won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition and has had articles and short stories published in various magazines. Her work also appears in several anthologies, incorporating such diverse themes as vampires, crime, angels and more.

Kirsty loves writing ghostly mysteries and interweaving fact and fiction. The research is almost as much fun as writing the book itself, and if she can add a wonderful setting and a dollop of history, that’s even better.

Her day job involves sharing a building with an eclectic collection of ghosts, which can often prove rather interesting.

Kirsty writes for both Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction.

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Reviews (5)


  1. Ruth
    Ruth October 19, 2021 at 8:47 am .

    A sparkling holiday tale.

    Leaving her old life behind in Wales after the final breakup with her boyfriend, Cerys moves to a small village on the English South Downs in time for Christmas. She is now the proud owner of her longed for craft shop/tea rooms.

    All written from her point of view, Christmas of New Beginnings concentrates on events, many hilarious, that have affected Cerys during each of the past four Christmas periods, up until the present day.

    Romance and humour, all set around Christmas.

  2. Gill L.
    Gill L. October 19, 2021 at 10:43 am .

    If you think you already know Kirsty Ferry’s work, then prepare to be surprised, this is a venture into something a little different, but it is certainly still just as entertaining as her other novels. Kirsty’s humour and natural ‘bounce’ comes through – she makes it seem effortless, though I am sure it isn’t! I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and feel it could be read at any time of the year – you don’t really have to wait till Christmas!

  3. Anne
    Anne October 19, 2021 at 10:55 am .

    A perfect seasonal romance to curl up in front of the fire with. Kirsty has a knack of characters that feel so real when you meet Cerys and Edie it’s like being amongst friends. Padcock sounds just the kind of place I love to visit. Cerys’s Christmas Craft fair is a welcome addition to the village, add Sam, homemade gin and wine, fake snow and what’s not to love about Christmas of New Beginnings. I hope we see more of the Padcock residents soon.

  4. Yvonne Greene
    Yvonne Greene October 19, 2021 at 12:54 pm .

    I loved this story from its sheep laden start to its very last page. I was sorry to leave this wonderful village of Padcock and it’s range of wonderful characters including, of course, the Lovely Sam, who sadly was already taken and Cerys, our leading lady. I laughed and sighed over their escapades- just a perfect read!

  5. Barbara p
    Barbara p October 19, 2021 at 9:46 pm .

    A lovely little story just right for a Christmas tale. It has all the elements of Christmas and a sweet romance as well. Cerys starts her new life in Padcock and immediately falls for Sam. The book traces their relationship through the Christmas’. A fun, light hearted story, ideal reading for when you can grab 5 minutes for yourself.

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