Today I’m joined by author Helena Fairfax who is going to help spread a little more #booklove. We’ll be finding out all about Helena’s favourite reads in just a while, but first let’s find out about Helena.
Helena Fairfax is a British author who was born in Uganda and came to England as a child. She’s grown used to the cold now which is just as well, since these days she lives in an old Victorian mill town in the north of England, right next door to the windswept Yorkshire moors. Helena walks this romantic landscape every day with her rescue dog, finding it the perfect place to dream up her heroes and her happy endings. Subscribers to Helena’s newsletter receive news of free stuff, competitions with prizes, gossip, and links to cool websites she’s been looking at when she should have been writing.
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Felicity at the Cross Hotel
“What a lovely, lovely story…I loved it. Felicity at the Cross Hotel is an ideal summer read that I recommend wholeheartedly!” Linda Hill, Amazon Top 1000 reviewer
A romantic hotel in the Lake District. The Cross Hotel is the perfect getaway. Or is it?
Felicity Everdene needs a break from the family business. Driving through the Lake District to the Cross Hotel, past the shining lake and the mountains, everything seems perfect. But Felicity soon discovers all is not well at the Cross Hotel …
Patrick Cross left the village of Emmside years ago never intending to return, but his father has left him the family’s hotel in his will, and now he’s forced to come back. With a missing barmaid, a grumpy chef, and the hotel losing money, the arrival of Felicity Everdene from the notorious Everdene family only adds to Patrick’s troubles.
With so much to overcome, can Felicity and Patrick bring happiness to the Cross Hotel … and find happiness for themselves?
Favourite book from childhood
Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, by Rumer Godden. I was born in Uganda and came to live in Yorkshire when I was six. Nona – the little girl in this book – was born in India and comes to live in England as a child. I remember the feeling of amazement I had as a child reading this book, realising that I wasn’t alone in my feelings of homesickness and loneliness. It was as though the author had written the book especially for me. It was the first book to show me the wonderful power of stories.
The first book you fell in love with
I totally loved the Flambards series by K.M. Peyton. I was in love with all the characters in these books, and they stay fresh in my mind to this day.
Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with
Since I write and read a lot of romance, this is a massively hard question to answer. I’m totally promiscuous with my book boyfriends and I’m in love with so many…! If I absolutely HAVE to choose one (and this is killing me) then I think it would be Count Andrei Bolkonsky from War and Peace. His love affair with Natasha made me cry real tears when I first read the book, and I cried again watching James Norton and Lily James in the BBC TV series.
Weirdest book crush
I love reading so much it’s possible I might be a bit weird anyway! Since I write romance and generally blog about romance and women’s fiction, sometimes people are surprised to find I also love graphic novels. Batman is my favourite superhero, but my favourite graphic novels ever are the Tintin series. I have all of them. The artwork is genius, the stories are exciting page-turners, and Captain Haddock is laugh-out-loud funny.
Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end
So, so many to choose from! Gone with the Wind definitely has to be on the list. Another one of my favourite books of all time – but what a way to end! How could she not tell us what happens next?
The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.
The Lord of the Rings is a book I’ve started several times and failed to finish. I haven’t even watched the films yet, because I don’t want to watch them until I’ve finally read the book. One day I’ll manage it!
Guilty Reading pleasure
Oh, that’s a hard one. I’m happy to admit to reading anything. If you love it, read away!
Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre
I’ve read all the Georgette Heyer novels and I re-read them often. My favourite romance author ever.
Your latest squeeze
Favourite read of the last 12 months
I’ve just finished The Hating Game, by Sally Thorne and I absolutely loved it. It’s a brilliant and really funny romance about two people who share the same office and hate each other. The sexual tension zings off the page and their witty one-liners and digs at one another made me laugh out loud.
Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?
I’d probably choose Faro’s Daughter, by Georgette Heyer. Heyer has a reputation for being a light, frothy read and not many people read her books these days, but this book is funny and the characters are so well-drawn, it would be hard not to fall in love with her writing.
Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.
That would be War and Peace. I even love the war bits. (I did mention being weird!)
Thanks Helena. What an eclectic mix. You certainly like the long books don’t you? Gone With The Wind, War and Peace, Lord of the Rings… and then Tin Tin. Love it. That’s a second tick for the Flambards series too. Worth a look maybe?
What do you think guys? Do you agree with Helena’s choices. Any of these make your top reads list too?
Do join me this Saturday when Jack Steele will be sharing all his book love confessions.
Have a brilliant day all.