Saturday, November 27, 2021

Christmas at Snowflake Lodge by CP Ward - Book Tour

Christmas at Snowflake Lodge

Plumber Jessica Lemond is determined not to follow in her parents footsteps by living off her famous grandfather's fortune. However, when the old timer himself elopes to Scotland with suspicions over the recent death of his much younger third wife hanging over his head and a private detective on his tail, it is left to Jessica to follow and clear up the mess. Happy to escape from her nightmarish lodger Doreen, she heads to the remote Snowflake Lodge with her young trainee Kirsten in tow.

However, Snowflake Lodge - with its oddball staff and very dodgy plumbing - is not how it appears in the brochure. Among the beautiful Scottish scenery, and with more hot chocolate and mince pies than she can possibly handle, can Jessica find something she didn't even know she was looking for?

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Wresting with her emotions over taking a short term contract at Snowflake Lodge, Jessica decides to take her young assistant, Kirsten, along for the ride.

Kirsten was sobbing into a tissue and Jessica felt like Scrooge all over again. ‘It’s only for a few weeks,’ she said, patting Kirsten on the arm, then handing her another tissue as she paused sobbing just long enough to blow her nose.

‘Things were going so well,’ Kirsten sniffed. ‘Am I not doing a good enough job? I can work harder, you know. Show up earlier—’

‘It’s not you, it’s me,’ Jessica said, aware that she was becoming a living caricature of a comic strip character. ‘Things have got on top of me of late. I need some time away. It’s only a short-term contract. And I know several excellent plumbers who’d be happy to finish off your training.’

‘I want to stay with you,’ Kirsten blurted, in a rare show of emotion which left Jessica stunned. Usually quiet as the proverbial mouse, it seemed that in her grief Kirsten was belatedly coming alive. ‘It wouldn’t be the same with someone else. And it’s not just that … I was hoping that when my training was finished … you’d take me on. As an assistant.’

Jessica sighed. From one person who couldn’t wait to see the back of her, to another developing an obsession. ‘Kirsten….’

‘I thought we worked so well together. I know it was only supposed to be for a few months, but I thought maybe if I tried really hard, if I studied everything you said….’

Kirsten trailed off, wiping her eyes with a tissue. Jessica stared at her. The truth was that she had planned to take Kirsten on not just as an assistant but a full partner, maybe even when she returned from Snowflake Lodge—don’t say “if”; it’s not come to that yet, has it?—but one reason she wanted to get away was to escape all the drama that was blocking up her forward progress like a knot of toilet tissue in an old u-bend. And you’re going to check up on your former TV star grandfather who also happens to be wanted by the police on suspicion of murder. Escape from drama? Not a chance.


‘Don’t say it. Just don’t. It’s fine. I’m sorry.’

‘Kirsten … this is a work contract, so you know, maybe they’ll let me bring an assistant….’ The words had laid themselves down in a line before she had even really thought about it. She just wanted someone to smile for a change, not cry, not throw things at her, not offer her a fight, and not vomit all over her living room wall.

‘Are you sure?’

‘I mean, I can’t promise anything. I’d have to ask.’

‘Oh, Ms Lemond. I don’t know what to say.’

Aware people at other tables had begun to stare at them, Jessica wanted to say something more appropriate, but her life felt set in motion like a train on a downward slope without any brakes. ‘Just say yes….’

‘Yes!’ Kirsten wailed, then leaped across the table and pulled Jessica into a hug.

Around them, people at other tables stood up and began to clap.

Author Bio – CP Ward is an author from the UK who currently lives and works in Japan. For more information, please visit

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