Boots and Bedlam will have you longing for a quiet holiday season curled up in front of the fire or walking on a deserted beach. While that fantasy is unlikely for most of us, Boots and Bedlam will also remind you that when life gets too crazy you can count on family.
Having had the pleasure of already reading this novella twice, I find Ashley’s tantalizing synopsis summarizes the story perfectly,
Wedding bells will soon be ringing in the Lowcountry. All Sam Sweeney wants is to marry her man on Christmas Eve surrounded by family and friends. But emerging complications, some humorous and some not so humorous, threaten to converge and derail the best-laid plans during the busy stretch between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Amidst the chaos—dealing with real estate, planning a wedding, running a seafood market, honoring traditions, and contending with teenagers—even the weather rears its head when the weatherman forecasts a white Christmas. Never has family support been more needed, but will it be enough to restore order and save the day?
If video is your thing, take a look at the book trailer this clever author put together herself.
Ashley was kind enough to answer some questions we had about the book, the series and herself:
I know that I am not the only one of your fans who is delighted that you are returning to Prospect in this book. Why did you decide to go back?
Prospect feels like home to me now after writing three novels set in the small inlet town of South Carolina. Four novels when you include the final installment in the Sweeney Sisters Series that I have just turned over to my editor, Tangle of Strings, which I plan to release mid-January. My characters’ homes, the waterfront, Captain Sweeney’s Seafood Market. I can picture them vividly in my mind as those they are real places. For me, writing about the Lowcountry is like living in the two places I love the most. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere but Richmond, but I can escape every day to the place in my mind where my fondest dreams of South Carolina reside.
Both this book and your Merry Mary novella last year are set during the holidays? Is it your favorite time of the year?
Honestly, no. After the hectic holidays, I prefer the quiet days of January. Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate the time spent with family over the holidays. And I like decorating my house, and cooking my family’s favorite foods. If we could take commercialism out of the holiday, I would enjoy it more. I think a lot of people feel this way. Miracles happen at Christmas. Romance is in the air. Families come together creating a lot of drama. For an author, this translates into lots of intriguing plots to choose from.
Can you share with our readers one of your favorite family holiday traditions?
Christmas Eve dinner is my primary focus during the holidays. We invite the whole family over for a sit-down affair complete with table linens and silver serving dishes. We have the same menu every year. My family won’t allow me to deviate from the traditional dishes of beef tenderloin, twice baked potato casserole, scallop tomatoes, and green beans. Dessert, however, is always a surprise.
Just like her Christmas Eve dessert, Ashley’s books are filled with surprises. In fact this novella would make a great Christmas surprise for your book club posse or a stocking stuffer for any of the ladies in your family. With only 67 days til Christmas, it’s time to start making your gift-giving lists before your own bedlam kicks in. And if you find yourself with some free time while traveling or getting your hair done, Ashley’s latest will leave you believing that if Sam Sweeney can survive her holiday chaos, then so can you.
October 18, 2018
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