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  • Writer's pictureRosemary Gemmell

Holidays, Steam Trains and Free Download

We’ve recently returned from a lovely holiday to North Wales, partly a nostalgic trip revisiting some of the places we first enjoyed well over forty years ago. Our base was the unspoilt small coastal town of Criccieth, with its very own castle and Lifeboat station.

It also has one of the best fish and chip shops we’ve come across, as well as the famous Cadwalladers ice cream. Unlike many coastal resorts, the seagulls were very well behaved, largely because we’re not allowed to feed them.


A few of our other favourite places we visited were the beautiful Betws-y-Coed, pretty Beddgelert, intriguing Port Merion with its quirky Italianate buildings, and (my favourite) a day out on the Ffestiniog Steam Railway, all the way up through the hills to Blenau Ffestiniog.

We ended our holiday staying a couple of nights with family near Conwy and enjoyed exploring Llandudno, followed by a splendid lunch then a walk overlooking Angel Bay where seals are plentiful at other times of the year. It was all worth the long drive from our home in Scotland and the best thing of all was the unchanging nature of that beautiful part of Wales.

Since I’ve mentioned steam trains, I’m making the e-book of my little Victorian novella, Pride and Progress FREE to download from 22-25 June. As you will find, not everyone was delighted when the railways came to some villages…


Pride and Progress Blurb

Miss Emily Morton is content with her village life as a teacher in the north east of England in the 1870s, until the new railway arrives along with the handsome Scottish station master, Arthur Muir.

Emily detests the railways, while it is Arthur's passion. Each is challenged by the other but will pride allow for progress?


Other characters are well-drawn, especially the engaging Sam and the era in which the story is set is skilfully conveyed without being intrusive.’


There is a good balance between romance and progress in this very enjoyable novella, making it a very uplifting tonic!’


I enjoyed the unfolding of the romance between Emily and Arthur, with a well-drawn cast of supporting characters providing humour and mishaps along the way.’



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