Do you read Yahoo's news stories? One sparked my interest, "World's 10 most picturesque villages" at this link. I have not visited any listed ... but I am partial to Kenn in Devonshire, England, from where my maternal family hails. Who better to write about the romance in an English village than Catherine Alliott? From her bio,
I was working as a copy-writer in an ad agency and tired of writing blurb for soap powder, began writing a novel under the desk. I had no thought of publication, was just doing it to relieve the boredom, but I must say it was a bit of a shock when my boss walked in one day and said we're not sure you're entirely committed and gave me the sack!
My husband persuaded me to send it to an agent who took it - amazingly and then a few weeks later I had a publisher too. The Old Girl Network came out about a year later and the first time I saw it in a shop, I was so startled I ran out again!
Catherine takes us to the quintessential English village in A RURAL AFFAIR, that takes us to the quintessential village we adore:
Newly widowed Poppy Shilling should be feeling distraught at the death of her husband Phil. But, instead, she can't help feeling relieved. No longer will she have to endure Phil's iron fist ruling over her and their two young children, or his unfortunate penchant for lycra cycling wear.
What's more, when a secret is revealed after his death, Poppy's memories of their life together are turned upside down.
Freed from the shackles of her loveless marriage, Poppy is determined not to make the same mistakes again. Fully embracing village life, she becomes the object of the local menfolk's affections- from Bob, the resident odd ball, to Luke, the sexy church organist. But it's just her luck that the one man who catches her eye can't seem to let go of his glamorous ex girlfriend...
Will Poppy have the courage to follow her heart and refuse to settle for second best? It's time for a new beginning, and a chance to discover what real love feels like...
I posted my review of A RURAL AFFAIR on Amazon at this link. I am giving away a print copy of A RURAL AFFAIR to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Have you visited any "quaint" villages? Would you consider living in any "quaint" village?
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, March 17, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, March 18.
Kim in Hawaii
To learn more about Catherine Alliott and her books, check out her website at catherinealliott.com.
Comments can be made at:
- SOS Aloha, sosaloha.blogspot.com
- Aloha On My Mind, alohaonmymind.blogspot.com
- My guest posts at the Reading Reviewer (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday) at marygramlich.blogspot.com
I'll post the winners of March Madness on Monday, April 2.