Escape to the Country by Alison Sherlock
Everyone is running away from something – but will an escape to the countryside suit everyone? Full of warmth, laughter tears and heartache. Perfect for the fans Jill Mansell and Carole Matthews.
Journalist Eleanor McCartney leads a glamorous life in London exposing the sordid secrets of famous celebrities for Hot Gossip! magazine. But her perfect life is a sham. So when her world collapses, she has to reluctantly head home to her mum and friends in the quiet country village of Cranley.
Willow Tree Hall is still in the midst of extensive renovations under the careful eye of Eleanor’s best friend Annie and her fiancé, record producer and future Earl of Cranley, Sam Harris.
With a recording studio now in the grounds of the estate, it should be the perfect place for global singing sensation Tom Kingsley to hang out. But Tom is burnt out after a gruelling worldwide tour and is escaping the paparazzi after yet another scandal. Eleanor cannot believe her luck. A story on the world’s biggest superstar would be the ticket that gets her job and glamorous life back in London.
But soon both Eleanor and Tom begin to fall under the spell of Willow Tree Hall. Eleanor begins to wonder whether she can really betray his trust. And does she really want her old life back or is home really where the heart lies?
As a heatwave soars, friendships are made, truths are told and, with the help of a stray dog, perhaps love can be found as hearts are healed. By escaping to the country, maybe Eleanor and Tom have found their new beginning.
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Alison Sherlock enjoyed reading and writing stories from an early age and gave up office life to follow her dream. Alison lives in Surrey with her husband and a daft golden retriever.
- What book from your childhood still has a place in your heart today?
I guess any of the Enid Blyton books from the Famous Five or Secret Seven series. They were chock full of mysteries, friendship and wonderful picnics on sunny days!
- Which fictional character stayed with you long after you finished the book?
Susie from Kerry Fisher’s The Secret Child. That book took me on an absolute emotional rollercoaster.
- Can you tell us a little about your journey with your new release?
Escape To The Country is the second book in my Willow Tree Hall series – and my very first sequel! All of my other books have been standalone but the idea for this series is to discover the lives and loves of those who live at Willow Tree Hall throughout 4 books.
- Do you get an emotional connection to your character’s?
Absolutely! I laugh and cry with them all the way through until I finally give them their much deserved happy ending!
- Can you please, share a photo with us that tells a story.
This is Rise Hall and my inspiration for Willow Tree Hall. I stumbled across a story about Sarah Beenie’s enormous restoration project and how it was in a state of complete disrepair. Thus the seed of the idea of Willow Tree Hall was sown!
- What was your favourite read of 2017?
It’s so hard to choose! I think it’s a tie between Kerry Fisher’s The Secret Child and Claire Dyer’s The Last Day (which wasn’t released until February this year but I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy and devoured it over Christmas!).
- If your book came with a theme song what would it be?
Long Hot Summer by the Style Council. Escape To The Country is set during a summer heatwave and I had this song on repeat whilst I was writing it.
- Is the genre you write your favourite to read?
I read anything and everything, apart from very graphic crime novels as they give me nightmares.
- If you could ask your readers anything, what would you want to know?
I guess I would ask them what they enjoy the most from my stories so that I can keep them happy in the future!
- What are you working on now?
I’ve just finished book 3 of the Willow Tree Hall series.
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