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♥ Blurb ♥
Cliffehaven, June 1944
As the planes continue to circle over Cliffehaven, Peggy Reilly’s sister Doris must seek refuge after a V-1 blast destroys her home. Rita, Sarah and the other residents at Beach View Boarding House quickly find their peace disturbed and it’s not long before even Peggy loses her patience. But with more bad news to come, will Doris finally be forced to swallow her pride?
Meanwhile Peggy’s father-in-law Ron Reilly is delighted when his sweetheart Rosie returns home. Until a heart-breaking confession suggests things may never be the same between them.
With loved ones scattered far and wide across the globe, and tensions running high, the end of the war feels somehow further than ever. And yet with the long-awaited Allied invasion in sight, a glimmer of light is starting to break through…
A fabulous, heart-warming Second World War novel in Ellie Dean’s bestselling Cliffehaven series (previously called the Beach View Boarding House series).
♥ Author Info ♥
Ellie Dean lives in a tiny hamlet set deep in the heart of the South Downs in Sussex, which has been her home for many years and where she raised her three children. She is the author of the eleven Beach View Boarding House novels. Until You Come Home is the twelfth in this series.
To find out more visit http://www.ellie-dean.co.uk
♥ Interview ♥
MY RITUAL on finishing a book. Once those magic words, THE END are written, I sit back and give a deep sigh of relief and pleasure, for those two little words signify months of research and effort. Having quietly and privately celebrated the fact, I print the final chapter, add it to the box where I keep my manuscript and then tidy my office. Books, notes, swathes of research materials, thesaurus and dictionary are put away. My desk is cleared of coffee cups, pens, tissues and empty water bottles, then polished. Then I go downstairs and tell my husband that his long weeks of solitude are over for a while before I start editing, and he opens a bottle of Prosecco – or Champagne if we’re feeling really flush. Then we sit in the garden and enjoy each other’s company now that my mind is back in 2018 and no longer wandering about in 1944.
THE THREE BOOKS THAT INFLUENCED MY LIFE.
EXODUS by Leon Uris was the first adult book I read, and I was completely stunned by the depth and breadth of the novel which brilliantly taught me a history lesson, but brought fictional characters to life. I was ten when I read it, and from that moment on I wanted to be a writer.
THE THORNBIRDS by Colleen McCullough. This was the book which inspired me to write multi-generational family sagas, and having had thrillers published, I sat down to write Matilda’s Last Waltz – a novel set in the Outback of Australia, which explored the theory that a mother’s love never dies. Matilda’s Last Waltz has sold over ten million copies world-wide, and is translated into 12 languages.
THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH by Ken Follett. A stunning book by a master story-teller who showed me how it really should be done and so made me strive even harder to be the best author I could be.
IF MY BOOK HAD A THEME TUNE it would be NIMROD from the Enigma Variations by Elgar. Not only is it a stirring and beautiful piece of music, the story behind it reflects my own struggles in the early days to be published. Augustus Jaeger was a music editor and close friend of Elgar’s, giving him useful advice but also severe criticism, something Elgar greatly appreciated. Elgar later related how Jaeger had encouraged him as an artist and had stimulated him to continue composing despite setbacks and so dedicated Nimrod to him. Nimrod is sometimes used at British funerals, memorial services, and other solemn occasions. It is always played at the Cenotaph, in London on Remembrance Sunday, and I can think of no more fitting piece of music to accompany ‘The Cliffehaven Series,’ and ‘As the Sun Breaks Through’ in particular for it is rousing and full of hope.
I WOULD ASK MY READERS what it is that draws them to the stories of WW2 which are now so popular? Is it because it’s a bygone era that has become lost in the trappings of modern life where duty and national pride is now the exception rather than the rule? Or because war stories reflect the bulldog spirit of a nation battling against a goliath and ultimately winning the fight?
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Thank you to Becky at Arrow Publishing for the opportunity to be on the tour.
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