- Women’s Fiction
♥ Blurb ♥
Visit Meadowbrook this summer for sunshine, secrets and plenty of romance…
When Gemma Matthews is hired to transform Meadowbrook Manor into a boutique hotel, she can’t believe her luck.
She packs her bags and moves to Meadowbrook to start her dream job, but her life is quickly turned upside down. From dealing with the petty squabbles of the dramatic Singer
siblings to cleaning up donkey poo, Gemma soon realises she has her work cut out for her. Neverthless, she’s
determined to make the hotel a success, especially when she starts falling for the dangerously attractive Freddie Singer.
But Gemma has a secret she’s desperate to protect, and she knows the truth could jeopardise everything…
PRAISE FOR MEADOWBROOK MANOR
‘Wish the animal sanctuary and Manor House were real as I would book a holiday there for real asap. It sounds and feels idyllic.’ Netgalley Reviewer
‘A lovely heart-warming hug of a book about family and following your heart.’ Zara Stoneley
‘A well written, light, warm hearted read.’ Netgalley Reviewer
♥Author Interview ♥
- What book from your childhood still has a place in your heart today?
I loved reading and my childhood was spent largely with my head in a book. But if I have to pick one, which is incredibly difficult, I would have to say its THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA – obviously this was read to me when I was very young and I was obsessed with the book for a long time, but what makes it so incredibly special to me is that it was my son’s favourite book for a very long time and reading it to him the way my mum did to me, and seeing that he loved it the way I did, means it will always be in my heart.
- Which fictional character stayed with you long after you finished the book?
As soon as I read this question, Tully from the book of the same name by Paulina Simmons immediately sprang to mind. I read the book so long ago but I think of her even now. It is pretty special for an author to come up with a character who can do that but I think she’s an amazing writer and Tully is an incredible character.
- Can you tell us a little about your journey with your new release?
I loved writing this book. SECRETS AT MEADOWBROOK MANOR is the second book in the Meadowbrook series. I was so happy to meet many of my characters again, to take their story forward and I can honestly say I enjoyed almost every minute of writing it. I started writing in the new year, when all my family were ill with that horrid cold that was going round, and I felt so sorry for myself, but then I went to Meadowbrook and it really helped get me through the gloomy winter. Writing is something I always feel so privileged to do, even when I can barely get a sentence onto the page but this book was a joy to write and I hope that comes across to my readers.
- Do you get an emotional connection to your character’s
Oh yes, I fall in love with them, have them as my best friends. I miss them when I’m no longer writing about them. Every time I finish writing about my hero I feel as if I’m going through a break-up! Crazy but true.
- Can you please, share a photo with us that tells a story.
This photo of me and my son Xavier was taken when we were in Florida at Disney. It was the end of a very difficult time for us. I had a pretty awful break-up and divorce and I wanted to do something, make a memory for us which would kick the arse of the negativity that surrounded us. So we had a wonderful, magical time and when I think of that year, I think of the happiness my son felt the whole time we were away. Moral of the story – Disney cures everything!
- What was your favourite read of 2017?
I read so much, it’s my favourite thing to do, but I really did enjoy The Dry by Jane Harper. Such a good read and it springs to mind as a favourite.
- If your book came with a theme song what would it be?
You know I think the Beatles, HERE COMES THE SUN. When I write about Meadowbrook even when it’s winter I think of summer, sun, the advent of good times. I was recently writing about winter and snow in our lovely heatwave, which was very odd.
- Is the genre you write your favourite to read?
To be honest I read so many different types of book, that probably not. I don’t think I have a favourite though. I love historical fiction, I studied history at university, but I also enjoy a good psychological thriller, and I also go back to books that I read years ago. I never get tired of Shirley Conrad’s Lace for example!
- If you could ask your readers anything, what would you want to know?
I would love to ask them what they would like to get out of my book. What I could do to make it a better experience for them. I know that readers would give all different answers but I think that would be really quite interesting!
- What are you working on now?
I am about to go back to Meadowbrook and write the third book in the series. “Goes to put the Beatles on the iplayer.”
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