The House at Greenacres
contemporary fiction, romance, humour
All roads lead home…
When Holly Dryden fled Penhallow Sands nearly a year ago she was determined to put the past – and Rich Turner – behind her. But now an unexpected loss and financial trouble has led her back to the family vineyard and it’s time to tell Rich the truth – he’s a father.
Surrounded by the memories of what they once shared Holly’s anger fades in the glow of Rich’s undeniable love for their son and the way he selflessly steps in to help the vineyard out of trouble. As Holly watches Rich flourish in his new role as father to baby Luke, she realises that though they can’t change the past, the future is still theirs to write…
An uplifting, emotional Cornwall-set romance perfect for fans of Holly Martin and Phillipa Ashley
This is a gentle second chance romance, set in Cornwall and
It is cosy in style and written so as to be fairly
contemporary in language but not explicit in behaviour – the behaviour is
implied as we have 2 pregnancies before marriage in it!
It is very family oriented and lauds the benefits of living
within a multi-generational household unit – even though this can be very
problematic as my mother-in-law would have attested if she admitted it… her
mother being a tyrant..
Overall a very pleasant story and style, but for me a little
too sweet, I prefer more drama and bite.
Wedding Bells at Villa Limoncello
Tuscan Trilogy Book 1
contemporary fiction, romance, humour
11th March 2019
Escape to Villa Limoncello… where dreams come true in unexpected ways. Perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan, Jenny Oliver and Kat French
When Isabella Jenkins is unceremoniously fired from her fancy London job, she escapes to Tuscany. A few weeks hiding amongst rolling hills and grape vines at Villa Limoncello sounds exactly like the distraction she needs.
But Italy holds emotional memories for Izzy and with a hapless handyman, a matchmaking village matriarch and a gorgeous – if infuriating – local chef named Luca Castelotti, her quiet Italian get away turns into an unending cacophony of chaos.
Suddenly Izzie finds herself on a mission to pull off the wedding of the century and maybe get her life in order in the process. If only Luca’s gorgeous smile wasn’t such a powerful distraction…
First of all, a huge
thank you for having me as a guest on your blog. It’s great to be here to tell
you about my brand-new book Wedding Bells at Villa Limoncello.
Can you tell your readers something about
why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about
I love setting my stories in interesting
and exotic places, that way I get to spend the day in some amazing parts of the
world. I loved the research I did for the Paradise Cookery School series – each
morning when I started to write, I’d get to jet off to the Caribbean island of
St Lucia and bask in glorious sunshine, relax on white sandy beaches and dream
of swinging in a hammock under a swaying palm tree. Heaven! Equally, with the
Villa Limoncello series, I get to indulge in all-things Italian, from frothy
cappuccinos to crunchy biscotti, tiramisu to a glass of limoncello. I always make sure I have a fabulous
photograph on my screensaver so I can flick back for inspiration.
How long do you think about a topic before
deciding to write about it? Do you have a set of notes or a note book where you
write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this
I love the research part of writing so I
spend weeks immersing myself in the characters whose stories I’m going to tell,
and reading up on the setting. For Wedding Bells at Villa Limoncello, I did
lots of research on Italian wedding traditions, of local floral arrangements,
and of course, on the local cuisine – I made sure I tried out lots of recipes
too, just to get into the Italian frame of mind, although they didn’t all turn
out perfect! I do have a notebook where I jot down unusual facts I stumble
across, and I also cut out snippets from magazines. I’ve just finished the
Christmas book set at Villa Limoncello, so I’ve had fun testing out some Tuscan
How long does it take to research a topic
before you write? And for this book?
Before I started to write the first book in
my Tuscan trilogy, I spent about a month immersing myself in the places my
characters were going to visit, like Siena, Florence, San Gimignano and the
history of those places. I was also fortunate enough to visit these wonderful
towns and cities with my family which really help to evoke the sights, sounds
and flavours of the place. I also managed to do a piece of research on the
historical importance of lemons to the local area which was the reason I
included the limonaia in Izzie and
What resources do you use? In general and
for the last book that you wrote?
I prefer to set my books in places I’ve
actually been to. It helps me fix the story in my mind when I know about the
places my characters are going to visit, particularly if there are interesting
quirks. Of course, I take lots of photographs to refer back to, I always have a
note book with me to jot down little details, and, in the name of research,
this time I bought a bottle of limoncello so I could make a limoncello
How helpful do you find authority figures
such as the police when you say you want to write about them? Is there a good
way to approach them in your experience?
I find it invaluable if there’s an expert
available to check facts with or to give you a personal perspective on what you
are writing about. I have a neighbour who’s Italian and he’s been very generous
with his time, talking me through recipes, traditions, customs, particularly
around Christmas. I’m always very grateful for his time. How do I approach him?
With a bottle of Chainti and a large bag of his favourite biscotti.
What is your favourite genre?
MY favourite genre has to be travel
memoirs. I love stories about people who have ditched their every day life and
taken off for foreign shores to make anew life for themselves and their
families, or who have decided to travel around the world with just a rucksack
and a guide book. I’ve recently read A
Bike Ride by Anne Mustoe, an account of her 12,000 cycle ride around the
world – by herself! I also really enjoyed Tuk
Tuk to the Road by Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent, a story about Antonia and her
friend Jo driving a pink tuk-tuk from Thailand back to London! Amazing people!
What have you done with the things you wrote
when in school?
I’ve been writing since I was in primary
school, creating my own hand-made book by stapling pages together and trying to
sell them to my relatives. I really wish I had that! I have a full-length novel
which I wrote in my teens in a shoebox on the top of my wardrobe , gathering
dust. I don’t think it will ever see the light of day, but I can’t bear to part
Which of your books are you most proud of?
Gosh, that’s like asking which of my
children am I most proud of! I’ve really enjoyed writing every one of them,
perhaps for different reasons. Some I love for the exotic settings,
particularly The Paradise Cookery School series. Some I love the recipes, like
There’s Something About Cornwall and The Vintage Cupcake Company. And some for
the fabulous characters, like Kirstie in Christmas at the Dancing Duck or
Gabbie in The Summerhouse of Happiness.
Do you have an unusual hobby?
Actually, I do. I play archery. Although I wouldn’t say I’m the best archer in the world I really enjoy being out there on a field with my bow and quiver filled with arrows, trying to hit a gold – a rarity for me!
Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her summerhouse, she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.
Mistletoe And Mystery
The Paradise Cookery School
contemporary fiction, romance, humour
(10 Sept. 2018)
Welcome to the Cotswolds Festive Feast cookery course...
Fresh off the successful opening of the Paradise Cookery School in St Lucia, Millie Harper is headed to the Cotswolds for Christmas!
Co-presenting Claudia Croft’s famous Festive Feast cookery course at Stonelea Manor is a dream come true for Millie…as is reuniting with gorgeous estate manager Zach Barker.
But arriving in a winter wonderland Millie learns the manor is under a mysterious threat. It’ll take a holiday miracle, but Millie is determined to save the school and get Zach under the mistletoe to finally finish what they started in the Caribbean!
Cosy up with this fun, festive visit to the Cotswolds premier cookery school! Perfect for fans of Jenny Oliver and Sarah Morgan
This was sweet in all meanings of the word! Unfortunately
there were no illustrations or recipes. But then who could compete with a pastry
chef with a Michelin star…
I was hungry all the way through the descriptions of
the cookery course – the only thing missing was the description of what they
ate at the Xmas day meal – apart from Yorkshire puddings – which is a bit
strange and very Northern. And they seemed to make different items form those
described as being on the menu that day, but perhaps the chef rustled them up
for them as extras?
Generally a nice book and very suitable for all cozy readers and everyone who likes to read about cookery.
I’m giving it 4 stars for making me hungry – the
descriptions were delightful, and I agree Parkin is heavy – but so gingery…