Christmas Secrets by the Sea by Jane Lovering
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’m a fan of Jane’s books, so when I saw an ARC was available, I snapped it up and read it straight away.
Tansy is living in a camper van (in winter!) and is currently parked up somewhere near the Dorset coast. Something has happened to her in the past and she’s mostly trying not to think about it. She’s been adopted by a smelly dog called Brian. I love the idea of Brian, but I don’t think I’d like to meet him in real life. Not unless he’s been thoroughly washed first.
Davin is an up and coming Irish actor who is in Dorset filming a thing about life guards. He’s quite grumpy. Tansy ends up having to ‘babysit’ Davin – as in get him away from set for a day so that he and his co-star don’t end up killing each other. Davin has secrets of his own. He also has a dog called Seelie … whom Brian seems to be in love with.
Davin is lovely and unusually emotionally intelligent. Tansy is just the right amount of prickly. There’s a lot of weather in this book – wet, mainly. There’s also a nice little foray into Christmas Steepleton (as featured in The Boys of Christmas, which I love dearly).
All in all, another great read from Jane Lovering.
Usual disclaimer – I know Jane in real life, but I was a fan of her books well before I met her. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher (thank you!).
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Christmas at the Little Village School by Jane Lovering
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This arrived on my Kindle yesterday and I read it as fast as I could. Jane Lovering’s books are an auto buy for me.
Lydia teaches at a school in a tiny village, alongside her fellow teacher Jake. She’s prickly and sharp edged, especially when it comes to Jake. Jake is big and kind without being a pushover. They’ve been tasked with organising the school play at short notice. Given the kids, Christmas, plaster of Paris decorations, an old people’s home and a mysterious man called Gareth, things take a turn for the interesting.
There’s a twist. You find out why Lydia is so prickly part way through the book. It’s kinda hard to tell you about it without giving things away, so I won’t. You’ll just have to read it and find out.
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Jane Lovering and I are running a course on writing romance. And it’s in York. Why should people in the south have all the fun?
If you’ve always wanted to write romance but didn’t know where to start, or if you’re just a bit stuck in your writing, then this is the course for you. Come along and have a fun day learning about the basics of plot and writing. It’s ideal if you want have a go at NaNoWriMo in November.
Jane and I are both published romance authors with Choc Lit Ltd. Jane won the Romantic Novel of the Year in 2012 with her book Please Don’t Stop the Music and writes a regular column in The Yorkshire Post. We are both mentors for the New Writer’s Scheme run by the Romantic Novelists Association – about half the books I’ve critiqued have gone on to get publishing contracts. We’ve both been through the scheme (as have a lot of romance novelists. Even the totally awesome Katie Fforde!).
The poster for the course is below. If you want more information, just ask in the comments below!
Writing Romantic Fiction
A workshop led by the best-selling novelists
Jane Lovering and Rhoda Baxter
At Miller’s Yard, York
Saturday the 17th of October 2015 (10am – 4pm)
*Price includes one to one feedback on a piece of your writing.
Book now by contacting either: email@example.com (@rhodabaxter) or firstname.lastname@example.org (@janelovering)