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A Summer To Remember Book Tour – Extract

A Summer To RememberToday, I’m hosting the book tour for the latest book by Sue Moorcroft called ‘A Summer To Remember’.

So, sit back, relax and enjoy an extract from this romantic tale.

‘I think she’s OK,’ Clancy answered carefully. After jilting Lee, Alice had made no bones about preferring to be invisible to anyone at Nelson’s Bar and had wheedled unashamedly to get Clancy to represent Alice’s interest in Roundhouse Row. ‘I’m on the move all the time anyway and you’re so good at stuff. Don’t make me interact with judgy big bro Aaron, puhleeeeease, Clancee.’ Clancy had sighed and said yes. People often said yes to Alice. Maybe it was because she just seemed to expect it, but also it was her pretty smile, the swish of her stylishly cut hair, or the way she had of linking arms as if to demonstrate how much she liked you.

And, wherever Clancy had been in the world, Alice had always sent letters, cards, messages, demands to know where Clancy was and what she was doing, requests for postcards or photos or to know when Clancy was going to come and live with them again. Whatever Alice’s faults, she and Clancy had a bond.

These days it was Alice’s travelling the bond had to survive, rather than Clancy’s. The only time they’d seen each other in the last six years was when Aunt Sally had died suddenly four years ago. Alice had reappeared for the funeral, white-faced and red-eyed over the loss of her mother. Then she’d sold the family home in Warwickshire and vanished again, her travel fund firmly bolstered by her inheritance.

None of this needed to be shared with Clancy’s new neighbour, so she just said, ‘Dilys, could you point me at a supermarket, please? I need supplies.’

Dilys’s face shifted its wrinkles into a delighted grin. ‘Can I show you instead? I don’t drive any more so it’s a boon for me to get a ride into Hunstanton. Tell you what,’ she swept on. ‘How about I trade you lunch? I’ve made vegetable soup and I was just about to have some.’

Warmth stole into Clancy’s heart at such a friendly offer. ‘What a brilliant trade. Thank you.’

You can buy ‘A Summer To Remember’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

A Summer To Remember By Victoria Connelly

A Summer to Remember‘A Summer To Remember’ is the latest book by Victoria Connelly.

Nina Elliot is tired of her life. She’s not sure how it happened but, somewhere along the way, she lost track of where it was all going.

So one fateful day, she makes a brave decision: she’s going to leave it all behind. Taking a job deep in the English countryside, Nina does just that. Ensconced at the Old Mill, she settles into daily life with the Milton family, where she works as a researcher for author Dudley. With endless summer days stretching out ahead of her, Nina couldn’t be happier. But her quiet life is soon interrupted when the handsome Milton boys return home – for they plan to make sure this really is a summer to remember…

If curled up with chilled glass of wine on a warm summers evening was a book then it would be called ‘A Summer To Remember’. A captivating and fresh story about starting over and new love.

Nina Elliott is a wonderful lead character, tired of her life in London, she says goodbye to her controlling boyfriend and unappreciative boss when a chance encounter with her old boss, scatty and sweet Olivia Milton leads Nina back to her childhood home to the family that she babysat for as a teenager. Returning to a happier time when life was less complicated, she takes on the role of personal assistant to the husband of the family, Dudley, a loud and abrupt man who has decided to write a novel and needs a bit of help with the research thus providing Nina with a welcome job as well as helping with dog walking duties with the family’s resident Labadoodle, Ziggy.

Settling into this new job and life and without the stress of others bringing her down, Nina enjoys the familiarities of the family as she steps straight into a life, that feels like she has hardly walked away from. Living in a more relaxed atmosphere with people who genuinely appreciate her, Nina begins to find a new happiness at The Old Mill, her unhappy past now a long distant memory.

Although the story is primarily seen through the perspective of Nina, there are a few chapters from Dominic, the youngest son of the Milton family, who harboured a bit of childhood crush on her and hopes now all grown up, that Nina will no longer see him as a child but the grown up man with a professional career as an artist. But it seems Dominic is not the only Milton brother who has noticed Nina. Loveable older brother Alex, has a bit of an eye for the ladies and competes with Dominic for Nina’s attention. But unknown to both brothers, there is a mysterious and handsome stranger called Justin who Nina has noticed whilst walking excitable Ziggy, who provides her with welcome dog training advice, but just as they get close, Justin has to always fly off on some sudden adventure.

Filled with vibrant characters that made me chuckle, particularly Olivia and Dudley, Nina’s employers at The Old Mill. Olivia is delightfully cheerful and carefree whilst Dudley’s loud voice and quick temper reminded me of Brian Blessed. Scenes with Dudley and Nina made for particularly entertaining reading.

A story packed with charm, wit and unexpected twists and turns, ‘A Summer To Remember’ is the perfect summer story.

You can buy A Summer to Remember from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Inspiration Behind A Summer To Remember By Victoria Connelly

A Summer to RememberToday Victoria Connelly reveals the inspiration behind her latest book ‘A Summer To Remember’

There are lots of things that can inspire a novel and one of the starting place for A Summer to Remember was my love of summer. I just love novels set in summer! A perfect English summer, that is, with long warm days, clear blue skies and gardens overflowing with flowers – not the cold, wet, grey-sky summers we’re so used to where picnics, church fetes and cricket matches get rained off!

Several years ago when I was out walking in the fields around my home in Norfolk, I spotted a family heading along the footpath towards me. It was a family I used to babysit for. They didn’t recognise me and I was too tongue-tied to say hello but the young boys were now young men and, being a burgeoning writer, it made me think of an interesting ‘what if’ question. What if a babysitter returned to the family she used to sit for? And what if the boys – who were now young men – fell in love with her?

I carried this idea with me for a long time before it started to become a novel, slowly developing the main character of Nina, creating the idyllic setting of The Old Mill House during a long hot English summer, and thinking about the chaotic Milton family. Oh, and adding a naughty Labradoodle into the mix…

You can buy A Summer to Remember from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Handwritten Girl Takes Part In A Summer To Remember Tour

I am delighted and excited to announce that I will be taking part in the Victoria Connolly blog tour for the release of her new book, ‘A Summer To Remember’. Check out Handwritten Girl on Thursday 5th June where Victoria will reveal where she got her inspiration for ‘A Summer To Remember’

A Summer To Remember

Victoria Connelly Releases New Book – A Summer To Remember

A Summer to RememberFor fans of Avon Books author Victoria Connelly, good news as she is releasing a new book in June called ‘A Summer to Remember’

The story of ‘A Summer to Remember’ is –

Nina Elliot is tired of her life. She’s not sure how it happened but, somewhere along the way, she lost track of where it was all going.

So one fateful day, she makes a brave decision: she’s going to leave it all behind. Taking a job deep in the English countryside, Nina does just that. Ensconced at the Old Mill, she settles into daily life with the Milton family, where she works as a researcher for author Dudley.

With endless summer days stretching out ahead of her, Nina couldn’t be happier. But her quiet life is soon interrupted when the handsome Milton boys return home – for they plan to make sure this really is a summer to remember…

I love sound of this book and with such bright cover, it sounds like the perfect summer story!

You can pre-order A Summer to Remember from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 5th June 2014.