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Cover Reveal – The Wildflowers By Harriet Evans

The WildflowersI’m delighted to be revealing the cover to Harriet Evans’ new book called ‘The Wildflowers’.

What the back cover says –

Tony and Althea Wilde. Glamorous, argumentative … adulterous to the core.

They were my parents, actors known by everyone. They gave our lives love and colour in a house by the sea – the house that sheltered my orphaned father when he was a boy.

But the summer Mads arrived changed everything. She too had been abandoned and my father understood why. We Wildflowers took her in.

My father was my hero, he gave us a golden childhood, but the past was always going to catch up with him … it comes for us all, sooner or later.

This is my story. I am Cordelia Wilde. A singer without a voice. A daughter without a father. Let me take you inside.

Sounds like a lovely story, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes and Maeve Binchy.

You can pre-order The Wildflowers from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 3rd May 2018.

Win A Copy Of The Butterfly Summer By Harriet Evans

The Butterfly SummerI’ve a copy of ‘The Butterfly Summer’, the latest book by Harriet Evan to give away to one lucky person.

The story of ‘The Butterfly Summer’ is –

What magic is this?

You follow the hidden creek towards a long-forgotten house.

They call it Keepsake, a place full of wonder … and danger. Locked inside the crumbling elegance of its walls lies the story of the Butterfly Summer, a story you’ve been waiting all your life to hear.

This house is Nina Parr’s birthright. It holds the truth about her family – and a chance to put everything right at last.

To be in with a chance of winning the book, simply answer the following question by leaving your answer in the comment box.

The house is who’s birthright?

The winner will be revealed on Monday 30th May. Good luck!

The Butterfly Summer Book Tour – Introducing The Butterfly Summer By Harriet Evans

Harriet EvansToday, I am delighted to be launching the book tour for the release of Harriet Evans’ new book, ‘The Butterfly Summer’ and I have Harriet here to introduce her new book.

I have rarely been as excited about a book as I am with The Butterfly Summer. It has been so thrilling (and so hard!) to write. I don’t think I’ve ever written a novel quite like it and now it’s finished I have no idea how I did it. I’m always relieved when I hear other authors say the same thing, because writing books gets harder, not easier, the more you write and the more you want to satisfy and intrigue your audience. This one was thrilling and daunting to write because there are many layers to the story. In fact much has hit the cutting room floor, thanks in large part to the wisdom of my brilliant editor Mari, who understood what I was trying to do (!) and was thankfully able to tease that out of me. But a lot of information about, for example, the habits of Fritillary butterflies, or the history of Charles II during the Civil War, has gone. Which was definitely for the best…

It’s always interesting to look at the book you set out wanting to write as quite often the finished product ends up being quite different. What’s great is that with The Butterfly Summer the kernel of the original idea and feeling I had and the book it eventually became are one and the same, and I’m so thrilled about that. It is, really, a novel for grown-ups about childhood, what we know about our family and what we don’t know. It’s also about mysterious houses on forgotten creeks and how the past is always with us in the present. I tried to pack it full of layers of secrets and revelations, lies and heartbreak, stretching back over centuries.

The Butterfly SummerWith most books you can at least outline a little of what’s going to happen but with The Butterfly Summer I think I just need to step back and let the story unfold, so I’ll just say this about it. It’s the story of Nina Parr, a girl who has grown up in London with her mother after her father’s early death catching butterflies in the Amazon. She knows nothing about him, or his family, and has got to the age of almost twenty-five accepting this, until one day in a dusty old library off Piccadilly she bumps into an old lady who seems to recognise her…

I wanted to write something that was like the novels I returned to time and time again when I was younger. I’ve always been drawn to books like ‘I Capture the Castle’, The Secret Garden’, ‘A Traveller in Time’, or authors like Rumer Godden and Noel Streatfeild: stories with strong heroines, English houses, secret gardens and memories. Those are the books that inspired me when I was writing The Butterfly Summer. I really, really hope you enjoy it.

You can pre-order The Butterfly Summer from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 16th May 2016.

A Winterfold Christmas By Harriet Evans

A Winterfold ChristmasI don’t normally review short stories as I always fear that I will give something away, but I couldn’t read ‘A Winterfold Christmas’ by Harriet Evans and not mention it, especially as Harriet printed the book herself and not through her publishers.

When chef Joe Thorne rashly promises to cook Christmas dinner for his girlfriend Cat’s family, little does he know what he’s letting himself in for… At Winterfold, their beautiful rambling house in the heart of the English countryside, things have always been done a certain way and Martha Winter, matriarch of the clan, knows what she wants. Still reeling from her husband’s death and the loss of her perfect family, is Martha ready to enjoy Christmas? Will the Winter family be able to come together one more time?

At only 63 pages long, this book can easily be consumed in one sitting. The story is an incredibly warm and is a lovely return to the Winter’s family who appeared in Harriet’s last book, ‘A Place For Us’, and it’s nice to see the reappearance of the eccentric family. The story continues on two years after David’s death and is seen from the perspective of each member of the Winter’s family, as they all prepare for Christmas, some in anticipation and others in dread. The story flows at a gentle pace and with the inclusion of Christmas recipes, that can be created at any time of the year, ‘A Winterfold Christmas’ is a festive tale, that is perfect for anytime of the year.

You can buy A Winterfold Christmas from Amazon.

Harriet Evans Reveals New Book – The Butterfly Summer

The Butterfly SummerHarriet Evans has revealed the name and cover of her 2016 book, called ‘The Butterfly Summer’ and it’s simply delicious.

The story of ‘The Butterfly Summer’ is –

What magic is this?

You follow the hidden creek towards a long-forgotten house.

They call it Keepsake, a place full of wonder … and danger. Locked inside the crumbling elegance of its walls lies the story of the Butterfly Summer, a story you’ve been waiting all your life to hear.

This house is Nina Parr’s birthright. It holds the truth about her family – and a chance to put everything right at last.

With a stunning cover and a magical synopsis, ‘The Butterfly Summer’ sounds like a captivating story.

You can pre-order The Butterfly Summer and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 19th May 2016.