TUESDAY THREE: In the country...
Chick-lit novels are more often than not set in the city, so when heroines decide to pack up and leave their busy lives behind in favour of the countryside, it can be a refreshing change. This week, we take a peek at three novels set in the countryside, from real-life coastal Cornwall to fictional villages...
Amber Scott is Starting Over by Ruth Saberton
Ruth Saberton's previous novels, Katy Carter Wants a Hero and Ellie Andrews Has Second Thoughts, both take place in Cornwall (the home of Ruth herself!) In latest book Amber Scott is Starting Over, heroine Amber is somewhat forced to swap her London life for countryside bliss. Well, kind of.
Amber Scott loves her city life - a terrific job working on a glossy magazine, and a fiance, Ed, she's known since Uni. Even if Ed doesn't take her job seriously (as a solicitor, he doesn't have much time for women's magazines!), it is Amber's dream job. So Ed's news that he has taken a job in the West Country turns Amber's world upside down. The new life in Cornwall does not get off to the best start. The huge house Ed was so keen on is, well, huge - what is Amber going to do with four acres? And do M&S make Aga-ready meals? And when a handsome, if surly, man leads the local hunt over her land, it's more than Amber can stand. So how is it that, before long Amber is friends with the local eccentric Lady of the Manor, making love potions at her mother's recommendation - and answering the door naked to strangers...?
The Village Vet by Cathy Woodman
Cathy Woodman's popular Talyton St George series continues with fifth book The Village Vet, a romantic story set in the small village.
Swept up in a whirlwind romance, Tessa is about to marry, but on the day of her wedding when one of her oldest friends, Jack, interrupts the ceremony, she changes her mind. Her doubts about her groom are confirmed later when she discovers the extent of his debts and that he has been sleeping with her close girlfriend.
Tessa is a vet nurse with no job and no home, and it appears that she will have to live with her parents for the rest of her life, until her aunt, Fifi Green, offers her a position managing Talyton Animal Rescue's Sanctuary. The committee of Talyton Animal Rescue fall out with Fifi who did not consult them, the charity's assets are frozen, there is a shortage of volunteers and too many animals turning up at the door.
How will Tessa cope with these challenges? How will she deal with her changing feelings for Jack, who as well as ruining her big day, is the local animal welfare officer?
Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan
Jenny Colgan, author of Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe and Operation Sunshine, has returned with heroine Rosie Hopkins, who is about to leave her London life and boyfriend behind to run her aunt's village sweet shop.
Were you a sherbet lemon or chocolate lime fan? Penny chews or hard boiled sweeties (you do get more for your money that way)? The jangle of your pocket money ...the rustle of the pink and green striped paper bag...
Rosie Hopkins thinks leaving her busy London life, and her boyfriend Gerard, to sort out her elderly Aunt Lilian's sweetshop in a small country village is going to be dull. Boy, is she wrong. Lilian Hopkins has spent her life running Lipton's sweetshop, through wartime and family feuds. As she struggles with the idea that it might finally be time to settle up, she also wrestles with the secret history hidden behind the jars of beautifully coloured sweets. Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams - a novel - with recipes.