Every so often, it’s rather nice to treat yourself. Carole Matthews was to appear at the Oswestry LitFest on a Friday night in March – although I live in West Yorkshire, I’d worked out that it wouldn’t be too difficult to detour a little on my way to a break with the family in Wales. I’m so glad I did – Carole was quite wonderful, telling us all about her brush with Hollywood, her time as a TV beauty therapist, how she became a writer, and then reading from her latest book, A Place To Call Home.
I was a little bit starstruck when I spoke with her afterwards while she signed my copy of the book, but she was so lovely – I was just a bit too shy to ask her for a photo (but here’s the signed book!).
There are some lovely pictures from the event on Carole’s Facebook page. It was great too to meet Dawn O’Brien – we’ve been Facebook friends for years since “meeting” on another book site some years ago, and it was lovely to meet in person at last. Dawn’s written her own account of the event on her Lofty Scribbler blog. I didn’t go to the meal beforehand – being on my own, I thought I might feel a bit awkward, but I don’t really think I need have really worried.
I loved this book. Initially I did wonder whether I’d like the characters – particularly OTT Crystal – but they all find their way to your heart. It’s a book that makes you laugh, gasp and cry – and something a little different from the usual boy-meets-girl, never too heavy despite the domestic violence theme, but makes you think about the issues. Carole, you’re wonderful – and can you give me Hayden’s address so I can move in too please?
Carole Matthews is the Sunday Times bestselling author of twenty-six novels, including the Top Ten bestseller A Cottage By The Sea. In 2013 Carole was shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan award for Fiction about Life and Love and she was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy RoNA in 2012 and inducted into the Reader Hall of Fame by the inaugural Festival of romance. Her novels delight and dazzle readers all over the world. She is published in more than thirty countries and her books have sold to Hollywood. For all Carole’s latest news, visit her website and sign up for her regular newsletter, follow Carole on Twitter or join the thousands of readers (me included) who have become Carole’s friend on Facebook.