I’m always filled with admiration when authors try their hand at a completely different genre. Recently we’ve seen a few writers better known for romantic comedy (Carol Wyer, Lynda Renham…) writing psychological thrillers, and very successfully. But Charlie Phillips – writing as Lottie Phillips – is doing it the other way round. You might remember her psychological thrillers written under the pseudonym Louise Stone, including the best selling S is for Stranger. But this time it’s romantic comedy – The Little Cottage in the Country was published as an e-book by HQ Digital on 3rd July. I sadly couldn’t find a space to read and review, but very much like the look of it…
Escape to the country!
Anna Compton thought that moving to the countryside, leaving London and her past firmly behind her was the perfect solution. Goodbye life of thirty-something, crazed single mum of two, hello country glamour queen, domestic goddess and yummy-mummy extraordinaire.
But her new life at Primrose Cottage isn’t quite what she expected! Very soon she’s chasing pork pies down hills, disguising her shop-bought cakes at the school bake sale – and trying to resist oh-so-handsome Horatio Spencerville, who just so happens to be the Lord of the Manor…
Could moving to the country be the biggest mistake she’s ever made?
HQ Digital are describing it as perfect for fans of Christie Barlow, Holly Martin and Tilly Tennant… shall we try an extract?
Two days later, Anna couldn’t believe she was allowing herself to be fitted out in a white and gold, skin-tight jumpsuit and blonde wig. Diane was fussing around her feet, ensuring the flares fell neatly over her gold heels.
‘Where, dare I ask, do you even find stuff like this?’
‘Linda found this place in Cheltenham. It’s a dream.’
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My thanks to Petra Quelch (@sparklyword) for inviting me to be part of the tour, and for all the supporting materials.
About the author
Charlie Phillips, writing under the pseudonym Lottie Phillips, worked as a teacher before turning her hand to fiction. She was brought up in Africa and the Middle East and then – as an adult – travelled extensively before moving to London and finally settling in the Cotswolds with her partner and toddler. When she’s not writing, you will find her scouring interior design magazines and shops, striving toward the distant dream of being a domestic goddess or having a glass of wine with country music turned up loud. As a child, she always had her nose in a book and, in particular, Nancy Drew.
The Little Cottage in the Country is Charlie’s debut romantic comedy.