When I shared my review of A Summer to Remember by Sue Moorcroft back in May – you can read that post again here – you might remember that I mentioned that I thought this was her best book yet. And that’s high praise indeed – Sue has long been one of my favourite authors, and I’ve read and loved everything she’s ever written. So I really didn’t want to miss the opportunity to let you know that the ebook is currently available at just 99p – for your kindle, from iBooks, and for Kobo – and very highly recommended by me.
COME AND SPEND SUMMER BY THE SEA!
WANTED! A caretaker for Roundhouse Row holiday cottages.
WHERE? Nelson’s Bar is the perfect little village. Nestled away on the Norfolk coast we can offer you no signal, no Wi-Fi and – most importantly – no problems!
WHO? The ideal candidate will be looking for an escape from their cheating scumbag ex-fiancé, a diversion from their entitled cousin, and a break from their traitorous friends.
WHAT YOU’LL GET! Accommodation in a chocolate-box cottage, plus a summer filled with blue skies and beachside walks. Oh, and a reunion with the man of your dreams.
PLEASE NOTE: We take no responsibility for any of the above scumbags, passengers and/or traitors walking back into your life…
GET IN TOUCH NOW TO MAKE THIS A SUMMER TO REMEMBER!
To mark the occasion, it’s a real pleasure to welcome Sue as my guest today – with a lovely guest post on where to set a novel…
Settings are really important to my books. I love to take my readers on a journey anyway and I think of my summer novels as taking them on a holiday too.
Previously I’ve used settings like Italy or France (and next summer will be my beloved Malta). This year, however, I decided that many people love UK holidays every bit as much as those in other countries and I set A Summer to Remember in beautiful north Norfolk with its miles of salt marshes and beaches that go for miles.
To be honest, I also wanted somewhere where mobile signal and internet access were issues. I remember family holidays of a few years ago where phones were silent for much of the time because of connectivity issues. I’d already decided that internet access – or lack of – would be a feature of the book. I spent a few days in last summer’s heatwave researching the area between Hunstanton and Wells-next-the-sea and wherever I went I checked my phone to see if I had a signal. Every evening I would sit in the garden of the pub I was staying in and organise my notes and photos over a glass of cold wine, enjoying the beautiful sunset. NB I couldn’t get a signal of any kind in that pub garden but out in the middle of a salt marsh I got 4G.
Most of all, though, I wanted somewhere out of the way for Clancy to quickly escape to. It was much easier for her to throw her possessions in her car and drive out of London to a Norfolk village than it would have been to pack it all up and cart it around Europe or beyond. She makes her decision to leave her imploding life behind one evening and she’s in Nelson’s Bar by lunch time the next day. That her decision was impulsive and not thought-out exactly suited plot and setting both. Her sudden appearance in the village where her cousin once wreaked havoc certainly captures the attention of many of the other characters from hero Aaron to his brother Lee, who Alice jilted, and even Dilys and Ernie, Clancy’s new neighbours. And maybe she should have considered her relationship with Aaron that had consisted of one hot kiss, one fevered row and six years of carefully polite email.
North Norfolk is an interesting area to write about. There are typical English seaside resorts like Hunstanton with its fair, beach, trips, amusement arcades, fish ’n chips, candy floss and ice cream, but there are also tiny harbours that are not much more than creeks. Beautiful villages dot the winding coast road, wide-open salt marshes alternate with windswept villages.
If I had thought that choosing an area I was already familiar with would be an easy option in the research department because there’s a lot to learn about the many aspects to Norfolk living. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to one day return to Nelson’s Bar.
Thank you Sue… and everyone else, do take advantage of the special offer because the ebook will only be available at this price for a limited time…
About the author
Sue Moorcroft is a Sunday Times and international bestselling author and has reached the coveted #1 spot on Amazon Kindle. She’s won the Readers’ Best Romantic Novel award and the Katie Fforde Bursary, and has been nominated for several other awards, including the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards.
Her short stories, serials, columns, writing ‘how to’ and courses have appeared all over the world.
Part of an army family, Sue was born in Germany and lived much of her childhood in Malta and Cyprus before setting in the UK.
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