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A Summer of Surprises and An Unexpected Affair
Author: Jan Ellis
This book is published on the Waverley Books imprint and you can find more information there
After her divorce, Eleanor Mace decides to begin a new life running a quirky bookshop in a quiet corner of Devon. She adores her seaside home, and her bookshop – The Reading Room – is a hit, and yet Eleanor is still unsettled … Her grown-up twins don’t need her, her recent divorce has left her at a loose end, and her subsequent move from London, in search of something new has led her to… pretty much the same old life but with sea air. So Eleanor goes online and rediscovers an old flame. Impetuous and impulsive, but with her sister for protection, Eleanor sets off to the South of France in search of a man she last saw in her twenties. But will Eleanor find happiness on the Continent or does it lie in rural England?
With a cast of friends and relations ranging from an ex-policeman (now woman), a go-for-it sister, and love interest on both sides of the Channel, this gently humorous story is both entertaining and wry.
A Summer of Surprises
The story continues two years after the end of An Unexpected Affair. Eleanor and Daniel have been dating for nearly two years and there are plans afoot to celebrate their unofficial anniversary. Everything is rosy until Freya, Daniel’s ex-wife, suddenly gets in touch to announce that she is on her way from London to see him – and to meet a top-secret client who has extravagant plans.
Meanwhile, rumours are circulating of a theme park about to be built in
Combemouth that will threaten the beauty of the Devon coast – and
business at Eleanor’s bookshop. Things take a turn for the worst when
Eleanor discovers that architect Freya and the new development are
closely connected. Furious, Eleanor takes action - bringing a series of
surprises to Combemouth.
This entertaining story is light and humorous - guaranteed to amuse!
About the Author:
Jan Ellis began writing fiction by
accident in 2013. Until then, she had led a blameless life as a
publisher, editor and historian of early modern Spain. She fell into
fiction when a digital publisher approached her to write a history book,
then made the mistake of mentioning women’s fiction, which sounded much
Jan’s stories have small-town settings with realistic characters who range in age from young teens to eighty-somethings. She is somewhat surprised to find herself a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
Trimmed Page Size: 193 x 124 mm. Paperback. 352 pages. Pack: 24.
Genre: Literature & Fiction/Women’s Fiction/Humour/Holidays/Romantic Comedy