Worlds collide when two strangers meet at Waterloo station. It’s a moment they’ll never forget. Perfect for the fans of Milly Johnson.
Christmas is a joyous time, but not everyone is merry and bright.
Nicola is a rising star at the top of the corporate ladder, but her personal life is a disaster. Her office affair has lost its allure, and the last thing she wants to think about is Christmas. A night of cancelled trains and festive Christmas carols at Waterloo Station is just about the last straw…
Dmitri loves conducting his pop-up choir during the festive season, meeting people, and spreading joy and cheer around London. But he carries deep secrets from his past that robbed him of his dream to become a concert pianist.
Can their hearts and souls be unlocked by music and moonlight and will they discover the healing power of love?
I really enjoyed this story, it was very well written and had me captivated.
I loved the storyline for this one, it was a lovely book to read and it really helped me unwind and relax. The characters were genuine and I really warmed to them. The writing style is lovely and t works so well for this genre. It was a complete treat to read for me.
4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars for Goodreads and Amazon – I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it!
Ibooks: Moonlight on the Thames
MY INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR!
When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
I began my writing journey during the 2006 FIFA World Cup. I was painting my front room and listening to Argentina vs someone. I came up with an idea for a book involving an Argentine footballer and a decorator. As you do. I thought, well, I might as well write this down. I don’t know why I thought it would be easy, but it wasn’t. I then enrolled in some night creative writing courses at Birkbeck in London to learn the craft of how to write a novel. It took me three years to write that first novel, and though it will never be published, I am still quite proud of it. When I got to the point where I was ready to show my work to other people, that was when I decided that I might be able to be an author for real. I wrote six full length novels before my first novel for adults, Finding Home, was published. The greatest moment of my writing career so far was probably when my book for children, The Secret Cooking Club (by Laurel Remington) was announced as the winner of the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Award 2015. That was when I knew that it was all worth it.
What inspired you to write Moonlight on the Thames?
I had the idea that I wanted to write a Christmas book because I love all the beautiful, snowy book covers for all the rom coms this time of year. But the actual idea came when I was waiting for a delayed train at Waterloo Station and a choir was singing there. Just like Nicola in the opening scene in my book, I was not in the mood for carols and Christmas jumpers when all I wanted to do was get home. For the record, I did not make an awkward scene and end up meeting the love of my life. Oh well. But I am grateful to that choir on that night, and to Southwestern Railways, because I got an opening scene!
The two main characters evolved from there. For Nicola, I envisioned her as a female Scrooge-type character who starts out unlovable, and hopefully makes decisions that will improve her lot and that of the people around her. It was a risky decision to start out with an unlikeable female character, but I hope that she is interesting enough for readers to stick with her on her journey.
With, Dmitri, I had always wanted to write a character who is a musician because I used to play the oboe and studied music at university. I wanted to explore the great heights and depths of despair that musicians, and probably all creative people, go through. I don’t know if I succeeded in that, but Dmitri is perhaps my favourite character that I have ever written.
If you could sell this book in one sentence what would it be?
Can too lonely people overcome the secrets of their pasts to find love at Christmastime?
What are you up to next?
While I still have a part of me that wants to write romantic comedy, I really enjoyed exploring the darker side of humanity in Moonlight on the Thames. So I am considering moving in a slightly different direction for my next book. Watch this space.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My three children are my biggest inspiration. They are, perhaps too young to know any better, but they are always supportive and understanding of the fact that I work a job as a lawyer and then come home and work at weekends, and all hours really, as a writer. Their energy and enthusiasm inspire me to keep going even when it’s difficult.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lauren Westwood writes romantic women’s fiction, and is also an award-winning children’s writer.
Originally from California, she now lives in England in a pernickety old house built in 1602, with her partner and three daughters.
Social Media Links –
Goodreads: Lauren Westwood;
Booktrail: https://www.thebooktrail.com/book-trails/moonlight-on-the-thames/ (this is a third-party site).
Playlist (music plays a big part in the book): http://www.laurenwestwoodwriter.com/playlist
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