Rowan Forrester has it all – the happy marriage, the adorable dog, the good friends, the promising business and even the dream home after she and her husband Tom win a stunning but slightly dilapidated Georgian townhouse in London at auction.
But in the blink of an eye, Rowan’s picture-perfect life comes crashing down around her and she is faced with the prospect of having to start again.
To make ends meet she begins a search for housemates, and in doing so opens the door to new friends and new beginnings. But could she be opening the door to new heartbreak too?
I was really drawn to this book by the cover and after reading the blurb it really sold it to me and I couldn’t wait to get started! I thought that it was a well written and enjoyable story that was full of excellent characters and I loved their interaction.
The plot is very easy to follow and really enjoyable, it was a story I could dip in and out of and I loved reading it on my lunch breaks at work! I thought the writing style was excellent and it has such a lovely flow to the story.
4.5 stars from me, rounded up to 5 stars for Amazon and Goodreads – I really enjoyed the story – very highly recommended!!
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MY INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
- When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
Not until my forties. I knew I enjoyed writing short stories, children’s stories and long newsy letters, but it wasn’t until ten years ago that I started writing a novel and thoughts of publication would creep into my daydreams.
- What inspired you to write this book?
It was something quite uninspiring actually! I was walking from my hotel to The London Book Fair and passed a terrace of three storey Georgian properties. They were all similar but one stood out from the rest because it had a huge magnolia tree full of pink, frothy blossoms. As writers do, I idly began to wonder who lived there, what they did for a living, what their demons were … and a story began to develop.
- If you could sell this book in one sentence what would it be?
Step inside Magnolia House and discover the secrets, love, deceit, obsessions, humour and heartache that unfold behind the front door.
- What are you up to next?
I’m editing my third novel that has a working title of Lies and Linguine, although that may well change when it’s published. It’s contemporary women’s fiction, like Magnolia House. I’m also half way through writing a fourth book that is set during WW2 in Paris.
- Who is your biggest inspiration?
My daughter, Rosanna, is a great inspiration to me. She has battled some negativity in life and came through even stronger. She is the kindest, funniest, most generous and patient person I know. Rose is an amazing mother to twin girls, is a loyal friend and has strived to overcome obstacles so she can now do the job that she’s always wanted to do.
Brave women also inspire me. Sophie Scholl was a German student and member of the anti-fascist White Rose Movement. At only twenty-two she was executed for her anti-Nazi beliefs and taught us that no matter how high the stakes, we must fight for the oppressed and what we believe in.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Angela Barton was born in London and grew up in Nottingham. She is married with three grown up children and adorable four-year-old twin granddaughters. Angela is passionate about writing both contemporary and historical fiction and loves time spent researching facts for her novels. Having signed publishing contracts for three of her completed novels with Choc Lit’s new imprint, Ruby Fiction, Angela is excited to be working alongside such a lovely team.
Angela and her husband, Paul, recently moved to France and planted a lavender field. She’s looking forward to spending more time writing in the beautiful Charente countryside working from her new writing room, a beautiful shepherd hut. Angela is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and Nottingham Writers’ Studio.
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