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Sometimes the hardest person to save is yourself…
Marie Johnson is trapped by her job as a chef in a Dorset pub and by her increasingly poisonous marriage to its landlord. Worn down by his string of affairs she has no self-confidence, no self-respect and the only thing that keeps her going is watching her son, Jude, turn into a talented artist. But the 60th anniversary of a D-Day exercise triggers chance meetings which prove unlikely catalysts for change.
First there’s Corbin, the American soldier who she runs into as she’s walking on the cliffs. He is charming and has a quaintness about him, calling her an ‘English rose’.
Then there’s George the war veteran, who comes to dine at the pub, and his son Mark. George fascinates Marie with his first-hand accounts of the war, whilst Mark proves helpful in making sense of the pub’s financial situation.
And there’s Paxton. Another American soldier with an uncanny resemblance to Corbin. Young, fit and very attractive, Marie finds him hard to resist. But little does she know Paxton is also battling some inner demons.
As the heat of the summer intensifies, so do the issues in Marie’s life.
Why is Corbin so elusive? Why is the pub struggling to make ends meet? Why has Jude suddenly become so withdrawn and unhappy?
Can she help Paxton open up and begin to deal with his pain?
Or will she be shackled to the pub and her increasingly spiteful husband forever?
But as events unfold, Marie finally realises that she is not trapped, but stuck, and that it is down to her to get her life moving again.
Perfectly blending the complexities of twenty-first century life with the dramatic history of World War Two, Another You is a charming tale that will warm your heart.
Perhaps writing is in my blood. My father, Mercer Simpson, was a poet; my cousin, Roger Hubank, a novelist; Roger’s uncle, John Hampson was also a novelist and fringe member of the Bloomsbury Group. It is even rumoured that John Keats is somewhere back there in the family tree, so is it any wonder that I have always scribbled.
I can’t say that the publication of my debut novel The Cheesemaker’s House (Matador, 2013) changed my life – very few authors can – but it certainly changed my perception of myself as a novelist.
No longer was I writing for my own pleasure – as I had done for years – I was now expecting complete strangers to part with their hard earned cash to read my words. The pressure to perform was increased further – although in a delightful way – by the hugely positive reception the book had from readers, reviewers and book bloggers. Now there were other expectations to meet as well as my own.
The biggest change since The Cheesemaker’s House is that I am no longer running my accountancy business alone as my husband quit his finance role in a plc to join me. It’s certainly taken a great deal of the pressure off me but the downside is that I no longer have the time I had when he was travelling, working stupidly long hours and commuting, to fiddle around on social media and to write.
Another big change is that I have joined Chindi Authors, a group of independently published writers in Chichester, close to where I live. There is so much more we can achieve together than we can on our own – we even held a stall at the city’s Christmas market which one writer could never have done successfully.
By the time my second book, The Faerie Tree had been released I was already working on this, my third book Another You, which was completed to everyone’s satisfaction within seven months and was snapped up by ebook specialist Endeavour Press.
One of the best parts of writing a novel is when your characters come alive and begin to create the storylines themselves. It’s a very special kind of magic.
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