“A complete joy from start to finish.”
A Winter Flame (2012)
‘Tis the season to be jolly… But can Eve find happiness through the frost…?
After all Violet (White Wedding) has endured, she finds it hard to believe she deserves contentment . Will she find true happiness working in her cousin Eve’s theme park?
Eve has never liked Christmas, not since her beloved fiancé was killed in action in Afghanistan on Christmas Day.
So when her adored elderly aunt dies, the last thing she is expecting is to be left a theme park in her will. A theme park with a Christmas theme… And that’s not the only catch. Her aunt’s will stipulates that Eve must run the park with a mysterious partner, the exotically named Jacques Glace.
Who is this Jacques, and why did Aunt Evelyn name him in her will? But Eve isn’t going to back down from a challenge. She’s determined to make a success of Winterworld, no matter what.
Can she overcome her dislike of Christmas, and can Jacques melt her frozen heart at last?
I had read about a Christmas theme park in a newspaper called Lapland, which was so bad the papers called it Crapland. I started thinking what a wonderful setting it would be for a story – a theme park that ‘got it absolutely right.’ Plus I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Violet from White Wedding.
I worked for a building society in my twenties and looked after property rentals and one of our clients was called Effin Evans (surname tweaked there to preserve his anonymity). He was always late with his rent so we used to refer to him as ‘effin’ Effin Evans. The name was stored in my brain for years. I worked in Wales for a few student summers and had driving lessons there with a tutor who used to scream at me in Welsh. I had to put some of his phrases into the book.
The Daily Trumpet isn’t based on any particular newspaper, but when I lived in Haworth, the local rag there was always getting the ages and names wrong of my cricket player friends which always caused a lot of hilarity. I loved writing those pieces.