WINNER OF THE 2014 ROMANTIC COMEDY OF THE YEAR AWARD
It’s Raining Men (2013)
‘Suspend your disbelief and go with the flow… this is a magical ride with more than a touch of fairytale fantasy!’
Friends May, Lara and Clare are desperate for a holiday. They have been dreaming of a little bit of time away from it all at a luxury spa. But when they arrive in Ren Dullem, a small Yorkshire seaside town, by mistake, they have to adjust to a totally different kind of holiday.
May can’t wait to get away from men after being cruelly deceived. Then in Dullem she falls hook line and sinker at first glance for one of the inhabitants – but he’s already taken.
Lara is living with James and his awful step-children who taunt her with tales of his younger, prettier ex whom they adored – the woman who Lara walks in to find James in bed with despite all his protestations that he wouldn’t touch her again with a barge pole. Reeling from the hurt, she needs some R & R to heal her. What she doesn’t need is to be constantly in battle with the owner of the holiday cottage – a man who is every bit as bitter and resentful and untrusting of the other sex as she is.
Clare’s kind, steady boyfriend Lud wants her to go and live abroad with him for two years, but she’s just been offered the promotion of a lifetime which she can’t turn down. In Ren Dullem she finds some single excitement which happens to turn up in the form of a very bad boy who is everything Lud isn’t – impulsive, wild and dangerous.
Will this holiday be the break they all need? Or will the odd little town with all its secrets bring them all to breaking point…?
One day my mum rang up to tell me that my aunt was taking her to the supermarket because she knew I was too busy to do it. I put the phone down and it hit me that if I was too busy to take my 80 year old mother shopping for an hour, I was working too hard. So I wrote a book about three girls who work very hard and have no time to stop and smell the roses. If they did, they might find that their lives aren’t as ideal as they think. So I had to plunge them into a world of no phones or internet where they were forced to relax and take stock.
This is the most fantastical of my books, and some people don’t like the slight deviation from formula – but I always wanted to write about… well… I shan’t give too much away. But ‘Miranda’ was one of my favourite films as a child. Plus this story enabled me to bring back a baddie from one of my other books.
‘Ren Dullem’ is based very loosely on Robin Hood’s Bay but in my head it’s quite different, but in the same geographical area. I can picture it so clearly in my head, it’s almost as if I’ve been there. Oh and Gene Hathersage has more than a hint of Gene Hunt in him, for anyone who has ever watched Life on Mars. I adore him.