Blurb: Welcome to Willoughby Close… a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver…
After her husband unexpectedly dies, Ava moves to Willoughby Close, trying to keep her chin up and herself to herself as she’s always done—not answering questions, not making friends, and not seeing much of a future. Her marriage was far from perfect, but it offered her a much-needed security that has now been ripped away. She’s not sure what to do now that she’s thirty-five, widowed, penniless… and unexpectedly pregnant with her late husband’s child.
Jace Tucker is the over-the-top sexy caretaker of Willoughby Manor, and he can see beneath Ava’s glamor girl act to the hurt she’s been hiding for so long. She has secrets for a reason—and so does he. The last thing she needs right now is a fling with a man who hides a past as regrettable as her own.
But with a baby to think about, and neighbors determined to be her friends, Ava finds herself starting to change and even more alarmingly, beginning to hope. Can Willoughby Close work its everyday magic on a woman like her? And when the past comes calling for both her and Jace, will they have to answer for their previous mistakes?
Guest Post: What Comes Out by Kate Hewitt
My books are fiction. I can’t actually imagine writing non-fiction—I’ve talked to writers who think it’s so much easier but definitely not for me! And yet a lot of non-fiction, as it were, comes out in my books without me even realizing it, at least not at first.
What I mean is, whatever I’m going through emotionally will seep into my writing. What I’m worried about, the struggles I’m facing, the fears that keep me up at night… somehow these slip slyly into my books without me even knowing it. As Red Smith said, ‘Writing is easy. You just open a vein and bleed.’
Writing can feel very exposing when you are putting yourself out there in the guise of your characters. In the Willoughby Close series, a lot of my feelings and fears about death and grief have come out through the character of Lady Stokeley and her battle with cancer. My father died of cancer last year and I helped to nurse him through the final weeks and days of his illness, and then held his hand as he died. It was a profound experience for me, one that held both joy and terrible sorrow, and it has definitely influenced my writing in a big way. A lot of Lady Stokeley’s emotional journey, as well as those of the characters affected by her, is shaped by the time I spent with my father.
I’m writing the last book in the series now, and I’ve been a little bit surprised at how emotional it has made me! Sometimes I’ve teared up as I’m writing, which is hopefully a good sign that my readers will be similarly connected to the story ☺
The series isn’t all about death and sadness though, far from it! Kiss Me at Willoughby Close has a lot of humor and banter between Jace and Ava that was super fun to write. I can’t wait to share this book with readers.
1st prize: £10 Amazon giftcard
2nd prize: paperback copy of Find Me at Willoughby Close
About Kate Hewitt
Kate is the USA Today bestselling author of over 40 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. Other series include the Emigrants Trilogy, the Amherst Island Trilogy, and the Falling For The Freemans series.
She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.
Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in the English Cotswolds with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can read about her life at http://www.acumbrianlife.blogspot.co.uk.