I have exciting news to share today. On December 11th my latest novel, A Way from Heart to Heart, will be released by Accent Press.
This novel is a new venture for me. Although a romance lies at the heart of the story, it’s a much wider-ranging novel than my previous two.
There is a way from heart to heart is a beautiful Afghan proverb, which I found perfect for my title. The story revolves around Kate Hemingway, a woman whose ties with others have all gradually unravelled, and who is losing the courage to love.
Here is the blurb:
After the death of her husband in Afghanistan, Kate Hemingway’s world collapses around her. Kate’s free time is spent with a charity for teenage girls, helping them mend their broken lives – which is ironic, since her own life is fractured beyond repair.
Reserved, ex-public school journalist Paul Farrell is everything Kate and her teenage charges aren’t. But when Paul agrees to help Kate with her charity, he makes a stunning revelation that changes everything.
But can Kate take a risk with her son’s happiness as well as her own?
The core of the story is the growing romance between Kate and Paul, but the proverb “a way from heart to heart” also covers the love between close friends, between parent and child, and the intensity of teenage love. The story deals with hard-hitting issues such as teenage homelessness and social exclusion, and living with grief. Perhaps I’ve taken a risk in making these issues part of a romance novel. There are some readers who turn to novels for pure escapism, and to get away from the daily grind of every day life, and I can understand that – because quite often I
do that myself! However, these are issues I really wanted to make a part of my story.
Having said all that, although the subject-matter is deep in places, above all, it’s a highly romantic story which I hope will appeal to readers who like an emotional read that leads to a satisfying ending. Sometimes terrible things happen in life, but I think the proverb “there is a way from heart to heart” underlies my story’s positive and optimistic message.
And one last thing! A lot of the story take place on a trip the London-bred teenagers take to the Yorkshire moors, which is my beloved home :) It was fun exploring all the characters against this beautiful background.
I hope you like the sound of my new story, and would welcome your comments!
(If you’re a book-blogger or reviewer, and would like an ARC of A Way from Heart to Heart, please get in touch through my contact page)