Five on Friday with Daisy James @daisyjamesbooks

Today I’m delighted to feature fellow Yorkshire woman Daisy James. Daisy writes romantic comedies filled with fun, friendship & foodie treats and is a member of the Romantic Novelist Association. Her book Escape to the Hummingbird Hotel was one of five finalists for the Amazon Kindle Storyteller Award 2021.  

Author Daisy James at her house near Newcastle, September 22 2021 ©Daisy James

Daisy James loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. She especially likes to create sunshine-filled settings in exotic locations – Corfu, Tuscany, Cornwall, Provence – so she can spend her time envisioning her characters enjoying the fabulous scenery and sampling the local food and drink.

When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.

Over to Daisy:

Which five pieces of music/songs would you include in the soundtrack to your life and why?

Ocean Drive by the Lighthouse Family reminds me of one carefree summer in the late 1990s that seemed to be filled with sunshine and great friends before I had my family. The lead singer Tunde Baiyewu has the most amazing voice that I could listen to for ever. The band has a special place in my heart because the bandmembers hail from the same city that I call home – Newcastle.

I love anything by Gloria Estefan. I was lucky enough to see her live in concert in 1996 and at the end of the night I came away with a huge smile on my face and a confirmed fan of anything she produces. Her music is so uplifting and joyous and just makes me want to dance, so my favourite track is Get On Your Feet. Whenever it is played at a party, wedding or social event, I just have to take to the dance floor and boogie!

Another song that always brings a smile to my face is Move On Up by Curtis Mayfield, just the opening few bars of the song has me dancing around the room – badly – and singing at the top of my voice. I love it! It just speaks to me about focusing on the future not the past.

I’m a huge Abba fan, so one of their songs has to be on the list. One of my favourite stage shows is Mama Mia, which I was lucky enough to see on Broadway for a milestone birthday celebration. At the end of the night, everyone got up to dance in the aisles, although the theatre was only half full because it was just after Hurricane Sandy hit New York. It’s difficult to choose a favourite, but I think I’ll go with Dancing Queen.

And no list would be complete without a Take That song. I’ve pondered long & hard to decide which is my favourite track because there are so, so many that it’s difficult to choose just one. However, I think I’ll go with Never Forget because it’s the track that the band usually close their amazingly spectacular concerts with and the lyrics are poignant.

What five things (apart from family and friends) would you find it hard to live without.

Books/Kindle – there’s nothing I like better than delving into a new story or autobiography, especially over recent times. A little escapism goes a long way!

Music – For me, it’s the best way to lift the spirits. A five-minute dance around the garden, or the kitchen, and I’m ready to tackle the day.

Tea – I’m an avid tea drinker & love all kinds; English Breakfast, Earl Grey, fruit tea, herbal tea, iced tea, well, you get the picture.

My writer’s retreat (shed) – I used to write in an old dilapidated shed in the garden, but we’ve recently replaced it with something a little more comfortable – and dry – and I absolutely love it. I can hear the birds singing while I scribble my stories.

Travel – I adore visiting new places, home or abroad, although that passion has been curtailed over the last couple of years.

Give five pieces of advice to your younger self?

Have fun; spend more time with your family and friends instead of working.

Focus on the future & not the past – you can’t change what has happened.

Have more confidence in yourself & say ‘yes’ to every opportunity that’s offered. You can do it!

Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Take that trip! One day it might not be possible.

Tell us five things that most people don’t know about you

I do archery – I’m still very much a ‘beginner’, but it’s great fun and it’s a way of getting away from the keyboard and out into the fresh air.  

I helped to build my new writing retreat in the garden – and I have the broken toe to show for it!

I’m frightened of ladybirds – just typing the word gives me goosebumps!

I was in an episode of ‘Vera’ as a nurse.

I write all my books by hand – with a pen and a notebook. I love stationery & treat myself to a new notebook – or two – every time I start a new novel.

Tell us five things you’d still like to do or achieve.

I’d love to go on a writer’s retreat in Italy or France

I’d really like to learn to play an instrument – maybe the guitar, or the clarinet, although I’m not sure the other members of my household would agree.

I think a chocolate-making course would be lots of fun.

Get my all my books into audio.

I’d love to go back to Hawaii where I was married.

Thanks so much for joining us today Daisy, it’s been a pleasure. I love your music choices, I agree that Tunde has an amazing voice. As a big fan of Latino music I was delighted to see Gloria Estefan included and any list with Abba is fine by me – Dancing Queen appeared in my Five on Friday feature. Always happy to welcome another tea and bookaholic, you are in good company. Should we ever meat, an cup of tea and cake (china cups obligatory) would be lovely. You would hate our garden office as we are plagued with ladybirds once it gets warm, even the house isn’t safe! I can thoroughly recommend taking a chocolate making course, it is fun – and messy (or maybe that was just me). I hope you get to take a writing retreat, and seeing Hawaii again would be fabulous.

Daisy’s Books

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Hummingbird Hotel series

Escape to the Hummingbird Hotel

Welcome to the Hummingbird Hotel!

When florist-to-the-stars Abbie Coleman catches a glimpse of her boyfriend through the window of Tiffany’s, she couldn’t be more excited. Keen to share her happiness, she organises a huge surprise party for all their family and friends… except things don’t quite work out as she expected, and instead of planning a flower-filled wedding, she finds herself single, and fired from a job she loves.

Desperate to escape her heartbreak, she jets off to her aunt’s quirky Hummingbird Hotel on the gorgeous island of Corfu. Little did she know that instead of spending her time lounging by the pool, drinking cocktails, and soaking up the sun, she’d be stepping into the role of the island’s newest hotelier.

The arrival of unexpected guests sends Abbie into a tailspin of panic, and she’s forced to turn to snippy, but charismatic, vineyard owner-turned-chef, Nikos Angelopoulos, for help. Why does the kitchen fill with smoke whenever she makes coffee? Why is there a naked man swimming in the pool? And why do the hotel’s toiletries turn their guests’ hair pink?

Despite all the chaos, the Hummingbird Hotel works its magic on Abbie, and she finds herself with a decision to make. Will she return home to the drizzly grey skies of London? Or will she take a leap of faith and embrace the new opportunities that little corner of paradise has to offer, and maybe, just maybe, discover a sprinkle of romance along the way?

Summer at the Hummingbird Hotel

Welcome to the Hummingbird Hotel!

When Abbie Coleman is asked to host a relaxing wellbeing retreat at the Hummingbird Hotel after a stressful photoshoot on board celebrity fashion designer Pierre Fontaine’s luxury yacht, she knows it’s the perfect opportunity to showcase the peace and tranquillity on offer in the gorgeous Corfu countryside. With outdoor yoga, chocolate-making classes, and wine-tasting tours on the itinerary, she hopes that her guests will leave feeling refreshed and invigorated, and keen to recommend the virtues of the hotel to their friends.

But this is the Hummingbird Hotel, and words like ‘straightforward’ and ‘stress-free’ do not feature on the promotional website. So, when a member of the local goat fraternity is discovered in a guest’s room munching on a pair of his paisley boxer shorts, and a delicious avocado and kale smoothie has unexpected soporific properties, Abbie must once again join forces with local vineyard owner, the movie-star-handsome Nikos Angelopoulos, to unravel the mystery and save the hotel from becoming the Greek version of Fawlty Towers.

Can she turn havoc into harmony? Or will her future on Corfu be over before it’s begun?

Snowflakes at the Hummingbird Hotel

Welcome to the Hummingbird Hotel!

When Corfu’s newest hotelier Abbie Coleman is asked to host a fun-filled creativity retreat for a group of am-dram enthusiasts rehearsing for that year’s pantomime, she pulls out all the stops. With pottery classes, painting sessions, wreath-making and flower-arranging – along with a few meditation sessions from the hotel’s resident fitness guru – she’s hoping that this time her guests’ planned production of Cinderella will not descend into a comedy of errors.

But this is the Hummingbird Hotel, and the words ‘plain-sailing’ and ‘hassle-free’ do not feature in the script. So when a lovingly painted Christmas wreath acquires a few unusually shaped floral additions, and a prized Greek vase is moulded into something a little more risqué, Abbie must once again partner-up with local winery and vineyard owner, the movie-star-handsome Nikos Angelopoulos, to unmask the culprit and ensure the story of the hotel has a happy ending.

Can she turn turmoil into tranquillity? Or will her time on Corfu be over before its begun?

Spring Blooms at the Hummingbird Hotel

Welcome to the Hummingbird Hotel!

When Corfu’s newest hotelier Abbie Coleman is asked to host a Bakes & Beaches retreat for a group of Bake Off enthusiasts from a regional TV and radio station, she knows she needs as much help as she can get. Baking is not her forte, and with cupcakes, traybakes, pastries and showstoppers to co-ordinate – along with a whole host of terrifyingly high-octane water sports – she’s worried that her guests’ culinary creations will be more ‘curdled catastrophes’ than ‘tasty triumphs’. For any successful enterprise, preparation is key, so, along with her new assistant manager and all-round astrological guru Felix Morgan, Abbie sets about preparing a long and detailed To Do list.

But this is the Hummingbird Hotel, and the words ‘straightforward’ and ‘drama-free’ do not feature on the menu. So, when the salted caramel cupcakes are heavier on the salt than the caramel, and a guest’s expensive watch takes an unscheduled dip in the pool, Abbie must once again join forces with chef-turned-vineyard owner – and now fiancé – Nikos Angelopoulos, to unravel the mystery and maintain the hotel’s reputation for delivering beautiful bakes instead of mayhem and mistakes.

Can she turn burnt buns into sumptuous soufflés? Or will her future on Corfu be over before it’s begun?

Sunny Days at the Hummingbird Hotel

Welcome back to the Hummingbird Hotel!

Join Felix on his Good Karma retreat this summer.

When Abbie Coleman agrees to host the hotel’s first Good Karma retreat for a group of stressed-out lawyers, she’s not sure what to expect – the retreats she’s organised so far have certainly not been tranquil or serene. However, with all-round astrological guru Felix Morgan in charge, she hopes there’ll be a better than average chance of things going according to plan this time; no pink-haired guests, no underwear-munching goats, and no expensive watches taking an unscheduled dip in the swimming pool.

With meditation and massages, equine yoga and tai chi classes on the itinerary – not to mention a session of Ecstatic Dancing – surely their guests will end their week-long stay feeling calm, relaxed, and keen to sing the hotel’s praises to their family and friends.

But this is the Hummingbird Hotel, and using words like ‘smooth-sailing’ and ‘drama-free’ would breach the promotional marketing rules. So, when the pool takes on a suspicious crimson hue, and a guest’s cologne turns out to be less eau d’amour and more eau de manure, Abbie once again finds herself donning her metaphorical deerstalker to unravel the mystery and save the hotel’s reputation.

Can she turn chaos into contentment? Or will she have to hang up her hotelier hat and admit defeat?

Cornish Confetti series

The Cornish Confetti Agency

When the grand finale of Lexie Harrington’s catwalk show ends with a disastrous twist on the ‘ice bucket challenge’, she knew her highly-strung boss would fire her on the spot. What she wasn’t expecting was to bump into her fiancé cosied up with an attractive blonde in the restaurant opposite their apartment!

Desperate to escape her heartbreak, Lexie flees to her childhood home of St Ives to hold the fort at The Cornish Confetti Agency for her best friend Freya, leader of the yummy mummy network and firm believer in ‘happily ever afters’. Little did she know that delivering a Caribbean-themed wedding in sunny Cornwall would rival the fashion industry for drama, tantrums and mysterious goings on.

Who is responsible for dousing the bridesmaid’s dress with tomato ketchup? Or hiding the bride’s beloved Jimmy Choos? Or attaching googly eyes to everything in sight?

The perfect Cornish wedding? Is there such a thing for The Cornish Confetti Agency?

Summertime at the Cornish Confetti Agency

When Lexie Harrington is asked to co-ordinate Kat and Dylan’s ‘English village fête’ wedding, she’s determined that this time everything will go according to her carefully laid plans; no ice bucket challenges, no whoopee cushions, and absolutely no googly eyes attached to everything in sight!

With gorgeous journalist-cum-wedding columnist Theo Barker to offer a helping hand, Lexie is optimistic that she can deliver the fairy tale wedding her clients have always dreamed of…. until the best man Noah is targeted by a loose hosepipe, the wedding rings go walk-about, and his beloved scarlet Porsche takes on a distinctly unpleasant aroma.

Can Lexie and Theo uncover what’s behind the mysterious goings on, or will the Cornish Confetti Agency be forced to close its doors to the future brides and grooms of glorious Cornwall?

Christmas at the Cornish Confetti Agency

When Lexie Harrington is asked to choreograph Phoebe and Sam’s Christmas-themed wedding, she can’t wait to create the perfect winter wonderland – elegantly dressed fir trees, glossy garlands of holly and mistletoe, baskets of yule logs and pine cones, and the mouth-watering fragrance of gingerbread, cinnamon sticks and warm mulled wine floating through the air. With handsome wedding columnist-cum-fledgling scriptwriter Theo Barker at her side, she’s confident that she can create the perfect festive ambience the bride and groom have been dreaming of since their engagement in the Swiss Alps; no rampant hosepipes, no mechanical mice, no confetti-filled hairdryers.

But this is The Cornish Confetti Agency, and the words ‘plain-sailing’ and ‘hassle-free’ do not feature in the promotional brochure. So, when a much-loved portrait of the groom’s father is adorned with pirate eye-patches and black plastic moustaches, and his expensive cologne is switched for toilet cleaner, Lexie and Theo must once again don their metaphorical deerstalkers and unravel the mystery before the wedding dissolves into Christmas-themed chaos and calamity.

A perfect Christmas wedding? Is there such a thing for The Cornish Confetti Agency?

Tropical Skies at the Cornish Confetti Agency

The Cornish Confetti Agency is heading to the Caribbean!

When Lexie Harrington is asked to co-ordinate Scarlet and Will’s beachside wedding in gorgeous St Lucia, she jumps at the chance. After all, who wouldn’t love to spend a few days in a sun-filled tropical paradise surrounded by golden sands, swaying palm trees, and the gentle waft of jasmine and coconut oil floating on the breeze?

With handsome wedding columnist-cum-TV scriptwriter Theo Barker at her side, and quirky florist Jasper Curtis along for the ride, she’s even more determined than ever to deliver the glamorous celebration the bride and groom have been hoping for; no mechanical mice running around the pretty wedding gazebo, no whoopee cushions hidden under the ribbon-bedecked chairs, and no rampant hosepipes providing the unsuspecting guests with an impromptu shower.

But this is The Cornish Confetti Agency, and the words ‘plain-sailing’ and ‘hassle-free’ do not feature in the promotional brochure. So, when Lexie discovers the bride’s mother – celebrity chef and owner of the prestigious Mango Tree Cookery School, Brigette Blake – is being targeted by a series of practical jokes, she must once again don her metaphorical deerstalker and unravel the mystery before the wedding dissolves into Caribbean-themed chaos and calamity.

Tuscan Dreams at the Cornish Confetti Agency

The Cornish Confetti Agency is heading to Tuscany!

When Lexie Harrington is asked to choreograph a last-minute wedding for celebrity chef Nico Moretti and his fiancée Isla Sanderson, she can’t wait to get started, especially as the event of the year is set to take place at the spectacular Villa Fiore in the glorious, sun-soaked countryside just outside Florence. With its powder-pink façade, green-painted shutters and battalion of life-sized marble statues, it’s the perfect location for the intimate wedding the bride and groom want, away from the prying eyes of the paparazzi.

With handsome wedding columnist-turned-TV scriptwriter, Theo Barker, by her side, and quirky waistcoat-loving Jasper Curtis in the role of usher, Lexie’s confident that this time she’ll be able to deliver the glamourous, sophisticated, and most of all, hassle-free wedding the happy couple deserve; no pirate patches on family portraits, no confetti-filled hairdryers, and definitely no anchovies crammed into the air vents of the best man’s beloved Porsche.

But this is The Cornish Confetti Agency, and the words ‘straightforward’ and ‘stress-free’ do not feature in the promotional brochure.  So when the Lexie discovers the Michelangelo-esque marble statues modelling a new line in paper thongs, and the groom’s swimwear has been substituted for something a little more risqué, she must once again turn amateur detective and unravel the mystery before the wedding becomes a Florentine fiasco.

A Summer Wedding at The Cornish Confetti Agency!

When Lexie Harrington is asked to choreograph a Great Gatesby-themed wedding for tennis coach Mia and her groom-to-be Ed, she knows it’s going to be the most glamorous and glitzy occasion she has organised to date – and the most complicated. Art Deco-style ice sculptures, Champagne glass pyramids, and black-and-gold wedding cakes are the order of the day, along with plenty of flouncy ostrich feathers and lots of diamanté sparkle.

With handsome wedding columnist-turned-scriptwriter, Theo Barker, otherwise engaged in filming his cosy murder mystery TV show, can Lexie – along with quirky waistcoat-loving florist Jasper Curtis – deliver the dazzling, sophisticated, and most of all, hassle-free wedding the happy couple deserve; no confetti-filled hairdryers, no marble statues modelling a new line in paper thongs, no rampaging mechanical mice, and definitely no anchovies crammed into the air vents of the best man’s beloved Porsche?

But this is The Cornish Confetti Agency, and the words ‘straightforward’ and ‘stress-free’ do not feature in the promotional brochure.  So when the Lexie discovers a tangle of snakes in the back seat of the bridesmaid’s candy-pink Fiat 500, and the mini-golf tournament is more mayhem than Masters, she must once again turn amateur detective and unravel the mystery before the wedding becomes a Cornish Catastrophe – this time without Theo by her side.

Tuscan Dreams series

Wedding Bells at Villa Limoncello

When Isabella Jenkins is unceremoniously fired from her fancy London job, she escapes to Tuscany. A few weeks hiding amongst rolling hills and grape vines at Villa Limoncello sounds exactly like the distraction she needs.

But Italy holds emotional memories for Izzie and with a hapless handyman, a matchmaking village matriarch and a gorgeous – if infuriating – local chef named Luca Castelotti, her quiet Italian get away turns into an unending cacophony of chaos.

Suddenly Izzie finds herself on a mission to pull off the wedding of the century and maybe get her life in order in the process. If only Luca’s gorgeous smile wasn’t such a powerful distraction…

Summer Dreams at Villa Limoncello

Escape to Villa Limoncello… where dreams come true in the most unexpected ways.

Izzie Jenkins never expected to find herself living in a gorgeous oasis in Tuscany but when life gives you Villa Limoncello you say thank you and bake treats to celebrate!

Izzie and debonair chef Luca Castelotti are officially setting up shop together but when their inaugural ‘Pasta and Painting’ venture is sabotaged and one of their guests poisoned they’re forced to turn detective. Because if they can’t find the culprit, they’ll be out of business before they’ve even begun…

Christmas Secrets at Villa Limoncello

Escape to Villa Limoncello… where dreams come true in the most unexpected ways.

With Christmas around the corner, Izzie Jenkins is ready to kickstart the new ‘Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes’ course at Villa Limoncello with chef and business partner, Luca Castelotti.

However, secrets are stirring with their latest guests and when nasty accidents keep befalling the group it looks like Izzie will have to turn detective once more to protect the Villa’s fledgling reputation. On top of all this, Izzie’s been offered the job of a lifetime – back home in Cornwall. Will she be coming home for Christmas, or will Tuscany work its magic to keep her at Villa Limoncello with Luca?

Paradise Cookery School series

Sunshine & Secrets

Welcome to The Paradise Cookery School – a place where dreams, and chocolate, are made!

When newly heartbroken chef Millie Harper is offered a job overseeing the launch of The Paradise Cookery School she jumps at the chance. Leaving her ex behind Millie jets off to the hilltop cocoa plantation in St Lucia.

Despite the beautiful location Millie soon realises she faces a challenge to get the school ready on time. And sarcastic but extremely handsome estate manager Zach Barker isn’t helping.

As Millie adjusts to the Caribbean pace of life she discovers her own carefree side in the tropical paradise. But can she fulfil her promise? Or will fun in the sun prove too much of a distraction?

Confetti & Confusion

The Paradise Cookery School is officially open!

Millie Harper has agreed to step in for a celebrity chef and run the first-ever Paradise Cookery School course. She is determined to give bride-to-be Imogen and friends an unforgettable Caribbean culinary experience.

Meanwhile, Millie is struggling to concentrate when gorgeous estate manager Zach Barker is around. She can’t deny her attraction, but then Zach’s ex-girlfriend arrives in St Lucia and romance seems out of the question.

When disaster strikes Imogen’s wedding plans, Millie offers to go above and beyond to make sure the marriage goes ahead. Can Millie create a day that dreams are made of, and will she find a way to tell Zach how she feels?

Mistletoe & Mystery

Welcome to the Cotswolds Festive Feast cookery course…

Fresh off the successful opening of the Paradise Cookery School in St Lucia, Millie Harper is headed to the Cotswolds for Christmas!

Co-presenting Claudia Croft’s famous Festive Feast cookery course at Stonelea Manor is a dream come true for Millie… as is reuniting with gorgeous estate manager Zach Barker.

Upon arriving in the winter wonderland, Millie learns the manor is under a mysterious threat. It’ll take a holiday miracle, but Millie is determined to save the school and get Zach under the mistletoe to finally finish what they started in the Caribbean!


The Summer House of Happiness

Love is in the air…

Gabbie Andrews thought that her dreams of becoming a professional perfumer at the prestigious House of Gasnier on the French Riviera were finally coming true. There’s nothing she loves more than creating the perfect fragrance for her delighted customers…

So when her boss sends her to work in a laboratory in Paris for six months, she quits on the spot! Returning to her home in Devon, she soon finds that her herbal remedies are in more demand than she ever imagined.

And when she bumps into Max, the gorgeous mechanic who works at her father’s garage, she realizes that life might just be about to change forever!

Christmas at the Dancing Duck

The most wonderful time of the year!

Ever since tragedy struck a few years ago, television presenter Kirstie Harrison has hated Christmas – but she didn’t intend to tell the whole country live on air! She needs to lie low for a few weeks, so she’s finally coming home for the holidays, determined that this Christmas will be different…

Staying at the family pub, The Dancing Duck, means it’s impossible not to get caught up in the little village of Cranbury’s festive traditions. And it’s equally impossible to avoid her ex, Josh Turner! Kirstie is torn between making this the best Christmas yet and knowing that she can’t stay forever.

Maybe it’s time to make a holiday wish of her own…?

Sunshine After the Rain

A summer that changes everything…

Frazzled workaholic Evie Johnson has finally had enough! When she’s blamed for a publicity disaster at the art gallery she loves, she decides to flee the bright lights of London for the sun-drenched shores of Corfu and turn her life upside-down.

Under the shade of the olive trees, she picks up her dusty paintbrushes and begins to chase the dreams she had put aside for so long. But she never expected to bump into drop-dead-gorgeous Sam Bradbury – and certainly not whilst wrapped only in a towel!

A summer fling is the last thing Evie wanted but a few stolen kisses under the stars might just begin to change her mind…

There’s Something About Cornwall

A knight in a shining camper van!

Life is far from picture perfect for food photographer, Emilie Roberts. Not only has her ex-boyfriend cheated on her, he’s also stolen her dream assignment to beautiful Venice! Instead, Emilie is heading to the wind-swept Cornish coast…

Emilie doesn’t think it can get any worse – until disaster strikes on the very first day! And there’s only one man to rescue this damsel in distress: extremely hunky surfing instructor, Matt Ashby.

Racing from shoot to shoot in a bright orange vintage camper van, Matt isn’t the conventional knight in shining armour – but can he make all of Emilie’s fairy tale dreams come true?

Lucie’s Vintage Cupcake Company

When life gives you lemons, make lemon-drizzle cupcakes…

Lucie thought that proposing to her boyfriend in Tiffany’s would be the best day of her life. Until he said no. In just a few seconds, her whole world is turned upside-down! And when she accidentally switches cocoa powder for chilli powder at work, she finds herself out of a job, too…

Baking has always made life better in the past, but can Lucie really bake her way to happiness? Starting her own company, selling cupcakes out of an old ice cream van might just be the second chance that Lucie needs!

Of course, she never expected to find love along the way…

Previously published as When Only Cupcakes Will Do.

If the Dress Fits

She might be the most famous person in the country, but no one even knows her name…

Callie’s exquisite, glittering silk gown has been shortlisted for the celebrity wedding of the year. But just as all her dreams are coming true, disaster strikes!

Leaving behind the bright lights of London, Callie is forced to return home to sleepy Althorpe. And there’s one man she hopes to avoid – the childhood sweetheart who turned her life upside down. But now she’s back, is it finally time to stop running?

Yet, as Callie faces her past, a Cinderella-like hunt begins for that perfect, pearl-embroidered dress, mysteriously submitted without a name…

The Runaway Bridesmaid

What a girl wants…

Squeezing herself into a frothy, flouncy, bubble-gum pink dress, Rosie Hamilton thinks that being a bridesmaid for her spoilt little sister Freya can’t get any worse.

But discovering her boyfriend in a cupboard with the bride, ten minutes before Freya is due to say ‘I do’, is the icing on the sequinned wedding cake – and Rosie’s cue to pack her bags.

Swapping her Louboutins for Wellingtons, Rosie throws her bridesmaid bouquet in the air and flies from bustling New York to sleepy Devon. Her late Aunt Bernice’s cosy countryside cottage is the only place that’s ever felt like home.

Now, for the first time in her life, and with the help of her beloved Aunt’s diaries, Rosie must put herself first for a change – and decide what she really wants…


  1. Great interview with Daisy. I agree about the Lighthouse Family – what a voice! I’m now going to need to listen to my Lighthouse Family albums today while I do my edits. Love Vera. How exciting to be an extra! Daisy, I must here more next time our paths cross. Ouch re the broken toe. I broke mine once stubbing it on the doorframe of our university toilet. Small break but oh so painful x

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