The war is over, but trouble is brewing…
Wynsdown, 1949. In the small Somerset village of Wynsdown, Charlotte Shepherd is happily married to farmer Billy. She arrived from Germany on the Kindertransport as a child during the war and now feels settled in her adopted home.
Meanwhile, the squire’s fighter pilot son, Felix, has returned to the village with a fiancée in tow. Daphne is beautiful, charming… and harbouring secrets. After meeting during the war, Felix knows some of Daphne’s past, but she has worked hard to conceal that which could unravel her carefully built life.
For Charlotte, too, a dangerous past is coming back in the shape of fellow refugee, bad boy Harry Black. Forever bound by their childhoods, Charlotte will always care for him, but Harry’s return disrupts the village quiet and it’s not long before gossip spreads.
The war may have ended, but for these girls, trouble is only just beginning.
My Q&A with Diney Costeloe
Describe yourself using three words? wife, mother, grandmother
What inspired you to write your first novel?
BBC Women’s Hour Romantic Novelist competition.
What time of day do you like to write?
I tend to be an afternoon/evening person from choice, but I work around the other things in my life.
What is your favourite book and why?
If you are a prolific reader it’s almost impossible to have one favourite book, but if I have to pick just one it would probably by Pride and Prejudice. Why? Because it is beautifully written with Jane Austen’s eye for the pretentious and the ridiculous making it highly entertaining.
How did you pick the title of your book?
In discussion with my publisher.
Are the characters in your book based on real people?
No. But obviously, character traits that you observe in the people around you can be used individually bring fictitious characters to life.
What’s your favourite word?
If you were a colour what would it be?
Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?
I have a beginning, an end, and probably an outline of the middle, but how I actually get from one end to the other may well change as I go along.
Who is your favourite Author?
I have several depending on my mood. Jane Austen, Susan Hill, Cynthia Harrod Eagles and Hilary Mantel are among the top five.
You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?
Atticus Finch, Simon Serrailler, Rudolf Rassendyll Lord Peter Wimsey
All these men have great integrity and it would be very interesting to discuss 21st Century problems with them.
What book are you reading at the moment?
Keep The Home Fires Burning by Cynthia Harrod Eagles
Where in the world is your happy place?
If you had one superpower what would it be?
Being able to fly
If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?
Rupert of Hentzau
Thank you to Diney Costeloe and Blake Brooks @HoZ_Books for allowing me to be part of this wonderful tour.
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