Abi decides to fulfil a lifelong dream. As a child on holiday in a Cornwall as a child she fell in love with a cottage – the prophetically named Abbey’s House. Now she is going to see if she can find the place again, relive the happy memories … maybe even buy a place of her own nearby?
On impulse Abi sets off to Cornwall, where a chance meeting in a village pub brings new friends Beth and Max into her life. Beth, like Abi, has a life-changing decision to make. Max, Beth’s best mate, is new to the village. He soon helps Abi track down the house of her dreams … but things aren’t quite that simple. There’s the complicated life Abi left behind, including her late husband’s brother, Simon – a man with more than friendship on his mind … Will Abi’s house remain a dream, or will the bricks and mortar become a reality?
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1. How did you come with the idea for your current story?
The idea for Abi’s House came to me when I was looking through old family photo albums of holidays in Cornwall. I wanted to write a feel good, easy read story, and as I flicked through the faded photographs, Cornwall suddenly seemed the obvious choice of places to set my romance.
Not only is the pace of life in the south-west of England vastly calmer from that of London and its suburbs, and therefore would provide the peace that my lead character Abi needs is start a new life, but Cornwall- particularly the foot of the county- is a place I (like Abi) knew well as a child, as could describe well.
My father was born and raised in Penzance. My Grandad was a butcher in a shop along Market Jew Street, and my Nan ran a bed and breakfast down Alma Place. I have clear memories of walking through Penzance, eating fudge from the home made sweet shop, visiting Marazion, St Michael’s Mount, St Just, Lamorna, Sennen Cove, and all the other places mentioned on Abi’s escape to the south of England.
Creating Abi’s House was a real trip down memory lane for me, and will hopefully be a curl up on the beach, or in the garden on a sunny day- a real piece of feel good fiction.
2. What is your most interesting writing quirk?
No matter what I write, I have to base the story in a location I have really been to. I simply can’t locate any story in a place I’ve never been to before- I’ve tried, but it never quite works. Even though what I’m writing is purely fictional, I need to have experienced how my books setting looks, and sounds, and smells, so that I can get all the characters emotions, reactions correct, as well as the general atmosphere of the place correct.
3. What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?
I am really looking forward to the next Sidney Grice mystery, Death Descends on Saturn Villa, by M.R.C. Kasasian. I loved the first two books in the series, and I’m longing to start the third, but I’m making myself wait until I’m on my holiday in August.
4. Can you share with us something off your bucket list?
I’ve recently written a new bucket list, because I’d done everything on my first one!
Top of my new list is to visit the Mayan pyramids.
5. Tell us three fun facts about yourself.
- I always drink my first coffee of the day the same ‘Shoe People’ mug- and if I don’t, then the day never goes well!
- I can’t walk in shoes with any sort of high heel.
- I’m allergic to any perfume- makes me sneeze like mad.
6. What do you have in store next for your readers?
Now that Abi’s House is published, I am writing the next in my Another Cup of series.
Another Glass of Champagne will be the fourth in the stories about the staff and customers of the Pickwicks Coffee Shop in Richmond London. It will be released early in 2016. Following on from the bestselling Another Cup of Coffee, Another Cup of Christmas, and Christmas in the Cotswolds, this next novel sees big changes and challenges in the lives of best friends Amy, Jack and Kit.
Alongside my contemporary fiction, I also write children’s picture books. My next story, Ben’s Biscuit Tin Adventure (Hush Puppy Books), will be out later this year!
Many thanks for inviting me over as part of my Abi’s House blog tour.
Jenny Kane is the author the contemporary romance Abi’s House (Accent Press, 2015), the modern/medieval time slip novel Romancing Robin Hood (Accent Press, 2014), the best selling contemporary romance Another Cup of Coffee (Accent Press, 2013), and its novella length sequels Another Cup of Christmas (Accent Press, 2013), and Christmas in the Cotswolds (Accent, 2014).
Jenny’s fourth full length romance novel, Another Glass of Champagne, will be published in 2016.
Jenny is also the author of quirky children’s picture books There’s a Cow in the Flat (Hushpuppy, 2014) and Ben’s Biscuit Tin (Coming soon from Hushpuppy)
Keep your eye on Jenny’s blog at www.jennykane.co.uk for more details.
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Jenny also writes erotica as Kay Jaybee.