Newly returned from backpacking around Europe, Kiera Merrick has landed a dream job – working for actress Stella Wynter, helping set up a memory room at Penmarra, her beautiful riverside home just outside Kingswater.
Jake Paterson is currently staying with Stella after filming the final series of his popular TV drama. He is trying to work out how to get his co-star and long-term girlfriend Rachel Tyler back after she walked out on him. But Jake soon finds himself drawn to Kiera, developing feelings for her that have no place in his life. He realises painful choices will eventually have to be made. And someone is going to get hurt.
Stella’s godson, hapless Tom Armytage is also staying at Penmarra along with girlfriend Chantal. He dreams of becoming a successful property developer and hopes Chantal’s dynamic presence will boost his ambitions. To impress her he boasts that he is heir to all of Stella’s wealth.
Chantal Porter is a woman used to getting her own way. Tom is her ideal partner; weak and easily manipulated. Listening to him talk about his inheritance, she likes the idea of being Penmarra’s next mistress. But Stella and Jake’s close relationship gives her cause for concern. Who is he? And could he be a threat to her future ambitions?
As Jake comes to a difficult decision and sets off for London to sort things out with Rachel, a heart broken Kiera is left to watch helplessly as Chantal puts in place a plan to secure Tom’s inheritance. One that will change Stella’s life for ever.
– When and where do you prefer to write?
The where is at my desk. The smallest of our bedrooms is our office. It has a southerly view overlooking the valley. Some might feel a window with a view over countryside distracting, but I find it calm and peaceful, often helping my concentration. As for when, that depends. Sometimes it’s morning, on other occasions it’s later in the day. My golden rule is not to write during the evening as I’ve discovered it’s usually the lowest point in the day for any inspirational thought. Instead, I normally used the period between 7 and 9 pm for catching up on e-mails to friends and family or making occasional phone calls.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
Only that I cannot concentrate on any writing until all my e-mails and social media things have been dealt with. I need to be able to give my full concentration to writing without having any to do’s niggling at me.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
It used to be some form of chocolate, but I have gradually weaned myself off that. I have a very sweet tooth and there was a danger sitting at the computer I’d pile on the pounds. Other than regular infusions of caffeine the answer is no.
– What is your favourite book?
Wow! that is a difficult one. Arthurian legend has always fascinated me and Guenevere, The Queen of the Summer Country by Rosalind Miles has to be one of the best re-tellings of the Arthur/Guenevere/Launclot love triangle.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I actually began as a saga writer and have now moved into contemporary romantic suspense. I really admire anyone who can write crime or a psychological thriller, but don’t think my brain is wired up for that. I’d really love to do historical romance some time.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Yes. In my first series of books, sent in a rural community in West Somerset, several of the characters were based on people I had known in the village where I grew up. Currently, though, no, although I always keep an open mind.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I do have a small book in my bag, but I also leave a pad out in the office. Sometimes when I wake up early in the morning – my usual time is around six thirty – I get ideas which I know will be lost if I don’t write them down.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
It has to be chick lit. I know it’s very popular but definitely not for me.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
When I began writing, Lesley Pearse was one of my favourite authors. I loved her books so a collaboration with her would be wonderful.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
Definitely Italy. I’ve holidayed there on many occasions and absolutely love the country. I’ve already used areas of it (Tuscany and the Lakes) for a few of my books. It’s a beautiful country with a wonderful history, great people and amazing food.
Thank you, Jo Lambert and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Jo Lambert lives on the eastern edge of the city of Bath. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. She has been writing since 2008. Her first five books, a set of linked romantic sagas following the lives of several families in rural West Somerset, were followed in 2015 by Summer Moved On, a contemporary romance set in South Devon. A sequel, Watercolours in the Rain was published 2017,
In June 2018 Jo signed to Choc Lit and her debut A Cornish Affair, set in North Cornwall was published in 2019 under their Ruby Fiction imprint.
Her latest novel A Kingswater Summer is the second of a three-book series. The first, Shadows on the Water, was published in 2020. Both books can be read as standalone stories.
When she isn’t writing she reads and reviews. She also has an active blog. Jo loves travel, red wine and music and long as it has a great melody and lyrics. Oh, and she often takes the odd photograph or two…