So today, I'm literally buzzing with excitement...

Introducing... The Beekeeper's Cottage

Every once in a while a book comes along that is just, well, rather special for all sorts of reasons, and I'm thrilled to say that this is one of them. My editor says it's my best yet, and I wouldn't dare argue! But seriously, this is a book that was a joy to write from start to finish, not least of all because it features someone who has become my favourite character of any I have ever written about – Amos Fry. Now the name may seem familiar to some of you – If you've read my Christmas novella from a few years ago, Merry Mistletoe, you'll know that Amos was a rather enigmatic but utterly swoonworthy chap, who appeared out of the blue one day, and disappeared the same way too. But he was kind and wise, and somewhat of guardian angel.

But the one thing we never knew, in fact I never knew, was just what exactly Amos's story was. I knew he had one, just as I knew that one day I would work out what it was and give him the chance to tell it. So, I'm utterly thrilled that The Beekeeper's Cottage has given me the perfect setting in which to do it. And he is still as magical as ever! But The Beekeeper's Cottage also tells Grace's story, a character we first met in The House at Hope Corner, and Flora and the gang are there too. It's a gorgeous summery read, full of hope and romance and everywhere the smell of flowers and the hum of bees. Here's the official blurb...

Comforted by the gentle hum of the beehives at the bottom of the garden, Grace drains the last of her tea and walks slowly back towards the little hillside house she adores. Her marriage is over, but is it too late to start her life again?

Beekeeper Grace thought throwing out her cheating husband would be the hardest thing she ever did.

But when she opens the door to a property developer one morning, it’s clear that keeping the beautiful home and garden – her only sanctuary throughout her miserable marriage – will be the greatest challenge of all… to her best friend at the flower farm next door, Grace blurts out all her problems, only to be overheard by Amos, a handsome, free-spirited visitor in bright red Doc Martens. Fascinated by Grace and her bees, Amos offers to stay in the village of Hope

Corner, to help turn her home into a guest house in return for lessons on beekeeping. Grace shows Amos how to nurture a hive and harvest honeycomb without getting stung, he is charming but secretive. He never stays long in the same place after an incident in his past involving a mysterious woman named Maria. But as their eyes lock over a jar of homemade honey, Grace can’t help feeling that she’d really like him to stay…

Determined to dispel her growing suspicion that Amos is running from something serious, Grace goes in search of the truth about Maria. But when she finds it, will she still want Amos to put down roots in Hope Corner, and will they still have a house to return to?

No matter how far they travel, bees will always find their way home…

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