Sunday, 28 January 2018

A Year at Meadowbrook Manor by Faith Bleasdale - Blog Tour & Extract

I am delighted to be part of the blog tour for A Year at Meadowbrook Manor and I have a fabulous extract for you today

Genre:  Romantic Comedy
Publication Date:  25 January 2018
Publisher:  Avon

One divided family, one life-changing year…
Harriet Singer hasn’t been home in ten years. When her beloved dad dies suddenly, she races to be there for her estranged siblings, despite the memories it brings back.

Then Harriet learns that all four Singer siblings must live together for one year, caring for their dad’s Animal Sanctuary, or forfeit their inheritance.

Living under the same roof could make or break the family, but it’s time Harriet stopped running and faced her past. Especially when her first love turns up…

A heart-warming story about love, hope and family, perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley and Heidi Swain.


Extract 5 – Chapter 21, 239-240

Now the party was in full swing. Carols had been sung, mulled wine and Freddie’s Christmas cocktails were being drunk, chatter filled the air, as the guests spilled into the drawing room and dining room as well as the grand hallway. Mark was holding court as if he was the lord of the manor, Freddie was charming everyone, Pippa was playing her hostess role perfectly and Gus and Amanda were almost inseparable. Fleur and Hayley had slunk off to Fleur’s room to watch Netflix and Harriet had promised not to tell, although she was tempted to go with them. Gwen was laughing at something Gerry was saying and Harriet wondered if there could be happiness for her again, she sincerely hoped so; no one deserved it more than Gwen. And finally, Connor and Bella. It wasn’t the first time she had seen them as a couple but it sucked more and more each time. The longer they were together, the happier they appeared, the worse it felt. Having to greet them, be nice, when she wanted to tear Bella’s perfectly neat dark hair out and kick him where it hurt, almost killed her. Just look at them, the perfect couple! Bella was gazing adoringly at Connor who had his hand on the small of her back, in a way which made Harriet burn with jealousy as she choked back tears.

‘What’s up?’ Hector sat down next to her. He was wearing a ridiculous Aran jumper and a pair of smart trousers which made him look about fifty from the neck down.

‘I was just thinking how happy everyone looked.’

‘Yeah, it’s that sort of party, isn’t it? A happiness party.’

‘My invite must have gone astray,’ she stated.

‘I’m having a marvellous time, although if I get groped one more time by one of your old ladies, I’m going to sue for sexual harassment.’ Hector was deadpan, Harriet glared at him in surprise but he burst out laughing. Harriet giggled.

‘They’ve got no money,’ she pointed out.

‘Ah, then I’ll just have to avoid them.’ He looked at her, his blue eyes were quite hypnotising. ‘By the way, Harriet, you look bloody sexy tonight. I don’t suppose you know anywhere to hide, you know, your bedroom perhaps?’ He raised an eyebrow suggestively.

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