Published: Lightning Books (November 2018)
A tale of passion, power and dirty parsnips
‘A light and humorous look at village life’ – The Herald
In the West Country village of Summerstoke, as autumn beckons, the fireworks party is not the only thing set to go with a bang.
Juliet Peters, soap star, publicity junkie and all-round flirt, and Isabelle Garnett, ex-artist, neglected housewife and mother-of-two, seem to have nothing in common. When they both try to build a new life in the country, they discover there are no such things as secrets in village life.
Their husbands seem to be on a collision course too. One is the new MP returning to his roots; the other, the local newspaper editor, on the lookout for scandal. Add to the mix a wild-child teenager, a reformed rogue, a ruthless social-climbing couple and four old ladies with a manor house and an ear for gossip, and you’ve got a recipe for trouble.
Packed with intrigue, humour and spirit, Caroline Kington’s delightful novel serves up an affair to remember.
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‘I have read the Summerstoke books with great pleasure. They are fascinating, funny and moving tales of a village. Having grown up in a village, and now living again in one, I can vouch for it being a glorious trilogy based firmly in reality. I recommend them heartily – they have given me hours of hugely enjoyable reading’
‘Caroline Kington has a rare ability to create a multiplicity of story lines that somehow mesh together into a fabulously satisfying finale’
‘An MP and a muck-raking local paper editor are on a collision course in this light and humorous look at village life’
‘Warmth and passion, a wild teenager and a rogue, plus a bunch of social climbers make it a‘just right’ recipe for winter saga readers’
‘A tale of passion, power and intrigue’