Tuesday, 11 July 2017

An extra treat! 

An extract from the wonderful new book by Lisa Hill from the amazing Choc Lit. 

A 5** book, previously reviewed below:


She stood up to take her coat off and surveyed the panoramic view of Prestbury Park, the soft tufts of grass smothering the course across to the edge of the tree-lined village of Prestbury, before the horizon took a climb all the way up to the top of Cleeve Hill which formed part of the Cotswolds.Before she got too carried away, her attention was drawn to a tall figure talking to the racecourse director – and Hennie’s boss – Ralph Cunningham, over by the viewpoint for the Parade Ring.He was wearing well-cut jeans with frayed backs where they were slightly too long, over-hanging what looked like cowboy boots.A Barbour sculpting his lean frame, he had a chiselled, tanned, stubbled face and a look of thorough concentration while he was talking to Ralph – allowing Hennie to ogle just that few seconds longer…
            But you’re renouncing men!
            Well, it didn’t hurt to window-shop from the safety of the office, did it?
            ‘Here you go.’Lyn placed a steaming mug of black coffee by Hennie’s mouse.
            ‘Thanks,’ Hennie said, typing in her password on her keyboard.
            Hennie looked up to find Lyn detached from her desk, legs crossed and sipping coffee like she was ready for an episode of Corrie.She was looking at Hennie very expectantly.
            ‘So what?’
            ‘The date!’ Lyn exclaimed as if Hennie couldn’t have possibly forgotten.Which she had.Buried deep in her unhappy memory box along with her mother dying and her divorce from Mark.‘What did you think of Nigel?’
            ‘Oh!Fantastic, I—’
            ‘Before you go any further,’ Hennie leapt in to stop Lyn making a fool of herself, ‘lovely, but not for me.’
            ‘Oh.’Lyn’s shoulders visibly slumped.‘May I ask why?’
            ‘Just not the man for me.’It wouldn’t help to be brutally honest and tell Lyn how incredibly dull she had found Nigel.
Hennie glanced at the figure of the tall hunk walking slowly up the ramp back towards the offices with Ralph.
            ‘That guy out there, with Ralph.’ Hennie tilted her head towards the window and tried to act nonchalant.
            ‘He is absolutely gorgeous, isn’t he?’ Lyn said, wistfully.‘Like something from a Ralph Lauren advert.’
            Hennie’s head swung around.‘Lyn!You’re a married woman.’
            Both women were now craning their necks to get a glimpse of tall, tanned and handsome as he stopped by the door, still engrossed in conversation with Ralph.
            ‘Who is he then?’Hennie asked, bent so far over the arm of her chair her long hair was touching the floor.
            ‘Guy Lynch.’ Lyn pronounced every syllable as if a square of silky chocolate was melting on her tongue.
            ‘And who is Guy Lynch, exactly?’
            Lyn visibly tensed.‘Ack, that’s the bit you’re not going to like.’
            Oh God.He was gay.Hennie just knew it.A gay horse vet.Bound to be.
            ‘He’s Charlie Carrisbrook’s new farrier.’
            ‘What?’Hennie suddenly sat up, catapulting Lyn, who had been leaning over her, back in the direction of her own desk. It was worse than if he’d been gay.At least then they could have been friends.

About the book:
What if finding happiness was a race against time?
Grace Cavendish knows a thing or two about horses – but what she doesn’t know is that her husband, top horse racing trainer Charlie Carrisbrook, is having a literal ‘roll in the hay’ right under her nose. 

When the painful truth is revealed Grace has no choice but to move in with her highly-strung grandmother Clara and cousin Hennie; a single mum who has renounced men (at least that’s what she says!)

Determined to start again, Grace takes a job at the local cafe, Number Five. And whilst serving up coffee and cake is a far cry from the stables, she enjoys it – especially as she gets to work alongside the rather scrumptious Sam Whittaker.

But the past is racing to catch up with Grace. Can her life still be a romp to victory or will a devastating secret stop her dead in her tracks?

About the author:
Lisa grew up in the village of Bussage, near Stroud, in the Cotswolds until she returned to Cheltenham as a teenager. She is married to her very own hero, Matt, and has three sons, Hamish, Archie and Laurence. Her first encounter of a romance author was chats over the garden wall between her father, Godfrey, and Mrs Cooper from the neighbouring village of Bisley. It came as quite a surprise in later life to find that Mrs Cooper was in fact Jilly Cooper! Lisa’s writing inspiration now comes from other Cotswolds authors including Jill Mansell and Katie Fforde. 

Lisa writes contemporary romance with a light-hearted tone. What interests her most is people, their interactions, emotions and relationships. It’s probably why her career to date has been based in property; she confesses herself that she is ‘naturally curious’. 

When she’s not busy writing, helping Matt run his electrical empire, or being her sons’ taxi service Lisa enjoys running with her gun dog, Sparky. They are both currently training for the Stroud half-marathon although Sparky’s motivation lies much more in chasing bunny rabbits. 

Lisa is a graduate of the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme and attributes this supportive and informative scheme to her winning the Choc Lit Search for a Star competition 2016 with her debut novel Meet Me at Number Five.

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