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A Village Secret
14 Apr 2022 * PAPERBACK * £8.99 * 9781801101905

Can you ever really escape the past – and does Jennifer Lewis even want to? A novel about finding your place in the world where you least expect it.

Fiction / FR (Romance)
Extent: 448 pages  Format: 198 x 129 mm
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A Village Affair
Sing Me a Secret
A Village Vacancy
A Family Affair
The Village Vicar
Also by Julie Houston
A Village Secretby Julie Houston

When Jennifer goes up to Cambridge University with her head full of the Romantic Poets, she never dreams that she will find her very own Byron. But then she meets gorgeous actor Laurie Lewis, and finds herself living a real-life love poem.

Fifteen years and two children later, Jennifer and Laurie's relationship is starting to feel more like an epic tragedy. After a series of revelations turn her world upside down, Jennifer will do anything to keep her family together – even if it means moving hundreds of miles away to Laurie's childhood home in Westenbury, Yorkshire.

As she reluctantly enters into village life – complete with interfering in-laws, new friends and a surprise delivery of alpacas – Jennifer is amazed to find herself feeling happy for the first time in years. But the village holds one last, devastating secret and Jennifer must decide once and for all what she wants her future to hold.

Praise for Julie Houston:

'A warm, funny story of sisters and the secrets they keep' Sheila O'Flanagan

'Warm, funny and well written, with a page-turning plot, this book has everything! I loved it!' Katie Fforde

'Julie Houston at her best – heartfelt and hilarious' Sandy Barker

'Laugh-out-loud hilarious and heartwarming!' Mandy Baggot

'This book is an absolute gigglefest with characters you'll fall in love with!' Katie Ginger

Julie Houston lives in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire where her novels are set, and her only claims to fame are that she teaches part-time at 'Bridget Jones' author Helen Fielding's old junior school and her neighbour is 'Chocolat' author, Joanne Harris. Julie is married, with two adult children and a ridiculous Cockerpoo called Lincoln. She runs and swims because she's been told it's good for her, but would really prefer a glass of wine, a sun lounger and a jolly good book – preferably with Dev Patel in attendance. You can contact Julie via the contact page, on Twitter or on Facebook. Twitter: @juliehouston2; Facebook.com/JulieHoustonauthor

Julie Houston is a Top 4 Kindle bestselling author.

Over 370k copies sold across her titles; A VILLAGE VACANCY sold over 25k paperbacks.

SING ME A SECRET won the RNA 2021 Sapere Books Popular Romantic Fiction Award.

MARKET: Milly Johnson; Heidi Swain; Katie Fforde; Fern Britton; Jill Mansell; Cathy Bramley.


'Take it away on your country break and enthral yourself with this heart-warming tale of village life... A perfect escape to the country!' Northern Life Magazine

PRAISE FOR A VILLAGE VACANCY:
'Warm, funny and well written, with a page-turning plot, this book has everything! I loved it!' Katie Fforde.
'A tour de force of beautiful, funny and emotional storytelling' Fay Keenan.
'A warm, funny story of sisters and the secrets they keep' Sheila O'Flanagan.
'This book is an absolute gigglefest with characters you'll fall in love with!'
Katie Ginger

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