The Lavender House
Out in hardback and ebook, August 4th 2016
Nancy de Freitas is the glue that holds her family together. Caught between her ageing, ailing mother Frances, and her struggling daughter Louise, frequent user of Nancy’s babysitting services, it seems Nancy’s fate is to quietly go on shouldering the burden of responsibility for all four generations. Her divorce four years ago put paid to any thoughts of a partner to share her later years with. Now it looks like her family is all she has.
Then she meets Jim. Smoker, drinker, unsuccessful country singer and wearer of cowboy boots, he should be completely unsuited to the very together Nancy. And yet, there is a real spark.
But Nancy’s family don’t trust Jim one bit. They’re convinced he’ll break her heart, maybe run off with her money – he certainly distracts her from her family responsibilities.
Can she be brave enough to follow her heart? Or will she remain glued to her family’s side and walk away from one last chance for love?
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Hilary Boyd in her inimitable fashion has told the story yet again of mature love which, like an excellent vintage wine, is just waiting to burst out of its barrels, freed from the constraint of convention and the inevitable signs of ageing.
Warm-hearted and with a beady eye, Boyd gets under the skin of her characters to show that falling in love isn’t limited to the young, although it can be fraught with problems that only come with age. With plenty of will-they, won’t-they moments to keep the narrative swinging along, the novel goes some way towards demonstrating that while 60 may not be the new 40, it certainly isn’t the end.
A warm-hearted story of families, trust and second-chance love.
Boyd’s relaxed writing style makes this a perfect beach read and there’s many a wry insight into the quirks of the human heart.
You’ll love this beautifully observed tale.
World of Cruising
A short story in the Express Magazine, S Mag: The Truth Will Set You Free
Published by Quercus 2016