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Review: Starting From Scratch by Penelope Janu

Starting From Scratch
Penelope Janu
Harlequin AUS
2021, 349p
Copy courtesy of the publisher

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

After a troubled childhood and the loss of her beloved grandmother, Sapphie Brown finally finds somewhere to call home – the close-knit rural community of Horseshoe Hill.

The locals love Sapphie because she never gives up – as chair of the environment committee, with the children in her classes, the troubled teens at the youth centre, the ex-racehorses she cares for and even the neglected farmhouse and gardens she wants make her own. Sapphie gives second chances to everything and everyone. Except Matts Laaksonen.

An impossibly attractive environmental engineer who travels the world, Matt’s was Sapphie’s closest childhood friend. He came to deliver a warning – now he doesn’t want to leave.

All Sapphie wants to do is forget their painful past, but thrown together they discover an attraction that challenges what they thought they knew about each other. Do they have a chance to recapture what they lost so long ago? Or will long-buried secrets tear them apart?

In the flowers she creates from paper and the beauty that grows on the land, Sapphie has found perfect imperfection. Could that be what love is like too?

There’s nothing better than starting the New Year with a wonderful book – I deliberately made this book my first read for 2021 because I felt like it would deliver that, based on previous experience and I was right.

Starting From Scratch is set in the same location as Penelope Janu’s previous book, Up On Horseshoe Hill with a few familiar faces appearing. Sapphie is a local primary school teacher who also chairs an environmental committee and works with troubled children, including using horses as equine therapy. In Horseshoe Hill, Sapphie has found a home that was lacking in her formative years after her parent’s trouble marriage, the postings overseas for her father’s work and the deaths of some of the people she loved most in the world. Sapphie found a new home with a foster family despite her father still being alive and from there, she began to build the existence she lives today. Which is threatened when her childhood best friend, Matts Laaksonen reappears in her life and gives her the kind of news that turns it upside down.

Sapphie is brave and determined – she’s experienced a lot of pain and loss in her life and even though she’s damaged, she’s not broken. She has a lot of things she throws herself into. She’s a huge part of the local community and she’s great with her kids, who worship her and she can often get through to the local teenagers, who know that she’ll forgive them their mistakes and help them make things right. She has several rescue horses and she’s passionate about them and the old schoolhouse which she is leasing with the option to buy, once she’s saved a little more. She has friends – including Jet from Up On Horseshoe Hill and purpose even though for Sapphie, there’s not really anyone to share this life with.

Enter Matts, who was her best fried when their fathers were posted together first in Argentina and then Canberra. Matts is three years older, which complicated their friendship as they grew older but when they were younger, they were often inseparable. Years ago, Sapphie cut Matts off for a betrayal and they haven’t spoken since, until he appears in her backyard. It brings about a lot of complex feelings for Sapphie, especially when Matts seems to want to spend more time in her local area. As there are in many (perhaps all?) of Penelope Janu’s other books, there’s a strong environmental concern, this time about wetlands in western NSW and the usage of them, how important they are as habitats, for a myriad of species, including endangered ones and how the changing climate and over draining of them mostly from large, corporate owned farms, is impacting severely. I really enjoyed a lot of the information about the wetlands as well as the trip they take. Stuff like this is always a concern to me, the way in which rivers are diverted (the Murray-Darling has loads going on) and wetlands are drained or also diverted to the way of big farms. I know you need water to grow things but if you alter or destroy these habitats, the ramifications are so huge.

This story went in some unexpected places, particularly concerning the background in the foreign country. I loved Sapphie’s relationship with her grandmother, including the making of the paper flowers. I also think a lot about colours and naming them (there’s a reason I have so many coloured markers and pens, I always need what I feel is the ‘right’ colour for something) and her devotion to her mother and her unwillingness to tarnish her reputation when she is no longer able to defend herself. There’s a good fleshing out of Matts and Sapphie’s backstory, as well as expressing a younger Sapphie’s innocence at the change in Matts towards her when he’s about 18. And in the present, Sapphie is still a little naive in some ways, prickly and defensive but vulnerable too and still ripe for being used as a tool by one person who should be trying to protect her, not manipulate her to his advantage and render her helpless in the new life she has slowly built for herself.

I loved this – revisiting Horseshoe Hill was a lot of fun and I enjoyed seeing familiar faces like Gus and of course, Jet and Finn. I also liked Hugo and felt like there might’ve been a hint of a suggestion that he might get his own book one day in the future. But Sapphie really shone in this as a character, shaped by her past but brave enough to be embracing her future and I enjoyed Matts’ patience and quiet determination. Like the others, this ticked all my romance boxes.

9/10

Book #1 of 2021

Starting From Scratch is book #1 of the Australian Women Writers Challenge for 2021

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Review: Up On Horseshoe Hill by Penelope Janu

Up On Horseshoe Hill
Penelope Janu
Harlequin AUS
2019, 390p
Uncorrected proof copy courtesy of the publisher

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

A kiss can change your life …

Jemima Kincaid loves her home, her horses and her job as a farrier. Life has not been kind to her, but Jemima is happy in the close-knit rural community of Horseshoe Hill, which rallied around in her hour of need. Even so, she is fiercely independent and will never rely on anyone again.

Particularly a man like Finn Blackwood.

An infuriatingly attractive geneticist and wild animal vet, Finn threatens not only the serenity of Jemima’s present, but that of the future she has so carefully mapped out. But as their paths continue to cross, she finds her attraction to Finn impossible to counter, even as the trauma of her past threatens to undo her. Finn is fascinated by Jemima’s solitary nature and unique vulnerabilities. But Jemima knows all about loss, and how to avoid it. Don’t let anyone get close in the first place …

As the past begins to cast long shadows, Jemima and Finn discover that a kiss can bring worlds together-or tear them apart. Will they finally face their fears and find love on Horseshoe Hill?

I love Penelope Janu’s books. I’ve read four of them now and every single one of them appeals to me like they were written for me. They’re also the sort of books I like to re-read and I don’t re-read a lot these days.

Jemima (known as Jet) lives in a small rural town out of Dubbo in Western NSW. She’s lost a lot in her life and she lives in a mostly solitary way now, with only a few friends or people she connects with regularly. She works as a farrier for ponies/horses and local animals – things like alpacas. And occasionally she gets called in to Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, to help take care of some of the animals there that have hooves.

Jet’s rather comfortable life is turned upside down with the arrival of Finn Blackwood, an international big animal vet and animal geneticist. Her uncle has hired him to get to the bottom of the mysterious death of a handful of his prize thoroughbreds years ago. Jet has tried to put that traumatic incident and her role in it out of her head for a long time now and Finn’s presence and questions stirs up bad feelings and the nightmares that plagued her after the event. She doesn’t want to talk to him, especially about that night. She definitely doesn’t want him renting the property close to the small cottage where she lives. And she definitely doesn’t want him to make her fear losing him either.

There are some similarities in these books – the male love interests are foreign, incredibly capable and often in a position of authority or investigating something the female character did or has done in the past or may have done or is pretending they didn’t do or know about. The women have usually suffered loss, trauma or both (sometimes those two are deeply connected) and tend to live that sort of more solitary life. But for me, that’s what I love about them. Because the male love interests are always characters I really enjoy reading about – their jobs, their histories, how they came to be involved in the heroine’s life. They always have such interesting jobs and Finn’s is no different. He’s worked in Africa on conservation with rhinos and is currently working for the Western Plains Zoo as well as helping out Edward, Jet’s uncle. And the ways in which they get tied up in knots around the main characters are totally my thing!

I went to Western Plains Zoo a long time ago now – I was about 12. It was a 7hr drive I think, from where I lived and my dad doesn’t believe in wasting a day driving, so we left at like, 1 or 2am. Got there at 7am, left our stuff at the hotel and went to the zoo. Look the zoo is BIG. So big it’s recommended you take your car around it (which we did) or hire bikes. We were there all day and fell into a coma in our hotels that night before 8.30pm. What I remember about the zoo is minimal – I attended the lion feeding. I remember walking. Everything else is a bit of a blur, but I’d love to back one day and take my kids. So I loved the inclusion of the zoo in this story and the fact that Finn and Jet both do work there. Giraffes and rhinos and elephants are actually 3 of my favourite animals, just behind little penguins. We are members of the Zoo here in Melbourne and try and visit all 3 regularly. Despite the fact that I can see the argument for not keeping these sorts of animals in captivity, there’s also the reality that without it, they all won’t exist at some stage in the future. They’ll just be a picture in a history book. Rhinos are hunted relentlessly for the properties their tusks are supposed to possess. Elephants are hunted for their ivory tusks too. And other animals like giraffes and lions are hunted just to be big game trophies, heads mounted on rich people’s walls. Zoos have moved away from animals in cages and places like Western Plains and Werribee Zoo (and many others around the world) have tried really hard to replicate a more open, savannah like experience for their big animals where they can roam but without the threat of predators. Or hunters. There’s an emphasis on minimal keeper interaction as well, just enough for them to be able to do necessary medical checks. I’ve fed giraffes at Melbourne Zoo as a part of their behind the scenes experience and the emphasis is very much on the giraffes only coming over if they want to (we have food, so they usually do) and not ever touching them. Giraffes look so inviting, with their big brown eyes and their long eyelashes and docile expressions. But for me, it was just enough to be able to be that close to one, I didn’t need to have to touch it to make the experience real.

I digress! What I really loved about this book was we get to see a vulnerable side of Finn as well when he suffers a medical emergency. I really like how time is taken to show some of these capable, intimidating men in positions of weakness and relying on the female character albeit reluctantly! Finn is also an exercise in patience and persistence because Jet really does have a lot of trust issues and she’s also traumatised by the incident at the barn and potentially her own contribution and how that will make her feel, if it all comes out. She stonewalls Finn again and again but he can’t walk away from her. And watching Jet realise that she doesn’t want him to is so good.

I loved this. It makes me want to reread all Penelope Janu’s books again in a row and just indulge myself in the dynamic.

9/10

Book #189 of 2019

Up On Horseshoe Hill is the 72nd book for The Australian Women Writers Challenge 2019

 

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Review: On The Right Track by Penelope Janu

On The Right Track 
Penelope Janu
Harlequin MIRA
2018, 352p
Copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

A traumatic past, a charismatic stranger and a family legacy … Golden’s quiet country life is about to get messy …

When the diminutive but fiery Golden Saunders falls from her horse and smashes her leg irreparably, and her racing family is disgraced by a corruption scandal, she thinks she’s hit rock bottom.

Then the enigmatic Tor Amundsen, United Nations diplomat (read: spy), arrives on the scene and proves her wrong. His investigation into her family pulls her back into a world she had escaped, and the branch of the family she has tried to avoid at all costs. Tor is infuriated and frustrated by the impossible mixture of fragility and fierceness that is Golden, true, but he is also strangely protective of her.

Golden wants no part of it. Men have pushed her around her whole life. The last thing she needs is an arrogant, irritatingly handsome man telling her what to do. But it turns out Tor has a way with animals, children and, well, Golden…

Before too long, she finds their overwhelming attraction is overriding her good sense, and as they are both pulled deeper into the murky world of dirty money, things are about to get messy, and Golden’s small, quietly ordered life will change beyond recognition…

Can Golden overcome her fears and the shadows of the past and reach for a new kind of future? Will she ever be able to get her life back on the right track?

Last year one of my favourite books was In At The Deep End by Penelope Janu. The hero of that book Per, a Norwegian Navy Commander has an identical twin brother named Tor, who works for the United Nations. When I discovered that Tor would be featured in Janu’s next book, it went straight to the top of my wishlist.

In On The Right Track we meet Golden, a speech therapist who works with children and uses her horses as part of their therapy. She lives alone in her grandfather’s old house, studiously attempting to avoid most of her family and the fancy dinners her politician stepfather is insistent she attend. When Tor Armundsen arrives to investigate race fixing rings with links back to Golden’s (deceased) jockey father and her grandfather, her quiet life is turned upside down and she finds herself drawn back into a world she had stepped well out of.

Golden is such a contradictory character. She’s incredibly strong in some ways – as a teen she suffered a terrible injury and still bears the ramifications of that today. It’s affected her quality of life to the point where she can’t do the things she loves at the level she wishes she could and she’s also quite self conscious of the way that it looks and the way that she can rely on supports to get around when her injury is playing up. She has a mental strength too, in that she’s spent a lot of time carving out a life for herself, a life that she wants, that makes her as happy as she can currently be and resisting the attempts of her family to draw her back into a more fancy, affluent society lifestyle. But Golden is also incredibly fragile, haunted by the allegations surrounding her father and the toll it took on her beloved grandfather, the man who basically raised her.

So much in this book just…..broke my heart about Golden. She’s been through so much and her family (mostly her stepfather at the behest of her mother) put so much pressure on her, almost to…..change herself. Not be what makes her, her. They want her to fit in, to tow the line and for Golden not to remind her mother so much of the circumstances of her very existence. I felt a lot for Golden throughout this entire book, the way she was emotionally manipulated and financially bullied, the way that people tended to believe the worst of her, either due to her ‘flakiness’ living all alone on a property with just her horses or because of her connection to her father, a man who is not alive to defend the allegations levelled at him. Likewise her grandfather is no longer alive also and Golden still has a lot of feelings about what happened when he died. What people do to her in this book is unbearably awful at times and I had to stop and almost like, take deep breaths at times because I found myself getting so annoyed about how she was being treated.

Which probably brings me to Tor. I wonder if it’s hard to write identical twins in different books and make them noticeably different. Per and Tor do have some similarities but they are also full of differences, although they both find and fall in love with women who really challenge them and their perceptions. Tor is quite suspicious in the beginning – he believes that Golden’s family are crooked and that she’s most likely hiding plenty of information from him. I really liked their interactions, it gave Golden an opportunity to showcase her strength – despite doing what Tor wants so she can clear her family’s name, she tends to do what she wants when she wants and Tor has to fall in around some of that. They have a lot of arguments and Golden tends to keep a lot of things from him as I don’t think she trusts him. They have both have trouble looking at things objectively – Tor has probably seen a lot to make him assume people are always innocent or taken advantage of and Golden is passionate about believing her family to be good. Honestly, the relationship Golden had with her grandfather was amazing and it’s highlighted so brilliantly despite the fact that he has passed away long before this novel even begins. It’s a very special bond that the two of them had and he was clearly a lovely, lovely man. The more Tor spends time with Golden the more he appreciates the true goodness of her, the small pleasures she takes from her work and her horses. It took Tor a little time to grow on me, but he so did. Especially when he was one of the few people in her life who didn’t want to change her and by the end of the book I felt he really understood so much about her and what would make her truly happiest.

Also there’s a cute little scene in here with Per and Harriet which is super perfect because it’s just enough to show you what they’re up to and it makes my heart happy. It’s the perfect length because it doesn’t take the focus off Tor and Golden either. I do kind of have a question though…..who is the third girl in the waiting room? Let’s hope that in 2019, we find out!

This book was a perfect follow up for me and it gave me all of the same heady feels as In At The Deep End.

9/10

Book #83 of 2018

 

 

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Review: In At The Deep End by Penelope Janu

in-at-the-deep-endIn At The Deep End
Penelope Janu
Harlequin MIRA AUS
2017, 340p
Copy courtesy of the publisher

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

What woman doesn’t love a real-life hero? Harriet Scott, for one. The fiercely independent daughter of famous adventurers, she grew up travelling the world on the environmental flagship The Watch. So when Harriet’s ship sinks in Antarctica and she has to be rescued by Commander Per Amundsen, an infuriatingly capable Norwegian naval officer and living breathing action hero, her world is turned upside down.

Like their namesakes, the original Scott and Amundsen who competed to reach the South Pole first, Per and Harriet have different ways of doing things. Per thinks Harriet is an accident waiting to happen; Harriet thinks Per is a control freak. But when Harriet realises that Per is the only one who can help her fund the new ship she desperately wants, she is forced to cooperate with him.

Per refuses to assist unless Harriet allows him to teach her to swim. But there is more to Harriet’s terrible fear of water than meets the eye. Can Harriet face her fears and come to terms with the trauma and loss of her past? And will she begin to appreciate that some risks are well worth taking—and that polar opposites can, in fact, attract?

Eek, where to start?! This is one of my favourite reads so far this year. The sort of book I keep on hand for when I’m bored or need a bit of a pick me up. I can open it to anywhere and just start reading and sink back into the story.

Harriet is such an interesting character – her parents were environmentalists and adventurers, travelling the globe and taking Harriet with them. She never went to school, instead her education was conducted out in the field. She’s passionate about a lot of things, especially continuing the work of the Scott Foundation. Harriet provides a very public face, giving the public donating their money something to connect with. Her life has always been public and it’s something she’s used to, although she does have her boundaries.

By contrast, Commander Per Amundsen is controlled, methodical and unimpressed with what he sees as Harriet’s impetuousness. Forced to work together for mutual benefit, the chemistry between Harriet and Per is off the charts. Harriet isn’t always an easy person to be around – she struggles with a very real and terrifying phobia and often she lashes out when dealing with that. It’s clear that whatever happened to Harriet to bring on this phobia was incredibly bad and it’s still affecting her many, many years later. Some of those scenes….poor Harriet! I’ve never experienced anything quite like that before, I felt for her. And I admired her, because no matter how horrific it was, she kept going. Although she has tried avoidance tactics before and probably given up ever finding a way to overcome her fear (and she is kind of manipulated into trying again) she shows a real determination and her willingness to put herself through what had to be a sort of hell showed a real personal strength. And that is Harriet in a nutshell probably….a vulnerable centre but strong and feisty.

This book has a lot of its story grounded in environmental issues and climate change. Harriet is an environmentalist and geography teacher who works tirelessly to raise awareness for environmental issues and Per is a scientist and naval officer who is going to drill ice cores in the Antarctic to find out information about climate changes. I really liked these aspects of the book – their interest in the environment is both a big part of who both Harriet and Per are. It also gives them something in common, albeit they approach their fields in very different ways.

There was just so much I loved about this….the opening scene is all action and definitely hooks the reader in but after that it’s almost more a journey of emotional strength and connection. Per and Harriet have scenes together that aren’t exactly what you’d call romantic in terms of what Per is helping her achieve but they do actually build a real bond underneath the awkwardness and some sexual tension. Harriet isn’t particularly experienced either so quite often she misses Per’s interest in her or mistakes it for something else. Per is really my sort of character  – I do love the tall, dark and silent type, the ones who come across as a bit abrupt at first but underneath are full of heart. He’s a little bit serious, a bit standoffish at times and I thought the Polarman references were cute and fun. Per speaks Norwegian a bit but you’re not left hanging, wondering what he’s saying because Harriet is always asking him how to say things and what is the meaning of what he just said, etc.

There are just books that tick all your boxes and come along at the right time and this is one of them. For me it was just a really well executed story with two main characters that sizzled and some good supporting characters as well. I cannot wait for Penelope Janu’s next book……especially as it’s going to feature Per’s identical twin brother! But while I wait for that, I think I’ll be re-reading this one a few more times!

9/10

Book #3 of 2017

 

 

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Author Q&A With…….Penelope Janu

Today I am super excited to welcome new author Penelope Janu to my blog. Penelope is the author of In At The Deep End which is one of my favourite books so far in 2017. It features independent and feisty Harriet Scott, daughter of adventurers and Per Amundsen a Norwegian Naval officer who is a bit of a control freak (spoiler alert, he is delicious). Penelope patiently answered my questions on writing, life and attractive Norwegians.

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Q1. Hi Penelope and welcome to my blog. Thanks so much for taking some time to answer some questions for me. To start, could you provide a little of the story of how you came to be published?

Thank you very much for having me here. So how did I come to be published? I started writing creatively around five years ago after enrolling in a creative writing course (it taught me useful things about the craft of writing, and gave me the courage to actually put words on the page, and workshop with other writers). I pitched In at the Deep End to Harlequin Mira at the Romance Writers of Australia conference in 2015, and sent the manuscript to Harlequin in November. A couple of weeks later I got a call from Jo Mackay, the publisher. She loved it! Yay!

 

Q2. Share a little about how you write…..are you a meticulous planner or a wing it and see what happens sort of writer?

I’m definitely not a planner. I start with two main characters that do things that interest me (writer and publisher for the first manuscript I completed, environmentalist/ teacher and naval officer/scientist for In at the Deep End, and diplomat and speech pathologist for my most recent manuscript). Then I think up a theme—it was climate change for In at the Deep End—and the characters take over from there!

 

Q3. Is writing a full-time occupation for you, or do you balance it with other work?

I left my full-time position as an academic a few years ago. Since then I’ve worked casually for a solicitor who helps refugees with legal problems. And of course, like any other person with children or carer responsibilities, I do unpaid work at home. But I’m lucky enough to be able to write almost every day.

 

Q4. Is there anywhere in particular you like to write (such as a study or café) and anything you consider essential for the ‘mood’ like coffee or music?

I have a study but … I like to have things going on around me when I write, so I usually work at the kitchen bench. This also means I have breaks to do things like hang out the washing. I write in coffee shops as well (the bustle again?). I’m planning an extended thank you to all the coffee shop proprietors who put up with me drinking endless cups of tea while typing madly.

 

Q5. What made you choose the story of Scott and Amundsen as the backdrop for a contemporary romance story?

This comes back to your ‘wing it and see what happens’ style of writing. The first manuscript I wrote involved a Norwegian hero called Lars. I wrote 100 000 words of that story without giving Lars a surname. So, as Lars was from a Norwegian background, I looked up common Norwegian names. ‘Amundsen’ came up in my search, and so did ‘famous Amundsens,’ including Roald Amundsen, the man who led the first team to the South Pole. I’d already started In at the Deep End and knew the heroine would be an environmentalist called Harriet. She became Harriet Scott (namesake of Robert Falcon Scott, the second man to the pole), and Lars’s cousin Per became Per Amundsen. Then I had to weave in the history … as I read more and more about Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott, my task became so much easier. Two people with similar interests but different ways of doing things. Harriet and Per personified!

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Q6. Anything that even mentions Antarctica is a must read or watch, in terms of TV for me. I’ve even looked up the prices of tourist flights (not going to happen!). Have you ever been….and if not, do you plan to?

I haven’t been to Antarctica but I would love to go there. I even looked up jobs in Antarctica to see whether I might get something on a research station in the future (there didn’t seem to be anything on any of the scientific bases that required my skill set!). I’d mostly like to go to the Ross Sea and Ross Ice Shelf regions, where Scott and Amundsen went. Hopefully one day!

 

Q7. Harry, our heroine in In At The Deep End suffers from a terrible phobia of water, restricting for an adventurer often on a boat. Was that something that was difficult to portray on paper and did you have to do any research in order to incorporate it into the story?

I have a medical professional friend who works with people who suffer from severe anxiety. This was a useful starting point into my research into phobias and, most importantly, how people deal with them while trying to live their lives. Harriet is a strong woman yet she is vulnerable—being able to portray the way she dealt with her fears was challenging, but I was happy with how things were resolved in the end. There is no easy solution to these issues and I hope I showed that in the novel.

 

Q8. What books are on your summer reading list?

I was away for a week over Christmas and enjoyed reading Victoria Purman’s The Three Miss Allens, Cassandra O’Leary’s Girl on a Plane, and Ian McEwan’s Nutshell. I read Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game last weekend and loved it. I’m currently re-reading Craig Silvey’s Jasper Jones, using the excuse that I’m seeing it a theatre production of it next week. I adore this novel!

 

Q9. Usually I ask authors what 3 things they’d like with them if they were stranded on a desert island. In the spirit of In At The Deep End what 3 things would you like if you were stranded on Antarctica?

I’d like to say my family, but if I were stranded maybe they would be too, so I’d worry about them. I’d rather imagine them home safe and sound. So … I’d take a fat notebook, pens, and a novel. One I can read and reread, and that takes me back in time, and makes me laugh—maybe a Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer.

 

Q10. And lastly….what is next for you? Can you share anything about what you might be working on or what is coming up?

I spent most of last year writing a companion novel to In at the Deep End. The hero of this story is Per’s twin brother, Tør. He’s a diplomat (and very likely a spy—but that’s a secret). The heroine is an Australian woman who works with children as a speech pathologist. She’s good at reading people—but has a great deal of trouble reading Tør.  Simmering tension, secrets and lies, and a very feisty heroine. I loved loved loved writing this story!

 

Q11. I lied, one last question…..if you’re done with Per, could I have him? 🙂

Sure you can, provided Harriet doesn’t mind …

Thank you for the interesting questions. I really enjoyed answering them (and I’m seriously chuffed that you like Per!)

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Thank you so much for taking part Penelope and I can’t tell you how excited I am to hear that Per’s twin will be getting his own book. Sadly I feel that Harriet probably would mind and I suppose my husband would too *sigh*

My review of In At The Deep End will be up later today so make sure you check back!

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