Friday, 18 October 2019

Friday Fiction Feature: Single All The Way

Thanks so much for inviting me over to talk about my new Christmas release, Single All The Way. I’m so excited about this book, it’s my second Christmas book - the first one, Snowy Nights At The Lonely Heart’s Hotel was released last year.  Although Single All The Way is set in Cornwall again – one of my favourite places - it‘s completely different to Snowy Nights. In fact, it’s not at all like the traditional Christmas romance novel.

There are two main characters, Meg and her mother Sally, and the story starts with them both breaking up with their husbands just before Christmas and deciding to go away together to spend the festive season in a cosy little cottage in Cornwall. Without giving too much away, the story follows both their journeys as they each try to come to terms with their marriage break up. They meet a friendly cast of characters, including two handsome men, in the little Cornish village where they are staying who soon include them in their festive celebrations. There is some soul-searching, reminiscing and regrets but this doesn’t stop Meg and Sally enjoying the festivities and they grow closer together, determined to get over their heartbreak and face the future with hope. It’s a story about love, hope and having the courage to go for your own happiness.

I enjoy reading family dramas and really wanted to explore a mother and daughter relationship, and all the nuances that involves. Although Meg is initially shocked that their parents’ long – and what she thought was happy – marriage has broken down, she and Sally are brought closer together as they help and support each other through this difficult time. The reasons why they have both walked out on their marriage aren’t divulged straight away but are very topical and I hope that readers will relate to them and be rooting for both women to be strong and get through the heartache.

We get to see Meg’s husband Oliver’s point of view too, and that of Ted, Sally’s husband, to give an insight into both sides of the relationships. Early reviewers have called Single All The Way an ‘impactful’, ‘thought-provoking’, ‘entertaining’ and ‘ultimately uplifting’ story. I hope that readers will enjoy reading it. It will be published by Bookouture on 28th October, and is now on pre-order.

I can see my mother is calling me. I answer the phone, knowing I’ll have to tell her about Oliver and me breaking up. But before I can, she announces, ‘I don’t exactly know how to tell you this… But I’m leaving your dad.’

Single together for the first time, 34-year-old Meg and her warm-hearted, long-suffering mother Sally are cancelling Christmas, and running away to a tiny cottage on the Cornish coast. For Meg, it is the perfect place to heal, away from all the mistletoe, while for her mother it has a special, and secret, place in her heart – from a love story that seems a lifetime ago…

Meg and Sally find they’re getting to know themselves, and each other, better than ever before. But as they are unable to resist getting involved in the village Christmas celebrations, they encounter two handsome local strangers.

Sometimes, it’s being away from home that helps you realise where your heart is. What neither woman knows is that, by the time the new year rolls around, one woman will have fallen in love with her husband all over again, and one marriage will be over for good…

An escapist, romantic and heart-warming novel for fans of One Day in December and No One Cancels Christmas.
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Karen King is a multi-published bestselling author of romance novels, YA and children's books. She has had eight romantic novels, two YA books and 120 children's books published. She has also written several short stories for women's magazines.
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