A warm welcome to Katie Ginger who is interviewing Amelia, the heroine from her latest romance novel, The Secrets of Meadow Farmhouse . Just look at this gorgeous cover!
Escape to the countryside with a heart-warming new novel from Katie Ginger, the author of Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage.
Amelia loves her life in Paris but with the surprise inheritance of her childhood home, Meadow Farmhouse, she has no choice but to return to the small village of Meadowbank to restore her great-aunt’s old farmhouse. However returning to Meadowbank means she has to confront her past, including old flame Adam.
When Amelia discovers a locket hidden in the farmhouse, containing the picture of a mysterious World War Two soldier, she starts to uncover the secrets of her great-aunt’s past and is drawn further into village life. Shocked by the warm welcome from the villagers and her own surprising feelings for first love Adam, Amelia is suddenly confused as to where she truly belongs.
Can Amelia finally confront her own past and find where her heart truly calls home?
‘A perfect country escape, with poignant echoes of love and loss and an ending that made my heart sing – this one is extra special’ Jane Linfoot
‘A warm, uplifting story of discovering where you truly belong.’ Jessica Redland
It sounds a lovely story, doesn’t it? Let’s find out a bit more about Amelia
Hello Amelia. Can you tell us about yourself.
Oh, well, hello everyone! Gosh, I don’t really know what to say. Umm…I lived in Meadowbank from the age of eight until I went off to uni. After that I moved to Paris and have been there ever since. It’s an amazing city. I’m out every night with friends or networking for my interior design business. I’m always busy and hardly ever have time to think about home. Or should I say, Meadowbank, because Paris is home now.
Lucky you! Are French men as charming as they’re made out to be?
Some of them are, some of them not quite so much. There was this one guy who…actually, I better let you read that for yourself. Although I’ve been surrounded by charming French men for years, I’ve never really found anyone. I did leave someone behind back in Meadowbank but it’s probably best not to dwell on that.
Do tell us about great-aunt Vera
I’m really grateful to Great-Aunt Vera for taking me in after my parents died, but she was quite a difficult person to live with. I know why now, but growing up she was very brusque and grumpy and I had no idea what made her that way. It’s why I disappeared off to France as soon as I could. But now I know what made her that way, I understand her better.
What was the best thing about returning to Meadowbank?
I didn’t think there’d be anything good about returning to Meadowbank to be honest. Meadow Farmhouse had been a bit of a miserable place for me growing up, but bringing it back to life and making it the home I’d always dreamed of having was pretty special.
What was the worst thing about returning to Meadowbank?
Chickens! Don’t get me wrong, I love chickens but chasing after them in the middle of the night because they’ve escaped from their run is not fun!
Meadowbank is known for its generosity, have you had the chance to be generous towards others?
Since settling back in I definitely have! I’m going to be helping out with the summer fair and now my friend Sophie is working at the school I’m sure I’ll be working on nativity plays and things there too! Mrs Douglas’s hip has been playing up too lately and the first thing I did was take her a food basket, just like the village did for me when I had the flu. There’s something wonderful about looking after a neighbour, it really makes you feel good about yourself!
Finally, cats or dogs?
Can I say chickens instead?! I love dogs and cats but don’t have any myself at the moment. My chickens are a bit naughty sometimes (led by Bonnie and Clyde, the two naughtiest of all!) but I love having them around. Now the run is fixed and I don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to chase them around, I love them even more.
Lovely to talk to you, Amelia.
KATIE GINGER lives by the sea in the south-east of England, and apart from holidays to very hot places where you can sit by a pool and drink cocktails as big as your head, she wouldn’t really want to be anywhere else. The Secrets of Meadow Farmhouse is her seventh novel. She is also the author of the Swallowtail Bay series, Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage and The Little Theatre on the Seafront, which was shortlisted for the Katie Fforde Debut Novel of the Year award.
When she’s not writing, Katie spends her time with her husband and two kids, and their dogs: Wotsit, the King Charles spaniel, and Skips, the three-legged Romanian rescue dog. (And yes, they are both named after crisps!)
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Thanks for talking to us, Katie. Good luck with your book!