Q is for Quirky

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Qis for Quirky. When I think about Rose MacLean, Eliza’s best friend in There Must Be An Angel, I think of her as quirky. What is quirky, exactly? The Cambridge Dictionary defines it as, “Unusual in an attractive and interesting way.” Well, I think that sums Rose up, exactly. She’s a striking character, forced into living a life that wasn’t the one she had imagined for herself, but nevertheless making the best of it. She’s a mum, a daughter, a best friend and the owner of a cafe called Pinky’s.

Pinky’s isn’t the most successful of cafes. This may be due to the fact that Rose is hardly the world’s best cook. It also has a lot to do with the fact that, as its name suggests, it’s very pink. Rose is terribly fond of pink. She has a vivid pink streak in her unruly hair and has named her daughters Fuchsia and Cerise – that’s how much she loves pink.

She’s not a girly girl, though. To Rose, pink represents a rebellion. A way of stamping her mark of individuality. People object to her streak, but she refuses to get rid of it because it’s her way of not disappearing – of standing out in the crowd. She decorated her business in pink because her partner had just left her and she wanted to make it absolutely clear to the world that she wasn’t about to give up or give in. A splash of pink paint and she’d announced that she could manage perfectly well without him and life would go on – Rose style!

I became so fond of Rose that I changed the Kearton Bay series for her. She wasn’t supposed to be a major character. She was a secondary character, Eliza’s friend. Bit by bit, she intrigued me so much that I ended up agreeing with her entirely that she deserved a book of her own. A Kiss From A Rose will be published in September, and I can’t wait to see it in print. Rose was a joy to write about and I hope you all enjoy reading what she gets up to next. She certainly surprised me!

Here’s the blurb:

In spite of managing to get a black eye at her best friend’s wedding, Rose MacLean knows she’s never had it so good. As a partner in a thriving business, her financial problems are easing, and her eldest daughter finally has a job, while her youngest is doing well at school.

But Rose’s life never seems to run smoothly for long, and, sure enough, her eldest daughter ¬†has soon walked out of her job, while her youngest appears to have had a personality transplant. To make matters worse, her mother is back on the scene, and she seems to be reliving her misspent youth with her oily-haired, horse-faced ex, Alec Thoroughgood.

With her best friend preoccupied with the arduous task of baby-making, Rose finds herself relying more and more on the quiet Flynn Pennington-Rhys, who seems to be everyone’s hero.

But Flynn has his own problems, and as events take an unexpected turn, Rose realises she may not always be able to rely on him.

Will the quiet man come through for her? Will her daughters ever sort themselves out? And will Rose ever get her bedroom back from her mother, or is she destined for a life on the sofa?Rose final cover

Have a great day xx