It’s publication day for How the Other Half Lives: Part One: At Home.
This is a bit of a departure for me. It’s the first time I’ve written a series where each book must be read in order for the whole thing to make sense. At a stretch, you COULD read them in the wrong order, but you’d definitely benefit from reading each part chronologically. I think you’d be pretty confused if you didn’t. Despite it essentially being one story in three parts, each part is a full-length novel. I did try to make them shorter but there was too much going on!
So what’s this series about? It’s the story of two families, the Fletchers and the Kingstons, who are brought together by the marriage of Arlo Kingston and Billie Fletcher. On the surface, it seems the families are very different, but as they get to know each other better they discover they have more in common than they realised.
If you’re a subscriber to my newsletter you’ll have received your free story, The Other Half, which introduces the two families as they celebrate Billie and Arlo’s wedding. The series picks up the story a few weeks after the wedding and follows the characters over the course of the year, as unexpected events change their lives, bringing some closer together and tearing others apart.
If you haven’t read the free story don’t worry. It’s not necessary for you to have done so in order to follow the other three books. However, if you’d like to learn more about what happened at the wedding, you can subscribe to my newsletter and get your free download here.
Here’s the blurb for Part One: At Home
It’s time to find out how the other half lives.
Elizabeth and Rafferty Kingston have it all: a stunning house on the Norfolk Broads, more money than they could ever spend, and three beautiful children.
Sally and Jason Fletcher, meanwhile, battle for every penny, and Sally’s got used to Jason working overtime to make ends meet, while she serves behind the bar in the local pub.
When Arlo Kingston married Billie Fletcher, the two families were united, but they have nothing in common. Or so it seems. Then Ellis Kingston, Arlo’s younger brother and wannabe film director, decides to make a life swap documentary featuring the two families.
Reluctantly, Sally and Elizabeth swap homes and families for a week, but they could never have predicted what happens next. Beneath the surface, it seems neither family is all it appears to be, and rich or poor, there’s no protection when it comes to matters of the heart.
At the end of this experiment, will the Kingstons and the Fletchers be able to return to their normal lives? Or has seeing how the other half lives changed them forever?
The good news is that you won’t have long to wait for Parts Two and Three, which will be available on the 27th September and 25th October respectively. In fact they’re both available to pre-order right now!
I hope you enjoy getting to know the Fletchers and the Kingstons. I’ve grown very fond of them all, although I suspect some of the characters will be more popular with readers than others!
Have a lovely week!