Welcome to Hope Street. You’ll find it in the market town of Somerley, where The Somerley Series is set.
I started a new series because I wanted to write about characters who live in the same street. They’re all friends and neighbours and every book will feature a different character, with a standalone story.
In each book someone is coming up to a big birthday, from sweet sixteen to eighty years young. It also means the books can be read in whichever order you like.
The series starts with The Man Across the Street, where not only can you meet Hannah and Doug, but also some of the characters who will go forward into the next books.
The second book is Coming Home to Hope Street, where you can catch up with Hannah and her friends, and also Hannah's sister who hasn't been home for twenty years...
The Hope Street Series, Book 1
Hannah has been her mum’s sole carer since she was eighteen. Now alone after Martha’s sudden death, she’s coming up to a milestone birthday and wondering what her purpose in life is.
When a letter left by her mum reveals a family secret, it shocks her to the core. Hannah’s sister left over twenty years ago – could this be the reason why?
Doug is a workaholic, but a mild heart attack gives him a wake-up call. Now on the mend, he needs to de-stress his life and focus on living it, to make sure it doesn’t happen again. He moves to Hope Street, number 35. Hannah lives directly opposite him. From the moment they meet, there’s a spark.
But just as things start to look up for Hannah, she finds out that Doug has a secret too, and this one threatens to destroy everything.
Will she ever get the happy ending she yearns for? Or will the path of true love stop at the cobblestones…?
Take a walk along Hope Street and fall in love with the characters, slip into their friendships and bask in the community spirit.
The Hope Street Series, Book 2
Livvy has no choice but to return to Hope Street, the childhood home she left over twenty years ago. Along with her sixteen-year-old daughter, Pip, she turns up on the doorstep, hoping for forgiveness from her sister.
Hannah thought she’d never see Livvy again. She’s overwhelmed with emotion but locks away her real feelings. How could Livvy stay away without any contact? And why has she come back now?
It isn’t long before the charm of the market town of Somerley begins to work its magic. Hannah is opening a book shop in the square, adjoining The Coffee Stop, and Livvy’s offer to help out brings the sisters closer together.
But when someone from Livvy’s past arrives unannounced too, he threatens everything she’s built up since her return. Can Livvy convince her sister, and her new friends, that her intentions to return were good ones? Or will her dreams of settling down and being happy again become nothing but a closed book?
While this is the second book in The Hope Street Series, it can also be enjoyed as a standalone novel.