I’ve had so many lovely reviews for One Last Summer and I thought I’d share some of them here. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read and review the book. This was an emotional one to write and I’m so thrilled that it’s touching a chord with readers.
‘Compassionately told, searingly emotional and wonderfully uplifting. One Last Summer is a very special book that manages to break your heart and lift your spirit in equal measures.’ Bookish Jottings
‘An eloquent, gorgeous read! It’s the type of novel which touches a part of you that you weren’t really aware was there… a memorable read from an accomplished and talented author.’ – Grace J Reviewer Lady
‘There are times in this novel where I smiled, laughed, got sad, cried – lots of emotions… There is sadness but a lot of warmth and a powerful message at its centre. Thank you, Victoria, for a wonderful novel.’ Novel Kicks
‘A beautiful weepy.’ – The Divine Write
‘Oh my word, ‘One Last Summer’ is one seriously emotive read that got to me in more ways than one… The author certainly knows how to tug on the heartstrings and then some.’ – Ginger Book Geek
‘My overall feeling after reading One Last Summer is what an incredibly talented writer Victoria Connelly is… The writing is sensitive, realistic and thought-provoking but despite such a sad subject matter I was left feeling very uplifted.’ – That Thing She Reads
‘A beautiful life-affirming book!’ – Jan’s Books Buzz
‘Sometimes a story really speaks to you. This is one of those stories. It’s a very special moment when you get more than a story from a book, and here you get so much more: inspiration and courage to do what makes your heart sing.’ Just 4 My Books
A huge thank you to all the readers who have bought my new novel, One LastSummer. It’s been an exciting week which has seen it enter Amazon’s Top 100 in both the UK and Australia, and it’s currently Number 14 in the UK chart.
Amazon has chosen it for a special spring promotion and UK readers can buy it for just £1 and Australian readers for $2. This is a limited time only price, though, so grab a bargain while it lasts!And thank you to everyone who has left a review. This was an emotional story to write and I’m so thrilled that readers are responding to it so well.
It’s less than three weeks until my new novel – One Last Summer – is published. I can’t tell you how excited I am for you all to read this story and I’m thrilled to share the cover with you here. My publisher has given me a fresh new look and I love it!
Now is a great time to grab a garden bargain! The third novel in my English Country House and Garden series – The Heart of the Garden – is just £1 on Amazon in the UK.
Here’s a bit more about the book:
Morton Hall, with its beautiful, ruined grounds and its reclusive mistress, Emilia Morton, is full of mysteries. For freelance editor Anne Marie, the wild garden has become a serene and secret refuge from her loveless marriage. The only other regular visitor is Cape, the hall’s part-time gardener, who is forbidden to tend to anything except the magnificent maze or to meet his enigmatic employer.
When Emilia dies, Cape and Anne Marie are astonished to find themselves among an unlikely group of villagers named in her strange will. Morton Hall, including its dazzling art collection and once glorious grounds, can belong to the community forever, but only if they work together to bring the garden back to life within a single year.
As they try to put their differences aside to restore the tangled grounds, long-buried secrets are unearthed. Can the past be forgiven as hope and new love begin to bloom?
I do love a Christmas story. There’s something so special about snuggling up on the sofa by the fireside and losing yourself in a festive tale. Perhaps that’s why I’ve written six Christmas stories of my own!
And this year’s Christmas novella – The Christmas Rose – is very special indeed as we journey back to Suffolk to find out what’s been happening to the Rose Girls. I had so much fun returning to Little Eleigh Manor, and let me tell you something – it looks so very beautiful in the snow!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my readers for your support this year – for buying my books, for leaving reviews and for keeping in touch on my social media sites. I love hearing from you all and I wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas!
I’m delighted to introduce our new flock of gorgeous hens: Portia, Phoebe and Perdita. Named after Shakespearean heroines, they are four-month-old pure breeds and are the gentle giants of the hen world.
Portia is a Buff Orpinton – the breed made famous by the late Queen Mother. She’s the most timid in the flock at the moment and is very vocal whenever I pick her up!
Phoebe is a Black Orpington. She likes jumping up on things and was the first to discover the back door into our house!And Perdita is a Blue Partridge Brahma. She’s the most dominant of the little flock and was the first to climb up and down the ladder into the coop and the first to eat from my hand. She’s very curious and alert.The girls are enjoying free-ranging in the autumn garden, but are sticking closely together at the moment as they get to know their new environment! They’re such gorgeous girls and I can’t wait to get to know their personalities and enjoy plenty of hen cuddles with them.
I’m thrilled to be launching my Christmas novella today – The Christmas Rose.
It’s a seasonal sequel to The Rose Girls and I hope readers will love venturing back to Little Eleigh Manor in time for all the festivities and finding out what happened next to Celeste and Julian, Evie and baby Alba and – reader favourites – Esther and Frinton the terrier!
To each and every reader who has bought a copy of The Rose Girls – whether in ebook, paperback or audio – in English, German, French, Italian or Spanish – thank you! We’ve sold over 200,000 copies and I am absolutely delighted!
Sometimes, a hen comes into your life and can’t help but make an impact. Dear Viola was one of those hens. She came to us in the summer of 2016, with her flock sisters. The Shakespeare Sisters, we called them, and Viola was named after my favourite Shakespeare heroine from Twelfth Night.
But what a state she was in! We’ve never seen a hen look quite as rough. Her comb was overlarge, floppy and pale, her wings looked like chopsticks and she was missing so many feathers that she looked almost oven-ready.
However, appearances can be deceptive and she soon proved to be a feisty little girl, marching up and down the run of the coop, asking to be let out to free-range for the first time.
And how she loved to free-range! So much so that she was soon laying eggs in the hedge and venturing through the hedge into our neighbours’ gardens! She also loved sneaking into the house whenever the door was open, leaping onto our chair in the conservatory and sticking her head in any bags of food around. She really was an adventurer!
Winter weather didn’t faze her even though she was a sun-worshipper at heart. In fact, I’ve never seen a hen enjoy sunbathing so much and, in the early days of her release, we had to put sun lotion on all those bare bits of hers!
I loved looking out of the kitchen window to see her leaping on to pots and bins and sneaking around the oil tank. One never quite knew where she’d appear next.Darling Vi. You were such a special girl and I hope you loved your retirement with us as much as we loved having you as a part of our family. You’ll be missed so much.
I have a treat for UK readers this September – the third book in my Country House and Garden trilogy – The Heart of the Garden – is just 99p for the ebook on Amazon.
And here’s one of my author copies surrounded by beautiful blooms gathered at the Floral Abundance course I attended yesterday at a wonderful walled garden here in Suffolk.
What a joy it was to spend the last day of August surrounded by flowers – all grown within the walls of this Victorian kitchen garden.
We learnt some flower theory in the morning and then we were set lose with a pair of secateurs in the afternoon, filling an enormous bucket with blooms to arrange at home. It was the loveliest day and I felt like one of my own characters from the garden trilogy!
A huge thank you to Anne-Marie who made us all feel so at home in her special world. Do follow her wonderful Instagram account and treat yourself to a course if you can.