Friday, 12 May 2017

Guest Post - A Postcard to Penwith by Jenny Kane - Blog Tour

I’m delighted to be here today on Day 5 of my Abi’s Neighbour Blog Tour!

Abi’s Neighbour is the second novel to feature children’s picture book illustrator, Abi Carter. Having established a new life for herself in the Penwith region of Cornwall in Abi’s House, Abi now has time to enjoy the beautiful scenery she is surrounded by.
Not even the arrival of her unwelcome new neighbour can stop her enjoyment of her seaview!


Abi Carter has finally found happiness. Living in her perfect tin miner’s cottage, she has good friends and a gorgeous boyfriend, Max. Life is good. But all that’s about to change when a new neighbour moves in next door.

Cassandra Henley-Pinkerton represents everything Abi thought she’d escaped when she left London. Obnoxious and stuck-up, Cassandra hates living in Cornwall. Worst of all, it looks like she has her sights set on Max.

But Cassandra has problems of her own. Not only is her wealthy married lawyer putting off joining her in their Cornish love nest, but now someone seems intent on sabotaging her business.
Will Cassandra mellow enough to turn to Abi for help – or are they destined never to get along?
Complete with sun, sea and a gorgeous Cornwall setting, Abi’s Neighbour is the PERFECT summer escape.

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When I initially had the idea to write a story about a young woman poised to escape a suffocating life amongst Surrey’s city wife set, I needed somewhere welcoming and friendly to send her to. The answer was obvious. I had to send my escapee to Cornwall.

More specifically, I had to send the young woman, who was to become Abi, to the Penwith region of Cornwall. This includes Penzance, Lands End, and a multitude of villages and towns in between; including St Just, St Buryan, Sennen and Sennen Cove.

My father was born and raised in Penzance. I spent every summer holiday there as a child. Consequently, I know the area very well.

There is something special about the memories which we acquire in our childhoods. For me those memories involve over vinegar-ed fish and chips, ice creams on Marazion beach, sitting on the harbour edge in Sennen watching the lifeboat go out, seeing the Salonian Ferry head from Penzance to the Scilly Isles each morning, and listening to the crash of the waves over the boulders that make up the Battery Rocks in Penzance.

All of these recollections helped to form the background to Abi Carter’s new life. However, it is one specific memory that decided me on the exact setting for Abi’s adventures.

 When I was eight years old I was walking up a hill with my parents and brother, through some of the cottages in the village of Sennen. We passed a row of stone built (former) tin miner’s cottages, and I immediately fell in love with the house on the very end of the terrace.

It was a built of light grey stones, its roof was a traditional slate blue. There was a small square front garden, complete with a low white wooden fence. The front door was painted red, and a pair of small wellington boots sat next to it. I couldn’t see into the walled garden at the back, but in my mind it held a green house, a shed, and lots of benches in which to sit in the sunshine. There would be dog- a Labrador - and rows and rows of flowers and vegetables growing neatly side by side.

It was this house, the image of which has stayed with me for over thirty years, that became the house that the young Abi Carter- also at the age of eight- dreamed of owning one day. Now, in her late twenties, that dream has come true.

Sennen and Sennen Cove, with its mile of fine sand beach, traditional pubs, (including the Old Success which is a favourite of the characters in both novels), harbour, art galleries, cafes, and bucket and spade shops, is as much a star of Abi’s Neighbour as the human characters.

Max Pendale, Abi’s boyfriend, is an amateur expert on the Penwith area. Fond of general knowledge and local legends, there is very little Max  can’t tell you about Sennen, Land’s End and the nearby Gwenver beach in particular.

If you want to know how Cornish cream teas came into being, or who the Zennor Mermaid was, then you’d better read Abi’s Neighbour. Max will be very happy to enlighten you- providing you but him a pint of St Austell Brewery’s Tribute first!

Many thanks for hosting me today Rachel!
Happy reading everyone.
I hope you enjoy the rest of my blog tour.
Jenny xx

You are incredibly welcome Jenny. Thank you for sharing why you picked the Penwith area with us, My review of the first book Abi's House will be going live tomorrow. 

Jenny Kane is the author of the full length romance novels Abi’s Neighbour, (Accent Press, 2017),  Another Glass of Champagne (Accent Press, 2016),  Abi’s House (Accent Press, 2015), the contemporary romance/medieval crime time slip novel Romancing Robin Hood (Accent Press, 2014), the best selling contemporary romance novel Another Cup of Coffee (Accent Press, 2013), and its novella length sequels Another Cup of Christmas (Accent Press, 2013), Christmas in the Cotswolds (Accent, 2014), and Christmas at the Castle (Accent Press, 2015).
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Jenny also writes erotica as Kay Jaybee and historical crime as Jennifer Ash.

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