You know, it’s a real privilege to be able to close this very special Sunshine and Sweet Peas In Nightingale Square blog tour for lovely Heidi Swain. I’ve met Heidi several times in real life as well as virtually and she’s just wonderful.
It’s far too long since I read and reviewed Heidi’s Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market here, so I’m thrilled to be staying in with her today to chat all about Sunshine and Sweet Peas In Nightingale Square.
Published by Simon and Schuster on 31st May 2018, Sunshine and Sweet Peas In Nightingale Square is available for purchase through the publisher links here.
Sunshine and Sweet Peas In Nightingale Square
Kate is on the run from her almost-divorced husband who is determined to have her back, and she has found the perfect place to hide… a little cottage on Nightingale Square in Norwich, far away from her old life in London. But the residents of Nightingale Square don’t take no for an answer, and Kate soon finds herself pulled into a friendship with Lisa, her bossy but lovely new neighbour.
Within a matter of days Kate is landed with the job of campaigning the council to turn the green into a community garden, meanwhile all the residents of Nightingale Square are horrified to discover that the Victorian mansion house on the other side of the square has been bought by developers. But when all hope is lost, the arrival of a handsome stranger is sure to turn things around!
Staying in with Heidi Swain
Welcome back to Linda’s Book Bag, Heidi. It’s so lovely to see you again. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.
Thank you so much for inviting me and for hosting the final spot on what has been an amazing blog tour. It’s a pleasure to be here.
As if I didn’t know, tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?
I have brought my latest release, Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square, with me this evening. As we are now bowling headlong into summer and the holiday season it felt like the perfect choice!
(You’re absolutely right. It’s always holiday season in this house!)
What can we expect from an evening in with Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square?
As always, I’m aiming for a warm, fuzzy feeling! I want you to feel transported to the green oasis in the fine city of Norwich, become a part of the vibrant and friendly community and, if I’ve really hit the spot, I’m hoping I will have tempted you to fling open the doors and get out into your own patch to start sowing and growing.
(That’s easy Heidi – I love your writing, I have my garden and allotment and I even have some Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square plants emerging, even though I was a bit late sowing them as I was away.)
(Having interrupted you, Heidi, tell me a bit more.)
As well as finding love, two of the main themes within this book are the importance of friendship and the benefits of enjoying the great outdoors.
True friendship is a gift to be treasured and as the three friends, Kate, Lisa and Heather, prove, that doesn’t necessarily have to come from a relationship that was formed in childhood.
(Oh I agree. I have friends from all phases of my life.)
With regards to the joy of gardening, I’ve tried to show how life enhancing and beneficial those connections to nature can be, but in a subtle way.
Readers often get in touch to tell me they’ve taken up craft projects after reading The Cherry Tree Café or taken time to look at the countryside after a trip to Cuckoo Cottage so I’m hoping this latest book will get folk gardening! I’m looking forward to hearing from anyone who has taken up the green mantle as a result of visiting Nightingale Square.
(That’s such a good idea. I adore gardening and actually had my allotment as a birthday present from my husband a few years ago. There’s nothing better than growing your own!)
What else have you brought along and why?
Tonight, as we’ve reached the end of the tour, I thought we should have a celebration in true Nightingale Square style so I’m expecting quite a crowd to turn up, Linda.
(The more the merrier Heidi!)
I’m supplying the fizz, some tasty seasonal eats and of course armfuls of sweet peas to add their exquisite scent to the occasion. There are always so many people to thank when a book is published – bloggers, readers, my publishing team and agent, friends and long suffering family – that a party in the garden felt like the most wonderful way to do it!
That’s such a lovely way to celebrate Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square. Let’s throw open the conservatory doors and head out onto the patio and get the party started. Thanks so much for staying in with me tonight Heidi and all the very best with the book. I can’t wait to read Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square.
Thank you so much for inviting me along. Here’s to a truly memorable evening filled with friendship, fun and laughter!
About Heidi Swain
Heidi Swain is the Sunday Times bestselling author of five novels: The Cherry Tree Cafe, Summer at Skylark Farm, Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market, Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage and most recently, Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair. She lives in Norfolk with her husband and two teenage children.