It’s a special time of the year so when better to take a magic carpet ride with Jenny Loudon, author of Finding Verity and Snow Angels? I’m lucky to have both books waiting for me on my TBR, but in the meantime, I’m delighted to host a guest post from Jenny today, that takes us on two wonderful journeys.
Before we let Jenny whisk us away, let’s find out more about her books.
The heart-warming bestseller from this exciting debut novelist.
An unhappy woman. An unfinished romance. A sense that time is running out…
Verity Westwood is a successful London businesswoman whose husband is handsome but selfish. When Edward Farrell, a nomadic American journalist from her past, returns unexpectedly, she is swept by the irresistible desire to fulfil her dreams of working as an artist, like her famous father before her. After being caught in a storm on the Cote d’Azur, she vows to change her life.
What she does not foresee is the struggle involved, the ultimate price she will pay, and the powerful force of enduring love that changes everything.
Finding Verity is available for purchase here.
An accident. That’s all it was.
Amelie Tierney is working hard, furthering her nursing career in Oxford. She has a loving husband and a small son, who is not yet two. She jogs through the streets of her beloved city most days, does not see enough of her lonely mother, and misses her grandmother who lives in a remote wooden house, beside a lake in Sweden.
And then, one sunny October morning, it happens—the accident that changes everything and leaves Amelie fighting to survive.
Set amid the gleaming spires of Oxford and the wild beauty of a Swedish forest, this is a story about one woman’s hope and her courage in the face of the unthinkable.
Snow Angels is available for purchase here.
An Evening on My Magic Carpet
A Guest Post by Jenny Loudon
I have prepared a nice supper for our evening in, and it is a summer evening so we eat it at the table in my garden, on a hillside overlooking a wood-topped valley which stretches as far as the eye can see in either direction. As we eat and chat, we watch the deer grazing in the fields below the woodlands, and listen to the red kites calling, as they wheel overhead.
Pleasantly full of food, I unroll my magic carpet (because when we stay in, we so rarely actually stay in, do we? We usually take our imagination on a journey by watching television or reading a book, and so this evening is no different in that respect.)
I put big cushions for your comfort on my jewel-coloured rug, we sit down, and off we go, lifting into the air. Firstly, we visit London, Fulham specifically. A pleasant, tree-lined suburban street where we see Verity through the window of her comfortable home. She is the heroine of Finding Verity and we see how lonely and unhappy she is, how overworked and at a loss. We fly on, through time and space, to Les Massif des Maures, the beautiful mountains of Provence which overlook the warm, sparkling Mediterranean Sea. It is sunset, the landscape is bathed in a soft lemony light, and the sky is alive with colour—apricot, turquoise, pink. Our Verity is walking in the garden of a house there, her mood quite different, uplifted and alert, her heart alive again. We see the change in her and wonder what has happened… I know, of course, but you will have to read the book to find out…
For our next journey, I throw you a blanket of softest cashmere and advise you to wrap up warm. I fly us to the city of Oxford where Amelie, the heroine of Snow Angels lives with her husband and young son. We move on from this happy domestic picture to circle over the scene of a terrible accident, keeping our distance because the reality is too awful, and we wish to respect the privacy of those involved. I reassure you and whisk you on, out across the grey and choppy North Sea to the land of forest and lakes, snow and ice. We are in a fictional winter now, in the depths of the Swedish countryside, and there we find our Amelie, living in a small homestead with her beloved grandmother, and we wonder how she will survive, and what she will do next.
It has been a long, emotional, and often beautiful journey on my magic carpet, and we arrive back at my home where I make you a hot drink and chat a while, before walking you to your car. It’s been a great visit, Linda. We say our goodbyes and hope to see each other again soon.
If you’re going to take me on trips like that Jenny, I’ll be back very soon indeed. Thanks so much.
About Jenny Loudon
Jenny Loudon is a novelist and poet who has published two Amazon best-selling books Finding Verity and Snow Angels. She has worked as an editor, researcher and proof-reader. She read English and American Literature at the University of Kent at Canterbury, and gained a Masters in The Modern Movement. She currently lives with her family in the English countryside.