The Wychwood, is an imaginary pub which is the focus for quite a few scenes in The Summer House – a typical example of a British pub in a beautiful village. Partly a tourist trap, partly a local place to drink, I have written a wedding, a first date, a proposal… all in the this one place.
What I didn’t know is that the idea of a British pub actually started life as an Italian wine bar, and dates back almost 2,000 years. An invading Roman army that first brought Roman roads, Roman towns and Roman pubs known as tabernae (which eventually became tavern) to Britain in 43 AD. Tabernae, or shops that sold wine, were quickly built alongside Roman roads and in towns to help quench the thirst of the legionary troops.
Alehouses, inns and taverns collectively became known as public houses and then simply as pubs around the reign of King Henry VII.
A recent survey has revealed that almost one in four Britons will meet their future wife or husband in a pub!
The Wychwood Pub in The Summer House also has a huge garden with hedges and this is based on a pub from my childhood where I used to race my sister around the garden and my dad would time us. The hedges were like a huge maze and made all kinds of interesting small corners, which I use shamelessly in the new book for liaisons! The look of the Wychwood is based on The Falklands Arms in Great Tew – if you get to visit there it is the most beautiful pub.
A rich playboy who lives for the now, and a Veterinarian who is ruled by his past, try to find a future together that allows for love.
Ashby Sterling-Haynes, the youngest son of a titled family, has had a lot of hookups but has never found someone worth keeping. When he meets introverted Veterinarian, Connor Lawson, he realizes this could be the man he's been waiting for.
Connor has a painful past and no room for an entitled rich guy in his future. Ashby is everything that Connor dislikes in a man and is way too sexy to be anything but a disruption to Connor’s peaceful life.
Both men refuse to believe in love for different reasons. Until they meet each other and a future together becomes real.More info →