Today’s guest author is Pauline Wiles and we’re featuring her novel Saving Saffron Sweeting – with a mini-interview and peek at the book, there’s plenty to see!
About the Author and Mini-Interview
British by birth, Pauline Wiles moved to California eight years ago and, apart from a yearning for afternoon tea and historic homes, has never looked back. Her work has been published by House of Fifty, Open Exchange and Alfie Dog Fiction. Saving Saffron Sweeting is her first novel.
Night owl or early bird? Early bird. I like to give the day a good talking to, before it runs away with me.
One food you would never eat? Escargot – snails – really do not appeal to me.
What was your favorite book when you were younger? Sparkle the Pony. This was followed by The Digging-est Dog and then anything by Enid Blyton.
What is your favorite Quote? It’s never too late to be what you might have been. True, I’m only 41, but I wish I’d been blessed with knowing my purpose in life when I was 18!
Who are your favorite authors of all time? Enid Blyton and Jane Austen.
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you? It’s a marathon, not a sprint. This applies to so much in life, especially these days when I think we’re all becoming more impatient and technology seems to reduce the need to wait for gratification.
Cats or Dogs? Dogs. They’re less moody and more loyal. Also, they’re more likely to keep you company on a three mile run.
Favourite quote from a movie? Everything will be all right in the end… if it’s not all right, then it’s not yet the end. ~ Sonny, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Grace Palmer’s British friends all think she’s living the American Dream. But her design business is floundering and when she discovers her husband is cheating with her best client, she panics and flees home to England.
The tranquil village of Saffron Sweeting appears to be a good place for Grace to lick her wounds, but the community is battling its own changes. Reluctantly, Grace finds herself helping her new neighbours as they struggle to adjust and save their businesses. However, not everyone has the same opinion on what’s good for the village. The charismatic new man in her life may have one speculative eye on Grace, but the other is firmly on profit. How will she navigate the tricky path between her home and her happiness?
With gentle humour and generous helpings of British tea and cake, Saving Saffron Sweeting explores one woman’s need to define herself through her career and community, before she can figure out who should be by her side.
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Thanks so much for the feature today! I love the mix of posts you have so far this month.
I tried to say ‘thanks for having me’ earlier today, but am not sure whether my comment got lost in moderation. 😉
As a person with with interests and history on both sides of the pond, I love the sound of this book! Officially on my TBR list. 🙂 (And I agree with you that everyone is so much more impatient these days.)
Thank you, bbshepherd! Fingers crossed you enjoy it.
I read SAVING SAFFRON SWEETING as part of my 52 books in 52 weeks reading challenge on my book blog, Chick Lit Chit Chat, and I absolutely LOVED it. I’ve posted a review of this book if you want more information and I encourage everyone to subscribe to Pauline’s blog because she writes really great posts. And no, I’m not her mother in disguise leaving nice comments about her in the blogosphere. I genuinely admire this writer and feel she deserves a friendly shout-out.
If you loved UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN by Frances Mayes or any of the Provence books by Peter Mayle, this book is for you. You’ll get your romance, your travel, a cottage in the English countryside, a great dog (!) and the evolution of a great character all in one package.
Highly recommended. And no, I’m not her mother in disguise. 🙂
P.S. Pauline, if you’re reading this – I cried like a baby watching the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, loved it so much I watched it twice back to back and then purchased the book that afternoon and started reading. I remember Sonny’s quote and thought it was magic.
Julie, I am indeed reading, just a little late! Thanks for the kind words. Would love to know how you enjoyed the book of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
I read Pauline’s book as part of my 52 books in 52 weeks reading challenge on my book blog and absolutely loved it. It’s got romance, travel, an English cottage, a great dog (!), great characters, great premise… Highly recommended!