I first met Kate Field in 2013 when we were both shortlisted for The Festival of Romance’s New Talent Award.
I’ve met Kate a few times since and always enjoy our encounters. Some of you will know that recently, along with ten others, I was a contender for the Joan Hessayon Award, the Romantic Novelist’s Association award for newly published novels that have passed through the association’s wonderful New Writers’ Scheme. You can read about the award evening here.
Kate Field was one of the eleven of us up for the award and her novel The Magic of Ramblings won. Kate herself was so surprised that she was speechless when her win was announced.
Curiosity led me to read her book when I returned home from London and I have to say that The Magic of Ramblings is a worthy winner. The story drew me in from the first page and I sobbed my way all through the last chapter. I have always said that a book that can make me cry is a good one, as it has transported me into the world of the author and made me care about the characters. The Magic of Ramblings achieved this totally. I loved the story of Cassie and Barney. The character of Frances is lovely. Hoping for a sequel. Well done Kate. I wanted to post this blog as a tribute to your win.
Blurb for The Magic of Ramblings
Running away can be the answer if you run to the right place…
When Cassie accepts a job as companion to an old lady in a remote Lancashire village, she hopes for a quiet life where she can forget herself, her past and most especially men. The last thing she wants is to be drawn into saving a community that seems determined to take her to its heart – and to resuscitate hers…
Frances has lived a reclusive life at Ramblings, a Victorian Gothic mansion, for over thirty years and now Barney is hiding away there, forging a new life after his medical career ended in scandal. He doesn’t trust the mysterious woman who comes to live with his rich aunt, especially when she starts to steal Frances’ affection – and maybe his own too…
Kate Field writes contemporary women’s fiction, mainly set in her favourite county of Lancashire, where she lives with her husband, daughter and hyperactive cat. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. The Magic of Ramblings is her first published novel.
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