Kate Field and The Magic of Ramblings

I first met Kate Field in 2013 when we were both shortlisted for The Festival of Romance’s New Talent Award.

The Festival of Romance’s New Talent Award 2013. I’m third from the left at the back (with long gone long hair) and Kate is next to me, fourth from the left. You may recognise faces in the picture including Bella Osborne, Catherine Miller, Venessa Savage, Lucie Wheeler, Lynda Stacey, Lizzie Lamb.

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

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.Ramblingscover

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.

Social media links:

Twitter: @katehaswords
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KateFieldAuthor/
Buying links for The Magic of Ramblingshttp://amzn.to/29ZDTrv

By Morton S. Gray

Author of romantic suspense novels. http://mortonsgray.com


  1. Now you have made me cry, Morton! It’s typically kind and generous of you to post this blog, and thanks for saying such lovely things about The Magic of Ramblings. x

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  2. Lovely blog, Morton – I too loved The Magic of Ramblings, and I fell in love with Barney 😉

    It’s fascinating to see that 2013 photo of the shortlisted authors for the FoR New Talent award, and to see how many have gone on to become published authors! It’s also fascinating to remember the longer hair! I prefer it now 😉

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  3. What a lovely blog post, Morton! It was such a lovely evening and so wonderful to see so many familiar faces up for the award. Well done to Kate though – it really is a lovely book.

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