Daisy Wickens, heroine of Bella Osborne‘s new novel series Ottercombe Bay has her say on my blog this week.
Welcome Daisy …
“My name is Daisy Wickens and the world is my oyster. Well, that’s what people say when they’re trying to distract others and, sometimes, themselves from the reality of their situation. Everything I own can be fitted into one rucksack and I can move on at a moment’s notice. That’s how it’s been most of my life, so it’s what I’m used to.
I’m tired from my shift at the local pub and feel a bit grumpy, which isn’t helped by my sitting on a lumpy hostel bed. My phone rings and my heart lifts to see that it’s Great Uncle Reg’s number on the screen. He’s my dad’s uncle and although he’s someone I rarely see he means a lot to me. I snatch up the phone. ‘Hello,’ I say, trying to plump the lumpy pillow and settle myself for the inevitable long catch up.
‘Daisy?’ says the hesitant female voice on the other end.
‘Yes. Aunt Coral?’ My Aunt lives with Great Uncle Reg but I rarely speak to her. I prefer to keep a distance between my past and my present. ‘Oh, Daisy. I’m so sorry.’ Aunt Coral’s voice is full of tears. I screw up my eyes as if to protect myself from what I know she is going to say next.
In my mind I can picture her standing in the hall at Sea Mist Cottage in the small seaside town where I lived as a child. Memories flood my mind like a fast forwarded movie of my childhood: learning to swim in the sea, playing cricket on the beach, picnics on the headland, hide and seek behind the beach huts and snuggling up with a giant mug of proper hot chocolate with my beloved Great Uncle Reg.
Aunt Coral speaks at last. ‘He died peacefully in his sleep. The funeral’s on Monday.’
Then without thinking I say something I didn’t ever expect to hear myself utter. ‘Then I’ll be coming back to Ottercombe Bay.’”
Thank you, Daisy. I’m sorry for your loss – big hug.
I look forward to reading how your trip to Ottercombe Bay goes. Lovely cover by the way.
About the Ottercombe Bay series by Bella Osborne:-
Escape to the Devon coast, with Part One of a brand-new four-part serial from the author of Willow Cottage.
Daisy Wickens has returned to Ottercombe Bay, the picturesque Devon town where her mother died when she was a girl. She plans to leave as soon as her great uncle’s funeral is over, but Great Uncle Reg had other ideas. He’s left Daisy a significant inheritance – an old building in a state of disrepair, which could offer exciting possibilities, but to get it she must stay in Ottercombe Bay for twelve whole months.
With the help of a cast of quirky locals, a few gin cocktails and a black pug with plenty of attitude, Daisy might just turn this into something special. But can she ever hope to be happy among the ghosts of her past?
About the Author – Bella Osborne
Bella has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year she finished a full length novel. She’s now written four romantic comedies and been shortlisted twice for the RNA Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year.
Bella‘s stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you.
She lives in The Midlands, UK with her husband, daughter and a cat who thinks she’s dog. When not writing she’s usually eating custard creams and planning holidays.
For more about Bella and her other books, visit her website at www.bellaosborne.com or follow her on social media –
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