AUSSIE MONTH with Cathryn Hein
Describe yourself in one word:
Tell us about Summer and the Groomsman:
Summer and the Groomsman is a gorgeously sweet and funny rural romance that will set your heart singing and leave you with a smile on your face. Set around the wedding of Emily Wallace-Jones and Josh Sinclair from my previous novel Rocking Horse Hill, it introduces two new characters while offering cameos (and mischief!) from old favourites.
Unlucky-in-love Harry Argyle is a giant-sized farmer with a soft heart who falls head over heels for a girl who initially wants nothing to do with him. How he courts her is the source of much bemusement and adventure. There are wayward horses, meddling locals, embarrassing situations and a wedding. Enormous entertainment all round.
What inspired this novel?
The idea arrived during the lead up to the 2012 Romance Writers of Australia conference at the QT Hotel on the Gold Coast, when good writing buddy Rachael Johns and I booked ourselves in for a pamper session in the hotel’s day spa before the conference opened. I was zoning out thanks to a blissful massage and started wondering about a farmer hero pushed into visiting a local beauty spa, only to embarrass himself badly in front of the girl of his dreams. And so Summer and the Groomsman was born.
What are you reading right now?
The Lake House by Kate Morton. Her books are intriguing and beautiful.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
I have so many! Visit Greece, climb up to Machu Picchu… But I would really love to walk the Camino de Santiago across the top of Spain.
Best thing about being an Aussie?
Our generosity of spirit and easy-going nature.
What you want readers to know about the romance genre?
It will make you feel GOOD!
What have you got in store for your readers in 2016?
In February I’ll be releasing April’s Rainbow, another rural romance novella. After that stay tuned! But more books are definitely in the pipeline.
What were your big achievements of 2015?
Writing Summer and the Groomsman and self-publishing it. I’m ridiculously proud of that.
Summer and the Groomsman
It’s Levenham’s wedding of the year but unlucky-in-love Harry Argyle has more on his mind than being groomsman.
After yet again nearly colliding with an escaped horse while driving home to the family farm, Harry Argyle comes face-to-face with its pretty owner, and doesn’t hold back his disapproval.
Confronted by a bad-tempered giant on a dark country road, beautician and new arrival in town Summer Taylor doesn’t know who to be more afraid for: herself or her darling horse Binky. It’s not her fault Binky keeps escaping. The alcoholic owner of the paddock she rents won’t fix the fence and Binky can be sneaky when it comes to filling his stomach. But no matter how big and muscled the bully, she refuses to be intimidated.
When Harry’s wedding party book a session at the day spa where Summer works, both she and Harry are horrified to be paired together. Grudgingly, they agree to make the most of it – only for the session to spiral into disaster. Realising he’s made a dill of himself in front of sweet Summer yet again, Harry vows to set things right.
Summer isn’t about to easily forgive the man who called her horse stupid, no matter how brave and kind, but with everyone on Harry’s side, even fate, resistance is hard. Can these two find love or will Summer’s wayward horse put his hoof in it again?
A sweet rural romance novella from Cathryn Hein, best-selling author of The Falls, Rocking Horse Hill, Heartland, Heart of the Valley, and Promises.
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