The Novel Approach welcomes author Lisa Worrall on the Un-Deniable blog tour, book three in the Left at the Crossroads series. Enjoy Lisa’s guest post, then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter Widget below to enter for the chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card.
Hiya! Thank you for having me and welcome to Little Mowbury :)
I thought I’d take you on a little tour of the village today so you can get a feel for the place. It won’t take long and we can stop off at the Thatcher’s and get a drink on the way back…
The High Street is basically what it sounds like, the main street that runs through the centre of the village. The post office-cum-corner shop is run by Doris Abernathy. She might be in her sixties, but she’s definitely Queen Bee, in her own mind anyway. Jenny Lewis might have something to say about that. She and Doris have had a personal feud for thirty years, not that either of them can remember what they’re feuding about and appear to get along quite well when the mood takes them.
Keep going down the High Street and you’ll get to the village surgery where Malcolm Winslow has been GP since God was a boy. But, after much nagging and possibly threats of physical damage from his wife, Violet, he’s hanging up his spurs, which is where one of the main character’s of Un-Deniable steps in. Oliver Bradford has been working in a London hospital for years and, after a difficult break-up, is urged by his sister to apply for the vacancy in Little Mowbury. Little does he know that moving to the village is going to change his life forever—in more ways than he could have ever imagined.
On we go past the lovely little cottages and tiny lanes that branch off the High Street and, at the end of the High Street we find the village green, with the pub on one side and the church on the other. The annual cricket match is held on the green and the entire village is either watching or playing. Little Mowbury hasn’t won in almost thirty years, but they live in hope.
The Thatcher’s Arms is the heart and soul of the village. Owned by Colin and Maggie Mason, you can expect a cold pint and a warm welcome, but woe be tide you if you get on the wrong side of Maggie. She has a caustic tongue and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. Jason Havers is one of the chefs and has been cooking up a storm since he moved in a while back.
The surrounding farms are on the outskirts of the village, one of which is Wells Farm, which belongs to the other main character in Un-Deniable, Deano Wells. The farm has been in his family for three generations and he’s never been further out of Little Mowbury than the nearest town. Every Thursday you’ll find him in the Thatcher’s Arms having liver and bacon for his lunch. It’s a family tradition started by his father when Deano was just ten years old and he didn’t see the need to change it after his father passed on. Deano is the strong silent type and never expected the new GP to come crashing into the village like he did, turning Deano’s world upside down and making him feel things he hadn’t felt in a very long time. He tries to ignore the good doctor but, Oliver Bradford doesn’t seem to take no for an answer.
I hope you enjoyed our little traipse through the village and that little peek behind the twitching curtains. Anyway, come on, let’s get that pint I promised you. We could probably even get Jason to rustle us something delicious for lunch. He’s been dying to try his seafood linguine out on somebody, so brace yourself.
Blurb: Little Mowbury is a sleepy English village deep in the Cotswolds. The kind of village where you’re only a local if your lineage can be traced back to the dinosaurs. Where you can find everything in the single village shop from morning newspapers to dry-cleaning, and getting your shoes mended. And, of course, where everybody knows everybody else’s business. It’s easy to find… you can’t miss it… just ask anyone and they’ll tell you… “It’s left at the crossroads.”
Oliver Bradford has had enough of the hustle and bustle of the A&E department in a big city hospital. Not to mention the tension caused by the break-up of his three year relationship with one of the hospital’s top surgeons. When his sister urges him to apply for the position of GP in the quiet village of Little Mowbury, he wonders if this might be just the fresh start he needs. Unfortunately, hitting the post-mistresses’ dog with his car isn’t the best introduction to his patients.
A solitary soul, Deano Wells grew up in Little Mowbury and has been having lunch at the Thatcher’s Arms on a Thursday for the last thirty-five years. First with his father, who brought him to the pub at the tender age of ten after a hard morning in the fields, and then by himself after his father passed on. He runs the farm with a practised hand and minds his business mostly, but that doesn’t stop Oliver from being drawn to the big, quiet man and he knows the feeling is mutual, so why does Deano keep pushing him away?
About the Author: I live in Southend-on-Sea, a small seaside town just outside London on the South East coast of Essex, England that boasts the longest pier in the world; where I am ordered around by two precocious children and a dog who thinks she’s the boss of me. I’ve been writing seriously for three years now and love giving voice to the characters warring to be heard in my head, and am currently petitioning for more hours in the day, because I never seem to have enough of them.