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One for Sorrow Two for Joy

A promising actress is hidden under a hoard of memories and a journalist is drowning her talents in wine. What went wrong and who else will suffer before the Douglas sisters reach out to each other and find the courage to go after their dreams?

‘One for Sorrow, Two for Joy’  could take place anywhere. Do you think that the place where a story is set is important? I certainly do and that is why I try to make my settings as real to my readers as they are to me.

I picture a setting for my novels and recreate that picture with words. ‘One for Sorrow, Two for Joy’, my second novel, starts at Magpie’s Rest.

imageThis house, situated on the outskirts of Dunleith, is the  family home of the Douglases. Erin Douglas, a promising actress, has buried herself inside Magpie’s Nest ever since the death of her mother but things are about to change. It’s not just Erin who must face the past  and try to make a new start. Heather, her sister,  is struggling with her career, her family and the wine bottle. Their brother Fraser doesn’t seem to understand their reluctance to sell the family home.

Magpie’s Rest is one of three cottages created from unwanted farm outbuildings  and it is not ‘chocolate box’ pretty because it is made of several different types of brick and was converted on a budget of recycled wood and  tiles. It has character and stands out from the other cottages because of a rather splendid Magpie weathervane sitting on the roof.  Liz Douglas had it especially made by Tommy the Blacksmith when she moved into the cottage.

imageFraser points out that the quiet village of  Dunleith is no place for Erin,an up and coming actress,  or Heather, a city journalist, and the house should be sold  but it is filled with family memories. A lone magpie is  roosting around the house. Will a second one join him to bring back joy? Will the house be sold or will the Douglas family retain their links with Dunleith?

Whych  Elm Hall features in the novel too. I me tioned  Whych Elm and its  fabulous restaurant in an earlier post. The  hall is being refurbished by Jackson McGee and  Erin becomes involved with the project . Will she become involved with Jackson?

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The setting of ‘One for Sorrow, Two for Joy’ is  not all about Dunleith    village; the  book’s setting covers  a larger canvas. Heather lives in Jesmond, a suburb of Newcastle, with Mark and their children and this features in the novel as does London’s theatre district where Erin needs to return.

I have finished ‘One for Sorrow, Two for Joy’ and I’m exploring publishing options. Before I write book three, I’d love to know this. How important is setting to you when you’re reading a novel?