Happy Monday!! Today I’m on the blog tour for The Secret – Violet’s Story by Eliza J.Scott and I’m delighted to share the opening extract of chapter one…..
It’s been two years since glamorous and ambitious Violet Smith fell head-over-heels in love with blacksmith Jimby Fairfax, and moved back home to the North Yorkshire village of Lytell Stangdale to be with him.
Life couldn’t get much sweeter. Their romance is blooming and Romantique – the business she set up with Jimby’s sister Kitty, designing luxurious underwear and burlesque costumes with the odd wedding dress throw in – is thriving.
But on a romantic weekend break, a face from her past triggers a series of events which send Violet into turmoil. She finds herself with no alternative but to reveal a secret she’s buried deep for the past sixteen years. A secret she hasn’t shared with anyone, not even her best friends, Kitty and Molly, and they share everything.
With the revelation forcing a wedge between herself and Jimby, heartbroken Violet fears that he won’t ever be able to think of her in the same way again and won’t want anything more to do with her.
As ever, Kitty and Molly rally round, offering their advice and support but Vi is worried that keeping her secret was just a step too far for Jimby.
Will she succeed in showing him their love is strong enough to overcome it?
The Secret – Violet’s Story is book 3 in the Life on the Moors Series.
Extract – Chapter one
‘So are you really not going to tell me where you’re taking me?’ Violet turned to Jimby, taking in his easy smile, the dark stubble of his chin glinting in the sunshine and his mop of chocolate brown curls that were only just on the right side of unruly. He was looking summery in his pale blue shirt with the fine white stripe down it, the cuffs rolled back revealing strong forearms, the “v” of a white t-shirt peeking out at the open collar. They’d left Sunshine Cottage in Lytell Stangdale late that morning and had been driving along the twisting, turning roads of the North Yorkshire Moors for the last hour, and yet she was still no wiser as to their destination.
‘Nope. You’ll find out when we get there.’ Jimby changed gear and turned to her, flashing one of the trademark broad smiles that triggered his dimples. Even though his chocolate brown eyes were hidden behind a pair of aviator sunglasses, Vi knew that they’d be sporting their familiar twinkle. The one that made her heart do somersaults.
‘That’s so not fair, Jimby.’ Though she huffed, there was a smile playing around her full lips. ‘What harm can it do to tell me now? You’ve kept it secret for ages.’
‘If I told you now, it would spoil your birthday surprise and, like you just said, I’ve managed to keep it secret for this long, so I might as well keep it for that little bit longer. Not that it’s been easy, I can tell you. You can be one fierce interrogator when you put your mind to it.’ He briefly took his eyes off the road and caught a glimpse of his girlfriend as she pouted. He threw his head back and laughed.
‘Hey, you. It’s not funny!’ She gave him a gentle prod in the ribs, which merely served to make him laugh even louder. ‘Have you any idea how difficult you’ve made it by only telling me to pack a case with enough clothes for two nights and a variety of occasions? No wonder my mind’s going into overdrive with what you’ve got planned. I’ve practically had to pack my whole wardrobe.’
‘Really?’ Jimby raised his eyebrows. ‘From the pile of luggage I’ve had to force into the boot and onto the back-seat, no one would ever have guessed. Thought I was going to have to resort to a tub of butter and a couple of shoehorns to get them all in.’
Vi couldn’t help but giggle. ‘Well, you’ve only got yourself to blame for that. Just promise me you haven’t booked us on a course to go mountaineering or white water rafting, or anything else equally horrible and scary.’
‘I’m afraid I can make no such promises. Anyway, I thought you liked Segways?’
about the author
Eliza lives in a 17th-century cottage on the edge of a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with her husband, their two daughters and two mischievous black Labradors. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her Kindle or working in her garden. Eliza also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off by a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake.
Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heartwarming stories with happy endings.
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Thanks so much Rachel for inviting me on to the tour and to Eliza for sharing an extract with us.
Have a wonderful day my lovelies!