Suggested reading for the New Year

We were delighted to welcome author Carole Matthews to Hotel La Tour pre-Christmas, when she sneaked a break into her writing schedule to visit the city for the first time in a number of years.

Today marks the publication (in hardback and as an ebook) of her new novel, A Place to Call Home, in which we meet Ayesha who takes her daughter and slips quietly away from her home leaving behind a life of pain. Boarding a coach to London, she’s looking for a fresh start. Along the way she finds professional dancer Crystal who introduces them to former popstar Hayden. An unlikely bond is quickly formed and what follows is an uplifting and emotional story, a novel of new beginnings, of discovering love and of finding A Place to Call Home.

Carole, who shares our love of cake, is the Sunday Times bestselling author of24 novels, including the Top Ten bestsellers A Cottage by the Sea and Calling Mrs Christmas. In 2013, Summer Daydreams was shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan award for Fiction about Life and Love. Carole was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy RoNA in 2012 and inducted into the Reader Hall of Fame by the inaugural Festival of Romance. Her novels dazzle and delight readers all over the world. She is published in more than thirty countries and her books have sold to Hollywood.

Find out how Carole got on when she stayed with us and explored Brum



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