Hallo, Hallo dear hearts!
I’ve been enjoying my focused concentration of spotlighting Contemporary & Historical novelists from Head of Zeus throughout the Spring months this year. It has allowed me to select new authors to seek out and new series to feature on Jorie Loves A Story. Whilst at the same time, I’ve had the chance to interview the authors, host extracts and see which of these lovelies is available in audiobook. The latter is a bit of random joy whenever I spy one of the audiobooks available on Scribd. Some are being released digitally first for those who have a preference for reading via ereaders – for the rest of us, who traditionally read in print and/or opt for audio, we have to wait a bit longer for an edition we can read too.
Now that Spring has concluded I am hoping to host more conversations with Head of Zeus novelists such as the conversation I am sharing today with Ms Johnson. I have a fierece penchant for reading Historical Fiction and a new branch of that love is by seeking out reading Historical Women’s Fiction which is where I felt this particular fit within the larger expanse of #HistFic. There is something to be said for stories which seek to tell a story from differing perspectives as The Sea Gate will give us as readers. Dual narratives are amongst my favourites and each writer approaches them differently – yet whenever they get the balance right in the narrative it gives you such a wonderful layer of immersion. I look forward one day to seeing how Ms Johnson treated this part of the story.
I love how we were able to have a candid and open conversation about the particulars of her story and the components we’ll find inside it in regards to the development of the characters and the backdrop wherein we find their lives being lived.
I am adding the three blog tour banners under our conversation – this way, you can follow the route of book bloggers who took part on the blog tour – finding reviews &/or guest features to help you decide if this is a story you’d like to be reading yourself.
Be sure to brew your favourite cuppa and enjoy this delightful convo we shared!
The Sea Gate
by Jane Johnson
One house, two women, a lifetime of secrets...
Following the death of her mother, Becky begins the sad task of sorting through her empty flat. Starting with the letters piling up on the doormat, she finds an envelope post-marked from Cornwall. In it is a letter that will change her life forever. A desperate plea from her mother's elderly cousin, Olivia, to help save her beloved home.
Becky arrives at Chynalls to find the beautiful old house crumbling into the ground, and Olivia stuck in hospital with no hope of being discharged until her home is made habitable.
Though daunted by the enormity of the task, Becky sets to work. But as she peels back the layers of paint, plaster and grime, she uncovers secrets buried for more than seventy years. Secrets from a time when Olivia was young, the Second World War was raging, and danger and romance lurked round every corner...
The Sea Gate is a sweeping, spellbinding novel about the lives of two very different women, and the secrets that bind them together.
Places to find the book:
Published by Head of Zeus
on 17th November, 2020
Available Formats: This is a Digital First Release
The paperback release is noted on this interview.
Converse via: #TheSeaGate, #Historical #WomensFiction