Romantic Novelists' Association

Everything changes in a moment.

It’s the noughties and Claire Morris is a Sugababes loving, Leonardo DiCaprio fancying, London party girl… until her dad dies unexpectedly. He was her entire family. It was Claire and her dad against the world, after her mum walked out when she was little.

Consumed by grief and guilt, Claire quits her hectic London life and rents a cosy cottage in the rural Peak District village of Baliston.

She ends up befriending Hazel Wilson, a local widow with a wicked sense of humour, and Sebastian Jones, who has returned to Baliston to run his family’s farm. Can Claire rebuild her life in Derbyshire, while finding time for love and a new friendship? Or is she running away from her problems?