Romantic Novelists' Association

The House by the Sea

Louise Douglas

Boldwood Books

The Romantic Novel of the Year Awards

The Jackie Collins Romantic Thriller Award 2021

Sponsored by Jackie Collins

About the book

It’s the story of estranged couple, Edie and Joe. Edie blames Joe’s mother, Anna for the tragedy that caused the bitter rift between them. Each frozen by grief, they are reunited in Sicily by Anna’s will but Edie is determined she won’t be manipulated from beyond the grave.

About the author

The story was inspired by family holidays to Sicily and a passion for Inspector Montalbano, both the literary and the television versions. The House by the Sea is mainly set in the real-life locations which represent the fictional towns and cities in the TV adaptations of the Andrea Camilleri books.

It’s my first book in five years – I’d had to take a break from writing because I couldn’t manage the day job, family commitments and being an author. Confidence was at rock bottom, but Boldwood took a chance on me and this shortlist place is a literal dream come true. Thank you x