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Release day: Yew Tree Gardens

30 July 2012

Today is the official release of Yew Tree Gardens by Anna Jacobs (hardback, Allison & Busby).  Here’s the blurb:

This is the third and final book in the Wiltshire Girls series, following Cherry Tree Lane and Elm Tree Road. It tells the story of the third sister, Renie.

Sisters Mattie, Nell and Renie have all managed to escape from their oppressive and bullying father, but are now separated. They must draw upon their strength and courage to build new lives for themselves.

Renie, the youngest sister, is living with the newly married Nell. Renie is happy in her waitressing job at the local Rathleigh hotel. But a shadow falls over her the day Mr Judson arrives as assistant manager. Feeling increasingly threatened by him and also eager to esape from Nell’s unpleasant husband, Renie is delighted when she is offered a new job in London.

Although she at first finds the city a huge and bewildering place, soon she is settling in and making friends. It seems as if her dreams have come true and she can have a future working in hotels.

And yet, she still worries about her sister Nell and the way her husband Cliff treats her. When tragedy strikes Nell and her family, Renie is left in London, helpless to contact her sister.

Her only comfort is her growing friendship with the injured Gil, towards whom she has felt an instant trust and affection. But can their relationship progress from friendship to something more. Then Judson returns into Nell’s life and she finds herself in danger once again.

Can Gil help her to escape from Judson’s attentions? And will she ever find her sisters again?

Anna dropped by today to tell us a little bit about this book:

A few years ago we bought a house in the UK, in Wiltshire, and now spend the summers there. It was inevitable that I should start writing books set in this beautiful rural area. It was just as inevitable, since the action takes place in 1912, that I should somehow involve the Titanic. I didn’t want to repeat other stories, so I focused on one survivor, the hero’s niece, a little girl who’s lost all her family. I loved doing all the historical research and I particularly enjoyed watching my heroine grow as a person and find the love of her life. You can’t beat writing romances for making you feel good. The happy ending doesn’t just make the readers happy–it makes the author happy too.

You can find out more and read an extract of the book on Anna’s website.

All ARRA members who leave a comment on this blog article will go into the draw to win a copy of Yew Tree Gardens. The giveaway closes on 20 August 2012. (The winner of the giveaway was Barbara)


  1. 31 July 2012 12:03 am

    Thanks for your kind words. You’re right, Helene. I do enjoy the research very much. And it taught me about a new part of England – Wiltshire. It’s a truly beautiful county

  2. Barbara permalink
    30 July 2012 6:27 pm

    this sounds a good book Anna… Congrats on the release


  3. 30 July 2012 2:06 pm

    Congrats on another new release, Anna. It sounds like you enjoyed the research as much as the writing!

  4. aimskye permalink
    30 July 2012 1:12 pm

    Congrats on your release day Anna!


  5. louiseforster permalink
    30 July 2012 11:33 am

    I enjoy a good suspense — romance and this seems to have all the right elements going for it

  6. lynette williams permalink
    30 July 2012 10:11 am

    the review point to a good suspense + romance book the kind I like

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