Release day: Summer and the Groomsman
Today is the official release of Summer and the Groomsman by Cathryn Hein (print and ebook, self-published). Here’s the blurb:
It’s Levenham’s wedding of the year but unlucky-in-love Harry Argyle has more on his mind than being groomsman.
After yet again nearly colliding with an escaped horse while driving home to the family farm, Harry Argyle comes face-to-face with its pretty owner, and doesn’t hold back his disapproval.
Confronted by a bad-tempered giant on a dark country road, beautician and new arrival in town Summer Taylor doesn’t know who to be more afraid for: herself or her darling horse Binky. It’s not her fault Binky keeps escaping. The alcoholic owner of the paddock she rents won’t fix the fence and Binky can be sneaky when it comes to filling his stomach. But no matter how big and muscled the bully, she refuses to be intimidated.
When Harry’s wedding party book a session at the day spa where Summer works, both she and Harry are horrified to be paired together. Grudgingly, they agree to make the most of it – only for the session to spiral into disaster. Realising he’s made a dill of himself in front of sweet Summer yet again, Harry vows to set things right.
Summer isn’t about to easily forgive the man who called her horse stupid, no matter how brave and kind, but with everyone on Harry’s side, even fate, resistance is hard. Can these two find love or will Summer’s wayward horse put his hoof in it again?
A rural romance novella from Cathryn Hein, best-selling author of The Falls, Rocking Horse Hill, Heartland, Heart of the Valley, and Promises.
Cathryn dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
Summer and the Groomsman is a sweet rural romance that will set your heart singing and leave you with a smile on your face. Set around the wedding of Emily Wallace-Jones and Josh Sinclair from my previous novel Rocking Horse Hill, it introduces two new characters while offering cameos (and mischief!) from old favourites. The idea arrived during the lead up to the 2012 Romance Writers of Australia conference at the QT Hotel on the Gold Coast, when buddy Rachael Johns and I booked ourselves in for a pamper session in the hotel’s day spa before the conference opened. I was zoning out thanks to a blissful massage and started wondering about a farmer hero pushed into visiting a local beauty spa, only to embarrass himself badly in front of the girl of his dreams. And so Summer and the Groomsman was born. This book was such a delight to write. The characters are gorgeous – Harry especially – and it was huge fun to return to Levenham and play once more with the folk from Rocking Horse Hill and The Falls. I hope you love this cute story as much as I do.