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Guest blogger: Jennie Jones

13 August 2017

‘It takes a whole village to raise a child’ has never been more apt than with my new Swallow’s Fall series.

You know that feeling when you return to a place you haven’t been to for a long time, or when the evocativeness of a smell or an overwhelming memory-alert swamps you?

That’s what I felt going back to my fictional small town of Swallow’s Fall when I wrote The House on Jindalee Lane, which was released at the end of July. With five books in the Swallow’s Fall series, I knew that series was done and I needed to move on. So I created the Daughters of Swallow’s Fall series about the daughters of the original main protagonists from the first series.

I’ve been an Australian for over twenty years, but I was born and brought up in Wales, and spent most of my youthful summers in Scotland in my maternal grandmother’s house. Once I grew up and went to drama school and embarked on my adult life as a professional actor, I didn’t visit so often. But sometimes, over the ensuing years, a smell of coaldust or coke would remind me of the coal bunker on the back porch of my grandmother’s house in Scotland—right outside the kitchen window. Sometimes, the smell of a brand of polish reminds me of the shoe and silver and household polishes kept on the floor of my grandmother’s pantry.

I wanted to evoke the same sensations for Edie Granger, my heroine in The House on Jindalee Lane. But returning home when she didn’t expect to, creates memories of who she once was, and how or why she might have forgotten so many important things in her life that shaped the woman she is today.

The House on Jindalee Lane is a story about an actress and a soldier, and how two very different people can love each other, regardless, or perhaps because of, their history. But ultimately because love of each other, respect of each other, and a willingness to change in order to incorporate the many, sometimes extraordinary, sometimes painful adjustments we all need to make in our lives, is what makes the world go around.

The House on Jindalee Lane

Actress Edie Granger is in a spot of trouble. When a big-time producer threatens to ruin her career—and possibly the rest of her life—she flees to her remote hometown in the Snowy Mountains and opens a Little Theatre to put on her comedy whodunnit Who Shot the Producer.

Childhood friend and ex-Commando Ryan Munroe has returned to Swallow’s Fall to see if there’s a future for him and Edie after their disastrous but unforgettable first and only kiss three years ago. She’s still dazzling, still in love with her career and still out of his reach. He’s about to leave town when he learns that Edie might have trouble on her heels.

Struggling with her growing attraction to Ryan, and torn between her career and a rekindled love for her hometown, Edie focuses on generating her cast and crew from the 182 Swallow’s Fall residents, and producing her play. But when elements from the play start happening for real, the comedy turns dangerous.

Edie is suddenly centre stage in the biggest role of her life. Can she pull it off? And can Ryan ensure everyone survives to make it to the curtain call?

The House on Jindalee Lane by Jennie Jones (Harlequin Australia MIRA, 1 August 2017)

You can find out more about the book, and where to buy the paperback or the ebook, on Jennie’s website.

Jennie loved romantic anything from about age four. At eighteen, she went to drama school in London and found her place in the world. She says writing is like the theatre all over again and she gets to mentally dress up as the characters in her books and act out whatever she puts their way.

 

 

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2 Comments
  1. 14 August 2017 8:10 pm

    I love how smells bring back fond memories. Lavender always reminds me of my Grandmother. I have your books on my shelf to read and I’m looking forward to when I get to them.

  2. 14 August 2017 5:43 pm

    Loved your description of your Grandmother’s home Jenny. I could smell those polishes and picture you there just itching to use them. You’ve certainly inspired me to delve into the Swallows Fall series. To think it could lead to a small-town theatre production makes me think of The Dressmaker – one of my favourite Australian films. Best wishes, Jay.

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