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Trade Winds by Christina Courtenay

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Shortlisted for the RNA Historical Novel of the Year 2011.

December 2010 Book of the Month.

It's a real pleasure to read a well written, historically accurate book, that is still a romance novel (at it's heart!) it makes for such an intellectually and emotionally rewarding read. In Trade Winds we have not one but two villains attempting to disrupt and destroy the life and happiness of the heroine, an heiress who has been swindled out of her inheritance. However help and support is on hand from a handsome Scotsman, who understands her plight as he has been disinherited himself. Go on indulge yourself...

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Trade Winds by Christina Courtenay

Marriage of convenience or a love for life? It's 1732 in Gothenburg, Sweden, and strong-willed Jess van Sandt knows only too well that it s a man's world. She believes she's being swindled out of her inheritance by her stepfather and she's determined to stop it. When help appears in the unlikely form of handsome Scotsman Killian Kinross, himself disinherited by his grandfather, Jess finds herself both intrigued and infuriated by him. In an attempt to recover her fortune, she proposes a marriage of convenience. Then Killian is offered the chance of a lifetime with the Swedish East India Company's Expedition and he's determined that nothing will stand in his way, not even his new bride. He sets sail on a daring voyage to the Far East, believing he's put his feelings and past behind him. But the journey doesn't quite work out as he expects...


Awarded Four stars in a review in News of The World Sunday 3rd October 2010.

“In Trade Winds Courtenay has created a well-researched background for the romance, which has some raunchy scenes thrown in. And as the weather starts to turn here, it's a good book to snuggle up inside with.” News of the World

‘A lush setting, vivid characters and a wonderful romance make this a delicious treat.’
Nicola Cornick

“It was three years ago when I first encountered Choc Lit Publishing and since then I've been consistently impressed by the standard of the books they publish”.
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About the Author

Christina Courtenay

Christina Courtenay lives in Herefordshire and is married with two children. Although born in England she has a Swedish mother and was brought up in Sweden. In her teens, the family moved to Japan where she had the opportunity to travel extensively in the Far East.

Christina is vice chairman of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. In 2011, Christina’s first novel Trade Winds (September 2010) was short listed for The Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Award for Best Historical Fiction. Her second novel, The Scarlet Kimono, won the Big Red Reads Best Historical Fiction Award. In 2012, Highland Storms (November 2011) won the Best Historical Romantic Novel of the year award (RoNA). And The Silent Touch of Shadows (July 2012), Christina’s fourth novel, won the award for Best Historical Read at the Festival of Romance.

Christina was appointed as chair of the Romantic Novelists’s Association in 2013.

Below is a Q & A with this author.

How would you describe your novel?
A contemporary YA romance with a UK/US culture clash (the heroine is a British girl who has to go to an American high school for a year).

What gave you the inspiration for the story?
I spent three years at an American high school myself and at a recent alumni reunion, I started to think back to that time and this sparked the idea for the story. The heroine is how I would have liked to be but wasn’t – independent, strong and self-confident – and the hero is the kind of boy I would have liked to date.

Where and how do you write?
I can write anywhere with my laptop, but my favourite place is at my desk with a proper keyboard (so much easier to type on!). I don’t do much plotting beforehand, I just sit down and write until I get stuck, then I might try and make an outline plan of where the rest of the story is going.

Who do you base your characters on?
I almost always use a real person (actor, celebrity, rock star or similar) as the inspiration for my characters’ looks, then I invent a completely new personality for them. I love going to the cinema and finding new hero/heroine material!

What three things would you take if you were to be stranded on a desert island?
My iPad (loaded with as many books as it would hold), chocolate and a Swiss Army knife I think (the biggest kind with every gadget under the sun).

Author photo © Marte Lundby Rekaa

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Publication date

26th August 2010


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384 pages


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