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Christine Stovell was born in Epsom, Surrey and now lives in Wales.
Winning a tin of chocolate in a national essay competition at primary school inspired her to become a writer, an ambition she neglected for far too long thinking she had to have a proper job. After graduating from UEA, she took various jobs in the public sector writing research papers and policy notes by day and filling up her spare drawers with embryonic novels by night. Losing her dad to cancer made her realise that if she was ever going to get a novel published she had to put her writing first.
Setting off, with her husband, from a sleepy seaside resort on the east coast in a vintage wooden boat to sail halfway round Britain provided the inspiration for her novel ‘Turning the Tide’. Christine lives on the beautiful west Wales coast where long-distance running helps her plan her plots. Half marathons, like novels, both begin with small steps. She is married to the artist, Tom Tomos, and is enormously proud of her two daughters and two stepsons.
Sometimes your heart's the only navigator you need - May Starling's had enough of her demanding career and even more demanding ex. Responding to a 'crew-wanted' ad, she follows her dreams of escape only to find herself at sea with red-haired Bill Blythe. Bill warns May that close-quartered living can create a boiling pot of emotions, but even May is surprised by the heat building up inside the vintage wooden boat. And when May and Bill tie up at Watling's Boatyard in Little Spitmarsh, May's determined to test her new-found feelings on dry land. But May's dream of escaping her former life is in danger of being swept away when several unwelcome blasts from the past follow her ashore, all seemingly hell-bent on reminding her that it's never that easy to clear the decks.
Another satisfying romantic read from the publisher Choc Lit. Ex-management consultant Coralie runs away from her stressed life to west Wales to set up a new business making and selling natural beauty and cleaning products. There she meets Gethin but potential happiness is thwarted by past secrets that aren’t so easy to wash away!
A hugely enjoyable debut novel. Christine Stovell eloquently depicts the events and settings in her Little Spitmarsh, a beautifully-depicted backdrop of a down-at-heel coastal village. For five years Harry Watling has been looking after her father’s legacy, his boat-yard and is happy trundling along in life in Little Spitmarsh. Until property developer Matthew Corrigan comes calling, wanting to buy Harry’s land so he can build a housing complex to go alongside his new swanky restaurant. Harry is determined to fight Matthew tooth and nail in her bid to keep Little Spitmarsh as it is until she learns Matthew has the means to quite literally force her out. As she tries to save her ailing business and stop Matthew Corrigan, she also has to fight her building feelings for the man who is making her life a misery. Throw in some family secrets, and a bit of romance and it’s a fantastic book well worth reading.