Kate Lord Brown grew up in the wild and beautiful Devon countryside. After studying philosophy at Durham University and art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, she worked as an international art consultant. Her debut novel 'The Beauty Chorus' was inspired by the many hours she spent on airfields in the UK, and the experiences of pilots in her family during WW2. Her second novel about the Spanish Civil War, 'The Perfume Garden', draws upon the years she lived in Spain. Kate has a MA in Creative Writing from the Manchester Writing School, and she lives with her family and pilot husband in the Middle East.
Every summer, in a rambling castle in Ireland, TV crews descend to film the nation's favourite cookery competition. For Diana, a celebrated TV chef, it's a way to keep her castle running. Bea, the cupcake queen, is determined to remind everyone why she deserves her own TV show. Connor, the bad boy of the restaurant world, is determined to put his lurid past behind him. And food blogger Darcy finds that returning home to the castle means stirring up some long-buried feelings for someone she'd never quite forgotten
Every summer, in a rambling castle in Kenmare, south west Ireland, the TV crews descend to film the nation's favourite cookery competition. For Diana, a celebrated TV chef, it's a way to keep her castle running. But this summer, it will be different. There's a lot more at stake than the perfect muffin. Bea, the cupcake queen, is determined to remind everyone why she deserves her own TV show, at whatever cost. Connor, the bad boy of the restaurant world, is determined to put his lurid past behind him and turn over a new leaf. And food blogger Darcy finds that returning home to the castle means stirring up some long-buried feelings for someone she'd never quite forgotten.
A talented young jewellery designer fights to rebuild her life and family by solving the mystery surrounding a diamond brooch given to her by her grandmother. When Grace Manners takes up residence on the Wittering Manor estate in Sussex, she little realizes working alongside eccentric Fraser Stratton will change her life. Since her husband disappeared, along with most of their money, Grace has struggled to make ends meet and the little cottage on the estate is both a refuge and a workshop for her jewellery business. It's only when Grace begins to uncover the story behind a beautiful diamond brooch she inherited that she becomes drawn into a family secret that threatens to destroy what little she has left...
A short story prequel to the international bestselling novel The Perfume GardenWith The Last Rose of Summer, Kate Lord Brown immerses readers in the rich, sensual world of modern Valencia, Spain, where an abandoned villa holds the key to a woman's past, and her daughter's future. It's midsummer's night, and the Festival of San Juan illuminates the city streets; the beautiful Valencian coast is ablaze with the light of bonfires crackling on the beaches and fireworks in the sky. Liberty has invited John-the man she refused to marry but never stopped loving-to meet her there. She hopes that together they will discover the truth about the Villa del Valle-but she has a secret. Can John learn to live, and can Liberty learn to let go, before it is too late?