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Mary Jayne Baker grew up in rural West Yorkshire, right in the heart of Bronte country. After graduating from Durham University with an English Literature degree, she dallied with living in cities, including London, but eventually returned to her beloved Dales - with her own romantic hero in tow. She now shares her home with four cats and a rabbit, writing stories about girls with flaws and the men who love them. By day, she works as a graphic designer for a magazine publisher, but secretly dreams of being a lighthouse keeper.
A delightfully warm and easy to sink into romance. Becky returns home to the Yorkshire Dales, wanting to fit back into the local community she and a group of villagers decide a Christmas Pantomime may just save the local village hall. This is the second in the ‘Love in the Dales’ series, and yet my first by Mary Jane Baker. I found it to be a perfect standalone read though I have no doubt that the first book A Bicycle Made For Two would have introduced me to several of the characters. Becky embraces village life, the age range of the villagers from young Pip through to grandparents with attitude ensures an all-encompassing hug. There are some wonderfully larger than life supporting characters who certainly encouraged several smirks to come forth and there are enough pantomime innuendos to please the most devilish of dames! I could see where The Perfect Fit was heading, and that was the joy of the read, as it was comforting, supportive, and highly entertaining. Featured in the LoveReading Christmas Gift Guide.
The first in a new romantic comedy series, set in a beautiful Yorkshire village. Commercial, rural romance from the author of THE HONEY TRAP, MEET ME AT THE LIGHTHOUSE and RUNAWAY BRIDE. In a lost corner of the Yorkshire Dales, Lana Donati runs a medieval theme tourist trap restaurant with her brother. As a distraction to help them get over losing the father they loved dearly, and as a tribute to his passion for the beautiful area they live in, Lana hatches a plan to boost business for everyone by having the Grand Depart route pass through their village. This entails getting the small community to work together to convince the decision-makers that their beloved village is Tour material. Not an easy task when the people involved include Lana's shy, unlucky-in-love brother Tom, the man-eating WI chair Yolanda, bickering spouses Gerry and Sue, arrogant celebrity Harper Brady, and Lana's (attractive) arch-nemesis, former pro-cyclist turned bike shop owner Stewart McLean, whose offbeat ideas might just cost them everything.
'Side-splittingly hilarious' The Writing Garnet A birthday. A lighthouse. And the love of her life... Bobbie Hannigan's life is perfectly fine, but that doesn't stop her from wanting a bit of adventure. To throw caution to the wind and buy a lighthouse. Armed with her new purchase, she decides to turn it into a music venue with the help of local musician, Ross Mason, the first boy she ever kissed. Determined to keep things professional, Bobbie tried to forget the past, but the happily-ever-after they're working towards is too good to resist. That is, until someone from the past crawls back to cause trouble. Can Bobbie look past the secrets Ross has been keeping from her? Or will the boy, the lighthouse, and the dream all slip away? Escape to the Yorkshire coast with this laugh out loud romantic comedy from Mary Jayne Baker!
A heart-warming novel about love and new beginnings, this is the perfect book for spring!Here comes the bride... but how long can she hide?When Kitty Clayton flees her wedding with no money, no bank card and no phone, her life seems worryingly futureless. All she knows is, she'd rather sleep on the streets than go back home to cheating Ethan.After picking her up hitch-hiking, widowed children's author Jack Duffy takes Kitty under his wing, looking out for her until she gets back on her feet. And it's not long before the two grow close...But with Jack struggling to recover from the guilt he feels over his wife's death and Kitty refusing to face up to the problems she's running away from at home, will the two ever manage to share a happily ever after?
'One of my top books of 2017... side-splittingly hilarious' The Writing Garnet'The day I turned 28, I bought a lighthouse and met the love of my life'Bobbie Hannigan's life in a cottage by the sea with her dog and her twin sister is perfectly fine ... until she decides the logical thing is to buy a lighthouse and open a music venue with Ross Mason, the first boy she ever kissed.Bobbie tries to be professional with Ross, but the happily-ever-after they're working toward is too good to resist. That is until someone from his past crawls back to cause trouble. Can Bobbie look past the secrets Ross has been keeping from her? Or will the boy, the lighthouse, and the dream all slip away?Escape to the Yorkshire coast this summer with this laugh out loud romantic comedy from Mary Jayne Baker!