New novel ‘The Marriage Mender’ out in Aug

Great to be able to start a new blog with the announcement of my new novel.  ‘The Marriage Mender’ will be published by Quercus in August.

Here’s the blurb:

The Marriage Mender

The only relationship she may not be able to save is her own. . .

Alison is a marriage mender. She helps couples who fear they have reached the end of the line. But the trouble with spending your time sorting out other people’s problems, is that you tend to take your eye off your own.

Even when her husband’s ex, Lydia, arrives on the doorstep demanding to see her son, Alison thinks she can handle it.

But what Alison doesn’t realise is that Lydia is the one person who has the ability to destroy their happy family. And sometimes the cracks can run so deep that even a marriage mender can’t repair them.


Having just waved the manuscript off to the printers, I’m really looking forward to seeing the finished article. Can vouch that it’s an emotional read (tissues at the ready again!) and deals with some big issues about relationships, identity and what it means to be a parent. And there’s the usual dose of humour sprinkled in, this time in the form of some ‘talking heads’ from some of Alison’s clients. Think of the ‘how we fell in love’ vignettes at the end of When Harry Met Sally, only this time it’s ‘The moment I knew my relationship was in trouble’.

I look forward to introducing you to the main characters, Alison, her husband Chris and their family, in the run-up to publication and will post the cover here for you, hopefully next month.