“Sophie MacBride hated horses. Her dad was right. They were dangerous, smelly and only kept by rich people who had more money than sense. She especially hated the horse whose hooves were dancing feet above from her head and as for its rider … “
This is the opening of this cute love story, the newly released novel from best selling romance writer, Phillipa Ashley. Just to get you into the right mood… Imagine this meeting between a young girl and an attractive rider something like Jane Eyre meeting Mr Rochester for the first time, but less creepy and more modern. OK? Have you got a younger version of Michael Fassbender in your head? Perfect! You’re ready for the ride into IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT.
If they are not star-crossed lovers Sophie and Adam have their lives complicated by the animosity between their families. Hate coming from the past and from unkown reasonsm unknown to Sophie and Adam, that is.
This hate has also led to the terrible, unexpected event that brought about a painful split-up.
When the books opens, Sophie and Adam were teenage sweethearts then. Ten years later they have moved wounded, yet apparently healed, they are on separate distant paths and suddenly meet again in Langmere, the same tiny village in the Lake District where their passionate affair had lived its glorious moments and abruptly ended.
Adam is back in the village as the successful BAFTA-nominated young director of a period drama starring the dashing Harry Lennox, whose fame as an actor is due to his performance as Austen’s cult hero, Mr Darcy, in the latest version of Pride and Prejudice.
Sophie MacBride and her best friend Lily are going to launch their new Village Deli after they have invested their savings in enlarging the business and making the shop wider and grander. Imagine their astonishment when the latest gorgeous Mr Darcy makes his appearance to buy some cakes! Sophie is totally freaked out when she finds out Harry Lennox is being directed by and is a guest of Adam Templar, her first love. They are shooting in a period TV series, a historical drama, telling the real story of William Trevelyan, a poet who lived there in the 19th century.
Sophie is both surprised and extremely worried. What if her brother Nathan and her own mother find out that the man, who they consider responsible for their own father’s and husband’s death, has come back to his family home, Bracken House?
Phillipa Ashley has her own captivating way to lead her readers through dreamy imaginary tours in wonderful romantic areas. This time she has chosen the beauty of the Lake District in England as the setting of her new tale of forbidden love and second chances.
To add charm to an already fascinating environment, she has made her characters interact on the set of a period drama. Who can resist the mesmerizing world of costume movies in addition to a classic romance full of emotions , passionate moments, sexy pages and surprising turns?
Fast –paced , with handsome heroes and strong-willed heroines, and last but not least with thrilling love scenes, IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, is perfect read for a hot summer!
Period drama and romance in IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT – Phillipa Ashley (from the Acknowledgements section) :
“I’ve always been a massive fan of costume drama, from was before the Colin Firth wet shirt days and in fact I was inspired to write romantic fiction after watching the BBC’s version of North and South and joining an internet fan site dedicated to its star, Richard Armitage. But the idea to use the background in a book came after my first novel,” Decent Exposure” was made into a TV movie”