Shh…It’s Our Secret by Lizzie Chantree

Violet has a secret that could change the lives of everyone she knows and loves, especially the regulars at the run-down café bar where she works. After losing her parents at a young age, they are the closest thing she has to a family and she feels responsible for them.
Kai is a jaded music producer who has just moved outside of town. Seeking solitude from the stress of his job, he’s looking for seclusion. The only problem is he can’t seem to escape the band members and songwriters who keep showing up at his house.
When Kai wanders into the bar and Violet’s life, he accidently discovers her closely guarded secret. Can Kai help her rediscover her self-confidence or should some secrets remain undiscovered?

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Chatting to Friday Fiction Feature about writing Only One Woman and much more

Lorraine Mace invited me to be her very first guest author on her new Friday Fiction Feature. I’m very honoured to have been asked. https://thewritersabcchecklist.blogspot.com/2019/09/friday-fiction-feature-only-one-woman.html Friday, 27 September 2019 Friday Fiction Feature: Only One Woman For my very first Friday Fiction Feature, I am delighted to have Jane Risdon talking about her book, co-authored with Christina Jones, Only One Woman.‘A fun […]

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6 years of blogging with you lovely folk: thank you so very much

Six years ago I made the decision to write a blog at the time I had a vague idea of what I wanted to achieve but I thought I’d give it a go and see what happened.   I wanted to share my love of writing and reading, my enjoyment of walking and taking photographs, and I thought I ‘d write about my ‘jollies,’  when I go out and about this gorgeous country with its historical buildings, villages, gardens and breath-taking countryside. And I have tried to do all this and more. Yesterday it was my blog’s 6th birthday. I’ve been reflecting upon the past 6 years when I took that step into the unknown. I had no idea what to expect, whether anyone ‘out there’ would read anything, or come back again once they had. I needn’t have worried. I have amassed the best friends you could ever imagine here, who share my world and whose worlds I share and love dipping into. 6 years ago I didn’t know or expect this could happen. What I did not expect was the friendships I’d form with people I most probably will never meet, and all the things we have in common. I had no idea I’d have so much fun watching them achieve their dreams whilst I tried to achieve mine… Our journey wasn’t/isn’t  always easy but throughout we have all kept our sense of humour. I love that we […]

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Kedleston Hall: Part three of my ‘jolly’ there last year – inside All Saints Church with skulls under the floor. Revisiting my blog during lockdown.

As promised here are my photos of the inside of the church of All Saints,
the only survivor of medieval village at Kedleston which Sir Nathaniel Curzon demolished to make way for his new home.

He didn't want to disturb the burial-place of his ancestors so the church was saved.

One enters the church through its oldest surviving feature, the Norman south door.

Most of the late 13th century building is constructed from local Derbyshire sandstone, when the early English style was giving way to the more elaborate Decorated style. 

The Church is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.

In about 1700 Sir Nathaniel Curzon, 2nd Bt. employed Smith of Warwick to classicise the east wall facing the house.

He put up a sundial inscribed

'Wee shall [soon died all]' next to a skull and crossbones.

The 4th Lord Scarsdale was rector there from 1855-1916, and in 1884-5 he commissioned John Oldrid Scott to undertake a major restoration, which entailed removal of the box pews and the two-decker pulpit.

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