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New Beginnings at the Little House in the Sun by Chris Penhall - Book Blitz


New Beginnings at the Little House in the Sun 


 Follow your yellow brick road .... 

Alice Dorothy Matthews is on the road to paradise! She’s sold her house in London, got rid of her nasty ex and arranged her move to Portugal where friendship and romance awaits. All that’s left to do is find a place to call home. 
But Alice’s dreams are called into question when complications with friends, work and new relationships make her Portuguese paradise feel far too much like reality. 
Will Alice’s dream of a new home in the sun come true 

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 Excerpt
Alice has returned to Cascais after selling her house in London and is once again cat sitting for her friends Mary and Frank. She has just received some unexpected news and Mary has sent her a message suggesting she make a cup of her very special tea which is hidden in a tin behind the airing cupboard,  to help calm her down.

The tea is in a pink tin with a label tied to the handle which says, ‘Drink me in emergencies only….and making phone calls after consumption is not advised.’

Unfortunately, she ignores it..

 

She switched the kettle on and gazed out of the window over the gardens. ‘This was never mine,’ she said to Aphrodite who was brushing around her legs, purring. ‘I was always going to move out. It’s just now I have to move out. Soon.’ Pouring the boiling water into the cup, she looked down at the cat. ‘But you’re coming with me. I hope you’re happy about that.’

The steam brushed her face as she took the tea to the balcony and sat down. It’s fine, she thought. It’s fine. It’s really fine. Just pushed things forward a bit. She took a sip and closed her eyes. I’ll be more proactive about looking for a house to buy now then. I’m not going to worry Luis about this … he’ll only panic with the farmhouse in the state it’s in at the moment … I’ll see if Kathy can come with me to look. Or Stephano. Carlos or Ignacio might … This is delicious, this tea is.

She took another sip and felt a relaxing warmth spread itself around her body. Aphrodite jumped onto the sofa and began to curl herself up, so Alice decided to join her. With every sip her muscles relaxed and a smooth calmness seeped over her. She lay down on the sofa opposite the cat and closed her eyes. ‘In the morning I will feel fabulous,’ she muttered.

The room was dark when she heard her phone ring, the moon illuminating the floor from the open windows onto the balcony. Music drifted in from one of the apartments below, and she could hear happy chatter from the garden. Alice wondered whether to even bother to get up. She was so comfortable. So relaxed. Why try? Why change? This moment, this very moment, she thought, everything is perfect.

Could be Luis, whispered the voice in her head, woozily. Could be Luis, the love of your life.

‘Luis,’ she said so loudly it woke up the cat.

She rolled onto the floor and tried to stand, but her legs felt like butter and she knew they would never support her weight, so she continued to the bedroom on all fours. By the time Alice arrived at the bedside table, the phone was silent. Leaning against the bed, she picked it up. ‘It was Luis,’ she shouted to Aphrodite who had followed her in and was watching from the doorway. ‘But he didn’t leave a voicemail. Oh dear. Oh dear … oh dear … am I slurring my words? I’d better not call him or he’ll know I’ve been on the tea.’ Alice laughed at her own joke, then sighed. ‘I’ll send him a message.’

Ola! How are you? I am well. I am here with the cat. The thing is this … and I’m not in a panic about it AT ALL. But you know, once all is said and done, we will be fine. I’m so looking forward to getting together and sorting it all out. How are things where you are? How is? We will have an ADVENTURE! Can’t wait to see you. Then she added a unicorn emoji by accident and as she tried to delete it, she accidentally added a sun, then a smiley face, a glass of wine and a potato. So she gave in, pressed kiss five times and sent the text, dropping the phone as she did so.

‘Did I do it properly, Aphrodite?’ she asked as the cat jumped on the bed. ‘Better check.’ She picked up the phone and scrolled down to see, but her eyes wouldn’t focus, and the room was very dark. ‘God, I’m sooooooo tired,’ she whispered. ‘But it’s Luis, the love of my life. I must send it.’ Stabbing at the phone with her thumbs she tried again, placed it on the floor and climbed onto the bed. She was asleep in seconds.

 

Alice almost bounded out of bed the following morning, full of energy and feeling upbeat about absolutely everything.

‘Mary was right about that tea, Aph,’, she almost sang. ‘I feel fabulous. Even your horrible cat food smells okay today.’ Alice spooned it into the pink cat bowl and switched the kettle on. ‘Common or garden tea today, though.’

Aphrodite ignored her and began to eat noisily.

‘I’d better switch my phone on. I remember turning it off in case I sent any messages. And the instructions were specifically not to use the phone.’ She laughed. Alice took her cup back to the bedroom and removed her swimming costume from the drawer as she waited for the phone to come back to life.

Shall I have a swim before or after breakfast? she wondered, picking the phone up to check the messages that had come in overnight.

You’ve been drinking Mary’s tea again! And don’t panic about what? All going okay here (apart from my sister, obvs). Will call you this eve. Love you. L xx

Alice giggled. ‘I must have sent him a message under the influence. Whoops!’

Then she read one from Kathy.

Meet me at the salon at 11. I have a break then. What the bloody hell was that all about? Don’t panic about what? P.S. I haven’t laughed like that in a while. Kathy xx

Another message, this time from Ignacio, appeared.

I showed this to Carlos and we feel you have found some of Mary’s very, very strong tea, which Frank warned us all about. Panic about what? I and C :)

Alice put her head in her hands and sighed. ‘Oh. Dear. I didn’t follow the instructions and sent it to everyone.’ Then she laughed again and pulled on her swimming costume. As she was walking out of the door, the phone pinged again.

An adventure would be most welcome. SP.

Who on earth is SP? she muttered, walking into the lift. As she arrived on the ground floor, she remembered.

 

 New Beginnings at the Little House in the Sun

Follow your yellow brick road ....
Alice Dorothy Matthews is on the road to paradise! She’s sold her house in London, got rid of her nasty ex and arranged her move to Portugal where friendship and romance awaits. All that’s left to do is find a place to call home.
But Alice’s dreams are called into question when complications with friends, work and new relationships make her Portuguese paradise feel far too much like reality.
Will Alice’s dream of a new home in the sun come true?

New Beginnings at the Little House in the Sun is published by Ruby Fiction and available in e-book and audio on all major platforms smarturl.it/1s3mic

 

It’s the second in the Portuguese Passion series of books, the first of which is The House That Alice Built

You can find out more about Chris Penhall on www.chrispenhall.co.uk

Follow her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChrisPenhallWriter

On Twitter: @ChrisPenhall

And on Instagram: christinepenhall

 

Author Bio –  

Chris Penhall won the 2019 Choc-Lit Search for a Star competition, sponsored by Your Cat Magazine, for her debut novel, The House That Alice Built. The sequel, New Beginnings at the Little House in the Sun was published on August 25th 2020. 

 
Chris is an author and freelance radio producer for BBC Local Radio. 
 
Born in Neath in South Wales, she has also lived in London and in Portugal, which is where The House That Alice Built is set. It was whilst living in Cascais near Lisbon that she began to dabble in writing fiction, but it was many years later that she was confident enough to start writing her first novel, and many years after that she finally finished it! 
A lover of books, music and cats, she is also an enthusiastic salsa dancer, a keen cook, and loves to travel. She is never happier than when she is gazing at the sea. 
 
 
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www.chrispenhall.co.uk 

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