FAMILY DRAMA WILL LIFT YOUR SPIRITS…IN VINTAGE STYLE
In a sometimes gloomy world, what could be more uplifting than a heartwarming story of love, acceptance and forgiveness?
Roger Harvey’s Room for Love, set in 1960s Northumberland, tells the tale of three sisters who suddenly discover their widowed father has re-married. He’s bringing their new stepmother home to their sleepy cottage. She’s never had to cope with children; they have never had to cope with anyone new in their cosy life. And she’s foreign. And she’s stunningly beautiful. Suddenly, everything is going to change and not everyone is happy about it, but the long-established writer—this is his 6th-published novel and he is well-known as a poet—gives his readers a happy ending
“Not before a good dose of family drama, of course,” declares Roger with a smile. “It’s an easy, lighthearted read in realistic style, but also deeply emotional. It’s a love story, but it’s less about the lovers and more about the daughters who have to cope with them. It’s also about the sudden arrival of glamour and romance in a family where there hasn’t been much excitement. Ultimately, it’s about a girl growing into womanhood.”
Fans of vintage fashion will be delighted by the 1960s setting and the aura of retro style that pervades the book.
“I loved recreating that era,” says Roger. “I lived through the same times, so the details of cars, clothes and music are accurately remembered from my own experience. It was very happy and satisfying to go those potent memories and create a story that celebrates a mixture of innocence and excitement. I know the nostalgia of that period is very appealing to readers and audiences today.”
The novel will also have strong local appeal to North-Eastern readers.
“Anyone who knows Northumberland will enjoy the emotional scenes on Holy Island,” says Roger, “and they’ll certainly recognise the joys of the ‘great shopping trip’ the sisters make to Newcastle.”
Room for Love ISBN 9781785073830 is published by New Generation and is available in paperback from Amazon UK or via bookshop orders. The e-book version can also be downloaded from Amazon UK. Watch out for news of the two sequels Room for Me and Room for Us which will continue the story.