The four Sutherland sisters have all had very different paths in life, but one secret and a slighty tense production of Jesus Christ Superstar are about to bring them all back together again…
When the news that pop-superstar Lexia Sutherland is returning to Westenbury, not everyone is thrilled by the news – including Lexia. There are too many memories she doesn’t need to face – or need re-surfacing. Meanwhile, Juno Sutherland just wants a little peace and quiet.
As the local village doctor, she’s got her priorities in order; kids, job, husband, tenacious pony, a role in the village musical… So when the sexy new locum turns up – and steals her office – the last thing she needed was to be hit with rising temperatures and an over-active imagination.
Will these sisters be able to uncover the past, deal with the future and put on the performance of a lifetime?
Return to Westenbury this spring and find out.
Julie and Aria have shared an extract with us today. Enjoy!
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‘Morning, love, it’s me foot.’
Juno looked up from trying to get the computer to actually log on and made two new year’s resolutions to: a) get herself to work at least half an hour before kick-off and b) be ready with a big smile on her face rather than the usual panicked, hell-I-can’t-even-log-on face.
‘Ah, Mr Kendal.’ She looked up at the octogenarian sitting in front of her and slipped into caring, enquiring GP speak. ‘How are we? You’ve a problem with your foot?’
‘Been hurting to buggery since yesterday.’ He winced as he spoke and proffered one shod foot in Juno’s direction.
‘In your left foot? And where did the pain start?’ She’d finally managed to log on and brought up Mr Kendal’s notes which she scrutinised. Hmm, diabetic. Not good to have a pain in your foot if you were diabetic.
‘It started when I was in the tinned-food aisle in Aldi. I just fancied some beans. I know they make you fart – excuse me French, love – but you know, when you get the taste for beans on toast, you just have to go with it.’
He stared back. ‘Why would it start anywhere else, Doctor? The bloody tack’s stuck in me left shoe. Gone right through it. I’ve come in because me back’s so bad I can’t bend down to get it out meself.’
‘Right. Fine.’ Juno took a deep breath. ‘So, are you sure that’s what’s causing the pain?’
‘Am I sure? Aye, course I’m sure. I might be eighty-nine but I can still tell when a tack’s stuck in me shoe.’ He gave her an offended look.
‘But, Mr Kendal, didn’t it occur to you to pull it out once the shoe was off your foot? You know, before you put it back on this morning? Then you wouldn’t have had to bother that bad back of yours?’ (And you wouldn’t have to be fart arsing around bothering me – excuse my French.)
He looked even more offended. ‘And not turn up for my appointment? Oh no, I wouldn’t do that to you. I know what these people are like who just don’t turn up. Now, if you could just bend down, pull off me shoe and use one of your metal scalpel things to get it out, I’d be right grateful, love.’
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Julie Houston is the author of THE ONE SAVING GRACE, GOODNESS, GRACE AND ME and LOOKING FOR LUCY, a Kindle top 100 general bestseller and a Kindle #1 bestseller. She is married, with two teenage children and a mad cockerpoo and, like her heroine, lives in a West Yorkshire village. She is also a teacher and a magistrate.
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