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The Secrets of Hawthorn Place

Love will always find a way… Discover the intriguing secrets of Hawthorn Place in this heartfelt dual-time novel, filled with warmth and charm, perfect for fans of Lucinda Riley and Cecelia Ahern.

Two houses, hundreds of miles apart…yet connected always.When life throws Molly Butterfield a curveball, she decides to spend some time with her recently widowed granddad, Wally, at Hawthorn Place, his quirky Victorian house on the Dorset coast.But cosseted Molly struggles to look after herself, never mind her grieving granddad, until the accidental discovery of an identical Art and Crafts house on the Norfolk coast offers her an unexpected purpose, as well as revealing a bewildering mystery.Discovering that both Hawthorn Place and Acacia House were designed by architect Percy Gladwell, Molly uncovers the secret of a love which linked them, so powerful it defied reason.What follows is a summer which will change Molly for ever…

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Jenni Keer is a history graduate who embarked on a career in contract flooring before settling in the middle of the Suffolk countryside with her antique furniture restorer husband. She has valiantly attempted to master the ancient art of housework but with four teenage boys in the house it remains a mystery. Instead, she spends her time at the keyboard writing commercial women’s fiction to combat the testosterone-fuelled atmosphere, with her number one fan #Blindcat by her side. Much younger in her head than she is on paper, she adores any excuse for fancy-dress and is part of a disco formation dance team.

Jenni is also the author of The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker and The Unexpected Life of Maisie Meadows.

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Chapter One


My darling Violet,

I have tried, I truly have, but I cannot continue this charade any longer. Two months shut away at my mother’s house, unable to work and unwilling to socialise, and I fear I’m going mad. Being without you is killing me anyway, so let it be a done thing.

You will find my actions hard to understand, and perhaps harder to forgive, but since the day we first met, I have loved only you. Facing a life where I am denied even your friendship, is no life at all. I would not be living, I would be existing.

Know that I am sorry. Mother will weep, and that I regret, but there are others I have hurt who might even wish to stand behind me and give the final push. Oh, how the heart makes fools of us all… 

Only last summer, I stood on top of the cliffs at West Bay, and on top of the world. It was a joyful time for me – a time when I could hardly believe your feelings were as powerful as my own. But we both knew, and have always known, it could never be. It is hard for me to return here now, and this visit is all the more poignant when I think of those happier times.

Do not feel sorrow, my love, feel only joy. I am still with you – in every brick and piece of polished oak, through every stained-glass window and even in your beloved petunia bed. The house was always our love letter, and I am content to know you will see out your days surrounded by these little pieces of me. I will watch over you from above, and pray God you have a long and happy life. That heart my heart hath in such grace

That of two hearts one heart make we;

That heart hath brought my heart in case

To love that heart that loveth me.

Percy Gladwell

The letter was posted in town at two forty-five. By four o’clock most of a bottle of Cockburn’s port had been consumed to give him the courage he needed to do the thing he was most afraid of. At five past the hour, on the beautiful Jurassic coast of Dorset, Percy Gladwell stepped off the high cliffs at West Bay and a mother, paddling with her tiny child in the waters further down the beach, looked up at the cliffs and screamed.

If readers are intrigued and want to find out more about Percy, why he can’t be with Violet, and what has separated them, The Secrets of Hawthorn Place will take them back to the start of their love story, and explore how the ripples from events a hundred years ago affect present day Molly. I hope people enjoy it.

Thank you.

Jenni x        


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