Lily McFarlane chooses to restore retro furniture in her converted church and keep her distance from emotional entanglements. But when her favourite bar Spectrum is attacked, she finds herself getting drawn into plans to revive it, at the same time as dealing with a gorgeous stranger determined to make a friend of her. And what does it all have to do with her new client?
Writing an opening is one of the most difficult things you can do as an author! If you're introducing a character with a distinctive voice, it's important to get that clear from the start, so I had to put enough detail in the opening paragraph to give a flavour of who Lily is.
Such Crooked Wood
Maybe it was the gloom up here on the balcony that made my sketch of a cormorant look more like a skeletal baby with a beak. I knew from experience that people were funny with birds, whether it was through preference or superstition. There was as much chance of me shifting a cabinet with this withered creature on it as there was of me getting rid of the dresser I’d painted with partridges that was gathering dust in the crypt at home. Unless it was flamingos, no one seemed bothered about birds at the minute.