Can a runaway bride stop running?
Elle Jamieson is an unusually private person, in relationships as well as at work – and for good reason. But when she’s made redundant, with no ties to hold her, Elle heads off to a new life in sunny Malta.
Lucas Rose hates secrets – he prides himself on his ability to lay his cards on the table and he expects nothing less from others. He’s furious when his summer working as a dive master is interrupted by the arrival of Elle, his ex, all thanks to his Uncle Simon’s misguided attempts at matchmaking.
Forced to live in close proximity, it’s hard to ignore what they had shared before Lucas’s wedding proposal ended everything they had. But then an unexpected phone call from England allows Lucas a rare glimpse of the true Elle.
Can he deal with Elle’s hidden past when it finally comes to light?
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About the author....
Sue Moorcroft is a working writer. The Wedding Proposal is her tenth novel and seventh novel with Choc Lit – Starting Over, All That Mullarkey, Want to Know a Secret?, Love & Freedom and Dream a Little Dream and Is This Love?. Love & Freedom won the 2011 Best Romantic Novel of the Year Award from the Festival of Romance and Dream a Little Dream was shortlisted for the 2013 Romantic Novel of the Year Contemporary Category Award.
Sue has also published over a hundred short stories, articles and several serials in magazines. She’s a creative writing tutor for distance learning and residential courses, and also for the University of Leicester, Northampton Centre. She has written courses for the London School of Journalism and, with her tutor’s hat on: LOVE WRITING - How to Make Money Writing Romantic or Erotic Fiction.
When I wrote The Wedding Proposal the sea played a big part. Not surprisingly – the book’s set in Malta and how could I write about that small, sunshine-drenched island without writing about the sea that surrounds it? I’d decided to put Lucas and Elle on a small boat together for the summer (at the risk of causing friction. Neither of them knew the other was going to be there and they last met four years earlier when Lucas told Elle their relationship was over and Elle packed up and left) and much of the action takes place at a marina.
So, for this post, I decided to give you ten fun facts about me, sea, Malta and The Wedding Proposal.
1 The boat Elle and Lucas are living on, the Shady Lady, is moored in Ta’ Xbiex marina. When I was a little girl living in Malta I used to sit on our balcony and watch the boats in that marina. I wish I could go back and tell myself ‘You’re going to write a novel set there, one day!’
2 The Shady Lady never leaves the marina during the book. I suffer from seasickness and I just couldn’t bear to do the research. I did the boat part at Southampton Boat Show as a guest of lovely Fairline Boats.
3 Although I chose to write about being on the sea for this book, I’m more used to being in or under it. I snorkel whenever I can and I used to scuba dive. I’m fascinated by marine life.
4 I have a blue deficiency – that means I’m slightly colour blind between blue/green/grey and occasionally purple. When people say, ‘How can you not know the difference between blue and green?’ I tell them to look at the sea. The sea shows its moods with its changing colour palette.
5 The Maltese have a lovely saying: The sea has a soft stomach but a hard head. In other words it can be fantastic but don’t think you’re stronger than it. You’re not. It’s mighty and will win any battle.
6 Lucas is a divemaster, which mean he assists scuba instructors. I could have made him an instructor but the friend helping me with research (a scuba staff instructor) told me the divemasters get all the fun. Lucas was due some.
7 Elle likes to swim. I let her go to some of my favourite swimming spots. I actually felt jealous when she was there and I wasn’t!
8 I learned to swim when I lived in Malta and got my bronze survival before I was six. But if Lucas was around to save me I might forget everything I’ve learned …
9 Lucas does save someone’s life in the book. It’s his brother, Charlie, who falls from the boat and hits his head.
10 When I asked a fisherman how deep the water was at a certain point in the marina he dipped his rod down to the sea bed, brought it out again and showed me the wet part. ‘That deep.’