So truly proud to announce that Where the Gulls Fall Silent was a finalist in the Coffee Pot Book Club Book of the Year Awards 2022.
The novel came 4th, a huge achievement which is still sinking in.
And the cover won GOLD - cover of the year!
The inspiration for Where the Gulls Fall Silent was the rugged beauty of the Cornish Coast. My husband and I holidayed there in 2019 and I fell in love with the scenery, pace of life, people and their stories. From day one walking the cliffs plot ideas were swirlling in my mind. Over a wine (or two) I got talking with some locals who shared tales of their town's history, traditions and superstitions. And I had to know more!
From this wonderful time spent with the people of Cornwall came a quiet and unassuming story of coming of age, community, challenges, triumphs and the power of love.
It doesn't shout and demand, but it sure punches above its weight!
The coast between Port Isaac and Port Quinn
And the cover!
Based on a painting created for me by a dear and extremely talented friend of mine (@creatively_kimberly), the imagery matches the subject matter of the story perfectly.
I am so grateful to Kimberly for sharing her talent with me and to my husband for taking her image and turning it into a real cover.
Kimberly and I with the original painting that became the cover of Where the Gulls Fall Silent
If you enjoy character driven historical fiction, maybe Where the Gulls Fall Silent should be your next read?
Where the Gulls Fall Silent
A small fishing village, a shunned healer, her daughter, tradition, superstition and a world set to change.
Historical fiction that explores the lives of the fishermen and women who made their living from the rough Atlantic Ocean; the hardship they faced; the secrets that divided them; and the community spirit that pulled them through.
A story of love, loss, hope and second chances.