Pub Date 01 Oct 2019
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Chrissie loves her London life and job as an events manager. She loves her loyal lodger and cleaner Melina (a bit neurotic but hardly ever breaks anything), and her daughters Scarlet (loud, vegan, activist) and Ruby (quiet, musician, boffin). She even loves her husband Rob, despite him deciding to cycle across Africa. For a year. But life as the only responsible adult has left Chrissie stressed and overworked, so much so that she is almost relieved when her mum calls her home to Devon to help with the struggling family vineyard. Almost. But if Chrissie has her doubts about moving, how will she persuade the girls to trade their multi-cultural, fast-paced London lives for a twice-weekly bus service and erratic broadband? Only Melina is keen to come along for the ride - worried as she is about Brexit and despite Chrissie's description of the local villagers, Melina is on the look-out for a Brit to marry. Chrissie gives herself a year: if she can make it through until then, maybe they can celebrate as a family with their own fizz? But adjusting to West Country life may take more than she bargained for... A comedic state-of-the-nation tale for fans of Katie Fforde, Jenny Colgan and Phillipa Ashley.