From the Author
I'm - er - tickled pink by Tickled Pink, and I really hope you will be, too. When I'm asked what it's about and I say - well, it's an everyday story of carnival queens and karaoke kings; of traction engines and tattooists; of love and friendships; of carnivals and village pubs; of Adam Ant and the Orient Express, - I get some very odd looks. Really, it's simply a very happy book about a village and villagers, and I loved writing it and hated finishing it - and now my lifetime's ambition is to live in Steeple Fritton and drink at The Crooked Sixpence and drool over Ellis and Flynn and... yeah, okay, sad, I know - but we authors are a strange bunch... I wrote Tickled Pink as an antidote to all the bleak and unhappy things that are going on in the world - so, yes, it's pure escapism, and a bit wacky (think Miss Read meets H.E. Bates in Ambridge and goes completely mad, and you may get the picture), and real feel-good fiction, but hopefully you'll enjoy a wallow in the company of Lola and Posy (and Flynn and Ellis who both have a very high phwoar factor in my opinion, of course, but then I'm a bit biased...) and Tatty Spry and Rose Lusty and Glad Blissit and the Pinks (Martha, Mary and Neddy)and all the other characters who scamper merrily across the pages. If you're kind enough to buy Tickled Pink, and read it, I'd really, really love to know what you think of it - and I hope it at least makes you smile.
From the Back Cover
Never heard of Steeple Fritton? That's about to change…
When Posy planned her wedding, she assumed that she would be at the altar, not skulking in the last pew wishing premature death on the bride.
And Lola planned her happily-ever-after for 28 years. When a sudden death makes her homeless and jobless, she must leave the fancy biscuit trade without so much as a custard cream for the journey.
With radical rethinks needed, Posy and Lola have to utilise their assets or go under. But when the assets are a showman's traction engine, an ailing pub and a village full of eccentrics, the new life plan is not immediately obvious.
Christina Jones gives a vivid, frequently hilarious, sometimes poignant picture of unusual friendships and changing village life. Never heard of Steeple Fritton? You won't forget it in a hurry.