Sunday, 2 July 2017

Guest Post - Hopes and Dreams by Jennifer Joyce

The Little Bed & Breakfast by the Sea
Guest Post: Hopes and Dreams

The working title for my sixth novel was The Little Bed and Breakfast of Hopes and Dreams, and if you read the book you should see this theme running throughout. When I sat down to brainstorm ideas for the book, I knew I wanted the setting to be at the seaside, with three women – who didn’t know each other beforehand – meeting up and slowly revealing their stories to each other and the reader.

We all have hopes and dreams (let’s be honest: nobody’s life is perfect) and I wanted to find out what these three women wanted most from life. Maybe it was out of their control to reach their goals, or maybe they were being held back by someone – even themselves. Mae, Willow and Melody’s secrets started to make themselves known and I found out where they were at this point in their lives and, more importantly, where they wanted to be.

Single mum Mae is running the bed and breakfast she’s always dreamed of. She says she’s happy – she even believes it herself sometimes – but even with a house full of people and an energetic four-year-old running about the place, she still feels lonely sometimes.
Willow’s life seems pretty perfect; she has a job she loves, a husband she adores and they’re busy building their dream home. But appearances can be deceptive. Maybe Willow’s life isn’t as rosy as it appears to an outsider.

Melody is only visiting the seaside town fleetingly, but what brought her to Clifton-on-Sea in the first place?

The bed and breakfast became the meeting point for these women, the place where they would meet for the first time. The place their stories would emerge, where they would reveal their hopes for the future, the dreams they hold dear. The little bed and breakfast of hopes and dreams.

The title of the book changed along the way, but the hopes and dreams remained the focus of the book. It’s what brings the three women together, what drives them, and I hope (pun intended) that the readers enjoy their stories.

Bio and links:

Jennifer Joyce is a writer of romantic comedies who lives in Manchester with her husband and their two daughters. Her latest novel, The Little Bed & Breakfast by the Sea is out now. You can find out more about Jennifer and her books on:


Escape to the seaside this summer!
Mae loves running her little Bed & Breakfast, it’s the perfect place to raise her adorable four-year-old daughter! And no matter how persistently local vet, Alfie, chases her, she just doesn’t have time for men in her life.
Willow is busy building her dream home with her husband, Ethan, but with every month that passes she secretly worries that her happy ever after will never come true…
Melody only intended to stay in the bustling seaside town for a few days to capture the perfect photo. But when she meets Hugo – the charming man in the ice cream van – she decides to stay a little longer!
One thing is for sure, summer at the little Bed & Breakfast by the sea certainly has a few surprises in store…

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