Jen Mouat has been writing since she was eight, first inspired to pick up a pen after reading Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery. She studied Illustration and Printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and is now a Principal teacher in Midlothian. She spent many childhood holidays on the beaches of Dumfries and Galloway and is a big fan of the Wigtown Book Festival. Summer At Bluebell Bank, her debut novel, epitomises her own love story with the Solway Coast.
Published August 2017, HQ Digital
‘This book had me captivated from the start…a really great read.’ The Reading Shed
Returning home is never smooth sailing…
Summoned by her childhood best friend, Kate Vincent doesn’t stop to think. Instead, she books at one-way ticket from New York back to Wigtown, Scotland, leaving her glittering new life behind. Scenes of idyllic holidays at Bluebell Bank with the Cotton family dance in her mind, but not everything has stayed the way it once was… Especially when her first love, Luke, returns to town.
Emily Cotton never expected one email, sent off in a wine-fuelled daze, to bring her old friend barrelling through the front door of her dismally failing bookshop. But life for the Cottons isn’t what it once was; Emily’s brothers are hardly speaking, her beloved grandmother isn’t quite the same and Emily…well, Emily is the one most in need of Kate’s help.
Kate has given herself until the end of the summer to stay in Wigtown. Can she bring the Cottons back together, and save the family who once saved her?