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.
It’s always been Emily Cotton’s dream to own her own bookshop. But sitting among shelves of haphazardly stacked books in a damp old barn, the reality feels a little different.
Kate Vincent hasn’t been back home in six years. But when she receives a desperate email from her childhood best friend begging for her help she doesn’t stop to think. Scenes of idyllic holidays with the Cotton family dance in her mind and she books a one-way ticket home to Wigtown.
But life for the Cottons isn’t all as she remembers and the secrets which once drove Kate and Emily apart are finally threatening to come to the surface. Now as the pair work together to save Emily’s failing bookshop – can they too begin a new chapter of their friendship?
Previously published as Summer at Bluebell Bank