Guest post: From Appleby Farm to Paris! by Cathy Bramley

20 Aug

I’m very excited to welcome Cathy Bramley to One More Page today as part of her Appleby Farm blog tour. I’m a big fan of Cathy’s lovely books and am so pleased to have her stop by today. Cathy started out in the world of corporate marketing (working on projects such as testing the firing range of a SuperSoaker water gun and perfecting the weeing action of Tiny Tears dolls), before she set up her own marketing agency in 1995. Nowadays, Cathy lives in a Nottinghamshire village with her husband, two daughters, and a dog called Pearl. You can find out more about Ivy Lane, Appleby Farm, Wickham Hall  and more over on Cathy’s website: or follow Cathy on Twitter: @CathyBramley. Welcome Cathy!

cathyAuthorImage-300x300I chose to set Appleby Farm in the Lake District because it is one of my favourite places in the world and it was a joy to write about the scenery and the countryside and the wonderful slate and stone buildings. But there are two chapters set in one of my other favourite places. Here’s a snippet from chapter 14:

“Directly opposite was the Jardin des Tuileries with its wide paths, octagonal pond and smart outdoor cafés. In the distance, on the other side of the river Seine, the Eiffel Tower dominated the landscape. To the left I could just make out the glass pyramid in front of the Louvre…

I had to admit it was an incredible place to live.”

Paris is where Freya’s parents live and so in the first half of the book, she hops over for a visit. The view I’m describing here is what Freya can see from the window of her parents’ apartment. But in reality, it is the view from my hotel bedroom when my husband, Tony and I spent a romantic weekend there a few years ago. Until I came to write this article, I couldn’t even remember the name of the hotel (it’s the Saint James Albany) but the vista from that window was so vivid in my mind that I was able to use it years later for Freya.

There are hundreds of European cities I haven’t been to and I’m always saying that I’d love to go to Amsterdam, Prague, Berlin and Barcelona but I’m somehow always drawn to Paris. When Appleby Farm is published on 13th August, I’ll be there again with my family. It won’t be quite the romantic break we had before, but I’m looking forward to making new memories and who knows when they may surface in a book in the years to come!

Appleby Farm is out now as a complete paperback and ebook from Transworld:

Appleby Farm PB lolFreya Moorcroft has wild red hair, mischievous green eyes, a warm smile and a heart of gold. She’s been happy working at the café round the corner from Ivy Lane allotments and her romance with her new boyfriend is going well, she thinks, but a part of her still misses the beautiful rolling hills of her Cumbrian childhood home: Appleby Farm.

Then a phone call out of the blue and a desperate plea for help change everything…

The farm is in financial trouble, and it’s taking its toll on the aunt and uncle who raised Freya. Heading home to lend a hand, Freya quickly learns that things are worse than she first thought. As she summons up all her creativity and determination to turn things around, Freya is surprised as her own dreams for the future begin to take shape.


2 Responses to “Guest post: From Appleby Farm to Paris! by Cathy Bramley”

  1. cathy bramley 20th August 2015 at 10:14 am #

    Thank you lovely lady for having me on your blog today. It was fab to be able to visit the sights which Freya saw during her trip to Paris! Well worth a visit if you haven’t been.
    Cathy x

  2. Hayley Jones 22nd August 2015 at 7:12 pm #

    I have nominated you for The Sunshine Blogger Award. Acceptance is purely optional but if you are interested then please follow the link

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