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When newly widowed Katherine Loch arrives in tiny medieval Blackwell-on-Sea to open a ladies’ boutique and be the expert seamstress she has always aspired to be, several of the villagers feel quite drawn to her. There’s Ned, the adorable antiquarian, and Beth, the shrink. There’s Paul, who runs the pub, and Billie, the dog, whose master is the keeper of Blackwell Castle. And there’s Steve, the sometime schoolteacher whose star pupil, Lettie, is a teenager with much on her plate.

On her knees with grief, Katherine quietly embarks upon a journey of healing, but the delivery of a long-coveted Fender Stratocaster guitar and a dirty old stronghold box, broadens her quandary in unexpected ways.

Veiled with an air of mystery, and wrapped in the comfort of love, music, and small-village friendships, Rhythms and Blues, Vol.1 is a story of life’s ups and downs, and marks the beginning of a wonderfully intriguing trilogy.


Hardworking seamstress and Blues woman, Katherine Loch is emerging from the tentacles of grief and bracing herself to explore the mysterious Box she believes may contain clues to the identity of her father. Former schoolteacher Steve, who has fallen for Katherine like a ton of bricks, helps her to pursue the quest even as the ups and downs of his own life threaten their budding love.

Fate is asserting itself in more than one Blackwell-on-Sea household and Katherine, knowingly or not, is caught in the fire of many hearts. Meanwhile, everybody’s favorite publican, Paul, quietly fosters the balance of it all from behind the bar at The Wicked Mule.

In the second volume of the captivating Rhythms and Blues trilogy, love, friendship and laughter are strung like beacons of light between the secrets of the past, and an unpredictable future.

Volume 2 in the Rhythms and Blues trilogy brings some resolution, but the story is far from over! Are you curious about Volume 3?
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Praise for the Rhythms and Blues Trilogy

“You have the Blue Zone figured out exactly!”Honey Piazza, of Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers

***** “I’ve just spent the most wonderful few days reading your book. I couldn’t put it down and when I was forced to, it was one of those books that you can’t wait to pick up again. That’s the sign of a good book to me. The setting, the characters you fall in love with, the way it makes you feel so good after reading it, the plots within plots of all the different characters. I can’t wait to read Volume 2!”

(Ms Honey Piazza is the winner of multiple Blues awards, and plays with
Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers. Excerpt of email to the author shared with permission)

****I won this book through Goodreads. I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well developed and very likable. I read it in one sitting. Had to see how it ended.

*****One of my favorite authors is Maeve Binchy and this story reminded me so much of her writing. Can’t wait to read Volume 2!”

***** The characters in this town are instantly familiar, but still unique, not stereotypes. These people all have a palpable, untold history and lives full of joy and struggle and pain. I find the imagery playfully, lyrically described and I’m left with no doubt that Blackwell-on-Sea actually exists.

***** Loved this book. A very readable and enjoyable book and I cannot wait to read Volume 2 to find out what Katherine finds in that Box!

***** The author’s writing voice is warm and captivating, filled with lively description and empathy for her characters. You’ll find yourself wrapped in the atmosphere of this novel. I want to know more!

***** The story draws you in with mystery, laughter and romance. I can hardly wait to read the next chapter in Katherine’s life.

***** Great book!

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ISBN print: 9782955720301 (perfect-bound paperback, 1st edition)
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