I’m absolutely thrilled to be showcasing the work of my good friend, Chris Penhall, today. Chris and I met for a work meeting this week and it was out first breakfast outside, since lockdown began. We chatted about books, writing and possible future work collaborations. It was so much fun to be able to sit at a table at an outdoor restaurant again. The sea view was beautiful. Chris is a really interesting lady with a varied and creative work history. Her books are full of fun, romance and laughter.
Author of The House That Alice Built and New Beginnings at the Little House in the Sun, Chris Penhall won the Choc Lit Search for a Star Competition in 2019 and so fulfilled her childhood dream to become a published writer.
Chris is a lover of Portugal (which is handy as that is where the books are set), social salsa dancing and tap (“enthusiastically” or as one teacher described her attempts at Home Economics in a report a long time ago “Christine tries hard but this is not her best subject”) and reading (obviously). She also loves to travel (a cliché but true), cook (is actually quite good) and sit in cafes (in this she is an expert).
Her third book, set in South Wales, which is where she was born, is set to be released in e-book and audio this spring.
The House That Alice Built, by Chris Penhall
Home is where the heart is …
Alice Dorothy Matthews is sensible. Whilst her best friend Kathy is living it up in Portugal and her insufferable ex Adam is travelling the world, Alice is working hard to pay for the beloved London house she has put her heart and soul into renovating.
But then a postcard from Buenos Aires turns Alice’s life upside down. One very unsensible decision later and she is in Cascais, Portugal, and so begins her lesson in ‘going with the flow’; a lesson that sees her cat-sitting, paddle boarding, dancing on top of bars and rediscovering her artistic talents.
But perhaps the most important part of the lesson for Alice is that you don’t always need a house to be at home.
The House That Alice Built is book one in the Portuguese Paradise series. The sequel, New Beginnings at the Little House in the Sun is also available on all major platforms in e-book and audio
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