Friday 24 March 2017

The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts: Fun Facts

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a book? I've put together some fun facts about The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts:

Working Title

The working title of The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts was The Sweetest Kiss

Lots of Kisses

In the very early stages, each chapter was going to have a title describing a type of kiss (chapter one was The Hello Kiss)

Sweet Date

In The Wedding Date, Delilah goes on a date at a café with only sweet things on the menu. I loved the setting so much, I knew I wanted to return, so it became the setting of Maddie's story

Sweet Name

The three ladies who work at Sweet Street Teashop have names inspired by cake:
Maddie - short for Madeleine(s)
Mags - short for Magdalena(s)
Victoria (sponge)

Naming Caleb

My teenage daughter and I became obsessed with Pretty Little Liars, so when it came to naming my hero, I turned to the show for inspiration!

Writing The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts

The first draft of the book took nine weeks. I kept a little diary, which you can read here


The book is set in Woodgate, where most of my books are set. It's a fictional suburb of Greater Manchester

From fairy cakes to first dates!

Maddie Lamington’s dreams are crumbling around her. If she doesn’t come up with a plan to save her little teashop on Sweet Street soon, it might be too late…

So when she sees how the perfect apple crumble brings together her lonely father and faithful customer Birdie, inspiration strikes: she’ll set up a dating night involving all her sweetest bakes.

Luckily, seriously gorgeous Caleb is on hand to help sprinkle a little magic – and a lot of sugar! Could one night of scrumptious first dates fix Maddie’s heartbreak and save her beloved teashop, too?

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