Julie Butterfield shares an extract from her latest novel, Did I Mention I Was Getting Married?

After Rebecca Miles won the lottery, she divorced her rather unpleasant husband and resolved to start again. But she found it much harder than she’d imagined and it was Daniel who found someone new to share his life. She was happy for him and didn’t mind that he was getting married again. But any meeting between a new wife and ex wife is difficult and Annabelle’s forceful and totally insensitive character was determined to come out on top. I loved writing about Annabelle, she reminded me of an acid drop wrapped in a pretty sparkly wrapper!

‘Do you entertain a lot?’

Rebecca blinked again, this was like a high speed interview.

‘Entertain?’

‘It’s such a lovely big kitchen, it would be a waste not to use it properly. I would have friends round all the time, lots of chatter and good food.’ Annabelle had a wistful look in her eyes, ‘I can imagine the wonderful evenings Daniel and I would have.’

Rebecca couldn’t begin to imagine a wonderful evening with Daniel but she nodded politely. ‘Well yes it’s perfect for …’

‘It’s a bit of a waste if you sit in here every night on your own! Eating macaroni cheese for one!’ and the tinkle of laughter filled the air again.

‘I don’t sit by myself,’ started Rebecca indignantly before pausing and flushing slightly. ‘I don’t sit by myself every night …’

Annabelle stopped her patrol of the kitchen to press a hand on Rebecca’s arm, a slender hand with long slim fingers, the hand where her huge diamond ring nestled. They both looked downwards at the prisms of light that shot outwards and Annabelle allowed herself a happy smile before lifting her deep brown eyes to meet Rebecca’s own. ‘I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to upset you. Daniel said you still lived on your own.’

‘Well, yes I am on my own at the moment but …’

Annabelle patted Rebecca’s arm again in sympathy. ‘Poor you!’ she cooed.

‘No! I’m happy,’ insisted Rebecca wondering why it didn’t sound as though she meant it. ‘Really!’ she tried again.

‘Of course,’ Annabelle said disbelievingly. ‘Of course you are.’

Two years ago Rebecca Miles won the lottery and ended her marriage to her overbearing and unpleasant husband Daniel. She had every intention of putting the past behind her and starting again, but it turned out to be so much more difficult than she had imagined. Then Daniel announces he is getting married again and as Rebecca broods over how he has found it so easy to move on her daughter phones with good news – she’s getting married too!

Determined not to be left behind Rebecca throws caution to the wind and finally meets someone who can give her the new start she so desperately wants. Now her ex-husband is back in her life, the future Mrs Miles wants to be her best friend, she has her daughter’s wedding to plan and a ramshackle old wedding venue to renovate to its former perfection in just a few months, if only she can find a builder who will take on the job. There are challenges, surprises, love and heartbreak ahead but at the end of a long, hot summer, will there be any weddings?

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Julie Butterfield belongs to the rather large group of ‘always wanted to write’ authors who finally found the time to sit down and put pen to paper – or rather fingers to keyboard and wrote Did I Mention I Won the Lottery? It should be pointed out this is a complete work of fiction and she did not in fact receive millions in her bank account. Her latest book Did I Mention I Was Getting Married? revisits Rebecca a few years after the lottery win which changed her life.

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