A Perfect Day? – Rebecca Holmes

2400 words Humour / Romance

Heather eagerly anticipates a day out in the Lakes, visiting her sister and brother-in-law. Her best clothes have nothing to do with the fact that Edward will be there. They meet her at the station, equipped for fell-walking. From there, it’s downhill. Or should that be ‘up mountain’?

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“You, Heather, are the original hopeless romantic.” My sister’s words ran through my mind as I checked my appearance in a handbag mirror on the final stage of my journey. I’m not normally vain, but today I wanted to look my best. Luckily the other passengers had disembarked at a previous station, so that I had the compartment to myself, as the train puffed towards Westmorland and the scenery became more hilly with each passing mile. I was used to hills, of course, coming as I did from a Lancashire town surrounded by moors. But, much as I loved them, they couldn’t compare to proper mountains, especially on a day like this, with a clear blue sky. At least my sister wouldn’t be able to joke about me having my head in the clouds.

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A Secret Place – Rebecca Holmes

2000 words Feel Good Fiction

The tarn, hidden away behind the trees, is a magical place of Jen and Richard. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that it’s still there in between their visits, with its own life, season after season, and year after year.

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Not many people visited the tarn, tucked away as it was behind the trees. After all, it was hardly the most scenic in the Lake District, especially compared to those surrounded by dramatic mountains and the wild beauty of the fells. It also didn’t help that reaching it involved several miles’ walk along a stony track, through line after line of tall, ruler-straight pines and, even then, found only by those who spotted the faint path branching off, following it over a small rise, to be rewarded by the water opening out before them like a dream.

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By My Side – Romance Collection

By My Side- cover small20 Romance Stories

Two 5* reviews on Amazon

By My Side brings you 20 of the best romantic stories from writers around the world.

Be transported to the past in the war-torn Three Months of Summer and back to the present in the gentle modern everyday situation of The Pool Doctor. Feel your heart racing through the ethical dilemmas in Would you Shoot Me? and the danger and drama of Run From the Sun.

These stories will transport you to a world of love and romance and leave you breathless. In far-away locations or in everyday situations there really is someone for everyone.

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Hallelujah – Rebecca Holmes

2000 words Humour / Romance / Christmas / Feel Good Fiction

Seventeen-year-old Sophie joins the school choir’s performance of The Messiah, confident that her match-making plans for her music and English teachers are about to come to fruition, with help from her friend David and some mistletoe. The path of true love, however, is more complicated than that.

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The sopranos had got the giggles again. With all the wisdom of her seventeen years, five of them in the school choir, Sophie could understand they were nervous. But, really, why was it always the sopranos? Altos, herself included, never succumbed. She could see her parents in the audience. Dad had taken time off from wallpapering the lounge ready for Christmas, even though he hated this kind of music. “Can’t you do something I can tap my foot along to?” he’d grumbled, good-naturedly. “Or some carols, with a couple of fancy songs to please that crackpot music teacher?”

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Lakeland Romantics – Rebecca Holmes

2600 words Historical / Romance

Young gentleman Edward, besotted by Grace, a Lakeland shepherdess, tries teaching her to read and appreciate poetry, though finds she teaches him more about the mountains. But there’s her childhood friend, Dan, to contend with. And then his father demands his presence at home in the family firm.

This story is included in the collection By My Side

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Edward lay back on the springy turf and concluded there could be nothing better than a Lakeland hillside on a sunny day. Even with his eyes closed, he could picture the mountains and crags, with a china blue sky perfectly reflected in the lake below. No wonder Wordsworth, Coleridge and the other great poets of the age revered the place. “Gyp! Get back here.” Excited barking shattered his musings. He barely managed to sit up before a black and white dog knocked him down again, adding insult to injury by licking his face. Apparently satisfied, the ‘Gyp’ creature stayed by him, bushy tail waving, to await his owner.

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Year’s Midnight – Rebecca Holmes

2000 words Feel Good / Romance / Christmas Story

Jenny’s first stay at her fiance’s parents’ large house in the country coincides with the winter solstice, a turning point in the year when the earth starts tilting back towards the sun. Coming from a more ‘humble’ background, it’s also a turning point for her, as she wonders how she’ll fit in.

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Deck the halls with boughs of holly I didn’t think people did this in real life, but Tom’s family seem to go the whole hog on these traditions, and his father has dragged us out on a walk to gather holly. I say ‘dragged’, but I didn’t really need to be. I love walking on the moors near home. I love their wildness and bleakness. When you look down and see the rows of terraced houses, it isn’t what you’d call pretty, but I don’t mind. I know it’s full of life. The countryside here is gentler, green and rolling, with hedgerows and patchwork fields, and a church spire in the distance.

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