Writing the blurb for a book is by far the hardest part. Writing the synopsis is hard enough! Condensing your paintstakingly crafted 90k words into a mere 100 takes a lot of brain strain.
Here\’s what I\’ve come up with for Peace Lily so far:
Although the war is over, its aftermath is anything but peaceful.
Peace lily takes up the story of three of the characters in \’Daffodils\’, after their return home from World War One.
Cassandra Smythe has fallen deeply in love with Douglas Flintock, an American officer she met while driving ambulances at the Front. How can she persuade this modern American to adapt to her English country way of life, and all the duties that come with inheriting Cheadle Manor? When Douglas returns to Boston, unsure of his feelings, Cassandra crosses the ocean, determined to lure him back.
Katy trained as a mechanic during the war and cannot bear to return to the life of drudgery she left behind. A trip to America provides the dream ticket she has always craved and an opportunity to escape the strait-jacket of her working class roots. She jumps at the chance, little realising that it will change her life forever, but not in the way she\’d hoped.
Jem lost not only an arm in the war, but also his livelihood, and with it, his self esteem. How can he keep restless Katy at home and provide for his wife? He puts his life at risk a second time, attempting to secure their future and prove his love for her.
After the appalling losses suffered during World War One, these three fighters long for peace, unaware that its aftermath will bring different, but still daunting, challenges.
In Peace Lily, Cassandra, Jem and Katy struggle to carve new lives and their stories interweave,impacting on each other in unforeseen ways.
Tell me, readers, would you be tempted to read on?