The Wychwood, the focus for quite a few scenes in The Summer House is a typical example of a British pub in a beautiful village. Partly a tourist trap, partly a local place to drink, I have written a wedding, a first date, a proposal… all in the one place.
What I didn’t know is that the idea of a British pub actually started life as a great Italian wine bar, and dates back almost 2,000 years. An invading Roman army that first brought Roman roads, Roman towns and Roman pubs known as tabernae (which eventually became tavern) to Britain in 43 AD. Tabernae, or shops that sold wine, were quickly built alongside Roman roads and in towns to help quench the thirst of the legionary troops.
Alehouses, inns and taverns collectively became known as public houses and then simply as pubs around the reign of King Henry VII.
A recent survey has revealed that almost one in four Britons will meet their future wife or husband in a pub!
The Wychwood Pub in The Summer House also has a huge garden with hedges and this is based on a pub from my childhood where I used to race my sister around the garden and my dad would time us. The hedges were like a huge maze and made all kinds of interesting small corners, which I use shamelessly in the new book for liaisons! The look of the Wychwood is based on The Falklands Arms in Great Tew – if you get to visit there it is the most beautiful pub.
The Summer House
An English House Story #1
Release date: 29th May 2015
The only person he can form an attachment to is his fourteen year old niece, and even that is in jeopardy when babysitting her cat goes all kinds of wrong.
Veterinarian, Connor Lawson is much happier working with animals than with people. He has deliberately returned home and to the Summer House he recalled from childhood holidays for peace and quiet and the chance to heal from wounds no one would ever see.
When his next door neighbor comes into the practice with a cat that has been in a fight he hides in his office because this Ashby guy is all kinds of dangerous. Too hot, too rich, too titled, and way too sexy for his own good.
Can two men who refuse to believe in love ever learn that love is the easy part of the journey to forever?
Buylinks: RJ Scott
RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.
As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.
With over seventy titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway. She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.
Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.
www.tumblr.com/blog/rjscott (some NSFW (not safe for work) photos)
I would like to give a big Thank You to RJ Scott for taking time to stop by and talk about her new book ‘The Summer House’