Yorkshire lass Georgie is a tad reluctant about following her architect boyfriend, Simon, to Brighton but she soon gets lucky and scores work writing for a local magazine. Problem is this soon means she’s keeping secrets from Simon. For Rosa, finding out her partner was living a double life was enough for her to jack in her job and start over as a sous chef at a Brighton establishment. And after a devastating loss, Charlotte plans to keep to herself but is soon befriended by the elderly Frenchwoman upstairs, Margot. Centred around the residents of a seafront terrace house, this is a charming, gentle story about starting over, making friends and taking a leap of faith into new beginnings.
The House of New Beginnings, by Lucy Diamond, is centred around the lives of three tenants of a Brighton terrace home. The summary says: "Number 11, Dukes Square, looks just like the other houses on the Brighton seafront: a Regency terrace with elegant sash windows, a winding staircase, and post piled up in the hall for its tenants. It might be part of the city's history, but it's also a place of brand new beginnings.
Georgie has followed her childhood sweetheart to Brighton but is determined to carve out a career for herself in journalism. Throwing herself into the city's delights is fun and exciting, but before she knows it, she's sliding into all kinds of trouble ...
Charlotte's in the city for a new start, hoping to keep her head down and somehow get over the heartbreaking loss she's suffered in the past. But Margot, the stylish old lady on the top floor, has other ideas. Like it or not, Charlotte must confront the outside world, and the possibilities it still holds.
A terrible revelation sent Rosa running from London to start again as a sous chef. The work is gruelling and thankless but it's a distraction at least . . . until she comes up against the stroppy teenager next door who challenges her on her lifestyle choices. What if Rosa's passion for food could lead her to more interesting places? As the three tenants find each other, it's as if a whole new chapter of their lives has begun." The House of New Beginnings is out in January 2017.