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Love in a Small Town | Barbara DeLeo

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I’ve been writing romances set in small towns for over ten years now and I love every minute of it. I’ve set book in cities too – L.A and Auckland – but there’s just something about the dynamics of small town life that’s fascinating. Maybe I’m just a classic nosey parker, but I love the complex relationships in a small town, the incredible connections between people and the depths of history you can find there.

My parents were high school teachers and as they moved up in their careers it meant moving towns – always small. And by small, I mean 800-1000 people. Okay, there were some annoying bits, like when we’d go away on holiday and the minute we were back home and had switched the light on, there would be people knocking on the door needing something that couldn’t wait a second longer. There were humbling times too. I can remember vividly, the day we held the funeral for a boy in my class who had been killed in a car accident on one of our remote country roads. The whole town came to the cemetery that day and for weeks after when I walked past his parents’ house I’d see home baking and flowers on their front step, or one of their friends mowing their lawns or bringing in the laundry.

I’ve chosen to bring my kids up in a small town too and while my daughters roll their eyes and say our town’s boring, and my boys can’t wait to hit the mall when we visit the city, I think they secretly love it as much as I do.

My Weddings in Westchester series is set in a fictional small town called Belleville, NY. Pia and Mano Katsalos have run The Aegean Palace wedding hall for forty years but a family crisis have meant their three kids have to step in and take over. Being back home  and trying to navigate weddings as well small town life is a challenge for all of them.

What about you? Do you live in a small town? Do you vacation somewhere small? What’s your favorite small town series?

Barb X


FourWeddingsAndAFling-500x750ABOUT THE BOOK 

Grace Bennett is determined to set a perfect example for her new wedding planning business. From now on it will take more than good looks and a charming smile to win her over. The next guy to get her attention will be sweet, dependable, and looking for something serious. But first she’ll have to survive the next couple of weeks at The Aegean Palace with swoon-worthy Ari Katsalos.

Ari doesn’t believe in happily-ever-after. Between his estranged parents and the cheating spouses he tracks down as a P.I., he hasn’t seen many examples of a good marriages. Helping out at his parents’ wedding hall seems like a nightmare… except for the time spent beside the irresistible Grace.

Ari and Grace want very different things, but it’s getting tough to resist the powerful chemistry burning between them.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Barbara DeLeo’s first book was a story about beauty queens in space. She was eleven, and the sole, handwritten copy was lost years ago, much to everyone’s relief. It’s some small miracle that she kept the faith and is now living her dream of writing sparkling contemporary romance with unforgettable characters.

After completing degrees in Psychology and English then travelling the world, Barbara married her winemaker hero and had two sets of twins.

She still loves telling stories about finding love in all the wrong places, with not a beauty queen or spaceship in sight.

Barbara is the author of: Contract for Marriage, Dishing up Desire and Last Chance Proposal. Four Weddings and a Fling, the third book in her much -loved Weddings in Westchester series which also includes The Bouquet List and The Wedding Wager is out in November.

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