Blog Tour Guest Post: The Location Behind The Wrong Direction by @liztreacher @lovebooksgroup


Autumn 1920. When Bernard Cavalier, a flamboyant London artist, marries Evie Brunton, a beautiful Devon post lady, everyone expects a happy ending. But Evie misses cycling down country lanes, delivering the mail, and is finding it hard to adapt to her new life among Mayfair’s high society. Meanwhile Bernard, now a well-known artist, is struggling to give up his bachelor ways.
The Wrong Direction is as light and witty as The Wrong Envelope, with racy characters and a fast-paced plot. Wild parties, flirtatious models, jealous friends – Bernard and Evie must negotiate many twists and turns if they are to hold on to each other…

Guest Post:

I remember London in the late 1980s when there were fewer cars and a lot less people. At night, you could drive from Brixton to Finsbury Park in just over 20 minutes, racing over the Thames and past Trafalgar Square with its illuminated fountains. There was space to look up and around you; the pavements seemed wider and the air clearer. You could spend a whole afternoon in a sleepy café outside the British Museum, nursing a cup of tea. Yet London still felt like a capital. There was the buzz of West End shows and a carnival feeling in parks in the summer. It’s this feeling of ‘Old London’ that I have tried to recreate in ‘The Wrong Direction’. Of course, in 1920, when the book is set, things were different again. My heroine, Evie Brunton, encounters a flock of sheep in the Strand and buys milk from a horse and cart. Shoe polishers, organ grinders, traders carrying baskets of ducks…I’ve tried to include many different images of London at that time to plunge the reader into another era.
Of course the problem with 1920s London is that Evie doesn’t like it. She misses her home in sleepy Devon with its rolling hills and high-hedged lanes. She finds life in the capital stifling: the cars zooming round Piccadilly Circus where flower girls balance precariously on traffic islands; the strange warm wind in her face as a tube train approaches. London for Evie becomes a sort of metaphor. It reminds her that she is in unfamiliar territory, and not always a friendly one. It’s a new landscape that she struggles to find a foothold in. She is happiest in the enormous parks where she can stretch her arms wide and whirl round and round like a sycamore seed, trying to take off… 

Liz is a writer, a Creative Writing teacher and an Art photographer. She lives in the Highlands of Scotland with a view of the sea. Her love of images influences her writing. 

Her debut novel, 'The Wrong Envelope', is a romantic comedy, set in 1920 in Devon, England. It tells the story of Bernard, an impulsive artist and Evie, his beautiful post lady. You can watch the trailer on this page, under 'Videos'. Light and witty, and full of twists and turns, 'The Wrong Envelope' captures the spirit of another age - when letters could change lives.

The sequel, 'The Wrong Direction', follows Evie and Bernard to London, and charts their further adventures in Mayfair's high society. Wild parties, flirtatious models, jealous friends - Bernard and Evie must negotiate many twists and turns if they are to hold on to each other.

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