The Setting for You’ve Got My Number
by Angela Barton
I lived in Car Colston in Nottingham for ten years and loved the village setting, so it seemed natural to set the first novel I wrote there. (Although it’s my third to be published). I call the village, Halston, in You’ve Got My Number, but the layout is accurate. Here’s a short excerpt describing it.
“For Tess, living in Halston was like living in a painting. A narrow winding road curled around the village green, where grasses and wild flowers were given free rein to do as they pleased. By day, cows lolled and grazed on the common land, hemmed in by a small electric fence that crackled its warning at passers-by.
The grass of the cricket pitch had been manicured to a smooth velvet finish, where birds dotted its lawn looking like bored fielders. The embattled clock tower of St Mary’s Church rose above Halston’s homes, protecting the eternally sleeping villagers beneath their headstones. At the heart of the green stood The Royal Oak, a village pub that swelled with the laughter of friends and family as they shared news and embellished stories.”
There’s a beautiful manor house at the entrance to the village, overlooking the cricket pitch. In You’ve Got My Number, my hero Daniel lives there, having inherited it from his late-parents. My protagonist, Tess, lives close to the church in a position in the village where I used to live. The storyline includes The Royal Oak, the village green, the little green, the cricket pitch and the tree seat – which has sadly been removed now, and of course, the cows! Each year the village delights in a few new calves being born.
As a closet Trekkie myself (the original series) I have given this trait to my antagonist, Blake Snipes, for a bit of light-hearted fun as the subject matters in YGMN can be challenging. Blake also overhears something he wished he hadn’t, but the way he reacts to it sets in place a chain of disastrous events. Isn’t it said that eavesdroppers seldom hear anything good about themselves?
“Oblivious now to their conversation, Blake held his head in his hands and was hyperventilating as quietly as he could. Pins and needles prickled his fingertips and his eyes stung. He was horrified at the thought that he might cry. God, he hadn’t cried since … since Spock died in The Wrath of Khan.
He needed a plan.
I hope you feel a sense of place in, You’ve Got My Number. Its storyline includes, unrequited love, a huge lie, OCD, romance, betrayal, hidden passions, crime and a sprinkling of humour.
Three isn’t always a magic number …
There are three reasons Tess Fenton should be happy. One, her job at the Blue Olive deli may be dull, but at least she gets to work with her best friend. Two, she lives in a cosy cottage in the pretty village of Halston. Three, she’s in love with her boyfriend, Blake.
Because, despite their history, Blake continues to be the puzzle piece in Tess’s life that doesn’t quite fit. And when she meets intriguing local artist Daniel Cavanagh, it soon becomes apparent that, for Tess, love isn’t as easy as one, two, three …
Angela Barton lives in Nottingham and is a member of Nottingham Writers’ Studio and the Romantic Novelists’ Association. She has written three novels, all of which have passed through the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme and are now published.
Her first novel was published in 2018. Its genre is historical fiction set in France, telling the story of how a farming family survive through WW2. Angela’s second and third books are contemporary women’s fiction.
Now busy writing her fourth book, also set in France during wartime, Angela’s new passion is to research real life happenings and create fictional characters that live through these extraordinary events.
Along with other authors, Angela has helped to create two Facebook groups for book lovers, Apricot Plots and Love Forties Fiction.
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