All Desires Known… And from whom no secrets are hid. (from the collect before Communion in the 1928 edition of the Book of Common Prayer.)
Take the following ingredients:
One disaffected vicar
One vicar’s wife, rural-life-fantasist
A jobbing gardener and log man
The gardener’s mother (who happens to be the vicar’s ex)
The gardener’s sisters: one young and bright, one a recovering addict and single mum
The vicar’s mother: a frail but wise old bird
One actor-falling-on-hard-times (who once dated the vicar’s wife)
One village church
A bitter church warden
Pour all of the above into the village and stir.
All Desires Known is a story about country life. Not chocolate-box-perfect with roses round the door, this is chick-lit for grown-ups, and the first in a series to be set in and around the villages strung along the fictional river Hindle.