We have featured Juliet Madison at Chick Lit Central a couple of times since her debut novel, Fast Forward, came out last year. Since then, she’s written two adorably funny novellas and two sweet and romantic novels as part of her Tarrin’s Bay series. (We hope she’ll be covering every month as time goes by!) Today, she’s here to talk about the first novel from this exciting new series and to go on a friend date with the main character. She even has an e-book to give to a lucky reader anywhere in the world!
Synopsis of The January Wish:
When Dr Sylvia Greene makes an impromptu wish at the Tarrin’s Bay Wishing Festival, it’s the most out of character action she can think of. Hers is not a life of wishes. Hers is a controlled life of order, plans and preparation…of science and research and diagnosis and treatment. But her past has been weighing on her mind, and decisions made long ago have far-reaching consequences.
A week later, the daughter she secretly gave up for adoption at sixteen arrives in Sylvia’s small coastal town with secrets that can’t be shared. Between feelings of guilt, gossip, and a growing attraction to an emotionally unavailable colleague, Sylvia’s well-ordered life is soon thrown into chaos. She is no longer alone, and for the first time she feels as if her world is open to possibilities.
They say be careful what you wish for, but, for Sylvia, the unexpected consequences may be just what the doctor ordered.
A ‘Friend Date’ with my character: Dr Sylvia Greene from The January Wish
Although I’m taking my main character from The January Wish, Dr Sylvia Greene, on a friend date, I think she would prefer to be the host. She likes to organise things and set up schedules, though since her out-of-character impromptu wish at the Tarrin’s Bay Wishing Festival (which came true, I might add), she’s started to be a bit more spontaneous. I’ve given her permission to plan our friend date, and here it is:
Sunday, 10:00 am:
We meet at the Wishing Fountain in Miracle Park. I told her we could have met earlier but Sylvia said her Sunday mornings are for swimming laps in her heated pool, then having a long breakfast with her elderly neighbour, Nancy Dillinger. I don’t mind, because I was really only joking about meeting up earlier. My Sunday mornings are for sleeping 😉
I try to make a wish in the fountain but Sylvia tells me to save my coin for January 4th. Apparently, wishes only have a chance of coming true on this day, when the town holds a Wishing Festival. I frown, as that means I have to wait eight months, then when she’s not looking I toss my coin discreetly into the water and make my wish. I’ll take my chances.
It’s market day in Miracle Park, filled with people – locals, tourists, and stall holders selling their wares. Sylvia slides on her Dior sunglasses and I slide on my Target ones which are peeling on the sides. I really must buy a new pair. Hey, I could buy one here!
Sylvia helps me choose a quality pair, and we wander over to the Homemade For You stall where she picks up two jars of chilli and tomato relish. I get one also, though I’ll probably forget to use it until I find it a year or two later and think, ‘oh yeah, I could have that with tonight’s dinner’, then realise it’s now out of date.
We browse clothing stalls, second-hand books, jewellery, antiques, and homewares. Sylvia buys me a bracelet to thank me for writing her into existence. I suggest we have lunch, but as it’s only 11:30am Sylvia suggests waiting till the scheduled 12:00pm. I remind her about being spontaneous occasionally, and that cafes could get swamped soon with hungry tourists.
She agrees to stray from the schedule and we go to Cafe Lagoon, the most popular cafe in town which is half to do with the food and half to do with the gorgeous young barista, Jonah. We both eat lamb and vegetable soup followed by hummingbird cake and a dandelion chai tea. Between mouthfuls we discuss small town life, family, friends, and how natural medicine and medicine can work alongside each other for the benefit of the patient.
We burn off our meal by walking up to Lookout Point. The expansive ocean views are magnificent, and we take a selfie and post it to Facebook. Almost immediately there is a comment from Nancy Dillinger: Looking beautiful, ladies!
We give our feet a rest and watch an amateur production of Cinderella at the community hall next to Miracle Park, and Sylvia wonders how many germs are in Cinderella’s slipper after Prince Charming trying it on so many other women.
We admire the beautiful gifts and homewares in the historic terrace shops on Willow Street. My shopping bag is filled to the brim and I ask Sylvia if I can put a couple of items in her bag she’s so effortlessly holding.
Time for a pick-me-up – frothy hot chocolates from the chocolate cafe. We discuss our plans for the rest of the year. Sylvia asks if she’ll be in a future Tarrin’s Bay book. I tell her she’ll have to wait and see. 😉
We catch a movie, a psychological thriller. Sylvia has pre-booked the tickets and secured the most comfortable and suitable seats for the best viewing experience. I joke that she’s a bit like Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory and she says, ‘Who?’.
We get Thai food for dinner at Sylvia’s house. I’m wondering why she’s bought so much, when a knock at the door answers my question. Mark is here (swoon), and Jonah (double swoon), and they’ll be joining us for dinner along with Grace (Sylvia’s daughter), Joyce (her colleague), Nancy, and Larissa (Sylvia’s best friend, which makes me feel a bit jealous).
After dinner we play candlelit Scrabble, and I smile as Sylvia and Mark flirt and compete fiercely against each other. If it wasn’t for the rest of us being here, I think they would abandon the game and start making out.
Sylvia wins. We both agree to start a game of Words with Friends on our iPhone apps and compete with each other over the next few weeks, until I get sick of her winning and decline her request for another game.
We have a lot of similarities, Sylvia and I, but we are also different in many ways. Our friend date was a lot of fun, and I suggest to her we do it more often. She agrees, and proceeds to schedule a regular ‘Friend Date’ for the third Sunday of every second month. I’m about to bring up the spontaneity issue again, but think better of it. Sometimes, having a plan is good too. J
Thanks to Juliet for sharing her fun-filled day with us!
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