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Christina Hollis
Christina Hollis was born in Somerset, England and was the elder of two children. The Careers department at school gave her the stark choice between nursing and teaching, but both options called for more years of study. All she wanted to do was use her imagination and write, so she escaped from... show more

Christina Hollis was born in Somerset, England and was the elder of two children. The Careers department at school gave her the stark choice between nursing and teaching, but both options called for more years of study. All she wanted to do was use her imagination and write, so she escaped from school to get a job in the financial sector. She worked briefly in Marketing, but 'Numbers tend to dance in my head, but not exactly like sugar plums! My job was all about figures, and used more spreadsheets than I felt happy with,' she says now. Around this time, she met her husband on a blind date. They lived in the city for convenience, but both wanted to get away to the peace and quiet of the countryside. After they moved out to rural Gloucestershire, Christina began writing full time about their life in the country. Producing articles and photographs for national magazines about their exploits keeping chickens, geese, pigs and growing their own fruit and vegetables by day, by night she was working on full-length fiction. Christina has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil, and reading for almost as long. Her grandfather and father were both avid readers, and so is her husband, so she has always been surrounded by books. Writing fiction was a natural progression from her magazine work. In 1990 her first full length novel, Knight's Pawn, was published by Harlequin Mills and Boon under the pen name Polly Forrester. After a career break to devote time to raising a family of her own, she joined respected poet Paul Groves' creative writing course to explore other avenues. Here she discovered the art of the short story, and was encouraged to try writing contemporary romance. After several drafts and some revisions, her first Mills and Boon Modern Romance, The Italian Billionaire's Virgin was published in 2007. Her books have appeared in lists of best sellers all over the world. 'As well as romantic conflict, I like my books to capture the countryside in all its moods,' she says. 'Reading can take you to a completely different place and time. That's my idea of luxury - the chance to escape from the pressures of everyday life.'
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The Book Nook
The Book Nook rated it 8 months ago
I received and ARC of this book from Netgalley and Kensington Publishing for my honest review.Hayley Powell is a food columnist for The Island Times in Bar Harbor, Maine. While at a book signing by Penelope Janice, one of the top stars for the Flavor Network for her latest cookbooks. Penelope asks H...
tonyawarner
tonyawarner rated it 7 years ago
Odd, I guess that is the best way to describe how this book reads. Yep, odd is the best I can come up with. There are details mentioned for no reason, no follow-up on what they might contribute to the story. Michelle Spicer is an award winning artist working as a housekeeper. She plays at sketching...
willaful
willaful rated it 9 years ago
Weird book. The beginning is promising: the hero is charming, the heroine, though a housekeeper, is not completely downtrodden, they have a mutual interest in art. Then they have sex and everything goes to hell. The rest of the book literally seems to have been written by another author: suddenly th...
heidenkind
heidenkind rated it 10 years ago
It's like this was Mad Libbed by non-English speaker.
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