Catriona Maclean is determined to give the special needs children in her Scottish church a seaside day out. She’s a nurse, her older brother is disabled, and she knows just how tough that can be for a family. But when a last minute hitch means she must call on the man she’s been secretly in love with since her teens for help, only her promise to God will carry her through.
Alistair Murray has seen Catriona almost every day for the last twenty years. She’s a work colleague, his best friend’s little sister, one of the guys. They even went to Sunday School together. The last thing he wants is to spend his day off working on her project, but for Cat, he’ll do it.
Will a summer’s day at the beach, together with a dog and a busload of very special kids, be the miracle it takes to show them they can be more than friends?
Narelle: Welcome, Autumn. Can you please tell us more about the setting for More than Friends.
Autumn: More than Friends is set in Edinburgh, Scotland. Both heroine Catriona and hero Alistair were born and grew up there, going to the same church and Sunday School all their lives, and also now work together at the same Edinburgh hospital. As my great-grandfather Murray was a Scottish immigrant to Australia, I could relate to the setting, and I also gave Alistair my ancestor’s family name. J
Narelle: I also have Scottish heritage and I’ve always enjoyed reading highland romances. How does your novella fit with the SPLASH! water theme?
Autumn: Most of the story takes place over one long day, the beach trip Catriona organises for disabled children from the church, their first ever special needs Vacation Bible School Day Camp. There are pirate hats, a treasure hunt, an unauthorised attempt at a boat trip, and even the most severely disabled child gets to enjoy the sea water. I didn’t realise until I began researching the story that Edinburgh has magnificent beautifully clean beaches within a very short drive. And yes, it DOES get warm enough to use them in summer!
Narelle: Wow, I’d never have thought of Edinburgh as a summer beach destination. Is your novella connected to a series?
Autumn: The story is part of the Macleans family series, but also links to book 3 of the Love in Store series. Catriona is sister to Mac, the Scottish hero of A Model Bride, and she and Alistair appear briefly in that book. There are at least two more Maclean stories to write, brothers Fraser and Brodie, and I suspect there will be cousins too. But maybe next year! First I need to complete the last two Love in Store books. Sports-mad Fraser at 26 isn’t quite grown up enough yet for a true committed relationship, and prickly disabled Brodie is just too difficult!
Narelle: Autumn, it’s great to hear how More than Friends is connected with your other series. I prefer to read series books in the right order. Thanks for visiting with us today.
AUTUMN MACARTHUR is an Australian writer of inspirational romance living near London with her very English husband, three spoiled cats, and a guinea pig with a dandelion addiction. She loves reading, cooking, gardening, and writing deeply emotional stories to make you smile and remind you how big and wide and deep God’s love and forgiveness can be.
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