Hi, my name is Sara James (aka Sara Sarre). I studied fashion design at St Martin’s School of Art and went on to be a designer for ‘Jigsaw’, a British fashion clothing retailer, and later a fashion journalist. My love of reading and writing led me to do an MA in creative writing at Sussex University and after that I completed a novel writing course at Curtis Brown Creative. I discovered a talent for editing following my involvement in a number of writers’ workshops. After being asked to read more and more novels, I was eventually offered a fee and so I founded BPA (bluepencilagency) in 2015. The editorial consultancy works with both published and unpublished authors providing editorial support, workshops, retreats and writing competitions. Prior to this, I worked as an Interiors journalist for national papers and magazines and have also written a number of short stories that have been published, recorded for radio and shortlisted.
By Sara James
A heart-rending and absorbing story about motherhood, forbidden love, long-buried secrets, sacrifice and forgiveness – for fans of family dramas and ITV’s Long Lost Family.
About the book
One crisp and bright Mothering Sunday, Alexandra Abbott’s now elderly mother, Elizabeth, reveals a secret that she has kept buried for over 50 years…
April 1963: Aspiring artist Kitty Campbell has recently given birth to her first child in a mother and baby home. Kitty is to give her baby away for adoption but, when the day comes, she can’t bring herself to part with her tiny daughter.
In desperation, Kitty flees. She stops at a tea shop to feed her hungry baby and meets the owner, Bet – a mother with her own heartache to bear. But Bet is kind to Kitty, holding the baby and offering a listening ear.
Then Kitty makes a decision that will change all their lives for ever. Several decades later, can the truth from that day finally right the past and bring a mother and daughter together?
‘A tender and heart-breaking story with a shocking family secret at its centre…I was weeping happy tears at the end’
– Saskia Sarginson
Sara’s warm-hearted, absorbing story of a daughter connecting with the biological mother she never knew existed is the kind of comforting, hopeful read we all need right now. Combining a charmingly Bohemian '60s setting with all the heart of a sweeping family drama, Mothering Sunday is a perfect springtime treat for yourself or the ones you love. It will appeal to fans of Fern Britton and Rachel Hore, as well as those who have smiled and cried along to 'Who Do You Think You Are?' and 'Long Lost Family'.
– Harriet Bourton / Orion. Bookseller
This intricately rendered novel is guaranteed to move even the hardest of hearts. Set in the 1960s, it explores the many different ways in which women try to do their best by their children, getting it very wrong indeed sometimes. James mines her characters extremely deeply, always with incredible insight, never once straying into cynicism. Carefully, she unpacks the lies that have been festering in Campbell family for years. At the heart of this story, there is huge loss - artist-in-the-making Kitty Campbell is forced to give up her baby girl, but not entirely for the reasons she thinks - yet the novel remains ever-hopeful until its joyful end. James is such a wise and gifted writer - there are so many beautiful turns of phrase here, and such warmth. I couldn't get enough of this impressive debut - it really is a must-read and has carved James out as a writer to watch.
– Fiona Mitchell / Goodreads
“I read this book in one sitting, I was so desperate to see how it unfolded, and if there would be a happy ending. I wasn't disappointed! A really lovely, warm story of motherly love. The heroine, Kitty, is a flawed, funny, engaging character, and I was rooting for her all the way through - but also for Bet, the kind woman who takes over Kitty's role as mum to Ally...lots of secrets and complications had me breathless to keep turning the pages. A really wonderful read.”
– Helen / Amazon
‘Full of insight and wisdom, Mothering Sunday is an inspirational story with uplifting messages about family love, belonging and second chances, and is the perfect gift for your own special mum.’
– Pam Norfolk / Lancashire Post
‘A heart-rending and absorbing story about motherhood, forbidden love, long-buried secrets, sacrifice and forgiveness - for fans of family dramas and ITV's Long Lost Family.’
– Mail Bookshop
‘A tender and heart-breaking story with a shocking family secret at its centre...I was weeping happy tears at the end’
– Saskia Sarginson
‘Enjoyable but emotional read
– Tuffy / Amazon
Available Christmas 2021
By pre-ordering the book you can grab it as soon as it’s published, or we can send it right to your door.
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