WINTER FANS THE FLAME by Geoff Mallinson
A story of love and passion, laced with humour and intrigue.
Stella Ridgeford is a young woman from Devon who already has a feeling that her
life is not quite as she would wish it to be.
About to marry John Fairley, a well-set young man who is a partner in his father’s firm of auditors and accountants, the fact is she still yearns for more
carefree days when she used to help her own father make, grow and renovate
things to sell on local market stalls. Not at all the sort of occupation which
would be expected within her present social circle.
A short reprieve from her wedding day comes from an unexpected quarter. Her rich
Uncle Willis requests her to go to Yorkshire for two months and look after Jane
Reeves, a very close acquaintance of his who lives with her nephew on a farm.
This seems ridiculous, except for the fact that he offers, in return, to buy
Stella and John their first house.
Finally finding herself at Cragside, a farm in the wilderness on the Pennines,
Stella gets on well with Jane but not the nephew, Douglas Grant, who seems
exceptionally hostile to her. But thrown together as they are, there dawns an
uneasy compromise and a smouldering desire which could either lead to the edge
of abandon or be snuffed out forever.
Will Stella’s future lie on the rugged Yorkshire farm, or within the safety of a new home
and marriage in Devon?
Born in Halifax, Yorkshire and educated at grammar school, Geoff Mallinson’s first work was with his family’s wire goods manufacturer’s business. His war service was spent in the Royal Navy and Fleet Air Arm, and he later left the family business
Married, with a daughter and son, he moved to Devon to run an antique and piano
shop with his wife and daughter. It was at this time that his first two books of short stories were published.
He now lives in the Poitou-Charentes region of France; an ideal setting for him to continue with his writing and painting.