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Character Profile: Flora Jenkins

The last character in this mini series is Flora Jenkins - mother of Clara and her two older brother, best friend of Hettie Rathbone, and widow of Ezra Jenkins. Oh, and proud grandmother to Baby Ezra, her eldest son Henry's firstborn.

This is going to be a much shorter profile than the others, not because Flora is any less valuable, but because everything you really need to know about her is going to show up in The Ghost Who Wasn't dead.

But in brief, Flora is an absolute rock throughout the book, supporting Hettie as she receives some unexpected and life-changing news, and helping to move a few things in the series along.

She's sweet, wholesome, motherly - but she's hard as nails and is more than capable of making tough decisions and taking risks when she has to.

However, she's not an island, and in an active and beloved member of the community, giving as much help, support, and love as she received.

Because though the death of her own husband was difficult to bear, she didn't have to bear it alone, having the support of Hettie and the rest of the village throughout. There's a strong chance she'll happily spend the rest of her days trying to repay the kindness she received in those dark times.

And, much to her horror and private shame, Flora found that knowing Ezra's fate helped her recover from his death far quicker than Hettie's limbo with the perpetually missing Jim.

Unlike her friend, Flora has never wanted to remarry, and is quite happy having her life quietly to herself. Though she misses her hudband daily, she's never felt that same loss of companionship Hettie does - perhaps because Flora has a son permanently settled nearby with his family, so she isn't so worried about growing old alone.

Mrs Jenkins has a lot of love to share with the world, and she does so freely, almost seeing any young person who comes her way as an extra son or daughter. She's a wonderful, supportive character who will do anything for anyone, but isn't afraid to deliver harsh truths where necessary. She also has a wicked sense of humour, particularly if she and Hettie have been hitting the sherry, and she's an all round good egg.

Or a cinnamon roll, if we're going to update it slightly.

Mmm, cinnamon rolls...

Annnd, that's the end of the character profiles I'm sharing ahead of the launch of The Ghost Who Wasn't Dead!

But that's not the end of the posts, oh no, because over the weekend I'm going to share a few sneak peeks of the book itself - spoiler-free, of course (which believe me, is easier said than done as all this book seems to be spoilers somehow!)

Come back on Saturday for a sweet sneak seek :)

Love, Saff xx

P.S. You might have noticed I'm not asking you to preorder the new book. That's because I'm not setting one up this time, for various reasons. One of those reasons is that sometimes, Amazon processes a file faster than the predicted 72 hours, and if that happens, then it means I can let my newsletter subscribers get their hands on it a little sooner than everyone else.

It might not happen, of course (nothing is predictable with Amazon), but if you're interested in maybe getting your mitts on the latest installment before anyone else, get yourself on the mailing list ASAP


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