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By: April May

Our Indian Summer

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Grace’s world crumbled when Ben, her young husband, passed away unexpectedly. Just when the grief seemed too much to bear, an advertisement caught her eye: a quaint inn for sale in picturesque Cornwall. Though the price was daunting, the dream was within reach—fulfilling her late husband’s aspiration of owning a pub. But could she, a novice, manage such a venture?

Reaching out to her eldest son, Brian, for advice, his skepticism became the unexpected spark that ignited her determination. ‘Running a pub isn’t as simple as shopping for shoes,’ he warned. Yet, when he offered to discuss it further with his brother, John, Grace’s resolve was set. She was claiming the Sea Drift Arms for herself, along with its intriguingly stubborn caretaker, Arnold Tresider.

With Arnold’s guidance and a few inevitable missteps, Grace transformed the inn, navigating the nuances of her new world. The courage to dive into the unknown brought unexpected rewards and a renewed zest for life.

However, renovating the inn’s dilapidated snug into a dining space pits Grace against the formidable local landowner, Nicholas Penrudock. Their previous run-in— a near-collision on the roads — was just the beginning of their tumultuous relationship. As tensions rise, Grace must navigate her newfound life, determining whether this Indian summer has room for love, conflict, or a fresh start.

April May was born in 1940 in the small Somerset village of Temple Cloud. In 1956, when she was 18 years old, she and her parents moved to Bristol. It was in Bristol that she met and married her husband, Norman. In 1963, they migrated with their twin sons to Western Australia, adding 4 more sons and 1 daughter to their family.


April and her husband of 64 years now live in Albany on Western Australia’s stunning south coast. They have 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Over the years, they’ve had their fair share of ‘house guests,’ including guinea pigs, ducks, chickens, cats and numerous rescued dogs. They now share their days with a lunatic lurcher called Stanley and Lindsay, an elderly Huntaway, with selective hearing.

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