Professional pet-sitter Beth believes her Greek boyfriend, Alex is the one. So when he's offered a job in Dubai, he and Beth marry so they can move there together. But on the day they're due to fly to their new life, Alex says their marriage was a mistake and ends it. By phone. Beth is suddenly husbandless and homeless. Distraught, and with her life in turmoil, when her old boss asks a favour she agrees on autopilot, and goes to feed Talisker the cat, whose handsome but dour owner Henry travels one week in three. Finding herself in luxury surroundings, with nowhere to go and determined not to hear her mother's "I told you so", she sleeps on Henry's sofa. Next day, Beth has her job back and a plan. For the time being, she'll quietly stay in her clients' homes until she can convince Alex that this is all a big mistake. She's pretty sure squatting's against the law, but if she's careful, no one need find out ... until the mysterious Henry comes home unexpectedly.
April Hardy grew up on the outskirts of the New Forest. After leaving drama school, her varied career has included touring pantomimes, children's theatre and a summer season in Llandudno as a Butlins Red Coat. All interspersed with much waitressing and working in hotel kitchens.
Moving to Greece in her twenties, she spent many years as a dancer, then choreographer. After hanging up her dancing shoes, she did a 7-month stint on a Greek cruise ship, was housekeeper on a Greek tycoon's yacht and worked for an eccentric celebration cake designer, before training as a pastry chef in a Swiss hotel school in Athens. Whilst living there, she also helped out at a local animal sanctuary.
Relocating to the UAE with her husband and their deaf, arthritic cat, she has lived in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai, where she is delighted to have found herself so unemployable that she has had plenty of time to devote to writing!
Sitting Pretty is the first of her New Forest romantic comedies.