Behind the Scenes of Bluebell Hill
I just love the charm of English villages, which is where the inspiration for Bluebell Hill came from. Bluebell Hill, in my mind, was a place all on its own, made up of dusty lanes, overgrown hedges, cosy cottages and a gorgeous little village square.
Surrounding the outer edges of Bluebell Hill were thick patches of woodland, which is where, as summer approaches, the bluebells grow, wild and free. If you’ve never seen a woodland floor completely covered by bluebells then you should definitely take a look. It is such an incredible masterpiece of nature, almost surreal and completely magical. They’re romantic and breath-taking and are also surrounded by folklore tales.
This was definitely something that intrigued me and, as I learnt more about the bluebells and their origins, I became enchanted by them. Apparently, if you were to hear a bluebell ring, then you would soon die. Another one says that if you find a field full of bluebells, then the field is laced with fairy traps! I’ve got such a whimsical mind so, as you can imagine, all sorts of fluttery ideas were soon going around in my head like a merry-go-round. I was fascinated!
The name for the village, Bluebell Hill, was chosen because it’s a place that’s well-known for its bluebells in the story. They grow in abundance, especially in the hidden parts of the woods, and I definitely used this to my advantage when it came to the romance in Return to Bluebell Hill. Not only that, but bluebells are also in the name of Jessica’s childhood home, Bluebell House. Do you think I went a bit bluebell crazy?
Of course, I could have used roses, daffodils, tulips or lilies within Return to Bluebell Hill, but for me, none of those held the same attraction as the bluebells. Plus, I desperately wanted to include a woodland floor full of bluebells in the story.
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Rebecca Pugh grew up in the green county of Shropshire, with a mind full of fairy-tales and happy endings. Enchanted by true love and Disney Princesses, she decided that no matter what life threw her way, she’d continue to see the world through a child’s eyes. Through the pages of countless books, her adoration of reading blossomed, and it didn’t take long for her to fall under the spell of hundreds of authors’ words.
Now, Rebecca’s own story has taken a fairy-tale like turn, and at 22, her dream has come true. With her faithful companions: Bonnie the dog, her partner, and her gigantic family by her side, Rebecca is ready to share her stories with readers who enjoy falling in love and losing themselves within beautiful, fictional worlds.
Rebecca Pugh is the author of women’s fiction and romance, her all-time favourite genres. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a good swoon?
Her debut novel, Return to Bluebell Hill, is due to be published June 18th 2015 by Carina UK.