Hope Meadows

Summer at Hope Meadows will be available from 1st June.

Newly-qualified vet Mandy Hope is leaving Leeds – and her boyfriend Simon – to return to the Yorkshire village where she grew up. Mandy’s life has always revolved around her work with rescued animals, and helping out in her parents’ surgery means working with creatures of all shapes and sizes.

But it’s not all plain sailing: Mandy clashes with Jimmy Marsh, owner of the local Outward Bound centre, and some of the villagers won’t accept a new vet. Meanwhile, Simon is determined that Mandy will rejoin him back in the city.

When tragedy strikes for her best friend James, and some neglected animals are discovered on a nearby farm, Mandy is determined to prove herself. When it comes to being there for her friends – and protecting animals in need – she’s prepared to do whatever it takes…

Mandy Hope first appeared on bookshelves 25 years ago, in the long-running and massively popular children’s series Animal Ark.


I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have been selected to write as the next Lucy Daniels. The blog posts below chart my personal journey to Hope Meadows, from the error that brought me to the notice of author’s agent, Peter Buckman, through the heady experience of writing the first novel with Victoria Holmes:

A Gent – 10th February 2017
Double Agent (A Gent – Part 2) – 17th February 2017
Summer at Hope Meadows – 24th February 2017
And We’re Off and Running… – 3rd March 2017
Booty? – 10th March 2017
Major Characters – 17th March 2017
Case Files – 25th March 2017
Welford Geography – 31st March 2017

A Load of Strathballochs

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