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What if your entire life changed in the space of a weekend?

When Rebecca’s friend Abi convinces her to get away from it all at the fabulous Hawksley Manor hotel in York, it seems too good to be true. Pampering and relaxation is just what Rebecca needs to distract herself from the creeping suspicion that her husband, Greg, is hiding something from her.

She never imagined that by the end of the weekend she would have dined with celebrities or danced the night away in exclusive clubs. Nor could she have predicted she would meet famous footballer, Alex Heath, or that he would be the one to show her that she deserved so much more …

But no matter how amazing a weekend is, it’s always back to reality come Monday morning – isn’t it?

As Weekends Go-

As Weekends Go – Paperback –

Quote for the paperback from bestselling author Lisa Jewell: “I loved this gorgeous love story, written with a sure touch and a big heart.”


As Weekends Go…a taster

Rebecca scrolled through her emails, searching for anything she might need to address before leaving the house.

One stood out.

Abi’s message, which Rebecca presumed, at first, to be a wind-up.



 Subject:          Pack your bags, lady. We’re off!

Hi Bex,

I know I’m seeing you later, but I’ve only just heard about this and wanted to give you maximum time to digest it (she says, gnawing off her knuckles with glee).

As our men are deserting us this weekend, how do you fancy coming to York with me? Well, the outskirts, actually. We’d be staying at Hawksley Manor. Pure Escapism’ to quote their website guestbook. See photo attached.

My boss and his wife – love every hair on their charitable heads – have had to pull out at short notice and have offered me their SUPERIOR twin room. They get it cheap anyway as they’re pally with the general manager.

And before you ask – no, I’m not in cahoots with your mum. Or your sisters. This genuinely happened today. Although, like me, I suspect they’d love you to say yes.

I know it’s Wednesday already, but come on, Bex, you could do with being pampered senseless after the year or so you’ve had …

We leave Friday morning. Did I mention it was a long weekend?

No regrets or excuses, please.

Love ‘n’ hugs, Abi xxx

P.S. See you tonight. 6.30ish.



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Jan lives in South East London with her husband and motley crew of cuddly toys. Jan’s written for pleasure from a young age; short stories for classmates, odes for workmates, fun quizzes for family and friends, progressing to her first novel, the idea for which sprang from a script she composed as part of a creative writing course assignment via The Writers Bureau. Following much secret plotting, research and feigning of passion for the customer accounts she was supposed to be reconciling during the day job, the chance finally arose to put pen to paper.

Jan’s debut novel  As Weekends Go  subsequently won the 2014/2015 Choc Lit and Whole Story Audiobooks Search for a Star Competition , which led to a publishing contract with Choc Lit.

An avid reader and all round book devotee, Jan is also one eighth of online group blog The Romaniacs who last year proudly received the RNA Industry Media Award and even got a mention in The Bookseller.

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