The House at Greenacres by Darcie Boleyn
About The Book
All roads lead home…
When Holly Morton fled Penhallow Sands nearly a year ago she was determined to put the past – and Rich Turner – behind her. But now an unexpected loss and financial trouble has led her back to the family vineyard and it’s time to tell Rich the truth – he’s a father.
Surrounded by the memories of what they once shared Holly’s anger fades in the glow of Rich’s undeniable love for their son and the way he selflessly steps in to help the vineyard out of trouble. As Holly watches Rich flourish in his new role as father to baby Luke, she realises that though they can’t change the past, the future is still theirs to write…
Sounds interesting? Here is a Guest Post from the author to make you more eager to read the book! 😉
The Importance of Secondary Characters
Some early reviewers of The House at Greenacres have stated that they’d like to see the secondary character of Fran having her own story. I can understand why, as Fran is a warm, bubbly, caring character and she is important because she is Holly’s best friend. Fran has a role in the story, and that role is to be a sounding board for Holly, to listen to her and sometimes guide her and to help move the plot along. However, she also develops subplots and themes and reveals more about Holly to the reader.
The same can be said of all the secondary characters in the novel, from Holly’s father, to her grandmother and to Rich’s parents. This is because secondary characters matter. They interact with main characters, help advance the plot and move the story forwards, carry subplots, develop conflict, reveal historical and current information and more. They play such an important role that the reader should care about them, so they need to be well rounded.
Secondary characters also help develop or support the subplots – the side stories that offer more to the reader. These subplots can add tension and conflict or help develop the main themes of the novel – such as love, family, friendship, loyalty
and more. They also help with character development because the main characters interact with them, which reveals more for the reader, and in turn helps to keep the story moving.
Without secondary characters, a novel would be flat and the main characters would lack development. Think about your favourite secondary characters from books you’ve read and consider what role they play in the stories. Without those
characters, whether there are good or bad, the stories wouldn’t be as enjoyable.
Who are your favourite secondary characters from books, TV and movies? What do they bring to the story?
About The Author
Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.