Meet author of new Whitby book

Grace Me With Your Presents, by Pippa Franks
Grace Me With Your Presents, by Pippa Franks

A Whitby-born author is promoting her new book at the town’s Royal Fisheries this weekend.

Pippa Franks has just released the book Grace Me With Your Presents, her third book, which is set in Whitby and features the fish and chip restaurant as one of the locations.

Royal Fisheries is holding an event tomorrow (Dec 19) where signed copies will be available.

Whitby Gothic Weekend is relevant to the main story while Whitby Abbey is also a key feature.

With a yearning for another child as she approaches her 40s and a daughter who has just flown the nest, Grace Carter must take stock of her life and confront a secret from her past.

A family crisis drives Grace back to Eskton, the once sleepy village just outside Whitby, where she grew up.

While caring for her aunt after a fall, she encounters Terence (Tippy) Tippleton, the bad boy of the village; Alfie Hammond, the know-it-all grocer; an alcoholic vicar, and a transvestite farmer.

She’s almost too busy to miss her husband and their life in London.

However, the physical distance between them highlights the emotional distance, and she vows that once they’re back together, she will reveal the secret that’s been smouldering in the back of her mind for far too long.

Grace falls in love with the village and its quirky inhabitants.

Can she convince her husband that life will be better away from the hubbub of the city? Will she even have a husband once the truth comes to light?

Meet Pippa tomorrow at the Royal Fisheries from 11.30am.