Books

The writing accomplishment I’m most proud of has to be my novel. When I wrote that first draft, I knew I could express myself, but I was unaware that novel writing is a craft that I still needed to learn.

Bitter-Sweet Harvest

They were not supposed to fall in love. It was tempting fate. As their encounters become increasingly passionate, love is inevitable. Is their love strong enough to overcome the gulf between them?

Plot
They were not supposed to fall in love. It was tempting fate.
Ambitious photo-journalist, April Lennox, is excited to be in Tuscany on her first major assignment for “Wine and Travel” magazine. This is her chance to make a name for herself. She is photographing workers harvesting grapes when she trips and falls into the arms of Rico Falcone. There is an instant spark of attraction between them. April is wary of any relationship which might affect her career, but desire overcomes her caution. They embark on what is intended to be a brief affair, which must end on her return to London. As their encounters become increasingly passionate, love is inevitable. But Rico is living a lie, and April is devastated when she finds out. Rico believes that April is beyond his reach. Driven by a strong sense of duty he becomes engaged to a bride chosen for him by his family. After a chance meeting with April, he knows that his engagement was a tragic mistake; but he is honour bound not to break it. Is their love strong enough to overcome the gulf between them?
Romantic Books by Author Andie Patrick
Romantic Books by Author Andie Patrick

Deck the Halls

A Christmas Wedding in Summer. Friendly twenty-seven-year old Juliet Smythe is striving to make a success of her business as a wedding planner in Durban. The wedding of Claudine, sister of wealthy sugarcane farmer Jonas Warwick; a wedding which will establish the reputation of her business. Each tries to deny their attraction towards the other. Will it be a Happy Christmas for the Bride and for the Wedding Planner?

Plot
A Christmas Wedding in Summer.

Friendly twenty-seven-year old Juliet Smythe is striving to make a success of her business as a wedding planner in Durban. She wins a contract to arrange the wedding of Claudine, sister of wealthy sugarcane farmer Jonas Warwick; a wedding which will establish the reputation of her business.
There are just two problems. First, she has insufficient time to organise an event on Christmas Day, when everything in this holiday city is fully booked. Second is the surly Jonas Warwick. Despite his undeniable good looks, she dislikes him on sight; and he writes her off as incompetent.
Juliet throws herself into the arrangements. She visits the Warwick estate frequently, and cannot avoid meeting Jonas. Each develops feelings towards the other; but he is deeply bitter and distrustful, battling demons from his past; and she cannot forget his initial hostility. Each tries to deny their attraction towards the other.
Torn by her conflicting emotions, Juliet drives her staff to meet their deadline; but time is passing, and she still has no caterer.
Will it be a Happy Christmas for the Bride and for the Wedding Planner?

Windsong

Wine estate, Windsong, has been in Annamarie’s family for generations. When bankruptcy robs her of her heritage, she sees new owner, Felix,  as a villain who has stolen her home. Sparks fly between them . Felix falls in love with her, but he cannot overcome her resentment.  Fair means have failed to win her, will foul means succeed?

He baits his hook.

Plot

Twenty-five-year-old Annamarie Badenhorst is the winemaker at Windsong, the wine estate which has been in her family for generations. It is auctioned off by her creditors to settle the debts she inherited from her father. Felix Pritchard, a hard-headed and successful businessman of thirty-five, is the new owner. He finds himself attracted to Annamarie, and offers to keep her on as winemaker. He starts to modernise the house, which causes friction between them. To her he is the Villain who has ousted the Badenhorsts from their inheritance, and she can see no good in him.

She is concerned about her staff. Many come from families who have worked at Windsong for generations. They have been faithful to her through the hard times when she struggled to repay the debt. She pleads with Felix to allow them to keep their jobs. He has fallen in love with her, but she repels his overtures. She cannot overcome her distrust of him. If he cannot win her by fair means: he will treat her as he would a hostile business takeover bid. He makes Annamarie an offer, forcing her to make a choice.
Which option will lead to sour grapes, and which to sweet wine for the winemaker?