On Favorite Scenes

by Karen Swan

There are a couple of scenes that really made me laugh out loud when I was writing them – the ‘Vegas’ swimsuit scene at Hampstead Heath swimming ponds, Cassie having her beauty treatments (Brazilian wax in New York, Endermology in Paris) and I really loved the catch-your-breath moment at the hotel in the Venice scenes. But more than anything, I loved the Christmas scene in New York when Cassie is by the tree in Tiffanys. I had been writing that scene in a meandering, aimless fashion, not really sure where I wanted to go with it and was basing everything upon my memories of having once attended a party there during Fashion Week, thinking of the jewelry cabinets, the lights…

I just didn’t know what to do with her until I realized I had her standing next to the Christmas tree, waiting for her boyfriend, Luke, to buy a present for his mother. The idea for what should happen next came to me in a flash and I couldn’t have been more delighted with it. It’s the ultimate Tiffany’s fantasy and just seemed so obvious once I’d hit upon it. Even better was the way I was able to spin out the surprise when she got back to her boyfriend’s apartment. The entire sequence really brought to the book that sense of indulgence and festivity, as well as being a useful device to ramp up tension with Luke and begin to bring Henry into the mix.


‘…She accepted another glass of champagne and ambled slowly towards the giant Christmas tree to wait for him and listen to the carols. The choir really was excellent.  She was determined to hoover up every last atom of Christmas in New York,

She looked up at the tree, just about the only thing in the store she hadn’t scrutinized. It was tall and plush with needles, with empty boxes of every size piled around the foot, adorned with sumptuous white satin bows that blossomed atop the lids. It was like stepping into a fantasy and she wished she was wearing a cocktail dress and chignon, rather than jeans and a-

She blinked and looked more closely, blinking again for good measure. But her eyes weren’t deceiving her – for there, beneath the tree, in beautiful trademarked-blue, was an enormous box with a card dangling from the ribbon, and on it, her name.

She bent over and stared at it more closely. It couldn’t be! And yet it was. Her name….’


About the Book

In the wake of a heartbreaking betrayal, a young woman leaves the Scottish countryside to find her destiny in three of the most exciting cities in the world—New York, Paris, and London—in this funny and triumphant tale of fulfillment, friendship, and love.

Ten years ago, a young and naïve Cassie married her first serious boyfriend, believing he would be with her forever. Now, her marriage is in tatters and Cassie has no career or home of her own. Though she feels betrayed and confused, Cassie isn’t giving up. She’s going to take control of her life. But first she has to find out where she belongs . . . and who she wants to be.

Over the course of one year, Cassie leaves her sheltered life in rural Scotland to stay with her best friends living in the most glamorous cities in the world: New York, Paris, and London. Exchanging comfort food and mousy hair for a low-carb diet and a gorgeous new look, Cassie tries each city on for size as she searches for the life she’s meant to have . . . and the man she’s meant to love.


About the Author

Karen Swan began her career in fashion journalism before giving it all up to raise her three children and an ADHD puppy, and to pursue her ambition of becoming a writer. She lives in the forest in Sussex, writing her books in a treehouse overlooking the Downs. Her first novel, Players, was published in 2010, followed by Prima Donna and Christmas at Tiffany’s in 2011.
Twitter: @KarenSwan1

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