Thursday 25 August 2016

Guest Post: Tasmina Perry's Favourite Books and Movies on First Love

TITLE: The House on Sunset Lake
AUTHOR: Tasmina Perry

PUBLICATION DATE: August 25, 2016

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Casa D'Or, the mysterious plantation house on Sunset Lake, has been in the Wyatt family for over fifty years. Jennifer Wyatt returns there from university full of hope, as summer by the lake stretches ahead of her. Yet by the time it is over her heart will be broken, her family in tatters, her dreams long gone.

Twenty years later, Casa D'Or stands neglected, a victim of tragic events. Jennifer has closed the door on her past. Then Jim, the man she met and fell in love with that magical summer, comes back into her life, with a plan to return Casa D'Or to its former glory. Their reunion will stir up old ghosts for both of them, and reveal the dark secrets the house still holds close...

Books and Movies on First Love

A love story is at the heart of my new book, The House on Sunset Lake but it’s not just a first love story – it’s one that tracks down the two lovers twenty years after they met as college students and slowly reveals why their love affair did not work out despite their deep passion. The idea of ‘First Love’ is such a powerful one, and some of my favourite books and movies have it as a theme.

Here are some of my favourites:

• One of my all-time favourite films is When Harry Met Sally. It teaches us all a truth that successful relationships are not just about emotions, they are also about timing. And it’s just a brilliant script too – I can watch it again and again and quote most of it by heart!

• The older I get, the more I realize that something isn’t necessarily a guilty pleasure – it’s just a pleasure. I am not ashamed to admit that Can’t Buy Me Love, an early Patrick Dempsey movie is one of favourite films. Dempsey has never been more McDreamy than as the geeky guy who pays the most popular girl in high school a thousand dollars to go out with him. A fun and fantastic 80’s rom-com.

• A friend gave me a copy of One Day after he’d just come off a 22 hour plane ride to Australia and said it was so great he’d forgotten about how long the flight was! I love the fact that it’s about a deep friendship rather than first love, but also has this powerful undercurrent message that if you love someone, you should tell them as soon as you can.

Vince and Joy by Lisa Jewell is such a lovely will-they-won’t book, following two characters Vince and Joy from a meeting in a caravan park aged 18, to finally meeting each other again in their thirties. Lisa has always written about affairs of the heart so well, but Vince and Joy is particularly good – following their lives for twenty years you feel as if they are friends of yours by the end of the book and as such you really root for them to get together.

• I love every single movie John Hughes ever made but I have a particular soft spot for Sixteen Candles. On the surface it’s a sweet rom-com but I think it captures the angst of first love so brilliantly. When I first watched this movie as a teenager I had a major crush on the actor who plays Jake!

Some Kind of Wonderful is another John Hughes film (he wrote this one) but it’s less well-known. Nerdy guy Keith is in love with the high school beauty but his tomboy best mate is in love with him. A classic movie about unrequited love. I remember getting a poster of the movie from my local video shop and putting it on my bedroom wall!

The House on Sunset Lake is published in hardback and ebook today. Buy a copy here.

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