Recipe from “The Sweetheart Locket,” a book tour & an unexpected angel

Jun 23, 2022 | 6 comments |

Instead of a regular blog post today, I have several bits of news to share, as well as an anecdote about an unexpected angel who brightened my day when I needed it.

Make a cake featured in the The Sweetheart Locket

Earlier this week, I wrote a post for Novel Noshing, a blog series organised by author and literary agent Susan Nystoriak, about food in books.

The Sweetheart Locket, my WW2 dual-time women’s fiction novel and first largely British-set book features food from my English life.

My favourite cake is the British Victoria Sponge and I mention it several times in the story.

My guest post for Novel Noshing offers a look-behind-the-book as well a recipe (UK and US versions) to make a Victoria Sponge for your own British-inspired afternoon tea.

Read the post here.

The Sweetheart Locket is going on tour…virtually

If you missed it in my June reader newsletter, The Sweetheart Locket will be on a virtual book tour from 28 June to 2 July 2022.

Find out more here and follow the tour schedule for reviews, exclusive book excerpts, interviews with me, giveaways and more.

Thanks to organiser Rachel’s Random Resources and participating bloggers for what will be a fun and busy time with 25 stops over five days.

An unexpected angel

As we all do, I’ve had some recent personal and professional challenges.

One day last week I took Floppy Ears for a walk in the hope that fresh air and exercise would bring clarity to certain situations and help me take a new start where needed.

Even at eight in the morning, it was already hot and humid, and Miss Floppy Ears huffed and sniffed and dawdled with typical canine obliviousness to my deadlines and long to-do list.

Rounding the corner of a nearby road, someone walked toward me from the other direction.

When crossing paths, we exchanged greetings and chatted about the weather.

I then tugged a reluctant Floppy Ears on our way, but the person turned back to me and said: “Have a blessed day, my dear.”

Only a few simple words between strangers but so powerful. In that instant, I felt “blessed” and had a new sense of hope in a way as profound as it was unexpected.

I was also reminded of “Angels Among Us,” a song originally recorded by the American country band, Alabama, Tech Guy and I included in our wedding ceremony almost twenty-six years ago to that day.

At a time I felt alone, frustrated, worried and tired, an angel was there when I needed them—and despite taking the same route daily, I hadn’t seen them before or since.

Coincidence perhaps, but I like to think someone was watching over me.

If you’re interested, listen and watch the official music video  of “Angels Among Us” on YouTube here.


  1. Lynn Butkus

    What a beautiful song!! It brought tears to my eyes. I’m so glad your angel found you at the right time!

    • Jen Gilroy

      Thank you, Lynn. I’m glad you enjoyed that song. Whenever I hear it, I’m teary too. And yes, I’m glad that “angel” found me too.

  2. Heidi

    I truly believe God sends us “earthly” angels when we need them the most. Many folks believe that the age of miracles is past, but the age of angels (in my mind) is still very much a “thing”!

    • Jen Gilroy

      Thank you, Heidi. I share your belief about “earthly” angels and it’s something I find very comforting.

  3. Jennifer Wilck

    I’m glad someone was there for you when you needed it.

    • Jen Gilroy

      Thank you, Jennifer. Meeting that ‘angel’ was a great blessing.


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