Lisa Swift

Lisa Swift is an award-winning author of contemporary romance novels with humour and heart. She is represented by Laura Longrigg at MBA Literary AgentsShe is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ AssociationHer second novel, The School of Starting Over, was published by Hera on 11th March 2020.

Lisa also writes romantic comedies under the name Mary Jayne Baker.

By Lisa Swift

The School of Starting Over

Nell’s going back to school… but now she’s learning lessons of the heart

Reception class teacher Nell Shackleton has a plan. At least, she had until she arrived at her new home of Humblebee Farm, a dilapidated farmhouse on the Yorkshire moors. But so what if the roof’s full of holes, the back door’s hanging off and there’s a sheep in the front room? Because sometimes a new beginning means starting at the bottom… right? 

Xander Scott is one of the youngest headteachers Leyholme Primary School has ever had. But managing over-zealous parents and their semi-feral kids proves a tricky task for shy Xander – as does keeping his mind on the job when his feelings for the new Reception teacher become more than strictly professional… 

At 43, Nell’s new friend Stevie Madeleine has given up on love. After losing her wife, Stevie’s decided that her four-year-old daughter Milly and cocker spaniel Red are the only girls she needs in her life. That is, until larger-than-life dog-walker Deb arrives on the scene. But will the secrets of Stevie’s past stop her new romance dead in its tracks? 

Meeting Xander and Stevie brings joy back into Nell’s life – but when old secrets start to surface, there may be some hard lessons to learn for them all… 


A beautiful story of life, love and second chances.

Sunny Buzzy Blogs


I loved every single word and every single emotion this book evoked.

Laura, Amazon UK


A beautifully written story to warm your heart and leave you feeling happy.

Faith, Goodreads

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