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With the Headmaster's Approval (a feel good story of secrets, scandals and second chances) by Jan Hurst-Nicholson

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Winner of the best Chick Lit/Women’s Lit category in the 2015 eFestival of Words

Intrigue, scandal, suspense, and romance peppered with humour tell how one man’s influence on a school of wayward girls and their teachers changes each of their lives in ways none of them would imagine – and eventually his own.

Adam Wild is still recovering from the loss of his wife and two young children in a car crash when he is offered the position of head teacher at St Mary’s Academy for Girls in England. The governing board feels that his background as an officer in the US Navy makes him well suited to restore some needed discipline, but some of the all-female teaching staff disagree.

Jenna feels the position should have been hers and undermines his attempts to reform the troubled school. Barbara (Babs) sees him as a romantic challenge, but Lisa believes she knows where his heart truly lies.

His strict new rules set him on a collision course with the sullen students who seek to manipulate or embarrass him in ways only girls can.

As he struggles to set the right tone with teachers and students, accomplish what the board has set as his goals and plan his own future, his presence acts as a catalyst that changes relationships and threatens to pull dark secrets and scandals into the light… And then Nicole, his late wife’s kid sister returns from Africa - and she is hiding secrets of her own…

Lust shouts. Love whispers. Only the heart knows the difference.

If you enjoy feel-good stories then don't miss this happy-ever-after read.

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About The Author...

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Jan Hurst-Nicholson


Jan Hurst-Nicholson lives in sunny South Africa where she is personal chef to an elderly picky cat, and doorman to a dog that is forever on the wrong side of a door. The dog sits beside her as she works. The cat sleeps on the work.

Her articles, humorous articles and short stories have appeared in South African and overseas magazines and these were compiled into a book: "Something to Read on the Plane - a bit of light literature, short stories & other fun stuff," and "I Made These Up (short stories for the fireside)"

Born in the UK, Jan emigrated from Liverpool to South Africa in the 1970s. Her experiences moving to a new continent were the inspiration for her humorous novel, "But Can You Drink The Water?' which was a semi-finalist (top 50 out of 5000) in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and a runner-up in the Peter Pook humorous novel competition.

Jan worked in the R&D department of a large bakery for several years, and this gave her the idea for "The Breadwinners" a family saga spanning 60 years and set in Durban.

Jan has also published a YA/teen novel, Mystery at Ocean Drive, which was a runner-up in the 2010 Citizen/Pan MacMillan YA novel award.

Jan's latest novel "With the Headmaster's Approval" won the best Chick Lit/Women’s Lit category in the 2015 eFestival of Words

Her first children's book was "Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs" published by Gecko Books, and was one of Bookchat's 1993 South African Books of the Year. This was followed by "Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the kidnapped mouse" which was selected as one of the 2013 Kart Kids Book Award winners. 'Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the bottled bat' is awaiting publication. These are humorous, animal, detective stories set in a nature reserve.
"Bheki and the Magic Light", which tells of a bullied herd boy who becomes a hero, was published by Penguin SA and is now also available as an e-book.
'Jake,' was published by Cambridge University Press.
'The Race (an inspiring story for left-handers)' is her latest children's book. It also has advice for parents and teachers.

Other Books By Jan Hurst-Nicholson

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I Made These Up (short stories f


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Leon Chameleon PI and the case o

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The Breadwinners (a family saga

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Mystery at Ocean Drive

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Bheki and the Magic Light

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But Can You Drink The Water? (dr

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Something to Read on the Plane


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Leon Chameleon PI and the case o

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The Race (an inspiring story for

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With the Headmaster's Approval (


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