With the Headmaster's Approval: a feel good story of secrets, scandals and second chances

By Jan Hurst-Nicholson

General fiction, Women's fiction, Comedy & satire | Paperback, eBook


When 40 year-old American, Adam Wild, takes up the position of head teacher at St Mary’s Academy for Girls in England, he knows he’ll have his work cut out for him. But he doesn’t realise that his greatest challenge will be in managing the all-female staff. The governing board thinks his background as an officer in the US Navy makes him well suited to restore much needed discipline to the school. 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, his confidant, believes she knows where his heart truly lies. Adam’s strict new rules and sometimes cavalier approach set him on a collision course with a contingent of sullen and rebellious students who set out to manipulate and embarrass him in ways that only teenage girls can. Still recovering from the tragic loss of his wife and two young children in a car crash, Adam is not in the market for new romance. But that does not prevent him from becoming the target of several predatory, repressed, or love-hungry libidos. His virile presence acts as a catalyst that upsets the entrenched order and stability of the school world, and proceeds to pull more than one dark, scandalous secret into the light … And then Nicole, his late wife’s tearaway kid sister returns from Africa - and she is hiding secrets of her own. Lust shouts. Love whispers. Only the heart knows the difference. Intrigue, scandal and suspense simmer beneath the surface of this light-hearted and humour-peppered romance, where one man’s influence on a school full of wayward girls and their teachers changes their lives in ways none of them could imagine – and eventually his own. Winner of the best Chick Lit/Women’s Lit category in the 2015 eFestival of Words.


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When 40 year-old American, Adam Wild, takes up the position of head teacher at St Mary’s Academy for Girls in England, he knows he’ll have his work cut out for him. But he doesn’t realise that his greatest challenge will be in managing the all-female staff. The governing board thinks his background as an officer in the US Navy makes him well suited to restore much needed discipline to the school. 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, his confidant, believes she knows where his heart truly lies. Adam’s strict new rules and sometimes cavalier approach set him on a collision course with a contingent of sul...


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson has written for South African magazines for several years, much of it compiled into ‘Something to Read on the Plane’. Her humorous novel on adapting from Liverpool to Durban, ‘But Can You Drink The Water?’ has been joined by award-winning ‘Leon Chameleon: PI’ children's books, YA ‘Mystery At Ocean Drive’, and the family saga ‘The Breadwinners’, as well as ‘With the Headmaster’s Approval’ and many other books from Penguin and Cambridge University Press. Jan's writing also appears in Edge Words (stories from the Cheshire Prize for Literature), Chicken Soup, and Summer Shorts. She lives in Durban with two dogs that are forever on the wrong side of the door, an elderly cat, and the occasional visiting troop of boisterous vervet monkeys. See more about Jan and her many books at www.just4kix.jimdo.com.


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson has written for South African magazines for several years, much of it compiled into ‘Something to Read on the Plane’. Her humorous novel on adapting from Liverpool to Durban, ‘But Can You Drink The Water?’ has been joined by award-winning ‘Leon Chameleon: PI’ children's books, YA ‘Mystery At Ocean Drive’, and the family saga ‘The Breadwinners’, as well as ‘With the Headmaste...


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