Saturday, July 30, 2022

In Deep Water by Christobel Kent

Hardback:  295 pages

Genre:  Contemporary Thriller

Publisher: Sphere 2022

Source:  Tywyn Public Library

First Sentence: At a certain point she thought, the next thing that happens is, he kills me.

Review Quote: The clear-sighted, confident writing won't disappoint Kent's numerous fans ― Daily Mail

My Opinion: 

Christobel Kent is not an author whose books I read very often in fact the last time I did so was in 2011, a long time ago. They were two of her earlier novels and they were both set in Italy where I was living at the time, so this was probably the reason.  Her latest novel ‘In Deep Water’ is mainly set in Greece and it appealed when I found it in the library recently.

One of the protagonists Sukie has been using an online dating app, not an uncommon practice these days. This story shows how dangerous it can be though when Sukie agrees to go on a short trip to Greece with Jake, a man she hardly knows.  By coincidence they are seen at the airport by Heather who just happened to have a disastrous relationship with this same man some fifteen years earlier.  Fiction yes and written for our entertainment, but really would someone in real life have then done what Heather did. Somehow for this reason the whole story just did not really click with me.

In conclusion although this did not appeal to me I think if you are already a fan of Christobel Kent, you believe in so many unlikely coincidences happening, or are a fan of the genre you will hopefully find it more entertaining than I did.   

Previous Reviews:    A Party in San Niccolo   The Summer House

Précis Courtesy of Goodreads: 

What happens when 'putting yourself out there' means 'putting yourself in danger'?

Sukie has had enough of not putting herself out there. She has had enough of her mother thinking so very little of her timid daughter. On a whim, she accepts an offer to go to a Greek island for the weekend with Jake, a man she has barely begun dating. If that isn't putting herself out here, she doesn't know what is.

Heather is at the airport when she sees him, the man who raped her fifteen years ago. Jake is with another woman and instantly Heather understands - this woman is in trouble. She buys a ticket and follows them. She doesn't necessarily know what she's going to do, but she knows she needs to do something.

What should have been a perfectly pleasant weekend away quickly descends into something much darker. As these two women come ever closer each other - and to Jake - it becomes increasingly unclear who will walk away from the weekend with their life.

Author Profile:         

                                                                    Courtesy of Amazon

Christobel Kent was born in London in 1962 and now lives in Cambridge with her husband and four children; in between she lived in Florence. She worked in publishing for several years, most recently as Publicity Director at Andre Deutsch. Her debut novel A Party in San Niccolo, was published in 2003.

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Monday, July 25, 2022

One August Night by Victoria Hislop


Hardback:  230 pages

Genre:  Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction

Publisher: Headline 2020

Source:  Tywyn Public Library

First Sentences: For some women, pregnancy is a period of good health and joyful expectation, but for Anna Vandoulakis it was a time of misery and nausea.

Review Quote:  A return to Hislop's thyme-scented, Aegean-lapped fictional Greece ― The Sunday Times on One August Night

My Opinion:  

Victoria Hislop in ‘One August Night’ has in her own words ‘opened a door that has been closed for awhile and stepped through it once more’ to let her readers know what happened next after the open ended conclusion she left us with in ‘The Island.’

A cure for leprosy has now been found and in this sequel we are reunited with Anna, Maria, Manolis and Andreas and other characters, in the weeks leading up to the evacuation of the island and afterwards as life moves on for the families.

Once again the author has written an engaging portrayal of Greece and its people through the pages of a novel. Recommended reading for fans of Victoria Hislop and Greece, also the story will make more sense if you have read ‘The Island.’

Précis Courtesy of Goodreads: 

Beloved author Victoria Hislop returns to Crete in this long-anticipated sequel to her multi-million-copy Number One bestseller, The Island.

25th August 1957. The island of Spinalonga closes its leper colony. And a moment of violence has devastating consequences.

When time stops dead for Maria Petrakis and her sister, Anna, two families splinter apart and, for the people of Plaka, the closure of Spinalonga is forever coloured with tragedy.

In the aftermath, the question of how to resume life looms large. Stigma and scandal need to be confronted and somehow, for those impacted, a future built from the ruins of the past.

Author Profile:         

Courtesy of Amazon

Inspired by a visit to Spinalonga, the abandoned Greek leprosy colony, Victoria Hislop wrote The Island in 2005. It became an international bestseller, has sold more than six million copies and was turned into a 26-part Greek TV series. She was named Newcomer of the Year at the British Book Awards and is now an ambassador for Lepra. Her affection for the Mediterranean then took her to Spain, and in the number one bestseller The Return she wrote about the painful secrets of its civil war. In The Thread, Victoria returned to Greece to tell the turbulent tale of Thessaloniki and its people across the twentieth century. Shortlisted for a British Book Award, it confirmed her reputation as an inspirational storyteller.

Her fourth novel, The Sunrise, about the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and the enduring ghost town of Famagusta, was a Sunday Times number one bestseller. Cartes Postales from Greece, fiction illustrated with photographs, followed and was one of the biggest selling books of 2016. The poignant and powerful Those Who Are Loved was a Sunday Times number one hardback bestseller in 2019 and explores a tempestuous period of modern Greek history through the eyes of a complex and compelling heroine. Victoria's most recent novel, One August Night, returns to Crete in the long-anticipated sequel to The Island. The novel spent twelve weeks in the Top 10 hardback fiction charts.

Her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages.

Victoria divides her time between England and Greece and in 2020, Victoria was granted honorary citizenship by the President of Greece. She was recently appointed patron of Knossos 2025, which is raising funds for a new research centre at one of Greece's most significant archaeological sites. She is also on the British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles.

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Monday, July 18, 2022

Magpie by Elizabeth Day


Hardback:  326 pages

Genre:  Psychological Thriller

Publisher: Fourth Estate 2021

Source:  Tywyn Public Library

First Sentences: The house was perfect. Well, not perfect exactly, because houses never are, but at least the imperfections were liveable with.

Review Quote:  ‘A pacy, stylish thriller in which suspense is accompanied by fist-pumping feminism and, perhaps toughest of all, hope.’ The Observer

My Opinion: I had never read any of Elizabeth Days work prior to this weekend. In fact, I had never come across this author until ‘Magpie’ was selected as our latest Book Club read. It was certainly different and as the genre of psychological thrillers goes worth five stars.

The protagonists of the novel are Marisa, Jake and Kate whose relationships become entwined and extremely intense as the storyline revolves around the heartbreak caused by infertility.

Difficult to say much without spoiling this one for the reader.  Will therefore just say it is a quick well written read, recommended for fans of psychological thrillers.

Précis Courtesy of Goodreads: 

Marisa and Jake are a perfect couple, and Kate, their new lodger, is the perfect roommate--and not just because her rent payments will give them the income they need to start trying for a baby. Except no one is perfect. Sure, Kate doesn’t seem to care much about personal boundaries and can occasionally seem overly familiar with Jake, but Marisa doesn’t let it concern her. Kate will soon be gone, and it will just be her, Jake, and their future baby.

Conceiving a baby is easier said than done, though, and Jake and Marisa’s perfect relationship is put to the test through months of fertility treatments and false starts. To make matters worse, Kate’s boundary-pushing turns into an all-out obsession--with Jake, with Marisa, and with their future child. Who is this woman? Why does she seem to know everything about Marisa and Jake?

In her quest to find out who Kate really is, Marisa might destroy everything she’s worked so hard to create: her perfect romance, her perfect family, and her perfect self. Jake doesn’t know the half of what Marisa has created and what she stands to lose. Magpie is a tense and twisting novel about mothers and children, envy and possession, and the dangers of getting everything you’ve ever dreamed of.

Author Profile:         

Courtesy of Goodreads

Born in the UK on November 10th 1978 Elizabeth Day is an English journalist, broadcaster and novelist. She was a feature writer for The Observer from 2007 to 2016 and has written four novels. A full Biography can be read on her Website

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Elizabeth Day - Instagram  Amazon Author Page

One Moonlit Night by Rachel Hore


Hardback:  463 pages

Genre: Historical Romantic Fiction, Fiction

Publisher: Simon and Schuster 2022

Source:  Tywyn Public Library

First Sentences: Grace glanced at her watch. Had she been clear enough about the whereabouts of the tea shop?

Review Quote:  'Brimming over with everything I love about this author's writing: atmosphere, intrigue, wonderful characters and a beautiful love story. Pure delight to read' Tracy Rees - Author

My Opinion: I have now read, including this one, seven novels by Rachel Hore and looking back on those earlier reads it seems I enjoy her writing more nowadays. It was back in 2009 I first read one, so I guess we have both matured somewhat since then, both in writing style for her and taste for me. As with many of her novels, ‘One Moonlit Night’ is dual narrative and the author has been inspired by historical facts around which she has created a fictional story.

The novel is set during WWII and Maddie Anderson’s husband Phillip is missing presumed dead after failing to escape Northern France at the time of Operation Dynamo in Dunkirk. There were terrible massacres after this and his disappearance was assumed to have been due to such an event. Phillips narrative is about his personal war experiences in France and Maddie’s along with their daughters back in England. During the Blitz their home in London is bombed and they find themselves homeless, managing to track down relations of her husband’s family is her only option and they are offered a roof over their heads at Knyghton the family home in Norfolk. Surprisingly Maddie knows nothing at all about Phillips past and is keen to learn more about him. However, she discovers that there are so many family secrets which slowly unravel as the novel progresses, with its twists and turns.

An emotive story recommended to those readers that enjoy historical romance novels set in this period. 

Links to reviews for a few of Rachel Hore's other novels that I have read.

The Love Child  The Memory Garden  A Week in Paris  A Beautiful Spy

Précis Courtesy of Goodreads: 

Accept it, he is dead.

No, it’s not true.

It is. Everyone thinks so except you.

Forced to leave their family home in London after it is bombed, Maddie and her two young daughters take refuge at Knyghton, the beautiful country house in Norfolk where Maddie’s husband Philip spent the summers of his childhood.

But Philip is gone, believed to have been killed in action in northern France. Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Maddie refuses to give up hope that she and Philip will some day be reunited. 

Arriving at Knyghton, Maddie feels closer to her missing husband, but she soon realises that there’s a reason Philip has never spoken to her about his past. Something happened at Knyghton one summer years before. Something that involved Philip, his cousin Lyle and a mysterious young woman named Flora.

Maddie’s curiosity turns to desperation as she tries to discover the truth, but no one will speak about what happened all those years ago, and no one will reassure her that Philip will ever return to Knyghton.

Author Profile:         

Courtesy of Amazon 

Rachel Hore is the author of twelve bestselling novels, the most recent of which is A Beautiful Spy. Her twelfth, One Moonlit Night, will be published in the UK in May 2022.

Full time writing only came after a career editing fiction at HarperCollins in London. She lives in Norfolk with her husband and they have three grown up sons.  

A full and interesting Profile can be found on the Amazon Author Page and even more on her Official Website

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Thursday, July 14, 2022

A Wedding in Provence by Katie Fforde


Hardback:  431 pages

Genre: Romantic Fiction, Contemporary Fiction

Publisher: Penguin Random House 2022

Source:  Tywyn Public Library

First Sentences: Alexandra still couldn't quite control her excitement. She was in Paris!

Review Quote:  'Katie Fforde is on sparkling form' INDEPENDENT

My Opinion: 

When I want to read some romantic fiction, Katie Fforde is an author I turn to first. As I have been reading and enjoying her novels since 1995, I think I can safely say her writing never fails to provide just what I need at the time. Romantic escapism. 

Set in the early sixties, the protagonist Alexandra comes from a privileged background. En-route from England to a finishing school in Switzerland, she stops off in Paris for a few days and finds herself accepting a job as a Nanny. Surprisingly the position turns out not to be in Paris but in Provence, but Alexandra accepts the challenge, despite her only experience being with her own Nannies. Initially she does not feel at all welcome at the chateau, but her personality wins through. As one would expect with this type of storyline, one thing leads to another as acceptance and love blossom.   

Recommended as a perfect read for when one is in the mood for a readable romance, with the inevitable happy ending. Relax and enjoy. 

Links to reviews for a few of Katie Ffforde's other novels that I have enjoyed.

Summer Of Love  Recipe For Love  The Perfect Match  A Rose Petal Summer

Précis Courtesy of Goodreads: 

Late summer, 1963

Fresh from London and a recent cookery course, Alexandra has always loved a challenge.

Which is why she now finds herself standing outside an imposing chateau in Provence.

Waiting for her inside is three silent, rather hostile children who are to be her charges for the next month.

They will soon be more friendly, she tells herself. All they need is some fun, good food and an English education.

Far more of a challenge though is their father - an impossibly good looking French count with whom she is rapidly falling in love . . .

Author Profile:         

Courtesy of Goodreads 

Catherine Rose Gordon-Cumming was born 27 September 1952 in England, UK and she lives in Stroud, Gloucestershire. She is the daughter of Shirley Barbara Laub and Michael Willoughby Gordon-Cumming. Her grandfather was Sir William Gordon-Cumming. Her sister is fellow writer Jane Gordon-Cumming. Katie married Desmond Fforde, cousin of the also writer Jasper Fforde. She has three children: Guy, Francis and Briony and didn't start writing until after the birth of her third child. She has previously worked both as a cleaning lady and in a health food cafe.

Published since 1995, her romance novels are set in modern-day England. She is the founder of the "Katie Fforde Bursary" for writers who have yet to secure a publishing contract. Katie was elected the twenty-fifteenth Chairman (2009-2011) of the Romantic Novelists' Association. She is delighted to have been chosen as Chair of the Romantic Novelists' Association and says, "Catherine Jones was a wonderful chair and she's a very tough act to follow. However, I've been a member of the RNA for more years than I can actually remember and will have its very best interests at the core of everything I do."

Photographs and Biographical Information courtesy of the following sites:

Katie Fforde - Official Website   Facebook Profile    Instagram Profile   Twitter Profile

Amazon Author Profile  Goodreads Author Profile

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Haven't They Grown by Sophie Hannah


Hardback: 328 pages

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Publisher: January 23, 2020 by Hodder & Stoughton

Source:  Tywyn Public Library

First Sentences: Here we are in the wrong place: Wyddial Lane. It's a private road, as the sign unsubtly proclaims in letters larger than those spelling out it's name, in a village called Hemingford Abbots.

Favourite Quote: “If we never make any changes that scare us at first, we end up missing out.”

Review Quote: 'Complex and sinister' Observer

My Opinion: It has been quite a few years since I last read any of Sophie Hannah’s novels. Actually, it was this author that led me to first read the genre, psychological thrillers, one I had previously tended to avoid. Glad I picked this one up at the library recently, drawn in by the original sounding storyline, it came home with me plus her latest novel to read in a few weeks time.

The protagonist Beth has discovered that something very strange is going on in the life of an ex friend of hers. As she still cares about this person, she decides to investigate and is drawn into a web of deception.  Beth becomes obsessed and although at times it all feels a little too crazy the story is well developed and the characters all well portrayed.

A disturbing story of emotional manipulation and one to recommend to readers of thrillers.  Remember though it is fiction that you are reading for pleasure and if it seems implausible to you good, as this is not a sequence of events you would ever want to come across in real life.

Précis Courtesy of Goodreads: 

All Beth has to do is drive her son to his Under-14s away match, watch him play, and bring him home.

Just because she knows her ex-best friend lives near the football ground, that doesn't mean she has to drive past her house and try to catch a glimpse of her. Why would Beth do that, and risk dredging up painful memories? She hasn't seen Flora for twelve years. She doesn't want to see her today, or ever again.

But she can't resist. She parks outside the open gates of Newnham House, watches from across the road as Flora and her children Thomas and Emily step out of the car. Except... There's something terribly wrong. Flora looks the same, only older. As Beth would have expected. It's the children. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily were five and three years old. Today, they look precisely as they did then.

They are still five and three. They are Thomas and Emily without a doubt - Hilary hears Flora call them by their names - but they haven't changed at all.

They are no taller, no older... Why haven't they grown?

Author Profile:         

Courtesy of Amazon Profile 

Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling crime fiction writer whose books have sold millions of copies worldwide. Her crime novels have been translated into 49 languages and published in 51 countries. Her psychological thriller The Carrier won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the 2013 UK National Book Awards. In 2014 and 2016, Sophie published The Monogram Murders and Closed Casket, the first new Hercule Poirot mysteries since Agatha Christie's death, both of which were national and international bestsellers. She went on to publish a third, The Mystery of Three Quarters in 2018 which was an instant bestseller, and her fourth Poirot novel, The Killings at Kingfisher Hill will be published in August 2020. Sophie helped to create a Master’s Degree in Crime and Thriller Writing at the University of Cambridge, for which she is the main teacher and Course Director. She is also the founder of the Dream Author Coaching Programme for writers which launched in September 2019.

Sophie is also an award-winning, bestselling poet, and her poetry is studied at GCSE level across the UK. She has co-written two murder mystery musicals with composer Annette Armitage: The Mystery of Mr. E and Work Experience. She has written a self-help book called How To Hold a Grudge: From Resentment to Contentment - The Power of Grudges to Transform Your Life, and hosts the How to Hold a Grudge podcast.

Sophie lives with her husband, children and dog in Cambridge, where she is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College.

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Amazon Author Page   Sophie Hannah Author Facebook Page  Instagram Profile

Twitter Profile   Sophie Hannah Official Author Website

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

The Glass House by Eve Chase


Hardback:   387 pages

Genre: Fiction, Suspense, Family Mystery, 

Publisher: Penguin, Random House, 2020

Source:  Tywyn Public Library

First Sentence: The forest looks like it'll eat them alive, thinks Rita.

Review Quote: 'A captivating mystery: beautifully written, with a rich sense of place, a cast of memorable characters and lots of deep, dark secrets' Author - Kate Morton

My Opinion: I have only just discovered Eve Chase’s writing and finding her style very appealing in ‘The Glass House’ have added her to my list of favourite authors as I definitely want to read more of her novels.

A dual timeline this story is an emotive one and the setting in an old house on the edge of a forest adds tremendously to the atmosphere. A riveting read full of family secrets with appealingly portrayed characters, that the reader cannot fail to become emotionally attached to. The past and present stories link together well which keeps up the intrigue and the reader engrossed.

Devoured in a couple of days, which is hopefully a recommendation. This one should certainly appeal if you are a fan of family mysteries.

Précis Courtesy of Goodreads: 

Outside a remote manor house in an idyllic wood, a baby girl is found.

The Harrington family takes her in and disbelief quickly turns to joy. They're grieving a terrible tragedy of their own and the beautiful baby fills them with hope, lighting up the house's dark, dusty corners. Desperate not to lose her to the authorities, they keep her secret, suspended in a blissful summer world where normal rules of behaviour - and the law - don't seem to apply.

But within days a body will lie dead in the grounds. And their dreams of a perfect family will shatter like glass.

Years later, the truth will need to be put back together again, piece by piece . . .

Author Profile:         

Courtesy of  Clare Borg-Cook

The following is what Eve has to say about herself on her Website.

I write from a studio/shed in my townhouse garden in Oxford. A small space, it's perfect for cooking up bigger ones. I love to write about sprawling, dysfunctional families in curious, characterful settings. A crime usually beats at the heart of my books. As I love stories that envelope you in their world but also read at a page-turning pace, I try to write them too. 

Married with three children. Owner of a very hairy golden retriever called Harry. 

Studied English Literature at Manchester University and went on to do a post-grad in journalism. I once edited a street fashion magazine, Scene (no longer on the scene, or in existence) and wrote for many publications including Dazed and Confused, Punch, InStyle, Red, Marie-Claire, You and national newspapers.

I read all the time, happily hopping between authors and genres. My ever changing list of favourite authors include Maggie O'Farrell, Liane Moriarty, Kate Atkinson, Elizabeth Strout, Diane Athill, Donna Tartt, Lisa Jewell, Raymond Carver, Jane Austen, Kate Morton, Hilary Mantel, and Barbara Vine.

I love hearing from readers. You really make all the hours writing away on my own worthwhile. Please drop by on Insta/Facebook/Twitter and say hello.

Thank you so much to those of you who've taken the time to read my books, review and blog about them. 

Happy reading! 

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Twitter - EvePollyChase   Amazon Author Page  Eve Chase - Goodreads Author Profile

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman


Paperback:   347 pages

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Psychological Thriller

Publisher: Penguin Random House 2021

Source:  Tywyn Public Library

First Sentences: The following Thursday.... 'I was talking to a woman in Ruskin Court and she said she's on a diet,' says Joyce, finishing her glass of wine. 'She's eighty-two!'

Review Quote: 'Superbly entertaining' Guardian

My Opinion: Having been pleasantly surprised by 'The Thursday Murder Club' I was keen to read this sequel. It did not disappoint as Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and return just a week after the last story ended, with another mystery to solve, involving stolen diamonds and multiple murders.

Richard Osman writes with such humour and has introduced us to such wonderfully portrayed characters. Characters that one feels as a reader we are being given the opportunity to really get to know as they, plus some new faces, return.  'The Man Who Died Twice' therefore feels more familiar, it also has much more mystery to puzzle out, plus a cleverly written ending.

The characters and humour alone ensure that I am already looking forward to reading 'The Bullet That Missed' when it is published later this year. Whether your preference is for mystery or humour I can recommend this series and suggest they are best read in the right order to fully immerse yourself in the Coopers Chase Community. 

My Review of The Thursday Murder Club

Précis Courtesy of Goodreads: 

It's the following Thursday.

Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He's made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life.

As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if they find the diamonds too? Well, wouldn't that be a bonus?

But this time they are up against an enemy who wouldn't bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can The Thursday Murder Club find the killer (and the diamonds) before the killer finds them?

Author Profile:         

Courtesy of  Goodreads

Richard Osman was born in Billericay, Essex, England on  November 28, 1970. He is now well known as an author, producer and television presenter. The Thursday Murder Club was his first novel. He is well known for TV shows including Pointless and Richard Osman’s House of Games. As the creative director of Endemol UK, Richard has worked as an executive producer on numerous shows including Deal Or No Deal and 8 Out of 10 Cats. He is also a regular on panel and game shows such as Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie To You and Taskmaster.

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Friday, July 1, 2022

The Perfect Couple by Lisa Hall


Paperback:   347 pages

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Psychological Thriller

Publisher: Harper Collins 2020

Source:  Tywyn Public Library

First Sentence: How well do you really know the people in your life?

Review Quote: ‘Chillingly believable and utterly compelling with thrills aplenty ― I loved this book’ Lucy Foley, No.1 bestselling author of The Hunting Party

My Opinion: I have never read anything by this author before and only did so as it was a Book Club choice for June. The protagonist Emily gets herself a job as housekeeper to recently widowed Rupert. Very quickly a close relationship develops between them, this is when the story starts to become somewhat dark and sinister.

An enjoyable easy read with lots of twists and turns, though at times the writing tends to be repetitive, plus the characters are rather stereotyped. Also, with the authors clues along the way I did work out the ending. This did not spoil the novel for me, though glad I guessed correctly.

Recommended to fans of the genre and a good introduction to it if you are not yet a fan of the psychological thriller.

Précis Courtesy of Goodreads: 

When Emily applies for a job as a housekeeper for widower Rupert, it’s a chance to start over – a steady job and regular money means she can work towards her own place, not sharing a grimy flat with old mate, Mags.

As Emily gets to know more about Rupert’s world – how he likes his supper when he comes in from work, who his friends are – she can make sure everything runs like clockwork for him.

Soon there’s a spark between them; Rupert likes Emily and invites her to stay. For good.

To the outside world, they really seem to be a perfect match. There’s just the small issue of what really happened to Rupert’s first wife…

Author Profile:         

Courtesy of Author Website

Lisa loves words, reading and everything there is to love about books. She has dreamed of being a writer since she was a little girl – either that or a librarian - and after years of talking about it, was finally brave enough to put pen to paper (and let people actually read it). Lisa lives in a small village in Kent, surrounded by her towering TBR pile, a rather large brood of children, dogs, chickens and ponies and her long-suffering husband. She is also rather partial to eating cheese and drinking wine.  (Taken from Author Website)

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