Three couples in crisis, multiple friendships under pressure.
On-off-on lovers Daniel and Tina return to their childhood town near Snowdonia. After twenty-five years together, they marry in typically chaotic fashion, witnessed by old friends, Victoria and Linda who become entangled in the drama, their own lives changing beyond recognition.
However, as all their marriages begin to splinter, and damaged Victoria begins an affair with Daniel, the secret illness that Tina has been hiding emerges. Victoria’s crazed and violent ex-husband attempts to kill Daniel and nearly succeeds, in a fire that devastates the community. On the eve of their first wedding anniversary, Tina returns to face her husband, but is it to say goodbye forever, or to stay?
“Smooth, wonderfully descriptive writing combined with perfect pacing make it very difficult to set this book aside. Dialogue is great – witty, realistic, appropriate for the ages of the characters and always engaging. Dealing with themes of love, desire, loss, disappointment and futility, but with healthy doses of optimism as the adults in this story find their way towards the rest of their lives, with the help of one another and, most interestingly, their children, this deep and thought provoking romance will raise questions in the reader’s mind and revive feelings, memories and emotions that may have been long forgotten.” Elizabeth Jasper (Awesome Indies: The best independent fiction online. All books evaluated by industry professionals for quality & craftsmanship.)
“The scene is set by the lovely Victoria who has an abusive husband Max. I felt a lot of compassion for her in the beginning but then as the book went on my feelings towards this character began to change as her true colours came to the forefront. There are a lot of emotions in this book; lives are entangled and decisions made which threaten the happiness of all. The heroine for me was Tina who showed them all what true love really is. I found myself quite emotionally involved, particularly with Tina and Daniel whose situation I couldn’t help feeling a lot of compassion for. Daniel gets caught up in trying to get the hotel off the ground and along the way fails to notice what is really happening with his wife, mistakenly thinking she doesn’t want him anymore and getting swept up in looking after the vulnerable Victoria whose dangerous husband is determined she will not leave the marital bed as he seeks to finally control her once and for all.
This book is filled with characters who shine and slot in to place beautifully and it has an absorbing plot. A difficult book to put down.’ A Womans Wisdom Reviews.
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