Chris Skinner is struggling to recover from a lost love affair: an experience that has altered him. Previously happy enough to labour alongside his older brother Peter in their family restaurant, he... More > briefly found new perspective on life and love in the form of the inimitable French beauty, Amélie Bénoit, who happened into his bistro one day and later into his bed.
Amélie is passionate and artistic, if fickle and flawed in her own appealing way. They shared a love of real food and great sex. Then she left him.
Entrusted with the care of their baby daughter, Amélie Christina, Chris embarks on a journey that takes him from London to Paris, via his childhood in the Midlands, to make sense of the ties that bind him: family unity, friendships and obsessive love.< Less
When recently widowed Jess Martin leaves London for a new life in the country, she swaps the constraints of her well-meaning in-laws for the mixed morality of small town rural England. Together with... More > her young daughter, who has been deaf from birth, she sets about renovating a cottage for their future, unaware that they will both find love and liberation in a surprising place…
Jess is befriended by good time girl Suzy Fallon and finds herself falling prey to the charms of local widower Nigel Gilbert, whose parents are the hub of the small village’s social scene.
In the meantime she appears to have secured the attention, and affection, of the Garrow boy, the son of an elderly villager who has a reputation for witchcraft. Unwilling to give in to the small-mindedness and gossip mongering of her superficially God fearing neighbours, Jess can’t help feeling there is more to Lee Garrow’s story than meets the eye…although she hopes he won’t distract her from making the most of her new life, and her new romance.< Less