Winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2008.
Childhood sweethearts meet seventeen years later and the spark is now adult. This is emotional, feel-good, warm stuff with the couple each having a past to sort out. Along the way I learned some interesting facts about the precious stone, tanzanite, and quite a bit about sleepwalking – an added bonus to a lovely read.
Comparison: Jane Green, Catherine Alliott, Carole Matthews.
RNA panel comment: "Petra is the girl we all dreamt of being and Arlo the man we all wanted to meet. Who doesn't wonder 'what if...' to the long lost first love?"
By day, Petra Flint is a talented jeweller working in a lively London studio. By night, she sleepwalks.
She has 40 carats of the world's rarest gemstone under her mattress but it's the skeletons in her closet that make it difficult for her to rest.
At one time a promising song-writer, Arlo Savidge now teaches music at a boys' boarding school in North Yorkshire. He assumes he's happy with his isolated lifestyle. But, like Petra, ghosts from his past disturb his sleep.
Putting the past to bed.
Petra and Arlo loved each other from afar during their schooldays. Now, seventeen years later, in a tiny sweetshop one rainy day, they stand before each other once more. Could this be their second chance?
Closing date: 03/07/2018
Publication date: 04/02/2008
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
|Publication date:||4th February 2008|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Relationship Stories, Sagas and Romance,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Freya North was our Guest Editor in June 2014 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing. Freya North was born in London but lives in rural Hertfordshire with her family and other animals, where she writes from a stable in her back garden. A passionate reader since childhood, Freya was originally inspired by Mary Wesley, Rose Tremain and Barbara Trapido – fiction with strong female leads and original, sometimes eccentric, characters. In 2012 she set up, and now runs, the Hertford Children’s Book Festival. She is also a judge for the CPRE Rural Living Awards, ...More About Freya North