May 2008 Book of the Month.
Erica has been writing very successfully for many years – lovely holiday/family romances. Now suddenly she has come up with something on a different level. A big, gritty saga full of incident; a tale of first love, family tragedy, drama, mistaken guilt and a past that needs to be laid to rest - it is excellent.
The beautiful city of Venice has been Lydia's home for many years, a place where she has found peace and fulfilment. Then one day she glimpses a young man's face in the crowd that threatens to change everything. He's a heart-stopping reminder of a dreadful secret she believed she had banished to the past.
As a young child, Lydia and her sister were sent to live with grandparents they'd never even met before. It was a cruel and loveless new world for them and it forced Lydia to grow up fast. She learned to keep secrets and to trust sparingly, and through it all she was shadowed by grief and guilt.
Now, twenty-eight years later, Lydia is persuaded to leave behind the safe new life she has created for herself and return to England to face the past. And maybe her future.
Closing date: 06/09/2018
'a dramatically dark tale of the joy, pain and all-consuming passion of first love.'
'the author writes with a sturdy, feel-good optimism' Elizabeth Buchan, THE SUNDAY TIMES
'It is a captivating read: beautifully written and heartrendingly sad.'
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||5th June 2014|
|Publisher:||Orion Publishing Co|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Reading Groups, Relationship Stories,|
With an insatiable appetite for other people's business, Erica James will readily strike up conversation with strangers in the hope of unearthing a useful gem for her writing. She finds it the best way to write authentic characters for her novels, although her two grown-up sons claim they will never recover from a childhood spent in a perpetual state of embarrassment at their mother's compulsion. The author of many bestselling novels, including Gardens of Delight which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and her recent Sunday Times top ten bestseller, Promises, Promises. Erica now divides her time between ...More About Erica James