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When two eligible and attractive men are vying for your heart, it should be the perfect dilemma…
Audrey Fox has been dumped by her unreliable fiancé Nick Byrne just days before the wedding. Heartbroken and confused, the last thing she expects when she jumps on a plane to convalesce in Cyprus is romance. But a chance meeting with handsome entrepreneur and father-of-one Daniel Taylor weaves her into a dating game she’s not sure she’s ready for.
Audrey’s life is thrown into further turmoil when she discovers on her return to London that Nick has been involved in a serious motorcycle accident that’s left him in intensive care. Distraught yet determined to look to the future, Audrey must make a decision – follow her heart or listen to well-meaning advice from family and friends? Because sometimes, no matter what, it’s the people that we love who can hurt us the most…
“This is a fabulous novel about love, life, friendship, families – and shoes. It’s a long road home from Heartbreak Hotel, but Audrey’s journey is a fascinating one. Why did Nick call off his wedding to Audrey (named after her mother’s heroine Audrey Hepburn) at the very last minute? Contemporary novelist Kelly Florentia gradually unravels the mysteries of their tangled relationship and the reasoning behind Nick’s bizarre behaviour. Nick says he’s not ready for marriage, but it can’t be just that – can it? After all, he and Audrey have been together for eight years already and he knows how much she’s been looking forward to the big day. What does Audrey’s friend Louise know about Nick? What is Louise not telling?
As for Daniel – he comes into the story nice and early and the reader is encouraged to wonder about him. What game is he playing and why does he seem so keen on Audrey? He sounds rather delicious. But, after her experiences with Nick, will Audrey ever be ready for a new relationship? Does she actually want one – even with a man who knows her shoe size?
The present tense, first person narrative keeps the reader involved with the heroine and totally engaged with her story. There are plenty of cliffhangers which encourage the reader to turn the pages. As always, Kelly is perceptive, funny, forgiving and kind when she’s writing about families and their foibles. Do parents ever stop being parents? Do children ever grow up?
The story is set in London, Cyprus and Paris, and Kelly took me there, making me feel the warmth of the sun on my face as I relaxed in a Greek taverna, the excitement of being in cosmopolitan Paris, and the buzz of London.
This is a five star read.”
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