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Nothing will ever be the same again…
Evie Grant has spent two years hidden away in a quiet French village, longing to escape her beautiful villa with its blue-shuttered windows. Maybe this summer, the father of her child will keep his broken promises and return to whisk her away to another life. One way or another, Evie’s determined to stop feeling like his dirty little secret…
Yet when a mysterious stranger almost knocks Evie off her bicycle early one morning, her world begins to change in ways she never expected. Embarking on a painful journey of self-discovery, Evie begins to face her darkest fears and shatter her fragile dreams. But can she ever truly break free from her gilded cage and learn to love again?
I really enjoyed this book about lost love and second chances. The main character Evie is trapped in her vila, desperately hoping for the day that Seb, the man she’s loved her whole life, returns to make her life complete again. To Evie, there’s no-one else for her. Until, that is, an accident brings her into contact with hunky stranger Ben…
There’s a lot to love in this novel; it has a lot of layers that unravel to reveal a gorgeous story with lots of substance and depth. I felt sorry for Evie because it was evident that Seb was never going to turn up to make her happy again. Often whilst I was reading I wanted to yell ‘GIVE UP ON HIM, HE’S NOT COMING BACK!’ but Karen Aldous cleverly worked it so that Evie didn’t look naive for believing in him. He made so many promises to her that it wasn’t surprising she’d invested so heavily in him. The setting is also made great use of. I’ve only ever been to Paris before, but the setting was so richly described that I’d love to visit one day. It was also impossible not to root for Evie and Ben; their relationship was beautifully drawn over the course of the book and I really invested in it while I was reading.
Karen Aldous enjoys village life on the edge of the north-downs in Kent with easy access to the buzz of London. Not only does she love the passive pleasures of reading and writing, she also craves the more active pursuits with her family and friends such as walking, cycling and skiing especially when they involve food and wine!
Karen gets much of her inspiration from her travels and if she had to choose, France, Greece, Switzerland, Italy and the USA would be her favourites. However, wherever she goes, she discovers a new character emerges in ‘Karen’s World’. She likes to write about strong independent women who can direct their own lives – but struggle to control them! And, of course there’s always a gorgeous hunk or two!
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