Claudia thought she knew how this summer was going to go. Turns out, she didn’t have a clue…
It’s been two years since Claudia arrived on the beautifully rugged Cornish coast with nothing but a suitcase to her name. She’d walked out on the husband who had never loved her, ditched the corporate job she’d never wanted and vowed that no gym membership card would come within ten feet of her ever again.
Swapping boardrooms and cocktails for a little shop right at the end of the beach road should have been a bit of a shock. But from the moment she first laid eyes on the empty, run-down store, Claudia knew this was where she was meant to be all along.
After all that upheaval, Claudia was looking forward to a quiet summer, full of the usual holiday makers and long walks along the clifftops. But life in her patch of paradise is about to change in more ways than one.
Enter recently widowed Jason, dragging his sullen teenage daughter Millie in tow. Millie and Claudia immediately hit it off. And while Millie loves everything about Claudia’s free-spirited way of life, practical architect Jason is less than thrilled about his daughter’s new interests. He doesn’t shy away from telling Claudia exactly what he thinks and sparks fly every time they meet.
But as circumstances throw Claudia into Jason’s path in increasingly unexpected ways, she begins to glimpse what lies beneath his fiery temper and sharp tongue. Claudia was sure her new life was perfect in every way. But was there something missing after all?
What do you do when one day you realise that you are nothing like the person you have become under the influence of others. Well, the answer is quite simple: you leave everything behind and you start living the way you want to.
It’s not easy, starting all over again, but when you put your mind to it, you will succeed.
You meet new friends and life treats you well and then suddenly the tide turns and things seem to be going from bad to worse. Who is behind all those disasters? And why is the one person you like the most also very often the one you dislike the most?
The future does not look very bright anymore or can things be worked out?
I would not mind meeting Claudia and Tanya, because I am very interested in what they might teach me too.
A lovely story that shows that chalk and cheese do go together. 4 stars
Thank you, Helen Pollard and Bookouture
About the author
As a child, Helen had a vivid imagination fuelled by her love of reading (long past her bedtime!) so she started to create her own stories in a notebook.
She still prefers fictional worlds to real life and loves infusing her writing with humour and heart.
Helen lives in Yorkshire with her husband, two grown-up (in theory) kids and a Jekyll and Hyde cat. She enjoys reading, coffee with friends and indulging her nostalgia by watching old seventies and eighties TV shows.