Dexter works hard and plays even harder. Women are part of the fun, and there is nothing serious that Dexter wants to get involved in. In fact the only love that Dexter has in is life is for himself and the only woman he loves is his sister. Then another female comes into his life – his brand new niece, Delphi and all of a sudden his life changes in more ways than he could ever imagine. Dexter loses his sister tragically and he is left holding the baby – literally.
Can the man who has never much committed to anything apart from having fun change his ways and become a responsible father figure? It will need a complete change of scenery and a starting again from scratch so he decides to move to Briarwood a village in the Cotswolds.
Molly has no luck with men, she simply chooses the wrong ones. The final straw with her latest beau results in the large carp he caught for her being unceremoniously flung over into the next door neighbours garden – just as Dexter happens to be viewing the property. Molly knows the cliché there are plenty more fish in the sea but this seems a rather stranger way of meeting her new neighbour especially when he appears to be drop dead gorgeous. Living next to him is going to be tough.
So along with Molly and Dexter and their will they wont they relationship, we meet other villagers as well and you really don’t want to miss a thing that goes on in this place. Even the most outwardly appearing secure relationships seem to have secrets hidden, and they are all exposed in various ways and in some cases heartbreaking moments when you think that no one will find love and that the romantic ideal that you have as a reader is going to be severely tested.
This is Jill Mansell’s new novel and whilst I have never read any of her work before, I think you will not be disappointed if you pick this up for some true romance and something that will brighten the winter days until we get to spring.
Thank you to Headline for the sneak preview of this book. It is published in hardback and e-book on 7 February 2013.
This was a book that I needed to have read in the very grey days we have been having in January, it really felt indulgent to be having some me time and escaping into such a novel. It brightened up those winter and going back to work blues. Yes I could see what was going to happen but so what I say to all those critics who do not like such things in novels.I felt reassured by it all.
I have not read any of Jill Mansell’s novels before – not sure why. I will quite happily I am sure pick up some of her other work at some point in my reading years.