Lynn Stephens’ life has been tough recently, thanks to Vincent Boland, the manager at the four-star hotel where she works. But, after digging her heels in and standing up to him, she is delighted when she is vindicated.
Now, with the support and love of her partner, parents and friends, she can put this terrible time behind her and find a job in another hotel.
But the consequences of Vincent’s actions are more far-reaching than Lynn knows and the after effects are still being felt throughout the small town. The Boland family is powerful and influential and it’s not long before Lynn realises this man still has the capacity to destroy her and all she holds dear.
Unable to purchase this book in Australia, a good Irish friend of mine Siobhan Moloney sent it over after she and her friends had enjoyed reading it first. I was delighted to receive it and even more delighted to read it once I got going.
I found this book a little difficult to get into at first and at times could not feel empathy or sympathy for the main character, Lynn, but as the story progressed it became a page turner and I was soon entrenched in the little town with all the unique characters living there, as well as the main character and her patient and understanding partner Frank. We could all do with a partner like Frank!
The reason for Lynn’s depression and anxiety which prevent her from working or having much of a social life at all, is slowly revealed in a tantalising way that makes the reader not want to put the book down. By the time the whole story was uncovered, I felt ready to climb right into those pages and teach Vincent Boland a lesson he would never forget. It is that kind of story – that kind of writing.
Colette Caddle’s descriptions of the pain and terror suffered by Lynn, the village, the accident Lynn’s father has and his ensuing stay in hospital where he is a bit of a grumpy patient, and of the town’s’ love of gossip while watching everything that happens like hawks, took me right into that world each time I picked the book up.
It’s a story where good wins out over bad. The ending had me punching the air and yelling ‘Yes!’. (Thank goodness I was home alone at the time). For the first couple of days after finishing the book, I felt a little lost as if my best friends had just left town.
I’d be happy to recommend this to anyone who enjoys a nice easy-to-read and well written story.
To check out the lovely Colette, her website is: http://www.colettecaddle.com/content/bio