Monday, January 10, 2011
Tired of Winter? - Joan Kilby
Okay, a travel agent I'm not. But who can resist a beach shot in the middle of winter? Especially when the hero, Jack, could pass as George Clooney's younger brother. Jack is in denial about deep and tragic things but he's having a pretty great laidback Aussie life, anyway, ignoring his pain. Sienna, the well-meaning new GP in town, tries to fix him, which only shows up the cracks in her façade of perfection.
The doorbell rang just as Jack was sprinkling a generous handful of fresh coriander over the bubbling curry. He carried the brimming wok to the table where fat brown candles glowed either side of a bowl of floating gardenias.
He strode down the hall and swung open the door. "Hi--“ he began. Then was lost for words.
The woman from the grocery store stood on his doorstep.
Only it wasn't her.
Her gloriously wild hair was tamed into a tightly pinned knot at her nape. She wore a black cocktail dress, high heels and pearls. God forbid he of all people should judge by appearances but this woman was not the same one he'd invited to dinner in the grocery store.
"My plans fell through...." She trailed off. The nervous smile on her carefully made-up face froze. Unease radiating from her in waves, she presented him with a bottle of red wine. "This isn't very suitable for curry. I didn't stop to get another bottle since it's already after nine and you said--"
"It's okay. I mean, thanks. Come in," he said finally, recovering his manners just this side of rudeness. "It's great you could make it." He stepped back to let her inside. "Er, I never did catch your name."
HER GREAT EXPECTATIONS stands alone, as do the other books in the trilogy featuring Jack's sisters, IN HIS GOOD HANDS and TWO AGAINST THE ODDS. A running subplot through the three books depicts the ups and downs of Jack's parents' marriage. If you worry because his mother and father end on a down note in the first book, read on.
You can find out more about HER GREAT EXPECTATIONS and my other books at http://www.joankilby.com/
Okay, back to beaches. My idea holiday is to snorkel on a coral reef all day and then eat seafood and drink champagne while watching the sunset over the ocean.
Where in the world would you go for a beach holiday if you could hop a plane tomorrow?
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***Joan picked Kaelee as her winner!***