Through the centuries feuding families have provided the stuff of tragedy and the wiping out of entire families. Think of the Capulets and the Montagues, or the Hatfields and the McCoys and dark images abound. Of course Hollywood also gave us the Clampetts and a light-hearted, crazy Granny-feud-happy set of characters to enjoy.
When the idea of two people who wanted the same abandoned building in Engaging the Enemy popped into my head, it seemed natural to create a set of feuding families and a history that neither protagonist knew about until they clashed. Such a background offered both internal and external conflict to taunt, tempt and torment our hero and heroine and added to the problems they had to overcome when their respective families also brought pressure to bear on them.
The de Villiers and the Mahoneys have been enemies since one great grandpa allegedly cheated the other great grandpa out of his home. Three generations on and it seems as though history is about to repeat itself. While Andie and Matt might not be pulling a gun on each other, they subscribe to the theory that all’s fair in love and war.
One building, two would-be owners and a family feud that spans several generations: all relationships have their problems.
Andrea de Villiers can’t lie to save herself. But when developer, Matt Mahoney, buys the building she and a friend have established as a safe house in the Melbourne CBD, she decides that protecting The Shelter is more important than her aching heart. She will confront Mr Mahoney, and she will emerge victorious. There are no other options.
But Matt has other plans for Andie, and she soon finds herself ensnared in a web of well-meaning lies and benevolent deceit. To protect the building and the families that depend on her, Andie agrees to play the part of Matt’s fiancée, and play it convincingly.
But lies soon bleed into truth, and what was once a deception starts to feel all too real. Can Andie accomplish her goals and protect The Shelter, without losing her heart to the charming Irish developer?
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