The bench by Cromer beach
They seem to have it all. They’re in good health and are financially secure. They live in a pleasant and comfortable town. But as their lives intertwine, cracks emerge and restlessness grows.
For Clive, is retirement the beginning of the end? Can fun-loving Saskia break free from her adulterous husband? Will Andy marry his childhood sweetheart? Is Jamie prepared to change his dishonest ways? Might Ellie’s happy marriage be shattered by temptation?
Heartwarming and heartbreaking collide in this novel about aspirations, expectations and the realities of everyday life.
Why has his wife abandoned him after 23 years of blissful marriage? Is she having a midlife crisis? Should he be having one, too?
Life is absolutely fine for Hugh and Liz Thorpe in Cambridge, England – a comfortable lifestyle, good health, kids to be proud of and a loving relationship. Then Hugh decides to take early retirement and it all goes hopelessly wrong.
A succession of twists and turns are preventing a restoration to the normality that the couple increasingly crave as their children, parents and friends find out that immaturity isn’t exclusively the preserve of the young.
The Engagement Party
When eight parents, step-parents and partners are invited to Wayne and Clarissa’s engagement party, a catastrophe is on the cards.
Their families are about to meet for the first time. With eight adults to contend with, making the celebration a pleasant experience for all is going to be tricky. In fact, the obstacles seem insurmountable. Number One: the two families are from vastly different social backgrounds. Number Two: there are severe tensions between the exes. Number Three: some of the new relationships are falling apart.
Things go from bad to worse during the week leading up to the engagement party and the stress of it all is threatening Wayne and Clarissa's relationship.
Jack & Jill went Downhill
Jack and Jill meet on Freshers Big Party Night at university and for both of them it’s love at first sight. Despite their backgrounds, personalities and interests being poles apart, the relationship flourishes during their university years. It’s not quite as comfortable when their studies are over and they start work, Jack in the City and Jill as a teacher.
Way back when they first met, they’d shared the joke that their names were those of the nursery rhyme. Down the line, they fail to recognise that their lives are matching the plot – Jack falls down and Jill comes tumbling after.
Their relationship is on the rocks. Can it survive?
A Street Cafe Named Desire
David has two aims in life, to have a relationship with Bridget and to open an arts café.
A short while after David's wife walks out on him, he joins a twenty-five-year school reunion. On meeting Bridget that night, he develops a teenagesque infatuation, and in her calmer way, she rather likes him.
Between them there is a cartload of baggage to deal with - a demanding soon to be ex-wife; a deceased husband under suspicious circumstances; a tyrannical boss; unwelcome encounters with the police; and children resistant to the concept of 'step-parent'.
And then there's the café. How can a well-paid accountant with two children to support chuck it all in to follow his dream?