AFTER THE ONE is out now on ebook and paperback. The sequel, THE ONE AFTER THE ONE, publishes May 26th 2022
An uplifting novel of friendship, family and new love
April 16th is always one of Charley’s worst days of the year.
It’s her husband’s birthday, a painful reminder of his death four years ago.
So naturally, her car breaks down.
She nearly gets run over trying to catch the bus.
And then she’s made redundant.
Her friends see the redundancy as a chance for her to start again and live the life she always wanted, but since being widowed Charley has clung to familiarity and avoided change like the plague. Then, out of the blue, her mother-in-law Pam pitches up in need of a place to stay after walking out on her 40-year marriage.
Together, Charley and Pam find themselves at a crossroad. It’s not easy to move on after The One, but they can’t stand still forever.
A gorgeously heartwarming and feel-good story for fans of Libby Page and Nicola Gill
Some days the fates have really got it in for you. When Charley Taylor woke up on Thursday 16 April, with a leaden, flat weight squatting heavily in her stomach, she knew it was going to be one of those days. But then 16 April was always one of the worst days of the year for Charley, one of a handful of days when, instead of leaping out of bed with her usual verve, she wanted to stay put, pull a 10-tog security blanket over her head and hide from the world. All told there were eight duvet-hiding days in Charley’s year, the others being, in date order: 8 August (her wedding anniversary), 22 September (her birthday), then Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day.
And then there was 25 February, aka the worst day of the year.
So, on this particular Thursday morning, all Charley wanted to do was hibernate with a pack of chocolate digestives until it was Friday. But it was gone seven o’clock and she had to get up and go to work, because, regard- less of the date, and regardless of little things like births, marriages and deaths, life goes on.
The heartwarming Sequel to After the One
Publishes May 26th 2022
How do you know if they're The One (after The One)?
Charley's in a new relationship with perfect boyfriend, Ricky, slowly moving on from the death of her husband. But having only ever been in love once before, how can she know when it's the real deal?
Ricky is perfect, but she's not convinced he's perfect for her...
Taking the bull by the horns after separating from her cheating husband, Pam has signed up for online dating. And it's exhausting. She's determined to find new love, yet she can't help feeling that she's repeating old patterns.
Are Pam and Charley settling down, or just settling? They need to figure it out, fast. Otherwise, they might just lose The One - or even worse, lose themselves.
A beautifully uplifting story of second chances and taking risks for fans of Libby Page, Marian Keyes and Ruth Hogan
Sometimes, out of the blue, the fates like to choose you to mess with, and completely ruin your whole day. Sitting in a vast and beautifully ornate Tuscan church in the middle of a wedding, Charley Taylor was blissfully unaware that this was going to be one of those days.
Although strictly speaking, blissful wasn’t an accurate description of her mood since, much as she loved weddings, she was finding this one bit of an ordeal. The service was in Italian, obviously, and she couldn’t understand a single word, so she was impossibly anxious she’d do something glaringly wrong and make a complete spectacle of herself.
She glanced around nervously at the surrounding sea of faces. There were literally hundreds of guests and, apart from Ricky, sitting next to her, she didn’t know a single soul.
I loved this sweetly engaging story of two women overcoming heartbreak at different stages of life – it envelopes the reader in a warm hug of friendship and hope.
It reminds us that loss is a part of life, but it’s the not the end of it...and those that are no longer with us will always be in our hearts.
What a beautiful story. So emotional to follow Charley on her journey of trying to rebuild her life after the death of her husband.
A fabulous book that will strike a chord with readers everywhere. Honest, heart-warming, witty and wonderfully layered with pathos and emotion