When Eliza Jarvis discovers her property show presenter husband, Harry, has been expanding his portfolio with tabloid darling Melody Bird, her perfect life crumbles around her ears.
Before you can say Pensioner Barbie she’s in a stolen car, heading to the North Yorkshire coastal village of Kearton Bay in search of the father she never knew, with only her three-year-old daughter and a family-sized bag of Maltesers for company.
Ignoring the pleas of her uncle, chat show presenter Joe Hollingsworth, Eliza determines to find the man who abandoned her mother and discover the reason he left them to their fate. All she has to go on is his name – Raphael – but in such a small place there can’t be more than one angel, can there?
Gabriel Bailey may have the name of an angel but he’s not feeling very blessed. In fact, the way his life’s been going he doesn’t see how things can get much worse. Then Eliza arrives with her flash car and designer clothes, reminding him of things he’d rather forget, and he realises that if he’s to have any kind of peace she’s one person he must avoid at all costs.
But with the help of beautiful Wiccan landlady, Rhiannon, and quirky pink-haired café owner, Rose, Eliza is soon on the trail of her missing angel, and her investigations lead her straight into Gabriel’s path. As her search takes her deeper into the heart of his family, Eliza begins to realise that she’s in danger of hurting those she cares about deeply. Is her quest worth it?
And is the angel she’s seeking really the one she’s meant to find?
I really enjoyed this lovely book. Sharon Booth has written a charming, engaging novel with realistic and likeable characters and a female lead that you will really care about.
Eliza, despite her money, has all the same insecurities as other women, and she now finds herself at a crossroads in her life, but her kindness and warm personality, her genuineness, ensure that she soon settles in to Kearton Bay, and finds not only new friends, but also a possible new romance.
The author obviously cares deeply about her characters, and you will too. It’s a warm, feel good read, that avoids the mawkishness and sentimentality of a lot of novels in the same genre. The settings are beautifully described and easy to picture and you will find yourself rooting for Eliza, and willing her to make the right decisions.
Perfect for some chill out time.