‘A brilliantly original story that will resonate loud and clear with anyone who’s ever been knocked sideways by love’ HEAT
When Felicity steps off the train on the way to meet her husband, she is so sure of everything. Where she is heading, what she will eat at the restaurant, the first words her husband will say when she arrives, their life together.
Then she catches a scent of perfume in the air. Forgotten emotions rush to the surface, memories of another man she loved years ago.
As it happens again and again, Felicity begins to make decisions that no one can understand. What is happening to her? Is she losing a part of herself, or finding one?
How can she truly know where love lies?
‘Every once in a while a book stops you in your tracks . . . A stunning study of love and life’s regrets that will leave you breathless’ MIRANDA DICKINSON
Cohen's warm-hearted novel (first published in the U.K. in 2014) is a thoughtful, engaging analysis of what makes love and relationships tick. Felicity Wickham, an imaginative picture book author and illustrator, struggles with a lack of inspiration. She can't seem to really settle into her supposedly storybook newlywed married life with Quinn, her doting, supportive, steady husband, in the English village of Tallingford. Felicity still feels the loss of her nomadic mother, Esther, and is unaccustomed to the settled small-town lifestyle embraced by Quinn and his family. She begins experiencing a strong evocative "phantom" fragrance that at first prompts memories of her mother but then evokes the passions of an earlier romance with the sexy but chaotic Ewan McKillan not just the distanced memory of that love, but a complete reimmersion in the rapturous emotions of the time. Cohen's well-rounded prose invites readers to closely examine the foundations of love and romance as the power of Felicity's renewed feelings for Ewan causes her to question her love for Quinn and her life choices.