Iris is leaving the English winter to take a holiday in the New Zealand sunshine, with the intention of completing her recovery from a serious illness and making amends for a shameful episode in her past. But the shock of a sudden death, the shadow of an old love affair, and the onset of ominous new symptoms threaten to destroy her hopes of happiness and healing. This short novel of mystery and romance, written by a former medical doctor, touches on deeper themes - interplay of body, mind and spirit, evidence for an afterlife, and the power of forgiveness. 'Carmen's Roses' is the first of the interlinked stories in Jennifer Barraclough's trilogy 'Three Novellas'. Reader's comments include:
'I was gripped from the start and had to know what would happen'
'Jennifer draws believably on her medical background and weaves a very tangled web indeed'
'A well written book of considerable charm and clarity'
'A remarkable feat by an author who writes in limpid prose which is rare to read'
'Enjoyed picture of New Zealand with its beautiful landscape'
'Interwoven tale of love, mystery and more than a touch of the paranormal'