He transforms her quiet world into a dazzling realm of money and success...but can she know what is really in his heart?
Young Nicole loves her beautiful Mediterranean island paradise - until
dashing composer Paul Quest looks deep into her eyes and promises to
carry her away to his London penthouse. And so shy, tender Nicole trades
her blue jeans and rope-soled sandals for high fashion and the
dizzying sophistication of Paul's elite social whirl. But even as her
young heart thrills at the romance, the question
burns: will Paul's love stand the test, or is she destined to become
just another of his brief affairs?
British author Titchmarsh (Rosie) brings the art world alive in this engaging romantic drama. In 2007, James "Jamie" Ballantyne reconnects with childhood chum and flame, Artemis "Missy" King, who resurfaces in the showroom of Jamie's auction house in Bath to bid on a painting on behalf of her grandfather. The reunited couple discover that a set of paintings by Sir Alfred James Munnings, owned by Missy's grandfather (himself owner of an established fine art gallery), are fakes. Their investigation reveals a long thread of family secrets and the source of the feud between their two families, revelations that cause the couple to split up. Titchmarsh alternates between the present and the story of Jamie's grandfather, Harry Ballantyne, and Missy's grandmother, Eleanor King, who met as art students at Oxford. The effect is nostalgic and builds anticipation and curiosity in the history of the two families, including the story behind the lost love of their grandparents.