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This novel is a page turner – a thriller and a love story – sometimes poignant, often fun.
Will a blind date in Gibraltar lead Georgie to a new life of excitement and romance, or will she find that being desired is not the same as being loved?
Can she escape the unscrupulous men who pursue her and avoid temptation among crooks and hedonists?
Can she survive being kidnapped and the murder of a friend?
It’s scary. As she searches for happiness she needs good judgement. She needs to keep her wits about her, and to stop floundering as she did after her bereavement in England. Making a new life in the sun does not mean that troubles left behind can be forgotten. Tensions can arise and Georgie along with those she comes to know are not immune from past problems.
Georgie is an attractive forty something – too attractive to men for her own good. But she has been lonely and so an invitation for life in Spain, away from the traumas of her past, seems a good idea.
But things intrude on her plans, some good, some bad and some outright menacing. How will she cope with the ex-pat way of life – with the men and women she meets? Readers will hate some of them and love others and perhaps be surprised as they identify with the characters – something easy to do with Margaret Dunlop’s keen style of writing.
The author lived from time to time over a period of years on the Costa del Sol in Spain where the action in the novel takes place. And once, when she was younger and still living in Scotland, she was offered a blind date in Gibraltar.
All this gives the novel authenticity. Margaret Dunlop is a sharp observer who writes with insight, humour and compassion. She recognizes the hopes, fears and aspirations of people and creates a picture of the charm of the country as well as its rougher edges.