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book review L B Griffin

When Harriet Laws loses her grandmother and her job, her happy life in London seems over. Alone, grief-stricken and penniless, she thinks wildly about ending it all. Fate steps in as Tom Fletcher saves her, gives her hope, and guides her to new employment. He takes her to dinner, and she finds him attractive. He’s older, but she doesn’t mind. Does he? Tom, a quiet, hardworking man, is unsure of Harriet’s feelings. Harriet appreciates Tom’s quiet strength of character, his kindness and caring nature, and has already begun to fall for him. Tom is busy building his business interests and now dares to hope that he may take their friendship to another level. 

However, CJ Rutherford, a handsome, wealthy antique dealer has viewed Harriet from a distance. He has been watching, waiting, planning. At precisely the right moment CJ capitalises and swiftly draws Harriet into his carefully spun web of lies and deceit. Having stolen Harriet from Tom, CJ is now able to forge on with his plans.  Whilst Harriet is smart, she is also trusting. CJ is charming, sophisticated and she finds herself irresistibly swept into his arms and into his world. A world different to all she has ever known before. 

Harriet is now on a journey she could never have imagined in her wildest dreams. CJ’s plans begin to come to fruition. Harriet’s life has changed beyond all recognition. Harriet feels unable to free herself from CJ, until finally, when she makes shocking discoveries, runs for her life. What follows, no one could have predicted, as Harriet has not only lost contact with all her friends, but she must again fight for her very life…will she ever see Tom again?



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