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Wendy K. Harris
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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited; Unabridged edition (12 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846483603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846483608
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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'My advice is to gather together every shred of self-worth that you can summon, plus all your memories that make you feel good. Hold onto them like mad and fashion a new life for yourself doing what you want.' She tapped Sophie's arm again. 'Ditch the rest; it's not worth the headspace. And don't try to see too far into the future either. Do what's right for you now.' Sophie, bereft after the loss of her mother and her husband's betrayal, walks out of her demanding profession and her home seeking refuge with her friend, Jill, on the Isle of Wight. She doesn't suspect that she is about to be drawn into another crisis. Jill, a psychologist, is as obsessive and compulsive as the clients she treats and has her own complex reasons for persuading Sophie to stay. Over the cliffs at Blue Slipper Bay, Nick lives in a beach hut, challenged by the sea. A seeker of truth, walled in by his own guilt and grief, he finds solace in resurrecting the forgotten gardens of Wraith Cove Hotel. Sophie, Jill and Nick all need to make peace with their past before they can risk taking a second chance with the future.

This is a deeply moving story about the risk, doubt and numbing fear in taking a second chance in life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Wendy Harris was born in Surrey in an air raid shelter during a
doodle-bug attack. The youngest of four sisters, she began writing just to
get a word in edgeways! Her writing of short stories and poetry has been
interwoven with working as a nurse, homoeopath, counsellor, interfaith
minister and sharing the upbringing of five children.

A change of life moved her and her husband eventually to the Isle of Wight.
Here she was inspired by tumbling cliffs and precarious cottages to write
The Sorrow of Sisters which has been translated into German, Dutch and
Norwegian. She is now working on her third Undercliff novel Rocken Edge. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Slipper Bay 17 July 2007
Although I was excited when I received my copy of Blue Slipper Bay, Wendy Harris's second novel, I was also a little nervous - would it live up to her first novel, The Sorrow of Sisters, which I had so enjoyed? I needn't have worried. Blue Slipper Bay is another page turner with a plot that will keep readers guessing and characters that are beautifully written. Harris's prose is lyrical and descriptive with images that burst off the page to dazzle and delight the reader. The Isle of White once again plays a central role and Harris's love of the 'Undercliff' is obvious - in fact she is to the Isle of Wight what Daphne du Maurier was to Cornwall. I'm looking forward to the third novel in the Undercliff series and I won't be nervous about reading it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another comforting tale of love and forgiveness 3 July 2007
The second novel in Wendy K. Harris's series set at Blue Slipper Bay was as pleasantly warm as her first, The Sorrow of Sisters, which I reviewed here a few months ago. Having become acquainted with her style in the first book, I was very much looking forward to the publication of her second. And she most definitely doesn't disappoint.

Some of the characters I enjoyed so much from the first book are here again in this tale, and to that framework Harris weaves in the story of her main character in the second installment, Sophie, a woman still in mourning after the loss of her mother and her husband's adulterous betrayal. Sophie comes to the island looking for a place she can detach from her busy professional career in order to think. Her friend Jill lives on the Isle of Wight, and offers to take her in as long as it's necessary for her to recover. Jill, a psychologist in business with her husband in their budding clinic, turns out to have some very serious problems of her own, and before the end of the book the two women's friendship will be severely tested in ways they never imagined.

Nick, a man also recovering from a wrenching, unimaginable grief also craves the solace of solitude. His retreat from the world is so extreme he leads a monk-like existence. Nick is also hoping to find himself, and heal, on the island. As Nick and Sophie come to know each other a deep friendship develops, but one that's overruled by the caution of two people who've been hurt very badly. In the course of protecting themselves they run the risk of missing the opportunity of finding comfort in each other.

Throughout it all, the subplots tell the story of the characters from the first book, as well as some characters that have only sprung up in the second.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Slippper magic! 17 Jun 2007
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Second novels, reputedly, are notoriously difficult to write. Especially if your first novel has been so well received (and in Wendy's case, deservedly.) But readers needn't worry for Wendy's second novel, Blue Slipper Bay, is as lyrical and enchanting as her first (The Sorrow of Sisters.) Again, it is set on the Isle of Wight but whilst several of the characters from her first novel reappear, the main characters are new. However, as in The Sorrow of Sisters, the island weaves its magic around them and where they thought they might stay for just a short time ... well, you will just have to read it to find out what happens to them. Again, be warned: once you pick this up, you won't want to put it down! I'm really looking forward now to the third in Wendy's Undercliffe series, Rocken Edge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional romance 25 May 2008
Wendy K Harris is one of my favourite Transita authors and I was not disappointed with this follow up to The Sorrow of Sisters, her first novel. Blue Slipper Bay is just as emotional as her first and once again set in the Isle of Wight, with familiar places and characters. It is not necessary to have read the previous novel to enjoy this one, although I would recommend doing so, because the main protagonists are new characters.
Sophie, Jill and Nick who all have traumas in their pasts that they need to reconcile if they are ever going to be happy. Their stories link seamlessly into the lives of the characters previously met in The Sorrow of Sisters. A broken marriage and bereavement bring Sophie to the island to visit her best friend Jill and hopefully restore some balance in her life. Jill meanwhile has some soul searching of her own to do with regards to the effect of her childhood on her behaviour within her marriage, which consequently has put a strain on her relationship with her husband Ash. Nick has sought the island as a retreat from deep grief that is taking him years to recover from.

The theme of love and forgiveness intertwines these characters together as friendships and relationships develop and teeter on the brink of failure. Everything works out as one would hope by the end though because this is after all, though written in a good literary style, still a romantic novel.

I look forward to reading her third novel Roken Edge which will apparently once again be set in the Isle of Wight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 28 April 2012
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I agree with one of the other reviewers in that it is sometimes tricky to read the second book having enjoyed the first book so much. But, I needn't have worried. This one is different to the first, in that it is set mainly in the here and now and has a bit more romance in it, but it is nonetheless a thoroughly engrossing read. (It has taken all my will-power to delay starting Rocken Edge (Book 3) until Friday evening so I can read it over the weekend. Starting it on a weekday evening would not be good for my career!)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read!
This is the second in the series of novels I've read, and I wasn't disappointed. A thoroughly captivating read, and it was nice that the author had bought in some of the characters... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Starlight19128
5.0 out of 5 stars second of 4
This was for my ipad and is a really lovely second story, made more special as it is written by a local author and based in the local area, would recommend.
Published 7 months ago by acyclingwidow
5.0 out of 5 stars Undercliff novels
This is the second one in a set of 4. Absolutely beautifully written. I have read all 4 and loved all of them.
Published 8 months ago by jane grace
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Didn't want to put this down, fabulous setting this is the second booking have read by this author. It will make you want to come to the Isle of Wight
Published 13 months ago by bubbles2012
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, easy read!
I found this book extremely easy and enjoyable to read. The characters and storyline, although like many other books, was great. Read more
Published on 24 July 2012 by lauzc87
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Slipper Bay
First book I have read by this author, thoroughly enjoyed it.
Will definitely buy another
Published on 8 Nov 2010 by indianna
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Gripping Book by Wendy Harris
It's a cliche to say I couldn't put it down, but really, I was reading this late into the night. Wendy has the gift of conceiving fascinating, unusual characters and giving them... Read more
Published on 20 July 2007 by Oxford Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
I did wonder how Wendy Harris was going to better her first novel `Sorrow of Sisters,' but she's managed it with style. Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2007 by Jan
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