Gilli Allan writes unconventional romantic fiction for grown-ups.
Life is not a fairy tale; it can be confusing and difficult. Sex is not always awesome; it can be awkward and embarrassing, and it has consequences. You don't always fall for Mr Right, even if he falls for you. And realising you're in love is not always good news. It can make the future look daunting.
Jess has made a series of bad choices. Job, relationships and life-style have all let her down. By escaping the turmoil of her London life, she is putting her young child first. This time she wants to get it right, to devote herself to being a mother. But the country does not offer the ‘good life ’idyll she pictured. The landscape she looks out on is under threat, new friends have hidden agendas, two very different men pull her in opposing directions.
And in the face of temptation old habits die hard. She is torn between the suitable man and the unsuitable boy.
About the Author
Gilli Allan began writing novels in childhood - a hobby pursued throughout her teenage. Though she never finished anything, writing was only abandoned totally when she left home and real life took over from the fiction. Gilli did not go to Oxford or Cambridge, but instead went to Croydon Art College. She did not work on any of the broadsheets or in television, but did a variety of jobs - shop assistant, beauty-consultant, barmaid, as well as a job which involved picking up American tourists in London in order to sell them real estate in Florida. Gilli worked longest and most happily as a commercial artist - specifically as an illustrator in advertising. When Gilli stopped work to have her son she started writing again. Her first two completed novels - Just Before Dawn and Desires & Dreams - were immediately taken on by a publisher. Gilli writes honestly about modern relationships. In TORN she does not shy away from the messiness of life, or underplay the difficulties to be faced by single parents who seek to rebuild their lives.