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The Good Samaritan Paperback – 16 Nov 1998

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New edition edition (16 Nov. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006510523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006510529
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,923,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicola Thorne was born in South Africa and, after a spell in New Zealand with her mother who was born in Wellington, came to England as a child where her parents finally separated. She spent her youth in the North of England, where she was educated first at a convent school and then a co-educational school. After completing her education at the London School of Economics she then spent most of her adult life in London. She has made a long career as a writer and is the author of over fifty novels. For a number of years Nicola has been among the top most borrowed authors from public libraries in the UK (PLR statistics) and many of her books have been published in foreign languages apart from English. After fifteen years spent in Dorset, she now lives in Devon.

www.nicolathorne.com

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‘Bubbles with plots, counter-plots, mystery and romance’
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From the Back Cover

When a stranger enters a family, what becomes of old values?

Lois enjoys a privileged rural lifestyle: happily married, with two well-adjusted sons, she's the pillar of the community: she lacks nothing.

Wendy, her urban sister, seems equally fortunate: for her there is satisfying work, a man she may marry, a whirl of parties – and, of course, stress.

What neither expects is Oliver, a proud, enigmatic young beggar, befriended by Lois, from pitty (she thinks); and taken up by Wendy, from curiosity (she thinks).

But what does Oliver think of 'them'? What makes Oliver run? Above all, what dark secrets from his past is he hiding?

From the author of 'Old Money, Profit and Loss, Trophy Wife' and 'Worlds Apart' comes an engrossing novel with undertones of a psychological thriller.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sissel M. Østdahl on 22 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have not yet been through the whole of Nicola Thorne's production and I am glad there are still more treats awaiting.

"The Good Samaritan", released in 1998, is the story about Lois, who enjoys a privileged life on the rural estate Highham Hall, is happily married to Ken and has two loving, well-adjusted sons. Working as a magistrate and involved in many local charities, she is one of the pillars of the community. Hers is the perfect life in every way.

Until one day Lois discovers a young male beggar outside the local super market. For reasons she cannot quite explain (compassion?), Lois buys food for him and his two little puppies and then tries to tell herself that's the end of it. But something pulls. Drawn inexplicably to the man and his adorable dogs, soon Lois is back, starts communicating with Oliver, and ends up trying to help him get a new start in life.

And so begins a journey through both Lois' and her sister Wendy's personal feelings and the place Oliver is about to play in their lives. Oliver is not your ordinary beggar. Proud and enigmatic, he has chosen his life as a reclusive. But his secrecy makes both Lois and Wendy, the "wilder" one of the two, wonder about his past and what he could possibly be running from. When a murder is committed and Oliver is searched for questioning by the police, what started as a single gest of charity turns into fear. Does Oliver have a dark past? Does he have anything to hide?

This is partly a novel of romance and partly a psychological thriller. Many lives are touched by Oliver's entrance into their world and destinies are changed forever.

Beautifully written and totally absorbing, "The Good Samaritan" is yet another excellent novel in a contemporary setting, like "Old Money", "Profit and Loss", "Trophy Wife" and "Worlds Apart".

A must for fans of Nicola Thorne.
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