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on 22 September 2007
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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