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5.0 out of 5 stars
I was hooked from the first page. Fabulous story lines pull you in and you will find it impossible to put down., 11 Jan. 2008
Laura started in surprise as the prison officer's voice boomed out along the block. She had been longing for her name to be called, but from the moment she opened her eyes this morning, she'd felt sure Stuart wouldn't come.
The visiting room had not changed since the last time she had a visitor, and that was over a year ago. The walls were still drab, the same large tables which prevented close contact between visitor and inmate, and the usual display of chocolate, cake and biscuits stood by the tea urn.
What was new to her though was her ability to feel the tension in the air, to notice the anxious expressions on both prisoners' and visitors' faces as they clutched at one another's hands over the tables. A few years ago she was aware of nothing but her own misery.
But such thoughts vanished as she saw Stuart come into the room. Her pulse began to race and the palms of her hands were suddenly sweaty.
Laura hadn't seen him as handsome when they first met, for he'd had the rawness of youth, his nose and mouth seemingly too large for his skinny frame and his mane of chestnut-brown hair obscured the beauty and gentleness of his grey eyes. She had been initially attracted by his ability to make anyone he spoke to feel important and valued. He really listened, he thought about what he said in reply, and cared. That wasn't something she'd found in many other men.
But a few years later, he had filled out, his features in perfect proportion to his then muscular body, and though perhaps still not classically handsome, he was arresting. Jackie had often chuckled about how women always made a bee-line for him, saying that even the coldest, starchiest women would try to flirt with him. Laura had known exactly why, for she could recall the sight of his wide mouth curling into a heart-stopping smile, and she guessed that once ruggedness had replaced rawness, there would be an edge to him which would suggest a night with him would be unforgettable. Her assumptions about how he had developed over the last twenty years were accurate, for every single woman in the visiting room was looking at him appraisingly.
He didn't recognize her immediately, not until she fluttered her hand at him. I was hooked from the first page. Fabulous story lines pull you in and you will find it impossible to put down!! I'd also recommend reading Tino Georgiou's bestselling novel--The Fates--if you missed it!