Title: High Hopes
Author: Sue Lilley
Publisher: Sue Lilley
Cover Artist: Humble Nations
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Romance Genre(s): Contemporary
About the Book
“It was one stolen night. He was my soulmate and I’d never felt more alive. I couldn’t tell him I got pregnant. It would’ve ruined everything. But now his daughter wants to meet him and I need to make things right.” Another tear escaped down her cheek. “Everybody’s going to hate me.”
Three friends are rocked when a 20-year secret blows their world apart. Steamy, passionate, and unpredictable. If you like sizzling love triangles you won’t want to miss it.
Grace has kept her heart-breaking secret for twenty years – a love child she gave up for adoption. She was a penniless student – how could she raise a baby alone? Then she receives a letter out of the blue. Her long-lost daughter is searching for answers.
Her two best friends are married and don’t know one of them is the girl’s father. If Grace confesses now, the marriage will be destroyed and it will surely be the end of their lifelong friendship. But what choice does Grace have?
Set in the wilds of Poldark-country – the stormy cliffs and windswept beaches of picturesque Cornwall – an engrossing saga filled with suspense, simmering jealousy and heartbreak. Can a future be built on the quicksand of secrets and lies? Surely there can be no second chances when three friends discover they don’t know each other at all.
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This is the story of Grace and her best friends Sam and Dixie. Twenty years ago, Grace and Sam had a one night stand when he thought that he and Dixie had broken up. After learning that she was pregnant, Grace kept it a secret from almost everyone and then gave her daughter up for adoption. Grace has since gone through life, married a wonderful man Alexander, divorced him, but still maintains a friends with benefits relationship with her ex-husband. When her daughter contacts her wanting to learn more about her and her father, Grace is faced with the realization that she must tell Sam and Dixie the truth.
Once she returns to their hometown to visit, however, things are much different than she expected. Sam has had an affair, Dixie seems obsessed with her gallery owner boss, and their son Josh is dreading starting law school because he secretly wants to follow his true passion of music. Moreover, upon her arrival, Grace quickly meets the hot, sexy gardener Danny, who discovers Grace sunbathing topless. The longer Grace waits to tell Sam and Dixie the truth about the daughter that she gave away, the more tension builds between the three of them. Mixed in with all of this, Grace and Danny continue forming a bond between them that is not quite friends, but not quite sexual.
This is my second time reading Sue Lilley and I really enjoyed this novel. I loved Grace’s style and charm and found that she is pretty thick-skinned to withstand some of the anger that Dixie shot her way. I also loved Danny! I could practically picture him in my mind and found him adorable and witty, but also we got to see a sensitive and caring side of him as the novel progressed. The author created a suspenseful and emotional story line that was different from other romances that may read, making her characters and their lives believable and relatable. There are so many exciting subplots among the characters in this novel, I would have liked an idea of what happened with them all. It’s not a cliffhanger ending by any means, but after getting so involved in the characters I wanted more!
High Hopes is a fantastic novel and highly recommended!
About Sue Lilley
Described as an exciting new voice in Women’s Fiction, Sue Lilley lives in the north east of England, when she isn’t escaping somewhere else in her imagination. She is often found eavesdropping for inspiration. Her first two novels were well received. Another Summer is “an alluring example of its genre”. High Hopes is “a story that holds immense appeal for readers who like plots containing sizzling love triangles.” She is hard at work on her third novel.
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