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A sensitively written novel charting a love triangle, when an errant husband has an affair with a younger woman. This may sound rather hackneyed, but Merritt deftly explores the consequences for Greg, his wife, his daughter and his lover, Sally. Over the course of almost two years there are hesitations and indecisions affecting the four of them. It is to the author’s credit that, as often in life, there is no easy resolution to the circumstances and that the outcome remains in the balance until the very end. In a moving book, Merritt invokes sympathy for all involved and engenders understanding for their actions.
  camharlow | Oct 26, 2013 |
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Sally McGinley, 29, is a playwright who has watched her university friends achieve success in film and theatre while her career is diminishing. Greg Burns, 44, is an actor on the slide - television success in a vet drama six years ago is a distant memory, and his twelve-year relationship with Caroline and his ten-year-old daughter has hit hard and frustrating times. When Sally is commissioned to write a new play for top director Freddie Zamora in the West End and Greg is cast as the male lead, both of them seize the opportunity to enliven their professional lives. Greg moves to London and they begin an affair which at first seems just the kind of reckless, sexual adventure they'd craved; until, disbelievingly, Sally announces she is pregnant and they are both forced to make decisions that catapult them into a recognition of just what real life entails.

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When Justine Fraser found herself on a semester exchange programme in America, she had no idea that the quirky Nicky Bennett - a brief, steamy fling - would, years later, turn out to be one of Hollywood's biggest heart-throbs.

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