The Other Side is contemporary women’s fiction set in the UK.
Lauren and Rick are together after their first marriages fell apart. Now they are married and living with Lauren’s two daughters. A family friend left them a space in a local allotment which they decide to embrace, although it becomes Rick’s project, with Lauren slower to become enthusiastic about the cold, mud and weeds.
The children who play in the garden behind the wall at the end of the allotment remind Rick of his own children, from whom he is now estranged, and the young voices make him think more and more about the family he hasn’t seen for seven years.
Lauren is busy; she runs a boutique with her sister, is helping a friend whose marriage is in trouble, and she’s concerned that Rick is keeping secrets. Stress, strain and mistrust begin to drive Lauren and Rick apart. Rick stalks the family behind the wall for glimpse of a family he thought he’d lost, while Lauren follows a women she thinks is having an affair with Rick.
An easy read in a popular genre, there’s plenty to keep readers of women’s fiction entertained with an added dash of suspense as the book draws to a close, giving an interesting ending.
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
(Jodi Picoult meets Clare Makintosh)
Release Date: 14th May 2017
Publisher: Parker Press Publishing
Lauren is locked in a cell. She knows she shouldn’t be there.
When Lauren and Rick are left an allotment they embark on a lifestyle change that is supposed to bring their step-family closer together. They embrace the chance for a slice of the good life, fresh air and family times together. Lauren and Rick are in love and happy but sometimes their past issues surface. For Lauren it’s the affair that her first husband had before he left her. For Rick it’s the children he was alienated from and forced to leave behind seven years ago.
One day a new family move into a cottage behind the allotment. That day changes everything. That day they start falling apart.
Praise for The Other Side
‘A wonderful new voice in cross-genre women’s fiction that will keep you spellbound’ Best-selling author, Catrin Collier
‘A thoroughly enjoyable, bittersweet read’ Helen Carey
The door shut with a cold, hard slam sending harsh metallic echoes around her. Her eyes shot warily from left to right as she raked her fingers through her hair and tried to make sense of her situation. She was in a cell. She had asked them not to lock her in, but they hadn’t paid her any attention. Where there had been a face a few seconds ago, there was now a slammed metal door with peeling grey paint showing the cracking blue paint beneath. She hated confined spaces. They told her there was a buzzer if she needed anything. Needed anything?
Panic welled in her chest, her throat and her brain as the grey walls and the naked single white light closed around her. Breathe…breathe…slow…down… This was not the place for a panic attack. Not here, not today. She was alone. She had to get through this. Focus…focus… Think yourself somewhere else.
She thought of her daughters, their smiles and their joy. She lay on the hard thin plastic mattress on the concrete bed, and pulled a thin blue blanket over her head to block out the light, to block out the room, and to block out now.
ABOUT KAYLOR WARD
Kaylor Ward, originally from London, now lives in South Wales. She worked for many years as a management consultant and trainer, writing part-time until her first book was published under the name, Michaela Weaver (Manic Mondays). She has studied creative writing at Masters level, and in addition to her writing she is a qualified Writing Coach. Michaela is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and a reader for their New Writers’ Scheme. Michaela writes cross genre contemporary fiction with psychological twists often about the darker side of family and domestic life.
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