Emma Willshire has overcome plenty of obstacles in her life. From student bride to single mum of a son, Owen, but she has found happiness with her second husband, Paul and another child, Mollie. Emma’s dark days seem far behind her until a fatal accident happens at Paul’s work and he is held responsible.
On holiday in France, Paul’s behaviour turns erratic. On impulse, he buys a cheap,
dilapidated property and, to Emma’s dismay, persuades her they can renovate it into a holiday home.
Back in England, their problems spiral out of control. Escape to a new life in France seems the only solution but with heart-breaking loss for Emma. As the couple strive to renovate their ruin and open a small business, shadows from the past threaten their happiness and safety. Because, how can you build a new life on toxic foundations?
Emma and Paul decide to move to France, to renovate a ruin of a farmhouse. This is mean to be a fresh start after a terrible accident at Paul’s work, for which he was held responsible.
They are not exactly flush with money and tensions rise….especially as one of them has a secret…..
I enjoyed the way the story is told from both Emma and Paul’s perspectives as you get a real feel for each of their characters and their emotions…..there’s the heartache of Emma leaving her eldest child with their father, the excitement of a new life and then the hidden secret that threatens it all….engrossing writing by Helen Matthews.
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UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lies-Behind-Ruin-Helen-Matthews/dp/1999300610
US – https://www.amazon.com/Lies-Behind-Ruin-Helen-Matthews-ebook/dp/B07Q5ZGZHP
Author Bio –
Helen Matthews is the author of Lies Behind the Ruin, a contemporary suspense novel set in France, to be published in April 2019 by Hashtag Press. Her debut novel After Leaving the Village, published in 2017, won first prize for the opening pages of a novel at Winchester Writers’ Festival. Born in Cardiff, she read English at the University of Liverpool and holds an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University. Helen’s short stories and flash fiction have won prizes and been
published in Reflex Fiction, Ad Hoc, Artificium, Scribble and Love Sunday. Her freelance journalism has been published in the Guardian and broadcast on BBC radio. She is an ambassador for Unseen, a charity that campaigns to end human trafficking and modern slavery.
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