Angela Barton was born in London and grew up in Nottingham. She is married with three grown up children and adorable four-year-old twin granddaughters. Angela is passionate about writing both contemporary and historical fiction and loves time spent researching facts for her novels. Having signed publishing contracts for three of her completed novels with Choc Lit’s new imprint, Ruby Fiction, Angela is excited to be working alongside such a lovely team.
Angela and her husband, Paul, recently moved to France and planted a lavender field. She’s looking forward to spending more time writing in the beautiful Charente countryside working from her new writing room, a beautiful shepherd hut. Angela is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and Nottingham Writers’ Studio.
About the book
Rowan Forrester has it all – the happy marriage, the adorable dog, the good friends, the promising business and even the dream home after she and her husband Tom win a stunning but slightly dilapidated Georgian townhouse in London at auction.
But in the blink of an eye, Rowan’s picture-perfect life comes crashing down around her and she is faced with the prospect of having to start again.
Rowan and Tom add a dream home to their long list of successes. The perfect couple with the perfect life that suddenly comes crumbling down one day. Perhaps the facade isn’t so perfect after all.
Inevitably Rowan experiences what we all do in life at some point. The fact we don’t really ever know someone as well as we think we do or know all their secrets. She finds this out the hard way when her house of cards falls down unexpectedly.
Forced to reconsider her options and choices, she decides to change her dream home into flats and invite strangers into her home. Strangers who turn her world upside down and inside out. What seemed to be important during her life with Tom now no longer appears to have the same importance.
I thought it was interesting how Barton chose not to go down the most obvious happy to forgive and all is hunky-dory route. Instead the story takes a slight left turn towards the end. Probably a more realistic view of the situation.
Barton doesn’t concentrate on the misery or heartbreak of her characters, but rather on the fact that life must go on regardless of which hands we are dealt. Where one door closes another one opens, possibly even more than one.
It’s a story about moving on, romance and friendship with a little bit of mystery on the side. The author has a flair for authentic characters with realistic problems, which makes it easier for readers to connect with them. It’s a contemporary read with a cosy feel to it.