Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
5th book in the Heartlands series (can be read as a standalone)
Release Date: 28 July 2016
Publisher: Accent Press
Sometimes you have to dig deep to discover what you really need.
Marketing events manager Molly Keir doesn’t realise how much she still cares for her ex until she meets him with another woman. Her answer is to seize the chance of a glittering job in London – even though this will mean leaving behind her aging father and pregnant best friend Lexie Gordon.
Adam Blair is in the wrong job. Pressured by his father to join the family law firm, the stress of work helped break his marriage. Now Molly is moving to London, and he knows he needs to move on – but events soon overtake his best intentions.
A year ago, Caitlyn Murray quit her well-paid job to avoid becoming a whistle-blower. Now she is stuck at home with her overworked mother and four needy step-siblings. Tempted by the offer of a good wage, she returns to her old firm – where her nightmare comes back to haunt her.
Molly and Adam seem to have gone too far to recover the love they once had, and when Caitlyn finds the courage to speak out, she brings all their worlds tumbling down.
Molly Keir rummaged in her handbag and extracted her glasses.
‘Yum, this looks amazing. Scallops, black pudding, Gravadlax, sole paupiettes. Wow. I didn’t realise how ravenous I was till I started reading!’
Lexie whispered, ‘Molly.’
‘Mmm? What do you think about beef?’
Molly looked up at the note of urgency. ‘What?’
Lexie’s face had turned an odd shade, and her brown eyes had a panicky look about them. She was staring over Molly’s shoulder at the doorway.
Molly shoved her glasses back onto the top of her head and swung round. A woman was walking into the room. She was Asian – Indian perhaps? – and classically beautiful. Her hair fell in thick, shiny tresses halfway down her back, her eyes were dark as treacle and dramatically outlined in black. She was wearing scarlet. Afterwards, that was what Molly remembered most – the stunning silky dress, hugging a perfect figure.
For now, the dress and the woman faded improbably into the background because there was a man behind her. Not just any man – Adam Blair.
When I knew Brook Cottage Books were hosting a tour for Jenny Harper I jumped at the chance to review. She’s one of my favourite authors and Mistakes We Make has turned out to be another great read. Like the others in the Heartland series this is a stand alone read. Molly and Adam marry, they’re in love, have a future together. How then can things go so wrong? Well, sometimes it’s life getting in the way. Lawyer Adam, who works in the family practice, is career driven. Perhaps a little too career driven when he rings home saying he’ll be late on Molly’s birthday – a day he seems to have completely forgotten about. The breakdown is gradual, little niggles become bigger rows and eventually Molly begins spending time with best friend Lexie Gordon’s brother Jamie. Friendship eventually spills over into an affair, which is discovered by Adam and the pair separate. Jamie’s tragic death soon afterwards still haunts Molly.
Mistakes We Make begins when Lexie decides to treat Molly to time away at Loch Melfort, a place she loves and which she had been to with Adam. The last thing they expect to find when they arrive is Adam staying with his girlfriend Sunita. From that moment both of them take stock about what has happened to their relationship. Have they gone beyond the point of no return, or is there a chance, against the odds there might be a way back? However, Molly’s planned move to a job in London and Adam’s relationship with the beautiful Sunita, makes them decide it’s too late and divorce is inevitable. As Adam sets in motion the process to end their marriage, Caitlyn Murray makes a return to his family practice. Her arrival will bring changes affecting both his and Molly’s futures, taking them in directions they had never expected.
A well woven story of lost love and second chances.
I would like to thank Brook Cottages Books for a complimentary copy of Mistakes We Make in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT JENNY HARPER
I’ve been a writer for most of my life. I’ve written and co-authored a number of books on Scotland, a history of childbirth, a children’s novel and a romantic novel, all published some years ago. I’ve now turned my attention to writing the kind of novels I like to read – well written and with some depth, but not literary or too demanding. I like to tackle issues, but also to incorporate the complicated emotional challenges of day-to-day living.
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/15692421-jenny-harper
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