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Author: Fiona Harper
Publisher: Mills & Boon
Published: April 9th, 2015
Claire Bixby’s parents had a volatile relationship and after they split she never saw her Dad again, he disappeared from her life. She married and found out her husband was manipulative and undermining her self-belief, so he’s now her ex-husband. She runs her own business as a travel agent, specialising in romantic holidays. She actually grew up watching Doris Day films with her grandmother in whose flat she now lives; she’s such a fan she is now president of the local Doris Day Vintage Film Club.
Downstairs lives Dominic aka Nic though he’s away most of the time and she doesn’t know him – yet! After he leaves his bike in the hallway and she falls over it, she starts exchanging complaining letters with him. Then they meet face to face through a mutual friend at a hotel reception . . . he recognises himself from her description of the their letter exchange and is horrified to realise it is her in the flat above his and not her grandmother, as he’s assumed. He really wants to alter her impression of himself so chooses not to reveal where he lives or that he’s the person currently blighting her life! How long will he keep his true identity secret? What will she do when she finds out? They have a growing mutual attraction but can it continue to develop and survive the deception?
I loved the links to Doris Day, her films and her real life throughout this story – indeed it made me want to find out more about these in future. The wide range of characters from teen to elderly, all with their own individual stories, are developed brilliantly so readers can easily relate to them. The story line progresses at a steady pace but Nic’s deception and Claire’s anticipated reaction to learning about it is key throughout. I really enjoyed this and will certainly look out for other books by this author in future!
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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