I feel rather ashamed that it took me as long as it did to discover my featured author this week. Ashamed not just because she's a fellow Northerner writing in a similar genre to myself, but more especially because she's such an excellent writer. I'm very pleased, therefore, to have read and reviewed her latest release Changing the Future and I hope everyone who trusts my judgement will read it also.
Lisa Marshall is stunned when celebrated volcanologist Paul Hamilton comes back into her life at the college where she now teaches. Despite their acrimonious break-up several years earlier, they soon realise the magnetic attraction between them is stronger than ever. However, the past is still part of the present, not least when Paul discovers Lisa has a young son. They can’t change that past, but will it take a volcanic eruption to help them change the future?
This was one of those novels that immersed me in its world right from the start. It felt like the sort of cosy chick-flick I enjoy curling up on the sofa to watch on rainy Sunday afternoons. I immediately identified with the characters and became engrossed in their lives and conflicts and from the first page on it was an easy, smooth and deeply satisfying read.
College lecturer, Lisa Marshall, has brought up her young son, Nicky as a single parent, having parted from his father before his birth. In fact, the father, the rather gorgeous Paul Hamilton, expert volcanologist (nothing at all to do with Star Trek!) turned TV celebrity knows nothing about his son. This naturally causes big problems for Lisa when he turns up at her college to take over some geosciences classes as a favour for a mutual friend.
It soon becomes evident that the two still harbour powerful feelings for each other but neither can get past their painfully acrimonious separation of five years previously. This becomes `the elephant in the room' between them as they find themselves constantly thrown into each other's company. Despite all their avowals to avoid each other, their romance is rekindled and the depth of their feelings for each other is unmistakable. But misunderstandings abound and past grievances once again rear their heads and their second break-up looks destined to be their last. It seems only some earth-shattering event can bring these two to where they rightfully belong - with each other. I'm not going to say any more because I'd hate to ruin the pleasure for other readers and I always try to avoid spoilers.
Having read of this writer's love of England's beautiful Lake District, I rather expected more of a sense of location in this novel. However the splendour of New York and the grandeur of Iceland more than compensated for this and I was totally entranced by both.
This may have been the first novel I've read from this author but it certainly won't be the last! Changing the Future is a deeply satisfying story and one I would highly recommend to all lovers of romance. Very definitely worthy of my top cute cats award.
About the author:
Paula Martin had some early publishing success with short stories and four contemporary romance novels, but then had a break from writing while she brought up a young family and also pursued her career as a history teacher for twenty-five years. She has recently returned to writing fiction, after retiring from teaching, and has had three romance novels published, ‘His Leading Lady’ in June 2011, ‘Fragrance of Violets’ in February 2012, and ‘Changing the Future’ in May 2012 (all available on Amazon). Another novel ‘Her Only Option’ will be published in November 2012 and she is currently working on two more.
She lives near Manchester in North-West England, and has two daughters and two grandsons. Apart from writing, she enjoys visiting new places and has travelled extensively in Britain, mainland Europe, the Middle East, America and Canada. Her favourite places are the English Lake District and Ireland. She’s also interested in musical theatre and tracing her family history.
You can find out more about this excellent author from the links below:
Group Blog (with 3 other writers): http://heroineswithhearts.blogspot.com
Link for US readers: http://amzn.com/B0082VIXNU