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It’s been five years, and Lizzie Lambert has decided it’s time to try to make things right with her estranged mother. She’s made a success of things in Cannes, she’s bringing up a lovely little boy on her own, and she’s ready to put the past behind her.
But it seems Lizzie’s mother has moved on as well. She’s moved her toyboy – a muscle-bound vintner named Cal – into the family home, and given him the run of the land that was meant to be Lizzie’s inheritance!
Cal’s wine business frequently takes him to France, and suddenly wherever Lizzie goes, he’s already there – meddling, giving unsolicited advice, saving her little boy’s life and stealing her heart. But none of this changes the fact that he’s her mother’s lover…
Praise for Karen Aldous
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watch the pizzas being made and cooked in the large oven. As always it was packed with locals and tourists. Once the drinks were ordered, the waiter took their food order. ‘Aunty Sophie,’ Thierry cheered pointing down to the main door. As Lizzie followed Thierry’s glance to the ground floor, sure enough, Sophie collected two pizza boxes and left unable to hear them call over the bustling restaurant noise. ‘A very hungry aunty Sophie too by the look of it,’ Lizzie joked. *** Sophie had rung
too. Didn’t have you down as a child minder!’ ‘You are all very welcome but just so that you know, I have enjoyed it, particularly looking after Thierry. He’s a great lad,’ Cal chirped, finishing his sandwich before announcing, ‘Right. I’m just going to collect my things from the spare room and put them in the car ready to move back home. I have to get back to work. See you all later. Let me know if there is anything I can do?’ Hmm, Lizzie thought, Thierry was going to miss him. Lizzie spent
ideas for the new salon. Although she knew what she needed from the clinic side, she wasn’t altogether clear about how Lizzie would want the new salon layout to work. Not without more thorough discussion. So, she made some plans the best she could and sent them over to Lizzie and suggested they make some time for a Skype call to discuss it in more detail. She had just sent an email to Lizzie when Charles rang. ‘I’ve just got some work finished and am now famished. Do you fancy coming out for
have a quick bite to eat Lizzie. It will do you good,’ Sophie insisted. ‘I want to get back to Thierry.’ Lizzie got her keys out to lock up the shop and as she did so her phone rang. It was Marie-Claire. ‘Hi, are…?’ she said then her eyes sprang out from their sockets and her jaw dropped in horror. ‘I’m on my way – I’ll call the police.’ She threw the salon keys down and ran for her life, phone to her ear. Sophie picked them up and checked doors and lights before she addressed Annatia as she
were hungry. Sophie immediately jumped behind him heading for the kitchen area. ‘Here, I’ll help.’ ‘That’s a great idea Cal but I can’t eat much. I’m sure food would be good for Marie-Claire and Thierry. Charles, you will stay for food too?’ Lizzie asked as he walked in. He glanced at Sophie for a nod of approval. ‘Come on Lizzie, smile! You, Thierry and Marie-Claire are safe, that’s all you need to worry about,’ Cal said trying to lighten her mood. Charles here will sort out the rest. ‘Cal,