When the 'Mysterious Miss Mayhew' moves into the long deserted cottage we start to wonder why she's arrived. Tom comes across her in an embarrassing situation and that litters their initial meetings. Fran loves his little girl- she sees the free spirit in her.
There are some very amusing encounters and a great cast of characters including Tom's family and his work colleagues at the magazine. They are always under tough constraints getting the latest issue to the printer on time and they need a new nature feature writer. When Fran takes on the challenge they think that they have found the perfect member of staff and she produces an award winning article. But the owner then tries to stop it- why??
I love Fran's lists at the start of chapters. She reveals a lot about the way she is thinking and that there is a reason for her to be here.
Throw in a meddling ex wife and the characters are in total turmoil!
A great read. I will definately check out more by Hazel Osmond/
Many thanks to Quercus and Net Galley for a copy of this book.
"Tom doesn't need any more women in his life. He already has his hands full with his five-year-old daughter, an estranged wife who keeps blocking his efforts to get divorced and a mother who might be having an affair with the vicar. So when Fran Mayhew turns up - years younger and with all the tact of a dinosaur with its backside on fire - she's just another tricky person to deal with.