Title: High Hopes
Author: Sue Lilley
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction
“It was one stolen night. He was my soulmate and I’d never felt more alive. I couldn’t tell him I got pregnant. It would’ve ruined everything. But now his daughter wants to meet him and I need to make things right.” Another tear escaped down her cheek. “Everybody’s going to hate me.”
Three friends are rocked when a 20-year secret blows their world apart. Steamy, passionate, and unpredictable. If you like sizzling love triangles you won’t want to miss it.
Grace has kept her heart-breaking secret for twenty years – a love child she gave up for adoption. She was a penniless student – how could she raise a baby alone? Then she receives a letter out of the blue. Her long-lost daughter is searching for answers.
Her two best friends are married and don’t know one of them is the girl’s father. If Grace confesses now, the marriage will be destroyed and it will surely be the end of their lifelong friendship. But what choice does Grace have?
Set in the wilds of Poldark-country – the stormy cliffs and windswept beaches of picturesque Cornwall – an engrossing saga filled with suspense, simmering jealousy and heartbreak. Can a future be built on the quicksand of secrets and lies? Surely there can be no second chances when three friends discover they don’t know each other at all.
Three best friends, since childhood, come to grips with a startling one-night stand and the daughter that has come searching for answers.
Grace receives a letter from her daughter, whom she gave up for adoption 19 years ago, wanting to meet her birth parents. In order to do that, Grace must confess her long-buried secret to her two best friends, whom are now married. She decides to do it in person and travels to Penrowan. She meets a sexy twenty something gardener, Danny, who only complicates matters. Grace stalls sharing her secret, trying to find the right time but in essence, she’s scared. What will happen to their friendships when she drops the bomb? Will Grace survive and what about the handsome Danny who’s an older woman’s fantasy? Everyone has High Hopes of a happy ending… most of all, Grace.
I loved the premise of this book and wasn’t prepared for how s-l-o-w the plot moved. Grace keeps stalling and the more I read, the more Grace didn’t tell her two best friends the truth. Instead, she shopped, drank wine, went clubbing and panted after the 20 something Danny. The cattiness between Dixie and Grace surprised me. I mean, aren’t they supposed to be best friends? Sam’s obvious jealousy towards Grace’s love interests pointed to a secret love which was far too predictable. I didn’t get much steaminess but a solid women’s fiction story about love, mistakes and making amends.
I did enjoy the banter/sexual tension between Grace and Danny. They were cute with the “does he/she like me or doesn’t he/she”. Grace, for being almost 40, has a lot of issues to deal with and I did enjoy her growth as a character. It just took a long time to get there. The ending made it all worthwhile and it was very satisfactory, in my view.
If you like your romance with depth, pick up this book today. The themes of birth parents and adoption are prevalent throughout High Hopes.
Favorite Character/Quote: It was one stolen night. He was my soulmate and I’d never felt more alive.
My Rating: 3.5 stars
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Sue Lilley loves getting lost in a page-turning story and can never put a good book down. When she isn’t escaping somewhere else in her imagination, she lives in the north east of England, near the stunning Northumberland coastline and the famous Alnwick Castle, last seen in Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter movies.
Her practical exterior hides the soul of a daydreamer and compulsive people watcher. She’s often found eavesdropping on people’s conversations on the Metro for inspiration. She’s been married to Michael, an artist and fellow creative spirit, for more years than they’re brave enough to count.
Described as an exciting new voice in Women’s Fiction, Sue’s first novel, Another Summer was called “an alluring example of its genre” by BookViral. Her second novel, High Hopes was described by OnlineBookClub.org as “a story that holds immense appeal for readers who like plots containing sizzling love triangles.”
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N