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Author of two books, Kathryn also runs a sheep and arable farm in Northumberland. Having written many short stories in her spare time, she decided to focus on novels and fulfil her ambition to become an author.
Details of Nightingale Woods
Rachel Phillips, mid twenties, a little naive, rather gullible, has fallen for a married man. The thing is, he's also fallen for her. In too deep, Rachel and married man Steve, begin an affair and develop intense feelings for each other, knowing what they're doing is wrong. But after nine months of lies and deceit, Steve's wife Olivia finds out and gives him an ultimatum. It was inevitable that someone's heart would get broken, but Rachel truly believed it wouldn't be hers and certainly not twice within a matter of days.
Seventeen years later, Rachel has been married, widowed and moved on to a new life in a little Scottish village in Perthshire. But one day her life comes crashing down around her when she spots Steve and Olivia in a nearby town, looking happy and very much together. So sure she'd got over Steve, she soon realises she's never been able to move on since falling in love with him and when Steve sees her and follows her home, Rachel has to make it clear that she’s no longer the naive twenty-something he once knew.
But is she? Does the flame reignite when they meet again after seventeen years? And is Steve still in love with Rachel, or has he moved on?
Nightingale Woods is a down-to-earth romance focusing on the difficult issues infidelity creates, but with a humorous mixture of trying to overcome being "the other woman"
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Monday 23rd September
Nothing much happened last week apart from the usual Wednesday night in with Steve, a bottle of wine and my nice cosy bed. I didn’t see him much at work as he’s hoping to get promoted in the next six months and has to attend meetings about what his new job could entail. Much to Brenda’s amusement, she made sure I was inundated with minutes to type up after each meeting, with Claire and Yvonne being delegated to check them over. Yvonne being the petty bitch that she is made a point of telling me I needed to take my time more as there were quite a few typos in one of the documents and she insisted I did it again. I felt like saying, ‘shove it up your arse’ but thought better of it. She’s like *that* with Brenda and I have a feeling her mum is a personal friend of Brenda’s, too. Probably best not to rock the boat.
It’s my birthday today, I’m twenty-seven. Steve left a card in my desk drawer with a note inside saying, ‘meet me at my car at lunch time,’ which I did. He was sat behind the wheel, keys in the ignition, big grin on his face. He said, ‘Fancy a pub lunch?’ I wasn’t going to refuse so we went to The Red Lion on
Charley Road, a few miles from the industrial estate, and I spent half the time wishing someone from work would walk in and the other half scared that they would. It wasn’t the most relaxing pub lunch I’ve ever had, though Steve seemed to enjoy himself. He’s getting very blasé about the situation now and it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s told people, like Brian for one. We’ve been seeing each other six months now; it must be obvious that we’re an item.
As we sat down at a table he gave me a little square box. It was dark blue and my first thought was that there was a ring inside. There wasn’t. He’s bought me some gorgeous gold earrings in the shape of love hearts and I absolutely love them. I must admit my stomach turned over when I saw the box because for about five seconds I wondered if it was a ring. But I’m not disappointed because we’re nowhere near that stage yet and I love the earrings. Besides, he’s still married.
I asked him to come round tonight but he couldn’t. I was a bit disappointed when he said he couldn’t come as I honestly thought he might have surprised me and taken me out for a meal, or at least just come to see me for an hour or so to give me another birthday present. But not to worry, he said he’s going to make up for it this weekend and meet me at the woods again on Saturday, only this time we’re meeting earlier so that we can have lunch out then come back here.
(Note to self: pop down town and get that lingerie from Debenhams with the birthday money from mum.)
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What shape are Rachel’s birthday earrings?
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