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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Sandy Nachlinger Reviews Torn by Gilli Allan



Sandy Nachlinger reviews Torn by Gilli Allan. ‘TORN is anything but your standard romance with predictable conflicts and stereotypical characters. It's much more, and a thoroughly enjoyable read.’


Make a choice between a respected landowner and his much younger worker? That's one of the challenges facing Jessica Avery in Gilli Allan's TORN. When sophisticated Londoner Jessica leaves an abusive relationship and takes her son to rural Warford, she expects to begin a new life growing vegetables, baking homemade bread, and sewing curtains for the windows of her rented cottage. Instead, the former investment banker finds a lord-of-the-manor farmer and a dreadlocked dreamer vying for her affection. She finds herself drawn to both.

Though Jessica admits with some regret to an earlier sybaritic lifestyle (she's not sure who fathered her child), she embraces her innate sensuality without shame. She has made mistakes--and continues to make them--and that realism creates a sympathetic character for the reader. We want Jessica and her son to find happiness and lasting love at last. If not happily ever after, then happy for now.

The love scenes in the book are nicely written--tantalizing without venturing into erotica. The author has captured the rural countryside and brought it into the story, with muddy boots and soggy clothing as well as in sunlit scenes. Allan's research is evident in her descriptions of farming, sheep raising, and myriad other details that add flavor and realism to the story. She knows her setting and the characters who inhabit it.

TORN is anything but your standard romance with predictable conflicts and stereotypical characters. It's much more, and a thoroughly enjoyable read.

2 comments:

  1. What a lovely review Gilli. I'll tweet about it etc and when I get a 'moment' (what's one of those, I'll open my kindle and lose myself in your excellent rural romance.

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