Alex was made redundant from his top City job a year ago and is moving into the pretty Lodge Lane in the village of Hartfield to downsize and release some capital.
At 49 his chances of getting another job in London are looking slim. He moves in with his classic Bentley, his beloved wine cellar and no sign of a plan B.
His neighbour Chloe is a European Fund Manager with a divorce behind her and a male dominated City career ahead of her. Her jet setting lifestyle looks exciting to the outside world but the fact is she’s lonely.
On the other side, Becky has been moved into the lane with her two year old to escape her violent ex. Life is pretty difficult for Becky but gardening is a joy to her and with her green fingers the garden is where her heart sings. Next to Becky you’ve got Sheila and George; lived there forever. George is now retired and finally they have to face up to the cracks in their marriage. For Sheila it proves a difficult journey.
So you see these neighbours haven’t got a lot in common. Funny how things turn out though….
Katie is living a middle class life in superficial harmony with her family in affluent Highgate village, London.
She gave up employment long ago to bring up her two teenage daughters, Alice and Bethan and keeps busy with charity work.
On her 50th birthday her whole life falls apart. Her husband dies of a sudden and massive heart attack and it soon becomes clear that he’s gambled away all her financial security.
Forever Lucky tells Katie’s story.
The sequel to Forever Lucky, this novel tells the ongoing story of the residents of London’s Highgate Village. Spoiler alert – read Forever Lucky before you read this!
Katie Green has been through a traumatic time since her husband’s sudden death just six months ago. It came as a shock to her that he had left her in financial ruin. Drastic measures were called for, but she certainly didn’t expect her lodger, the mildly eccentric author, Birch, to become her lover.
It’s New Year’s Eve and life seems to be returning to an even keel, but Celia, the wife Birch is trying to divorce, has other ideas creating turmoil and heartache at 12 Bisham Gardens.
Katie’s teenage daughters are still unsettled and unsure of their futures and Bethan, who detests Birch, starts off on a reckless path, while her sister, Alice, struggles to focus as her A-level re-take looms.
Meanwhile Katie’s virtual assistance business takes off and, working for wide boy and property developer, Charlie, there is never a dull moment. Birch’s mother, Sylvia, quickly grows very fond of Katie and provides unexpected support and inspiration to her family, whilst she plays out a romantic interlude of her own.
It was 1940 when Guy Woodhead first lay eyes on Molly Brooks; the connection between them was strong and he knew she was the woman for him.
The fact that she was married to the loathsome, Johnny, was just a hurdle to overcome in his eyes. Molly saw things differently fearing divorce would leave her ostracised in an era when it was very much frowned upon. Despite all the adversity they fell madly in love while World War two raged around them. With all three of them working in the aircraft factories, as part of the war effort, it wasn’t long before Johnny got wind of Guy’s intentions towards his wife.
Fast forward to 2004 and we find Guy, at the age of ninety-two, muddling along on his own in his dilapidated bungalow, enjoying a flutter on the horses every now and then, and living the simple life but with an air of sadness about him. This solitary straightforward existence is suddenly rocked when his long-lost son, Tony, turns up out of the blue. Tony was just nineteen when he turned his back on his family no longer able to deal with the tragedy that had befallen them. Now, Tony finds himself wanting to make amends and books the two of them on The Heroes Return trip to Anzio in Italy organised by the British Legion.
Will this turn out to be Guy’s last big adventure?
Will father and son reunite after the terrible fall out of the past?