Barefoot In The Dark – October 2006
Shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance 2007
(and only narrowly pipped by Marian Keyes. See? I’m good, me)
Do you believe in fairytales?
When Hope Shepherd loses her trainer while boarding the 8.42 into Cardiff, Cinderella couldn’t be further from her thoughts. Painfully divorced, she’s all out of daydreams – and it’s not a glass slipper, after all.
It’s picked up, however, by a Prince Charming of sorts – DJ Jack Valentine, who’s just been divorced too. He appeals on his show for the owner to come forward; a latterday princess being just what he needs…
Hope works as a publicist for the charity, Heartbeat, and is encouraged by her boss to get Jack on board. A celebrity endorsement is exactly what they’re after, to raise the profile of their upcoming fun run.
So far, so good; a fairytale beginning – their mutual attraction’s just too strong to ignore. But this is the real world, and these are two damaged people. With both of them determined not to risk another heartbreak, is a happy-ever-after an impossible dream?