Devastated by the death of his father and the loss of his first love Sammy to an unhappy marriage, Luke Carson leaves a promising career in Hollywood to search for a new life in England. His efforts to put the past behind him and find happiness with new friends seems doomed to failure. Then his despair attracts the romantic interest of Dee, an 18-year-old student, who is determined to win his affection at all costs. But Luke cannot forget Sammy, nor leave her to struggle alone as her husband descends into obsessive jealousy and paranoia.
Luke finds himself enmeshed in two love triangles, one reaching back into a nostalgically remembered past, the other threatening to blight his future. When the triangles of love collide, past and present vie for supremacy in his journey of the soul. Can Dee oust Sammy from Luke’s memory, or will the emotional ties to his first love prove too strong?
Jane Anstey began writing before she left junior school, and had her first story published, aged eleven, in the school magazine. She graduated from Oxford University in 1976 with a degree in Modern History and taught for four years before her first child was born in 1982. Combining work with motherhood proved easier as a freelance and she took up copy-editing and educational writing in 1986. She now lives in Cornwall, England, in a house overlooking the moors.
This... epic love story with several intriguing sub plots... keeps the reader glued to the end.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story of love that will not die and the turmoil of friends who are there for each other despite all that happens to rip them apart.
Beauty For Ashes was a great summer read of the complexities of relationships in a 21st century setting. The characters draw your interest from the beginning. When the story ends you are left imagining what will happen next. It would be a good companion to Joyce Meyers book of the same title which deals with emotional healing for Christians (a spiritual advice book).
Beauty for Ashes was shortlisted for the
Romantic Novelists Association New Writers Scheme in the UK.
Meet Jane Anstey
Jane Anstey began writing before she left junior school, and had her first story published in the school magazine when she was eleven. She took a degree in Modern History from Oxford University then taught in high school for four years before her first child was born in 1982. After that she took up copy-editing, indexing and educational writing. She now lives in Cornwall, UK, overlooking the moors, with her husband and younger daughter, aged 16, along with a dog, a cat, and five guinea pigs.