Take a recipe for disaster… Start with an illicit love affair in 1952, add a painful parting and three deaths in 1953.
Leave to settle until 2009. Then add a crumbling mansion (Epton Hall), which harbours a scandalous secret… Gradually combine young librarian Katie Nicholson – an incurable romantic trying to get over a failed love affair. Sprinkle a few daydreams, hundreds of books and stir until well mixed.
Carefully blend in a friendly housekeeper, some memorabilia and many books, with Katie’s weekend away, new boyfriend and a prophetic dream. Add the secret arrival of sinister nephew Harold Hapsworth-Cole, the only known heir to the estate, and throw in the evidence discovered by Katie in the attic, that another heir exists in Canada. Combine fear, violence, and theft of that evidence with Katie’s imprisonment in the attic, Harold’s growing mental instability and stir…malevolently.
The resultant mixture should be an explosion of love, financial expectations, inheritance, terror, greed and attempted murder. Then… ENJOY.
Paper Dreams is an unusual read, which plays with the reader’s emotions. It covers family sorrow, obsessions, inheritance, greed, dreams, nightmares, and attempted murder. But above all, it is a story of people’s lives, their loves and how they eventually overcome adversity.
“Romance and excitement beautifully mixed”
Five Star Review on Amazon By G. McCullough
I love this book. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop. If you’re looking for a label, I would call it ‘drama.’ We start with a short snapshot of the past, when Amy returns to Canada leaving Gerald desolate. Then, present day – we meet the very easy to relate to heroine, Katie, and get to know her and her problems, before plunging into the excitement of her search through the books in the attic of Epton Hall, and her discovery of the affair between Amy and Gerald – and its result in the birth of James. Katie’s experience of being locked in the attic of Epton Hall without food, water, heat or light, and her eventual rescue, is gripping in the extreme. I won’t give away any more of the plot, only say that the men in Katie’s life, from the despicable Simon to the sexy yet trustworthy Stuart, come across realistically and with enormous interest. Buy this book if you want a happy, romantic and thrilling read which will hook you from the first few pages!
About the Author
Author of PAPER DREAMS & A PASSING STORM (published by Matador) . Matador, Amazon, Waterstones, Authors Den, Independent Author Network. I write, paint & sing.