A Very Distant Affair
A new novel of women’s literature from international bestselling author Faith Mortimer.
Cheryl Taylor, a landscape artist appears to have it all. Apart from fame and fortune, her attentive husband Daniel is brilliant at managing her business matters. Cheryl has allowed him full rule of her affairs from the day they were married…but twenty years later, she wonders whether she shouldn’t be quite so naive. Daniel is controlling and as she learns from one friend during an intimate conversation. “Diamonds aren’t a girl’s best friend you know. They are a man’s best friend. They’re great at getting men off the hook, and keeping their women quiet.”
Feeling uncomfortable and troubled over her friend’s warning, Cheryl decides there is more to life than being successful and at the beck and call of a manipulative husband. She sets out to find what she really wants from life, and to her horror, discovers one earth-shattering secret after the next.
Her life in turmoil she visits Australia, where on a previous trip, she found contentment from an unexpected quarter. Michel, a widower, owns a winery and boutique hotel in New South Wales, and is as different from Daniel as chalk is to cheese.
Cheryl is drawn to this gentle Australian of French descent and feels her new-found strong will wavering. She returns to London to offer Daniel an ultimatum, only to discover the final shock which threatens all their lives.
A Very Distant Affair is the fourth novel in the A Very…. Affair series. All the novels can be read as stand alone’s as each novel as different characters.
I am a huge fan of the authors Dark Minds series as well as the Diana Rivers Mysteries series so am usually used to someone being bumped off, so this book made for a pleasant change. Even though I have the first two novels in this series, sadly I haven’t yet had a chance to get to them but will certainly be bumping them up my to be read pile after reading this.
Cheryl pretty much has the perfect life. She is married with a daughter, she is a successful artist and her and husband are live very comfortably. Unfortunately when Cheryl looks closer she starts to realise that her life may not be quite as perfect as she thinks.
Finally realising that her marriage isn’t quite working she starts to stand on her own two feet and do the things that she wants for a change, but as usual life always seems to throw a curve ball in there so that nothing is quite as straight forward as it should be.
You can’t help but feel sorry for Cheryl, don’t get me wrong she hasn’t really had that bad a life but everyone deserves to be happy and to spend their life with someone who loves them in return. Dan unfortunately has to be one of the most selfish men I have ever come across in a story and every time there was a slightest chance that I started to warm to him, something would come along that would make me dislike him again. He is almost like a spoilt child who expects everything to go his way and has no thought for others in his life.
A Very Distant Affair is a story of one woman’s turmoil and trying to find herself while doing the right thing for herself and her family. It’s a story that the reader can easily get lost into and whilst also making me want to book a seat on the next flight out to Australia.
Very much recommended.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
A Very Distant Affair is out today and available to purchase from Amazon.