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Losing Kate Kindle Edition
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Thirteen years later Francesca, single and working a gruelling job as a social worker, has stayed in her hometown and bought a fixer-upper cottage next door to a house on vacant swamp land. But the day that land goes up for auction, she is shocked to discover the man who successfully bid is Jack Shaw – no longer young and gangly, but tall, handsome and with a partner and little boy, Oli, in tow. And he’s planning to stay the six months it will take to renovate the old house, six months of living behind Francesca, looking at her over his property line.
Jack immediately downplays his history with Francesca ‘Fray’ (as he called her) to his new partner, Sara. But the young, beautiful woman instantly suspects something is up when Jack’s old familiarity with Francesca starts to seep through their ‘new’ acquaintance. How could it not? This is the same boy Francesca played with in her backyard – running naked round the sprinklers. They were best friends in high school, even if Francesca wanted more, even if she was crushed when Jack turned his attention to the beautiful new girl and Francesca’s new best friend, Kate all those years ago…
Now Jack is back in Francesca’s life – reminding her of everything she doesn’t have, all the things they lost thirteen years ago and her growing pile of “what if?” questions. And with Jake comes memories of Kate – their beautiful, frantic, damaged girl. Memories of their last fraught day together, and how Francesca loved Jack so much, she even lied for him.Read more ›
For me, everything in the pages between is wonderful writing from a fresh new voice in Australian fiction.
I enjoy real estate. I've renovated several homes now with my hubby, and so all the present-day scenes involving Frankie's cottage and rebuilding, and Jack as the lost best friend who buys the vacant block next door, really resonate with me.
I also like what property symbolises in Losing Kate. How Frankie's old cottage is perfect for her, while next door there is a brand-spanking new home with all the bells and whistles being built for resale purposes, yet it lacks the solid foundations and 'labour of love' that go into making a house a home.
For readers who like a challenge, there is a whodunnit storyline in this book, as Frank and Jack revisit the tragedy of their friend Kate and her disappearance at an end of school party on the beach. And if you like your romance, I think you're guaranteed to finish the book with a lovely fuzzy feeling, too - because the last line... well, it's a beauty. I finished reading with a smile on my face, and that's all I'll say!
Disclaimer: Kylie Kaden is a friend, and my critique partner through Romance Writers of Australia. She is also a damn good author.
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Losing Kate gets your attention right from the start and doesn’t relent until the very last page as Francesca (Frankie) Hudson’s story holds you captive. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Marcia@Book Muster Down Under