Second-chance novel is too bland a term for The Trophy Wife
I love women-of-strength novels and that is one on of the things Kate Loveday does so well. When young and lonely Erin McDonald leaves her home for a new job shortly after her mother's death, she is vulnerable to the practiced machinations of the urbane Giles Brightman and falls completely under his spell. Young, inexperienced, and loving does not equal weak, her love holds up under his growing busy-man routine but when he crosses a line, she walks. The tale of the rebuilding of her life, her soul, is the fascinating journey we travel in the The Trophy Wife...Jeanie Jackson, Librarian
“A fabulous story! Well written and well told with colourful characters and finely drawn scenes.” Jacqueline Winn, Australian editor and author
“Set in Far Northern Australia, Inheritance is an engaging romantic mystery.
Highly recommended. I look forward to reading more from Kate Loveday.” Vicki Tyley, Australian Author.
“Kate Loveday writes so smoothly it is like the pen in her writing hand touches the pages and the words just flow out of her pen onto paper with such ease... she has many twists and turns and surprises, good and bad, in her stories that a reader doesn't expect”. Goodreads
“A brilliant read. I could not put this book down and the end left me begging for more.” Sarah Cooke, Australian author.
“This is a fantastic short read that is fast pace and exciting. I really enjoyed this story as it was something different and really captured my attention. Lostinsweetwords.blog
“You are an amazing story writer, Kate. Your writing captured my interest instantly, from the start to the very end I have you are on my "must read" list. You have been given a great gift and thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us readers.” Alice L Kent
“Kate Loveday’s writing is emotionally touching. The stories as they unfold on the different paths were done in a wonderful way while still tying the main threads together. I must say my emotions did become involved here for one of the story lines was heart rending for it is a portrait of life in this day and age. The writer has a great way of telling her story in words. I was many times wondering what next. I even became surprised at a few things. It is not just a story of sex or violence, instead this is one that tells a story of life and what happens at times, with a mixture of cultures.” Anna Swedenmom
“Ms. Loveday's novel ‘An Independent Woman’ has everything for which one could ask in a historical novel: clear, compelling prose; engaging, well-drawn characters who mirror their place and time; and a complex, fast-moving plot involving domestic tragedy, diamonds, the perils of a logging camp and of a gold-mining town, a love banned by the time's laws of marriage, and a crime with results that span years and half a world. All of these elements take place in a vividly realized setting of frontier Australia with frontier Sydney, immense, exotic forests, wild rivers, and the loneliness of pioneer settlements. These make An Independent Woman a novel that will tempt you to read it in a single setting.” Alfred D Byrd
What do you do when the one you love turns violent? Rich or poor, the dilemma is the same for every woman who experiences domestic violence. This story tells how one woman strives to build a new life for herself – at his expense!
It seemed as if it would be a fairy tale existence...
When young and lonely Erin McDonald leaves Newcastle for a job in Sydney shortly after her mother's death she meets high powered business mogul Giles Brightman. He sweeps her off her feet, and she is thrilled when he proposes. Madly in love she marries him, but she soon realises he wants nothing more from her than to look beautiful and be compliant – ready to accompany him whenever he wishes, charming to his business associates, a good hostess, and ready to accommodate him in bed whenever he feels so inclined.
Slowly Giles' violent side emerges, and after an attack that makes her fear for her life, Erin knows she must get away. With little money of her own, and a platinum Amex card, she develops an audacious plan to give her a second chance in life – at Giles’ expense. But Giles won’t let her go easily.
When she consults lawyer Aden Marlowe, she has nothing on her mind but business. She tries to ignore her attraction to Aden, and throws herself into her efforts to create a specialised high fashion boutique. Aden is captivated from the start, but he has a secret, and must hide his feelings while he and Erin work together to discover the secret of the seemingly innocuous Phoebus shares.
Can Erin overcome all the setbacks to find a new life...and a new love?
Full of courage and resolve, this is a story about reinventing yourself, and the intrigues of Fate. A story of love, friendship, disillusion and retribution as a woman strives to change her life.
Kate Loveday’s stories of strong women are wonderful. Her writing is smooth and intelligent. She blends everything together very nicely and tells a wonderful descriptive story of different types of people, some you'll love and cheer on and some you'll dislike immensely. This story is not just a romance novel, Kate has imbedded a wonderful cast of true to life characters and the many circumstances they go through...Alice L Kent
The Trophy Wife is a very easy read. I was so enthralled that I finished it over the weekend! For the most part, it's a love story in more than one way. but there is money, power, crime, intimidation, friendships, business ventures and more. Excellent work. Author's Den