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Dottie Perks has forged a new life for herself in London, with a new job and a loving boyfriend. She's safe, happy and loved. What more could she ask for?

But when Dottie visits her home in Brighton, the last person she expects to see is her first love, Ralph Bennett. As old feelings come rushing to the surface, Dottie struggles to deny the strong chemistry between them. She can't throw away everything to be with Ralph...can she?

©2016 Sandy Taylor (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"I loved this novel so much, even though it’s probably the most heart-breaking story I’ve read all year...it will totally absorb you and capture your heart." ( That Thing She Read)
"I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t put it down. It has all the ingredients for a perfect read: fantastic, loveable and very real characters, an emotional and compelling storyline, and a brilliant setting in time and place." (Louise Douglas)

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  • 24-05-2020

Why end a great series like this

Book 1- Amazing. Great story. Great narrator.

Book 2- very good. Narrator sounds like she is screeching. She has an amazing voice for a few characters like Dotty, Polly, and her mom, Marleen. But everyone else sounds horrid! Nelson’s character was totally changed. As was Brendas. And why in the world would you make Rita such a witch? I’m not sure if it is the author or the poor narration, or probably both, that made 3 of the best characters so horrible. Brenda and Rita sound like men!

Book3- why ,why, why? Just why!!!??? You had such a good series and you crucified most of the main characters. Love Rose, Tristen, Steven, Polly, Milly, Marleen, Ralph, and Doty’s narration. The rest of them were horrible. You made them sound like hicks. And they were not. Nelson, Brenda, & Rita were not low class citizens. They may not have had money. But they made up for that in class. You took a well written story about love, abuse, mental illness, poverty, honor, and friendship in the book
“When we danced at the end of the pier”. You gave us such a great story in that one to give the 2nd one a ehh, to the 3 one(besides Rose, Steven, Tristen, & Polly) to repeat, rewind, & play and on & on..... Such a shame. And the narrator should not be doing men’s voices or reading for more than a few characters. She isn’t bad at all unless she is trying to..

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  • Jennyflubug
  • 23-08-2021

Love love loved this trilogy

This is the first time I have read any sandy Taylor, and I have fell in love with her work. Funny, sad, and very gripping. I'm now in the middle of the runaway children and again brilliant!!! My new best writer, thank you for your brilliant stories, being bed ridden is now less depressing, since I've found your books. 😊

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  • Patrick Dee
  • 26-10-2020

Brilliant

What a wonderful story , Sandy Taylor doesn’t stop delivering , a great story of love that eventually finds you if you are patient , I loved it .

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  • Mrs Julie Maddison
  • 19-08-2019

was ok

wasn't as good as first book but still enjoyable. story was strrungout and at times frustrating. but still enjoyed somewhat.

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