19/06/2004

Hidden Talents

An enjoyable novel by Erica James.

Dulcie, in her 60s, starts a small writing group. She has a secret: a three-year affair with a married man, who has had a heart attack just before the book opens.

The story follows her life, and the lives of those who join the group: widowed Beth, who has a delightful teenage son called Nathan; Alex, an estate agent whose wife recently left him; Jaz, a bright teenager hemmed in by her loud (though caring) large family. A nice blend of plotlines, with some moving moments.

There are surprises for the characters, most of which I had guessed just in advance. An encouraging ending to a believable and well-written book.

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