|About the Book|
Tinsel, Texts and TemptationJulia Carter disliked Christmas. She didn’t hate it, she just disliked it.For thirty-something Julia Christmas had begun to epitomise life, big on hype and expectation, low on delivery. She was ten years into a marriageMoreTinsel, Texts and TemptationJulia Carter disliked Christmas. She didn’t hate it, she just disliked it.For thirty-something Julia Christmas had begun to epitomise life, big on hype and expectation, low on delivery. She was ten years into a marriage that had begun to grind along like the wheel-rim of a burst tyre on the long, pot-holed road of marriage. The only glimmer of light on the horizon was Andy, the good-looking, glib-tongued young man who worked for a rival company. With Andy she was a few weeks into a blossoming relationship of snatched moments, steamy texts and breathless anticipation.Julia felt bad … and good! Bad because her husband hadn’t done anything particularly wrong, it was just that he had struggled to do anything particularly right over the past few months. Bad because she didn’t feel the way she did when he had swept her off her feet more than a decade before. Bad because, her marriage was becoming like the Christmases of her childhood, a fading myth based on warm, long passed memories. She felt good because a new man had stepped in to massage her faltering ego and tickle her more or less redundant fancy.Her titillating, text driven romance thrived as Christmas raced relentlessly into view. The tinsel and glitter of the season added sparkle and spice to her dangerous game. Every lingering meeting brought a decision about her future closer. Julia craved the happiness and light-headed thrill she had felt when love had first come to visit, and she was sure that Andy heralded its return … wasn’t she? If only there was someone, somewhere she could take fully and completely into her confidence, someone who could share her joy and her pain, someone to show her the way … but she had no one close enough to take on that massive role in her life just now.As Christmas week began it was as if a countdown timer had begun. With each passing second Julia was drawn towards the decision that would shape her life for the years that lay ahead of her. It was a strange and perplexing week, a sequence of days that seemed to have almost been taken out of her control. A series of messages on her ‘phone began to take her places she didn’t expect to go. It was a week that would flick open some of the pages in the book of life and invite to her to read what she would from it- but what, if any, lessons would she learn?