Emma decides to take an extended summer holiday to the Swiss Alps. She is determined to try to overcome the self imposed melancholic state she has wallowed in since losing her loving partner five years earlier. She is outraged to find herself chaperoned by a very attractive alpine hiking guide, that her over-protective father hired. Can Emma overcome her sense of loss whilst battling the unexpected desire she feels for the forceful Melissa?
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have previously lived in the Swiss Alps and the summer months inspire romance and healing. I could not think of a better place for my heroine to heal her broken heart. The beauty and serenity of nature often seems as important as many of the modern day alternatives offered to people to heal emotional traumas.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
As is with most of my books, I start with two names. Once their names are established they almost seem to develop themselves. On waking each morning they have implanted some new aspect or scene for themselves. Perhaps a psychologist might say this shows that my unconscious mind is at work at whilst sleeping, but I prefer to think of my characters as aspects of myself who are free to follow their dreams.
Emma looked out of the window. The view was breath taking; the Swiss town lay immediately below, the lake beyond and on every side one turned mountains rose up clad in brilliant sharply defined greens and browns. On one side a small yellow train was chugging up a mountain making her think of the Sound of Music and the children going up into the mountains with their governess. The sky was blue with thin wispy clouds. My flowers, a sudden thought entered her head. It floated away on the breeze and Emma felt a sense of happiness and a sharp pain at the same time. I will look at the flowers for both of us, she whispered.
Having unpacked and feeling a bit tired from the flight, she lay down on the soft large bed and stared out the thrown open windows. The air was soothing and she drifted off into a pleasant doze. She thought she smelt a light floral scent and trying to struggle out of a hazy sleep she again had a thought enter her head; Follow your heart. She jumped up off the bed. The scent was the same scent that Tess had used to wear. Tears pricked her eyes, yet she felt oddly relaxed. My mind is playing tricks on me, she told herself. It was bound to happen as this was where she and Tess had planned to come.
She shook herself awake, looked the beautiful view again and noticing the time decided to shower and go for a walk before dinner. Hearing movement next door she froze. She really did not feel like dealing with the guide now. Footsteps sounded and a knock sounded on the door of her suite. Holding her breath she tip toed to the bathroom and started running the shower water. Feeling slightly guilty she slipped into the shower and let the water wash away the remnants of her journey. She changed into jeans, grey and silver trainers and a pale pink, hemmed with lace, top. She tiptoed over to the door of the suite and placed her ear on it. Not hearing any sound she grabbed her bag, put it over her shoulder and quietly slipped out. The doorman opened the hotel door and she escaped into the cobbled street outside.
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