To celebrate the release of Victoria Jenkins’ latest novel – I am excited to share a teaser of the book … Are you ready?? 🙂 Ps. My review will be coming soon!
Karen I meet them for the first time on a wet and dreary Thursday morning, a relentless downpour pelting the ground so loudly it almost drowns out the sound of my introduction. They are barely visible beneath the black umbrella he holds above them, her head dipped towards his chest to protect her from an onslaught of driving rain that has been tirelessly battering the street since the early hours. It seems ironic that in this moment, to anyone looking on from the street, this couple might appear so close, so together. Yet they wouldn’t be here if that were the case. ‘I’m Karen,’ I say, ushering them into the hallway, extending a hand first to Lydia Green and then to her husband, Josh. ‘Lovely to meet you both.’Lydia’s hand is cold to the touch, her slim fingers icy against mine. She offers me a small smile as she steps aside and shrugs her rain-sodden jacket from her slender shoulders. She thanks me as I take it from her, and I recognise the east London accent that I detected during our phone conversation, its tones muted and restrained; the kind of lilt that suggests a person has made a conscious effort to lose any trace of their roots from their voice. When Josh reaches for my hand, his fingers linger on mine a moment too long. The men are usually more nervous than the women when they first arrive here, more anxious about what lies ahead, as though accepting their marriage needs help is an admission of failure on their part. For many, this anxiety manifests itself in handshakes that are too tight, ill-timed comments intended to fill uncomfortable lulls in conversation; sometimes just the silences, left to fester until someone finds a distraction…
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