Set in an environment of extreme wealth in contemporary London, this is a story of tender new love trying to flourish while a tragic past conspires to destroy. As Valentine's Day approaches, two lonely people begin breaking out of their social shells.
Valerie has been celibate since she was raped and had her reputation smeared. From nothing, she's rebuilt her life, and she now concentrates on three things; running her corporate empire, guiding her inquisitive daughter through puberty, and volunteering in the community.
Lorne is still grieving a fiancée who died in his arms, but when he meets Valerie in a down-and-out soup kitchen, desires stir. Unaware of her identity, he takes a bold step and invites her to Valentine's Day dinner.
Their relationship escalates with blinding speed and all the comforts of a billionaire lifestyle, but the bliss is interrupted when pornographic photos of Valerie flood the internet. She wants to crawl back into her shell. What does Lorne want?_____________________________________________________________________________________
This began as a 2000-word entry for a writing contest, and after it had won, many readers encouraged me to expand it into a full-length novel. I'm now approaching 80,000 words, and I'll be posting new chapters every three to five days.
I portray the wealthy lifestyle and all its appurtenances through experience, having made my first million in the 1980s when a million could still buy something.