LIFE AND LOVES OF ELIZABETH SIMMONS

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At thirty-one, Elizabeth, a music teacher fulfilled by her craft and dedicated to her students, is still single and living at home. Unexpectedly, the father of one of her students seems to want to court her. Edward, a well-heeled solicitor still recovering from the tragic death of his young wife, invites Elizabeth to dinner at his home – a home complete with a magnificent piano that he invites her to play.

Out of the blue, Elizabeth receives a letter from her former admirer, Tom – a sheep-farmer, living in Scotland. Will the contents of this letter change Elizabeth’s destiny? What startling secrets will it reveal that may upend Elizabeth’s entire view of her life?

“This is a well-crafted, nostalgic romance novel evocative of a bygone era, and written with the formal mannerisms of a Jane Austen who had lived in 1955 in Sydney, Australia, but with a pace and an irresistible narrative pull that makes you want to turn the page.” 

“Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great romantic movie, or better yet a mini TV. To be continued?”

 

Four years have passed since Elizabeth left Australia’s shores, to live on a Scottish sheep farm run by her husband, Tom. As newlyweds, they faced a period of adjustment, but their love for each other kept them close. When Elizabeth’s father sustains life-threatening injuries, her sense of care and duty compels her to return to the land of her birth, leaving Tom behind to hold the fort. What unexpected complications will fate thrust into her life? How skilfully will she play her hand? Will Edward, her wealthy, former admirer, succeed as he tries to woo her away from her husband, to be with him and his daughter in their magnificent home?

This is a compelling and engrossing sequel to ‘Love Denied’ – exploring new dimensions of Elizabeth’s character, and of the personalities of her family and friends.

“The story is touching, has ups and downs; I felt reminded of expertly applied water colors. I hoped the best for Elizabeth; she is a very likable character. The characters are real enough to be family members, friends or acquaintances. I had a good time reading Love Returned; it would be nice to see it on television, one day.”