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GHOSTS IN THE MIRROR
Property developer Sebastian Faulkes has worked hard to build his business and has always relied on his close friend and overseer of his building projects, Rory McLeod. Rory was a childhood friend whom he trusted explicitly and was responsible for his growing empire until that fateful day when Rory lost his fight to live through a tragic accident whilst Sebastian was away on vacation. Through his grieving and being engulfed with guilt, Sebastian compensated by working all hours, for the loss of his good friend and would spend a few hours at the nearby pub, drinking before heading home.
One evening, slightly drunk and with heavy rain and poor visibility, he knocked a young girl down as she was delivering the evening papers on his way home. He panicked and sped away and later found out the tragic death of the girl from the local newspaper. He was afraid to inform the police of what happened. He had his reputation at stake.
A few years later, he met Amelia who gave him the hope he needed to start afresh as his marriage was falling apart. The following summer, they agreed it was a natural step for them to be living together and during their first few months in their new home, a freak accident caused Amelia her life leaving Sebastian a shadow of himself, spiralling down to a hedonistic existence, losing all connection and trust with those he loved and cared for and especially his children and estranged wife. His property empire suffered through mismanagement and embezzlement, and his contemplation of suicide looms closely. Amelia, Rory, the young girl... and losing his children and business, were constant reminders that haunt him without a moments peace. Can he be saved?
Judith James 2017©
Beatrice and Evangeline have a strong bond and commitment to each other no matter what challenges they faced. An underlying sibling rivalry causes a rift between them through their teenage and young adult lives.
Their parents knew the only way they could have a better quality of life is to send the girls to boarding school while they were still young whilst it gave them the time to secure themselves with jobs and a place to stay in London before the girls returned. It was a fresh start for all of them.
It was also the beginning of Bernadette’s illness with mental health issues and the extreme measures that were taken to help her through living her life as normally as possible. With the consistent love and compassion shown by her parents, immediate family and close friends, brought about her recovery but there were times that every effort made was in vain.
A heartwarming story of trials and tribulations, the bond and love between parents and their children; and especially between two sisters.
Judith James 2017©
'....hair so dark….eyes that bear deep into your soul, ….torn in the present and the past, will she survive, will she outlive those who betrayed her trust….’
Leanne, an orphan was brought up in a convent boarding school, fell into the wrong crowd throughout her young adult life with drinks and drugs and finally meeting Eric, who gave her the emotional and financial security she craved for. They met when Eric was a successful owner of a chain of hairdressing salons which was the brainchild of his wife Candy who left him after eighteen years of marriage. As a birthday gift, Eric surprised Leanne with a flight to New York with all expenses paid and for her to meet an old friend of his and his family in Staten Island, NY where she would stay for five days. On the day of her return to England, she was detained at the airport as her hand luggage was taken away by customs officers for further investigation and after a long interrogation and a dissatisfying outcome of the investigation, she was taken to a correction facility in Manhattan late that evening. This was the beginning of her horrific journey to proving her innocence and her strong determination for her survival. Will she find out the real truth behind Eric's wife's absence?
Judith James 2017©