Troubador One Night, Two Lives

Released: 28/07/2019

ISBN: 9781838590123

eISBN: 9781838599690

Format: Paperback/eBook

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One Night, Two Lives

Can the Past Be Forgiven?


Suzie, a widow with two grown-up daughters, has made a success of her life – until, at a public event, she is faced by the man she last saw as a teenager, forty years ago. James, once a history student, is now an Anglican priest in Oxford, battling his own demons and trying to mend the sins of the past. 

When he says he wants to find the child Suzie gave up for adoption in the 1960s, her shock turns to fury. After what he did – and after such a betrayal – how dare he even ask? Determined to spell things out for James, Suzie has questions of her own. The answers change her perspective, but if she agrees to search for her adopted son, she must face her own guilt as well as fears that her son may, in turn, reject her. Over the succeeding months, she and James grow closer. The old attraction isn’t dead, and while desire battles with resentment on Suzie’s part, James is struggling with principle and belief. 

From rural Yorkshire to the tragic world of mother-and-baby homes, the past takes Suzie to the bright lights of London, life with her artist husband, and back to recent times in York. But only when she’s faced with death in the high Pennines, can she begin to heal; and only when James has laid the past to rest, can he begin to forgive himself.  

Brilliant read. Immediately into the story. Would certainly recommend.

by Jenny Fuller

Another corker by Ann Victoria Roberts
And another late night of just reading to the end of the chapter....and the next....and the next!
I love how Ann manages to bring characters to life, weaving them into the story...and the story into them.
Such a fabulous writer

by Sally Schofield

Wow! “One Night, Two Lives” is a great read – I couldn’t put it down and felt sad when I got to the end, wishing I could pick up a sequel straight away. Harrowing and so poignant at times, there are also chinks of humour and glorious descriptions of teenage life in the 60’s which made me feel quite nostalgic! This book really brings home the awful trauma of a young woman having a to give up a baby for adoption, and how it stays with her for the rest of her life. Unusually, we also hear how difficult it has been for the father to come to terms with, and the fact that he became an Anglican priest brings a particularly thought provoking twist to the story.

by Annette de Bary

Ann Victoria Roberts

York-born Ann Victoria Roberts now lives in Southampton with her Master Mariner husband. Trained as an artist, she began writing while he was at sea, and her first novel, Louisa Elliott, set in 1890s York, was an international bestseller. One Night, Two Lives is her sixth novel.

Ann Victoria Roberts

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