Troubador Benchmark

Released: 20/10/2010

ISBN: 9781848765283

Format: Paperback

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The highly-anticipated third novel in the Manor series, Benchmark dramatically concludes the story of Andrew and Roberta and their interweaving relationships with other people and follows Contour and Trig Point.

There’s a golden opportunity awaiting June, Andrew’s eldest daughter from her first marriage. She’s taking her stepmother’s place as Interior Design Consultant because Roberta is unexpectedly pregnant and suffering. How she manages to restore an Irish Planter’s house with a romantic past seals her future as a young divorcee....

Other events alter the home Manor’s equilibrium, a blossoming romance between Hazel and Peter, a sad occasion as old age takes its toll, and the expansion of Andrew and Roberta’s business. When everyone is least expecting it, catastrophe strikes and their world will never be the same....

Jon Beattiey’s final instalment in his successful and gripping Manor series rounds off the saga and will appeal to fans of the Manor series and fiction by Maeve Binchy and Erica James.

The latest in the Manor series, 'Benchmark' is becoming a firm favourite with my readers. After 'Contour', a tale of entrancement re-defined' "no punches pulled, convincing yet tender" came 'Trig Point'with its racy story of a young girl's development, and 'Benchmark'delves deep into the mystery of Irish folklore. 'Twelve Girls' has its own emotionally charged benchmark of lives interwoven for the better. 'Windblow' has to be read from cover to cover to appreciate the way deeply established love can overcome even the most demanding of challenges and improve the lot of everyone involved. Soon there will be 'Seeking', different, a pure romance woven with poetry and music and shows the immense power of linked like minds in a fascinating 1970's tale.

AGA Living October/November, 2010

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Jon Beattiey

Well established as a writer who understands human relationships, Jon Beattiey makes this genre his own, penning great stories to reflect the nuances of individuals interaction primarily but not exclusively in romance.

From a background in industry, management of people and property, then a spell with the National Trust and latterly running his own business, he utilises talents and wide experience to great effect. He relishes the challenge of taking real life scenarios and turning them into the realms of conceivable fiction.

He lives in Bedfordshire with his wife Sue, has three grown-up children and six grandchildren; enjoys gardening, long walks in open country and the challenge of writing in all aspects as well as keeping a business afloat. He recently has taken on the role of mentor to young people wishing to develop their own writing skills.

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