Troubador The Essence of Love

Released: 28/01/2020

ISBN: 9781838592714

eISBN: 9781838597566

Format: Paperback/eBook

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On a dark, rainy night in the East End of London a young girl, Katie Carson, witnesses her mother jump from a bedroom window trying to escape the demons in her mind, and Katie’s life is changed forever.  


Katie’s path is inextricably linked with Simon’s, a boy known to her from school, when her kindly grandparents welcome him into their home after his mother abandons him. It’s a bond that endures throughout the years, even after Simon moves to Yorkshire to be reunited with his father. 

Friendship turns to love, but each of their childhood traumas leave them with fears and insecurities, nervous of committing to each other. Can they allow their fragile hearts to open and risk being hurt again? 

When an intimidating bully from their childhood days re-enters their lives, they are in grave danger. With a vengeful man intent on causing devastation and family secrets hampering their future together, will Katie and Simon ever find the peace and happiness they truly deserve? 

The Essence of Love is a deeply compassionate romance with heart and soul that will make you laugh and cry.

For me a book has to grab you from the beginning and this one does. I love that the author has written it so that you end up feeling like you have known Katie all your life.
I couldn't put it down. It's a definite must read.

by Sharon Pickles


Hooked from the beginning. A really good gritty story. Could not put it down. The characters were very believable and felt like you knew them.
Massive well done to the Author and hope she thinks of a sequel. Very well written.
Highly recommended.

by Lorrain Tavender


Absolutely fantastic. Not just a straight forward romance, but complex family histories in there too. Couldn't put it down.

by Helen Behan


I always know I have read a good book when I miss the characters after I finish. This happened with The Essence of Love. The story gripped me right from the first chapter and kept me drawn in right up to the end. Beautifully written and full of depth, this is so much more than a love story. Fully recommend!

by Rowan Wootton


'The Essence Of Love' is such a wonderfully written and page- turning book.I was drawn in right from the first few pages.The characters are so relatable and with a mix of mainly romance and a touch of suspense and intrigue, it keeps you hooked from the beginning to the end. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and cannot wait for a sequel.It's the kind of book you want to keep in your bookcase, so you can read it again and again.

by Nicola Barton


When is the sequel..?

This book took me on a journey which had me glued to the pages. As someone who isn’t ‘big’ on finishing books, The Essence of Love kept my attention throughout. The storyline touched me on so many levels and with the reality of the subjects covered, I can see good potential for a movie.

This book doesn’t hold back or hide away from the ‘big stuff’. It’s easy to get lost in the pages and feel as though you are right there in the room with the characters.

I loved it & cant wait until the sequel. Highly recommended.

by Estelle Balfour


I was lucky enough to receive this book as a gift from the author who has recently become a neighbour. I took it on holiday at Christmas and enjoyed every word! It's a romance with so many unexpected twists and turns that it was difficult to put down. The characters are believable and really draw you in to the story, and although you want to know what the final outcome is, you don't want it to end! Just what a good story should be.

by Beryl Horrocks


I loved reading this. The characters all feel very real and I was immediately drawn into their stories. I couldn't wait to get to the end to see how things panned out. I hope there's a 2nd book !!!!

by Karen Swann


Karen Ann Davies

Karen Ann Davies originates from East London, but now lives in Lancashire with her husband and fur babies, Ivy & Holly.

Apart from writing, Karen loves to read and enjoys yoga and Fitsteps. She also has a black belt in Taekwondo.

The Essence of Love is her debut novel and she is working on a sequel.



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