Author(s): Tess Woods
What happens when love and loyalty collide? When football star Nick Harding hobbles into the Black Salt Cafe the morning after the night before, he is served by Anna, a waitress with haunted-looking eyes and no interest in footballers, famous or otherwise. Nick is instantly drawn to this exotic, intelligent girl. But a relationship between them risks shame for her conservative refugee family and backlash for Nick that could ruin his career.Meanwhile, Nick's sister, Lily, is struggling to finish her medical degree. When she meets Toby, it seems that for the first time she is following her heart, not the expectations of others. Yet what starts out as a passionate affair with a man who has just buried his wife slips quickly into dangerous dependency.Scarred by tragedy each in their own way, these warm, hopeful characters must overcome prejudice and heartbreak to prove just how much beautiful messy love can mean.A gorgeous, hard-hitting novel, with a nod to Tess Woods's much-admired Love at First Flight, and touching on issues such as celebrity, asylum, cultural integration and family tragedy, this is a book with heart and substance.