ANGEL by Wendy Beasley

Great News!

ANGEL has been accepted for publication and will be released next year so lots to look forward to.

Here’s a preview to whet your appetite:

“Lydia sees no way, nor indeed reason, to go on with her life, so she stands alone and shivering in the dark, with the waves lapping at her feet, trying to find the courage to walk forward. Then the plight of the dog drowning before her eyes drives her in, but also brings her out again. The needs of the little white dog overcome her own, and force her to postpone her suicide plan.

Lydia has spent her life in various foster homes but, in spite of this, has proved herself to be academically bright and worthy of a University place. The University of Brighton and the city itself was everything she’d dreamed of and Leo, the new man in her life, was equally exciting. Unfortunately, the whirlwind romance and subsequent marriage led to a life of control and domestic abuse towards both herself and her new born baby. Until the day that she killed him; sadly not in time to save her poor baby. 

A brief spell in a mental hospital, followed by an acquittal of murder on the grounds of self-defence led to her freedom, but also to her suicide attempt, and only the little lost dog, who she called Angel, gave her a reason to go on.

Gradually Lydia picks herself up and, with Angel to care for, she realises she needs to do something with the rest of her life. She enrols back at University to finish the degree course she had been prevented from completing, and finds herself a part time job in a book shop in the Brighton Lanes.

The bookshop owner Matt, an ex-Commando and newly recruited MI5 officer, has quite an effect on Lydia, but she is not ready for any sort of involvement so their relationship moves very slowly, to a point where trust is built up and love develops.

Then Viktor, Leo’s brother turns up and stalks Lydia intent on revenge. He abducts and imprisons her, inflicting terror and torture with the sole intention of making her pay for his brother’s death. However, Lydia’s strength and resourcefulness, Matt’s refusal to give up and Angel’s instincts ensure rescue. “

Wendy Beasley