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A novel by

"Deeply moving..." Katie Fforde

Escaping abuse and a turbulent past, ex-banker Jess leaves London. In the country she will find tranquillity, simplicity and a fresh start. It will be easy to get life onto the right track. She can devote herself to being a good mother to her child. But a change of scene is not the remedy she'd hoped for. Country-life has its own stresses and strains, dragging her in opposite directions. There is conflict - over the landscape, between new friends, and between her resolution to rule men out of her life and her very physical nature. Despite her best intentions, Jess is torn - between the suitable man and the unsuitable boy.

What people are saying about Torn...
Book blogger, Anne Williams (Being Anne) - "TORN hooks you in and keeps you turning the pages as its characters drive the story: it's a book you explore, as the characters slowly reveal themselves, and one that affects you quite deeply at an emotional level. The ending has you on the edge of your seat, but, at the same time, it tears at your heart."

Book blogger, Anne Stormont (Write Anne) - "A contemporary romance-plus novel. No gush or slush. Believable, flawed, three-dimensional characters, vividly drawn setting and not one, but two expertly crafted 'will-they-won't-theys?'. An evening or bedtime curl-up read."

Book blogger, Jo Lambert (A Writer's Journey) - "Wow! I really feel Gilli Allan's TORN was an amazing read. The whole story flowed so well and was written with such care, passion and sensitivity. I finished it thinking - Gosh I wish I could write like that!"
Book blogger, Kim Nash (Kim the Bookworm) - ""Wow - what a great title for a book in which I felt - absolutely torn! ...emotional, sad, happy and just generally fab"
Book blogger, Lou Graham (Lou Graham's blog) - "Torn is certainly not predictable, but that is what makes it a real page turner. It has a very strong ending that I never saw coming. Lovely engaging characters that expand and grow with every page you turn and a story that really makes you think."
Sandy Nachlinger (Writing with a Texas Twang) - "TORN is anything but your standard romance with predictable conflicts and stereotypical characters. It's much more, and a thoroughly enjoyable read."
Elizabeth Jasper (Awesome Indies) - "Overall, a great read which readers of adult romance will enjoy."

Comments about the author:
Lynette Sofras (The Manic Scribbler) - "What makes Gilli Allan's stories unique is their sense of honesty, of gritty realism mixed with a little twist of magic. They take me out of my comfort zone and make me face up to aspects of life it's usually easier to ignore."
Anne Williams (Being Anne) - "I really like the way Gilli Allan writes - easy to read in many ways, but with the ability to take you by surprise, to keep you on edge, to surprise you with moments of tenderness and flashes of anger."
Anne Williams (Being Anne) - "Gilli Allan writes some of the best sex scenes I've come across - not the candlelight and violins variety, but the awkwardness and the messy bits that make it real and recognisable."
Sandy Nachlinger (Writing with a Texas Twang)- "I would rank Gilli Allan's books amongst the best I've read in years. The characters are real, their situations are believable, and their stories are messy - just like life! There's no perfect hair or bodies-to-die-for in these books! I highly recommend them..."
Anne Williams (Being Anne) - "I love Gilli Allan's writing and wish I'd discovered her sooner."
Susan Russo Anderson - Gilli Allan is "a gifted author with a unique voice. "
Jenny Twist - "Gilli Allan is an accomplished and fluent writer."
Lindsay Townsend - "Gill Allan writes with great power about characters who are flawed yet sympathetic."
Jan Ruth - "Gilli Allan always manages to be original whilst remaining rooted in reality"

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"Deeply moving..." - Katie Fforde

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Paperback Editions

December 2014 : UK Paperback

Title: Torn
Author(s): Gilli Allan
ISBN: 1-78375-691-8 / 978-1-78375-691-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Accent Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2012 : USA Paperback

Title: Torn
Author(s): Gilli Allan
ISBN: 1-4775-1701-4 / 978-1-4775-1701-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

March 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: Torn
Author(s): Gilli Allan
Publisher: Accent Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

December 2014 : UK Kindle edition

Title: Torn: In the face of temptation old habits die hard
Author(s): Gilli Allan
Publisher: Accent Press
Availability: Amazon UK