From the heady, delicious moments of first falling in love, to the cautious optimism of love reunited, this collection of four short stories celebrates all our happy endings, beginnings and middles. Island Fling Seven years of separation. One night to reconnect. Years ago, Andrew and Maggie tumbled into love too hard and too fast. One harsh collision with reality shattered everything between them. But now they're older - and maybe a little bit wiser - is there a way to make peace in the tranquility of a remote Scottish island? Or is this one night fling just a way to finally say goodbye? Twelve DaysOn the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... a flashmob proposal. All Kevin wants is to spend the rest of his life with the woman he loves. He's been planning the perfect proposal for months. He never planned what would happen if she said 'no'. On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... a diamond ring. The last thing Laurel wants or expects for Christmas is a big flashy diamond ring. She'd been hoping for a pile of books or perhaps a cashmere sweater. In her experience, marriage is the quickest way to kill a happy relationship. When Kevin gets down on one knee, she panics and runs. On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... a rescue puppy and a trip to Hawaii. He knows he's pushed too hard and too fast. Now he's scrambling to hold on to the best thing that's ever happened to him, while she's running hard and fast in the opposite direction. How could it all go so wrong in just twelve days? Last Night of the Summer It's been a fabulous summer, crewing on a yacht in the Mediterranean. Sun, sea, and seriously sexy scenery in the form of Ellie Richards. But Jake Morgan has kept their friendship firmly hands off while she's been recovering from a badly broken heart. Only now she's hinting that she wants more and he's determined to make the last night of the summer one for them both to remember. Not My Field There's an immovable object: Mike's dairy farm in Somerset isn't going anywhere. And there's an irresistible force: university lecturer, Carla, who has brought so much fun and joy into his life over the last few months. But when she's offered a senior position in a German university, they both know something's going to have to give. Not My Field is a story about grown up people learning to take risks, make compromises, and in the end, choose love.
Used availability for Ros Clarke's Happy Endings
October 2014 : USA Paperback