Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Darling Girls by Emma Burstall

Three women in love with the same man meet for the first time at his funeral. Can they separate the truth from the lies and learn to trust - and even love - again?

When world famous music conductor Leo Bruck dies suddenly, he leaves behind three grieving women and a mass of unanswered questions.
Did the man who juggled these simultaneous relationships while thrilling audiences around the globe, direct The Darling Girls like an orchestra?

Victoria, his partner of twenty years and mother of two of his children, regards herself as his rightful widow and keeper of his legacy. However, a series of shocking discoveries forces her to re-examine the man she thought she knew and query the very foundation of their relationship.
Maddy, mother of Leo’s daughter Phoebe, has a high-powered job and seems independent and sorted. But events take a sinister turn when Maddy becomes involved with Victoria’s troubled teenage son, and her safe world starts to go awry.
Finally there’s Cat who, at just 24, is Leo’s youngest lover. Coping with a sick mother and battling demons from her childhood, she is finding it increasingly hard to hold it together. Will grief, anger and bitterness blind her to the possibility of ever finding happiness, career fulfilment - and even, perhaps, new love?

The Darling Girls is a moving story of love, loss, and the prevailing power of female friendship. Can these three very different women, whose lives become inextricably bound, break free from the masterful control Leo exerts - even from the grave - once and for all?

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**Everyone who leaves a comment below will be entered to win a $20 Amazon gift card! Anyone who purchases their copy of The Darling Girls before January 28 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, will get five bonus entries.**     

**The winner is Linda Juliano! Please email me to confirm your prize!**

Author Bio:

Emma has written extensively for national newspapers and women’s magazines including the Guardian, Independent on Sunday, Red, Good Housekeeping, Woman & Home and Woman.

She read English at Cambridge University and began her career as a cub reporter on the Western Morning News in Plymouth, later becoming features editor of Woman and Family Circle.

She gets by in French and Spanish and works out – occasionally – at her local gym. After walking her youngest to school, you might also spot her jogging in Richmond Park with some friends. Slowly.

Emma lives in South West London with her husband, the political commentator Kevin Maguire, and their three children, aged 25, 20 and 10.

She’s currently working on her fourth novel.

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  1. This book sounds interesting and I just bought it on Amazon (will forward the receipt to Samantha).
    Can't beat a $.99 book!

  2. It sounds like a really interesting story with the three women picking up the pieces after loss and betrayal. I will have to add it to my to be read list

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  3. What terrible circumstances brought these women together. Sounds like a heavy story...very deep.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  4. This wonderful novel sounds compelling. Thanks for this great giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. The Darling Girls has captivated my interest very much. Memorable and special. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  6. This book sounds great, thank you for the giveaway!

  7. Sounds really good!! Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  8. Sounds interesting.


  9. What a story! It caught my attention because the premise has a slight similarity to Stephanie Bond's Our Husband, and I fell in love with that book, so I Just had to check out The Darling Girls. Definitely a well written, beautiful book!

  10. So happy to be a part of this tour - it's a wonderful book! Thanks for the great giveaway too!

  11. The book sounds interesting, but what grabbed me most was the interview with the author. As a fellow author, I could relate to much of what she said. I look forward to reading The Darling Girls, and wish Emma Burstall all the good luck in her continued writing career.


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