Robert Ian Heslop’s ‘Annie’s Guest’ is an unparalleled love story of mystery, longing, and the secrets that live deep in the hearts of women
Author Robert Ian Heslop gives readers a love story for the ages in Annie’s Guest: A Romance in Five Days. Romantic, mysterious, and sure to stir longings in readers, this story of passion, trust, and where the heart truly lies is perfect for curling up with in the upcoming winter months.
Annie, a married woman with two grown children, is left alone on Black Mountain, Vermont, while her husband attends a conference in New York City. Recovering from a recent hysterectomy, Annie is exhausted; not only from the operation, but also from attempting to reconcile her husband’s inattentiveness and the fact that she is now unable to work as a schoolteacher for children of all ages – a job that she dearly loves.
Relieved and worried when her husband sets off for New York, Annie falls asleep for nearly an entire day. When she wakes, she is disturbed by a quiet voice from her garage, calling for help. Investigating, she finds a young man named Will who is suffering from the effects of one of the worst winters in history. Annie’s loneliness vanishes as she and Will – who is merely eighteen – begin to spend their days together. Will, sensing that something is not quite right in Annie’s marriage, encourages Annie to get to know him better.
Unwilling to betray her husband, but unable to deny her growing attraction to Will, Annie finds herself more and more interested in the clever and gentle young man. Determined to keep him at a distance as their week together draws to a close, Annie finds herself increasingly puzzled by Will: despite his insistence that they spend as much time together as possible, he also asserts that he must leave at a certain time at the end of the week.
With vivid, powerful prose and a protagonist that is as relatable as she is real, Annie’s Guest will keep readers furiously turning pages until they reach the shocking twist ending that will leave them wanting to read the book again and again.
Robert Ian Heslop
Robert Ian Heslop, called Ian by his friends and family, is a retired teacher of high school English, Drama, and Special Needs classes. A father and grandfather, Ian lives with his wife of nearly 50 years, Sylvia. His other works include The Seven Runes (a collaboration with his friend James Dearden) and a book of Petrarchan love sonnets due out in November, titled Sylvia’s Sonnets.
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