Nothing is as it seems. When celebrity artist Eleanor West and her daughter Victoria take a winter holiday in Antigua it’s with the idea of recharging their batteries before Eleanor’s upcoming exhibition. But when beach boy Tyrone walks into their lives, nothing will ever be the same again…
Antigua… the Caribbean at its most luscious, its most beautiful… silver sand, cobalt sky, warm turquoise sea… and a bunch of complete strangers, who only have one thing in common: they’re single. Some are looking for romance, some for something more. But they’ve all chosen to spend their holiday with people they have never met before. And pretty soon, some will become good friends, some enemies and some lovers. And many of them will experience things they never expected, including their tour manager Eve, who perhaps has the biggest shock of all. A story that will make you laugh and make you cry with just the right number of twists to keep you turning the pages as you get to know all the members of the group as they, in turn, get to know each other.
Eileen Holloway is the obese,single mother of two demanding teenage boys. Her life is a daily struggle to keep ahead at work, to pay her mortgage and to deal with her overbearing, heavy-drinking mother. Until one day when Eileen’s life is turned upside down when she takes part in a reality weightloss TV show, Barbara’s Beautiful Bodies, which promises to change her life ‘for better and for ever’. Eileen is suddenly a celebrity who is recognised everywhere she goes and who loses a staggering amount of weight. But once the series is over, once she’s out of the limelight, how will Eileen cope with her new image and her new life, when food has always been what’s got her through the day?
Elaine Spires is a diverse novelist as well as an award-winning playwright and actress.
Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine’s keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels.
She wrote her first book What’s Eating Me in 2010. It was originally a play, a one-woman show performed as a monologue with a child actor – Elena-Beth Carter playing Eileen as a child in the background and Elaine performed it on the London and Edinburgh fringes. She loved the character of loved Eileen so much that she decided to expand the story into a book.
Her second novel was Singles’ Holiday, set on her beloved Antigua… the Caribbean at its most luscious, its most beautiful… silver sand, cobalt sky, warm, turquoise sea… and a bunch of complete strangers who only have one thing in common: they’re single!
And her third novel Sweet Lady, again set in Antigua, will amaze you with a massive twist which goes to show that nothing is as it seems!
When Elaine is not writing her ideas into her next book or play, she enjoys going to the theatre, visiting the cinema, eating out with her friends and she also loves to read! Elaine spends her time between her homes in Hadleigh, Essex and Five Islands, Antigua (W.I.)