After losing her fiancé, Ria’s life has been at a standstill. So nobody is more surprised than her when she makes the snap decision to run away to the Greek island of Crete, armed only with her passport. It turns out to be a brilliant idea. She soon starts working for eccentric novelist Caroline, and meets handsome vineyard owner Tom. And who couldn’t be charmed by the picture perfect island of Crete, complete with sea-front tavernas and sun-drenched olive groves?
But soon there is trouble in paradise. As Ria gets to know Tom better, she unwittingly uncovers a tangled web of secrets, and a truth that someone will do anything to keep hidden. What’s more Ria carries her own secret, her own sadness about her past love, and as she and Tom grow closer will this stop her from grabbing her own chance at happiness with both hands?
Sometimes running away is how you find yourself …
A wonderful romantic read, perfect for fans of Miranda Dickinson and Lucy Diamond, about having the courage to follow your heart and fall in love again.
What readers are saying about The Summer Escape:
'Beautiful scenery and sympathetic characters made this an outstanding read’ For the Love of Books
‘Where do I begin - a heartwarming summer read. I was pulled into the story from the heartbreaking beginning to the happily ever after ending.’ One Book at a Time
‘The Summer Escape’ is a book about love, dreams, second chances, but more importantly; truth. It is such an unpredictable read which will have you captivated by the end of the first chapter.' The Writing Garnet
'Five out of five stars. A really enjoyable read, this book had it all for me ...loveable, warm believable characters, a great plot and the Greek ambience was perfect for my rainy Sunday escape!' Shellyback Books
‘A wonderful, moving and soul-searching story that almost had me booking a holiday to Crete.’ Nadine Matheson
‘I couldn't put this down and read it in one sitting.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘I absolutely adored this book. It has everything - 2 handsome men, interfering family, village feuds and belief in hope ... I read it in one sitting - just couldn't put it down!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘I was completely captivated ... the writing style, the delicious recipes, the quaint comfort of Hope Cottage, and the eclectic mix of characters all combined to pull me in and wouldn’t let go ... uplifting, magical, romantic and full of hope which is exactly what you want in a good Christmas story.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Oh how I loved the sound of the little village of Whistling. What a charming place it is. With gorgeous cottages and rolling hills. The idyllic place to live ... A lovely romantic Christmas read. Perfect as the nights are becoming darker and Christmas is beckoning. I loved it.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘Best novel of this Christmas ... I loved this book.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Totally gorgeous ... Loved this book.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘For me, Lily Graham equals Christmas.’ Chells and Books, 5 stars
‘This is far more than a feel-good book, this is a never-give-up-believing-because-dreams-can-come-true sort of book ... I could close my eyes and smell the cooking and baking and I could wish along for the outcomes I wanted so much for the brilliant characters ... simply wonderful ... I am still glowing inside. It is one of those books that you wish you could touch just a part of it for real because it has that special essence that we hope to experience sometime in our life.’ Books from Dusk till Dawn, 5 stars
‘A terrific mesmerizing story that has plenty of charm, sparkles and romantic feelings. I absolutely loved this amazing book.’ With Love for Books, 5 stars
‘Had me entranced ... I found myself falling in love ... beautiful ... a clever, heart-warming and emotional read which will make you see life in a completely different way ... I thoroughly enjoyed every inch of this book.’ The Writing Garnet, 5 stars
‘I loved every page.’ Bookworms and Shutterbugs, 5 stars
"Helen has weaved a delicately balanced story of intrigue, secrets and passion, which practically melts the pages." -Bare Naked Words
"The love story between Talon and Jade continues in Obsession. An apt title to be sure, because everyone is obsessed. Dear Ms. Helen Hardt, I toss many profanities your way for making me wait. Though I give you my deepest gratitude for building the anticipation of what I’m sure will be an epic culmination to an amazing series. " -Heroes and Heartbreakers
"Talon and Jade's chemistry sizzles and the love scenes will melt your heart and your Kindle." -The Book Sirens
"I am loving this series so freaking much… The story line is one that will have you completely engrossed…" -Wicked Babes Blog
"Helen left my head spinning and my mind racing a mile a minute. I need to know what the secrets are... " -The Book Fairy Reviews
Jade Roberts is in love with Talon Steel but no longer welcome in his home. While she resolves to move on, she still longs for the passion she and Talon shared…and when her boss asks her to dig up information on the Steels, she’s only too happy to comply. Talon and his brothers are hiding something, and Jade is determined to find out what it is.
The moment Talon saw Jade he wanted her, ached for her, craved her…and now his desire has become his obsession. He knows she deserves better than his broken soul, but he can’t stay away from her, and he finally confesses his love. If he and Jade are to have a future, he knows he must make peace with the dark shadows and horrors of his past.
But as Talon begins his journey of healing, Jade uncovers some startling secrets…