Nobody’s Perfect Are They?
Rebecca Loughton’s bumbled her way through her thirty something years making a few cock-ups along the way. Of course, these wouldn’t be so glaringly obvious if it wasn’t for her golden haired, older sister Jennifer.
In a bid to escape Jennifer’s lengthy shadow and to find her happy ever after Rebecca, high-tails it out of her hometown of Christchurch to the other side of the world landing a legal secretary job in the buzzing city of Dublin. A few drinks later, all she has to show for her new life is an embarrassing one-night stand and a dollop of flirtatious banter with her boss Ciaran who just happens to have a predatory receptionist in hot pursuit of him.
Amidst plans of preventing such a merger, Rebecca receives news that Jennifer’s picture perfect life has a big, fat crack down the middle of it in the form of a philandering husband. Summoned home to look after her sister’s children and cooking school while she works on her marriage, Rebecca finds the reality of looking after two young children along with the bizarre array of guests booked into the cooking school grim. The only bright spot on her horizon are Ciaran’s e-mails but then she meets David Seagar whom she thinks might just be the ending to her happy ever after but will he prove to be far from perfect too?
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About the Author
Michelle Vernal is a forty-something writer who lives with her husband and two sons in the gorgeous wee town of Oxford in New Zealand’s South Island. It’s a place where the cheese scones are superb and there is always loads more going on than meets the eye. When her boys are at school and she is not not lamenting life with her walking buddies or if it is that time of the month, hibernating while she snaffles the aforementioned cheese scones she writes.
Writing was something she came to later in life when her oldest son was a baby and she happily penned PC opinion style pieces for various NZ parenting magazines but when her second son was born she set herself the challenge of writing a book.
The joy of writing her first novel was the freedom to be oh so un-PC hence the title The Brazilian Job which was inspired by a sign twirling on the breeze outside a Beauticians.
She has written a second novel, Second Hand Jane the idea for which came from an inscription in a much loved children’s book. Michelle is currently writing her third book which she would get finished a lot faster if she stopped social networking and actually wrote.
She has a passion for travel and for the city of Dublin which features heavily in her first two novels. It holds a special place in her heart because it’s where her husband proposed – okay so he was a tad tiddly at the time but they did make it to the altar, eventually.
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