I am delighted to be taking part in this blog tour today. I have read a couple of Leigh Russell’s books, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed. Below is an exclusive prequel from Leigh.
Lucy and her father were sitting at the kitchen table in her parents’ house.
‘Shall I make some tea?’
‘No, sit down again. I want to talk to you. You know your mother and I are going on holiday?’
‘Yes, of course.’ Lucy smiled at him. ‘And you’re going to have a lovely time.’
‘The fact is, your mother’s worried about going away and leaving you here on your own.’
Lucy sighed. ‘I’ll be fine. You can’t possibly cancel your trip. You’ve both been looking forward to it for so long and anyway, it must be costing you a fortune. Don’t worry about leaving me here. Just because I’m on my own now, doesn’t mean you have to change your plans. You go ahead, and have a lovely time. I’ll be fine, really.’
Her father shook his head. ‘No, you don’t understand. We’re planning to go, but we want you to come with us.’
‘We want you to come to the Seychelles with us.’
‘Are you serious?’
‘Wow! That’s generous of you.’ Lucy hesitated. ‘But I’m just not in the mood for a holiday right now. I’d only spoil it for you. You don’t want me to come.’
Her father fidgeted with a salt grinder that was on the table and brushed a few grains onto the floor, before raising a troubled face to her.
‘The fact is, your mother refuses to go without you. She thinks the change of scene will do you good, and I completely agree with her.’
Lucy was not sure what to say.
‘Anyway,’ he went on, ‘she says she won’t go without you, so I hope you’ll agree to come with us.’
Lucy nodded her head. ‘Seems I don’t have much choice in the matter, then,’ she said, and gave an anxious smile.
Her father smiled back. ‘That’s agreed then.’ He stood up, and went to tell his wife.
Watching him leave, Lucy already regretted having agreed to go on holiday with her parents. She was annoyed with them for putting pressure on her to accompany them, and with herself for giving in. But, at the same time, she could not help feeling excited about her trip to the Seychelles.
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