#blogtour – Our Little Secret by Claudia Carroll @carrollclaudia @AvonBooksUK #extract
I’m delighted to be sharing an extract from Our Little Secret by Claudia Carroll with you today. Thank you to Sabah Khan from Avon Books for the place on the tour. Doesn’t this book have a gorgeous cover?
So what’s it all about?
A sparkling story about what happens when you let someone into your life… but they turn out to want more than you’d bargained for!
Sarah Dee has the perfect life. A high-flying job in a law firm, a beautiful daughter and a house to die for. So how does she find herself looking in through the kitchen window while another woman enjoys it all?
When Sarah takes pity on a struggling young graduate who can’t get a job, she thinks she’s doing the right thing. She’s being kind, generous and helpful to others, as she always is. But as Sarah allows the younger woman into her home, her law firm and even her family, is there more to this pretty youngster than meets the eye? And could this be a good deed that goes further than expected?
Claudia Carroll does it again with a sparkling new novel about what happens when your life becomes up for grabs…
A pause while I went back to my Vanity Fair, hoping that was us done with the chit-chat. No such luck though.
‘So, whereabouts do you work?’
Oh please, if I tip you extra, can we just edit out the small talk?
‘I work over at Sloan Curtis,’ I said, taking a sip of the latte in front of me, resigning myself to the fact that I’d have to make conversation. ‘That’s a legal firm,’ I added, a little patronisingly, now that I come to think about it.
‘Yes,’ Lauren nodded thoughtfully. ‘Sloan Curtis, I’ve heard of you. You mostly concentrate on company and taxation law cases, don’t you?’
At that, I looked up, my attention caught. But then you don’t really expect your nail technician to be au fait with local legal practices and their individual specialties, now do you?
‘You’ve heard of us?’ I remember saying.
‘Yes,’ Lauren nodded, with a knowing smile. ‘I certainly have.’
‘I hope you don’t mind my asking, but how?’ Clients from the firm must come to her for treatments, I guessed.
‘It’s just that, well, let’s say I’m very interested, that’s all.’
‘You mean you’re interested in studying law?’ I fished about a bit, wondering if that’s how this one stumbled across the company name.
‘Oh no, nothing like that,’ she said. ‘You see, I’m already a fully qualified lawyer. I’m a solicitor, in fact.’
At that, I put the Vanity Fair aside and really had a good look at Lauren, taking her in properly this time. The girl was twenty-five tops and stunningly pretty, with brown eyes like twin Cadbury’s Buttons and a figure that Miss Universe might have wept for. She smiled a lot, and had a soft, gentle accent that was hard to place. From the West of Ireland, I wondered. Galway, maybe?
First impression? That this was a sweet, bright girl, albeit a little bit on the talkative side.
‘So is the salon a part-time job for you?’ I asked.
There was a pause while Lauren fumbled around with a selection of SHELLAC nail varnishes in different shades of beige.
Claudia Carroll is a number one bestselling author in Ireland and a top ten bestseller in the UK, selling over 670,000 copies of her paperbacks alone. She was born in Dublin where she still lives and where she has worked extensively both as a theatre and stage actress. She now writes full-time. Her 2013 novel ME AND YOU was shortlisted for the Bord Gais Popular Choice Irish Book Award. Her previous novel ALL SHE EVER WISHED FOR spent 12 weeks at the top of the Irish charts.