Today I am on the blog tour and sharing an extract for Mine by Alison Knight. This was released on the 25th of November, published by Darkstroke Books.
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Before I get to the extract, here are some details of the book.
Mine by Alison Knight
Release Date: 25th of November 2020
Print Length: 448 pages
Genre: Noir Crime
Publisher: Darkstroke Books
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“What’s mine, I keep.”
Lily’s dreams of a better life for her family are shattered when her teenage daughter refuses to give up her illegitimate child. It doesn’t help that Lily’s husband, Jack, takes their daughter’s side.
Taking refuge in her work at a law firm in the City, Lily’s growing feelings for her married boss soon provides a dangerous distraction.
Will Lily be able to resist temptation? Or will the decisions made by these ordinary people lead them down an extraordinary path that could destroy them all?
Mine – a powerful story of class, ambition and sexual politics.
In this extract, Leonard’s wife has gone to stay with her mother, who has broken her wrist and needs looking after. She suggests Leonard use her ticket to the ballet as a reward for Lily’s hard work, under the impression that Lily is an elderly employee, rather than an attractive woman slightly younger than herself.
Lily has told her husband she’s been offered a spare ticket by someone at work and he believes she’s gone out with some of the women she works with. This is the first time the pair have been together out of the office environment.
While Jack was acting as referee between the girls, Lily and Mr Warwick arrived at a restaurant a couple of streets away from the theatre.
He held Lily’s chair as she sat down. She could feel his warm breath on her neck for a moment, sending shivers down her spine, before he straightened and moved round to sit opposite her.
Lily couldn’t remember when she’d felt so nervous. As he sat down, he caught her eye and smiled. He looked nervous too. For some reason that made her feel a bit better.
“This is nice,” she said, trying to look as though she was used to coming into fancy restaurants. The last time she’d had a meal out with Jack had been at the pie & mash shop down Roman Road. The one by the betting shop. He’d had a win on the dogs. No expense spared, she’d sighed.
“Yes. It hasn’t been open for long, but it already has a good reputation,” he said, picking up the menu. “Let’s see what the fuss is all about.”
Lily followed suit, trying not to panic when she saw the prices. Bloody hell, she thought. I could get a week’s shopping for the price of one of these dishes.
“Would you like me to translate?” Leonard asked softly.
She gave him a cool look, thankful she’d taken those French classes. “No, thank you. I can manage.”
“Oh, good.” He didn’t look too sure, but Lily just smiled and concentrated on the menu.
A waiter approached. “Would you like an aperitif?”
“Lily? A sherry, perhaps? Or a gin and tonic?”
“A gin and tonic would be lovely.”
“Make that two,” he said.
They ordered their food. The waiter gave a little bow and walked away.
Lily looked at Mr Warwick through her lashes. He was smiling.
“A bit pompous, don’t you think?” he said, nodding in the direction of the waiter.
She smiled, giving a soft laugh. “I suppose people coming here expect it.” She looked around at the other diners. Mostly couples, the men in dinner suits, the women in cocktail dresses and pearls. They oozed middle-class confidence. Lily knew that she looked the part; she’d worked hard to make sure she did. But she couldn’t help thinking that any minute now someone would see through her disguise and throw her out on her ear.
Their drinks arrived in beautiful cut crystal tumblers. Lily picked up her glass, surprised by its weight. Mr Warwick followed suit.
“Here’s to an enjoyable evening,” he said, raising it to her. “I’m glad you decided to join me.”
“An enjoyable evening,” she said. “Thank you for inviting me, Mr Warwick.”
“Leonard, please. We’re not in the office now.”
“Leonard,” she said, smiling shyly.
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Let’s Get to Know Alison Knight
Alison has been a legal executive, a registered childminder, a professional fund-raiser and a teacher. She has travelled the world – from spending a year as an exchange student in the US in the 1970s and trekking the Great Wall of China to celebrate her fortieth year and lots of other interesting places in between.
In her mid-forties Alison went to university part-time and gained a first-class degree in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and an MA in the same subject from Oxford Brookes University, both while still working full-time. Her first book was published a year after she completed her master’s degree.
Mine is a domestic drama set in 1960s London based on real events in her family. She is the only person who can tell this particular story. Exploring themes of class, ambition and sexual politics, Mine shows how ordinary people can make choices that lead them into extraordinary situations.
Alison teaches creative and life-writing, runs workshops and retreats with Imagine Creative Writing Workshops (www.imaginecreativewriting.co.uk) as well as working as a freelance editor. She is a member of the Society of Authors and the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
She lives in Somerset, within sight of Glastonbury Tor.
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