Beginnings is a romantic thriller set in the criminal underworld of 1970s London. Eleanor Chapman is 16. She has no idea her father is employed in a world of organised crime until the day he is forced to go on the run, leaving her at the mercy of dangerous people.
Her life is spiralling out of control yet on the night she plans to escape, she stumbles across a mysterious prisoner. His name is Jake, a rock musician from Holland and he has a contract on his life.
Their daring escape across London eventually draws them into a place of hiding before Jake’s chilling story begins to unfold. He was the one vital witness to a sinister scene leading up to the death of a British MP and now those responsible want him silenced. As two young people, thrown together by fate they develop intense feelings for each other. It does not take long for Eleanor to realise that she will do anything possible to keep Jake alive.
Their tender love bond keeps you turning the pages as they live on a knife edge, desperate to escape London. Will they outrun the deadly enemies who stalk them? Or are the people at the top more powerful than they think?
THE COUPLE GO BACK INTO HIDING Extract 2 from Chapter 8
She finally read the emotion in his mysterious eyes. He was braver than she realised.
Tears swum in her eyes, spilling down her cheeks. Jake exhaled a sigh. Stroking the tears from her cheeks, he ran his hands over the sides of her face, savouring every detail. He reached up, letting his fingertips sweep over the bridge of her nose, brushing the tops of her eyelashes. They came away wet with her tears. Last of all, he traced the outline of her lips. It felt as if he was trying to imprint every detail of her into his mind.
“I love you so very much,” he whispered. “Whatever happens, the last weeks have been the happiest ever. I would not have wanted my life to be any different...”
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Author Bio –
Helen J. Christmas lives on the south coast of Sussex with her husband. With a love of writing since childhood, she started her decade spanning thriller series 'Same Face Different Place' in 2011. Her first book 'Beginnings,' set in 1970s London, combines romantic suspense with a hard-hitting conspiracy thriller. Writing is something she juggles around family and social life. Helen is self employed and enjoys running the web design company, she and her husband set up from home. They have no children but enjoy the company of a faithful border collie and a fluffy white cat. Helen confesses to have got most of her ideas for writing, whilst walking Barney along the beach.
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