#BlogTour #Review ~ Never Again by Nicky Clifford

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Mountains, Mystery, Romance: Can you run from your past?
Harriet Anderson’s life is spiralling out of control. Unused to such mayhem, she ditches her high-powered job to take refuge in the Swiss Alps where she meets Philippe Smith, a crime writer with a dark and shadowy past. Thrown together by chance, is their fate intertwined? Will the karma and romance of the mountains and the quaintness of the Alps soothe their troubled souls?
Or will their rocky paths create avalanches that cannot be avoided…

  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Nicola Clifford; 1 edition (21 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01L1ME222

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About the Author

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Writing has always been a passion for Nicky Clifford and as a student she penned poems, short stories and articles, many of which were successfully published. But a lack of confidence in her novel writing led her to follow a different career path and for many years she worked in the corporate world of HR & Training.

Now with her sons having reached their teens and with her husband’s encouragement, Nicky has decided to focus on her writing once again and, glued to her writer’s chair, has completed three novels. Her debut novel, Never Again, is the first to be published and hits the contemporary romance shelves this autumn. The book is set in her home county of Berkshire and also in the Swiss Alps where Nicky has many happy memories, having worked there in her student days.

As well as dedicating her time to writing, Nicky also works part-time for a local charity. She will make a donation from the book royalties to the charities, Auticulate and Childhood Tumour Trust. Having completed a writing course at Reading University, she is a member of her local writing group which she says, were staunch in their support and have helped enormously in encouraging Nicky to launch her first book.

Nicky was a keen ice-skater, managing to perfect backwards crossovers, mohawks and one foot turns, but has recently hung up her boots to spend more time relaxing with her friends and family at home in Berkshire.

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My Review

I was thrilled when approached by Nicky to read ‘Never Again’ it’s always exciting to meet a new author who has a debut novel and know that you are one of the first to read it before it makes it’s way out into the big wide world.

This is a beautifully written romance but with many tribulations along the way. Harriet ‘Iron Balls’ worked in HR until life threw her some cruel blows and she decided to up, leave, discard her mobile phone in the nearest trash and head to Switzerland to become a waitress in  one of the quirky hotels. 

Now I have never been to Switzerland but reading this I can honestly say it felt as though I was among the mountains, could hear the cowbells and picture the scenery. Harriet soon settled in, Becky the brash American did her best to make her uncomfortable but she found a friend in Jo and also an older lady, Elspeth who consumes a remarkable amount of ice-cream!

Philippe was holed up in the hotel in a desperate bid to finish writing his novel .. too many distractions elsewhere left him with a deadline looming.

However when Philippe and Harriet meet it becomes apparent there is a spark .. 

But they both have secrets in their past, too many complications or commitments to consider getting together. Their walks up the mountain to the cafe for hot chocolates were a poignant reminder life isn’t simply about them.

The second half of the story returns to England, and we get to meet Philippe’s family in more depth. I really felt for Sophie and was constantly on edge to see how she progresses, the constant baking his mother does made me constantly hungry .. there are some amazing cup-cake flavours! 

Harriet is torn between her ‘family’ and happiness … this is such a delightful tale that encompasses so many characters who all bring some wonderful elements into the mix. It shows the strength of love and family and the slow realisation of reality and acceptance.

There is a lot of will they make it or not .. Harriett is so desperate to make everyone else happy she neglects her own feelings apart from her absolute love of Toby the seven year old who is the centre of her world, he seems very wise for his age and tired me out just reading about him … 

A super book to keep you guessing and deciding very quickly whose side you will be on .. many thanks to Nicky for my ARC.

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