Nathaniel Mackie is treading an emotional knife-edge, and the abyss is beckoning. Following the deaths of his wife and baby, he has lived with unresolved guilt and grief, and it is tearing him apart. One rainy day, Megan Thomas literally bursts into his kitchen - and into his life. Before long, their relationship becomes more than employer and housekeeper. Under her gentle, compassionate influence things begin to change, and he starts to come to terms with his past. When Megan's temporary secondment is over, the extent of his dependence and affection becomes apparent. He loves her and wants her back. But will she want him and all his accumulated baggage cluttering up her life? If not, what then? The prospect of living the rest of his life without her is a prospect he cannot contemplate. He would rather die.
Jillian Brookes-Ward won Night Reading's 'First Chapter of the Month' competition with 'Saving Nathaniel' as voted on by her fellow authors. Retiring from her career in the medical profession and fulfilling her dream of moving to live in Deeside, Scotland, inspired her to indulge her passion for writing with this and a second book, and to take up fly-fishing.
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