Secrets in the Sky: a Saffron Sweeting novel
Pauline Wiles, author
No-one ever accused Sophie Campbell of being a coward. From caving trips to rooftop pranks, it appeared nothing could hold her back, especially once she landed a dream job promising travel all over the world. But Sophie’s jet-setting lifestyle is not what it seems and she’s been spending more time in the quiet English village of Saffron Sweeting than she cares to admit. When her beloved Great Aunt Wol dies suddenly, Sophie loses one of the few people who truly know her. As friends, family and an old flame gather for the funeral, questions soon follow. Worse, Sophie finds herself increasingly attracted to the man most likely to expose her secrets. Can she manage to guard her past, yet finally follow her long-held dream?
Sophie does her best to hide a big secret, while other family secrets surface in Wiles’s touching story about being true to others and oneself. In this prequel to Saving Saffron Sweeting, 30-something Sophie Campbell is struggling to manage her grief after the death of her great aunt, in addition to her fear that people will discover the truth about her job: Sophie is a freelance travel guide editor, but her mother believes (and Sophie perpetuates the lie) that Sophie is actually a glamorous air hostess. As Sophie tries to cover up her lies, other aspects of her life unravel: she must contend with her confusion about the two men who are pursuing her romantically, and she discovers a disturbing family secret. Sophie is a fully realized protagonist, with insecurity and an intense loyalty to those close to her; her fear of disappointing others makes her relatable and endearing. Wiles interweaves comic and romantic elements with dramatic subplots that give the story twists and turns, making for an enticing read. (BookLife)