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It’s 1978 in an Australian country town and a dreamy teenaged girl’s world is turned upside down by the arrival of the substitute English teacher. Solomon Andrews is beautiful, inspiring and she wants him like nothing else she’s wanted in her short life.
Charismatic and unconventional, Solomon easily wins the hearts and minds of his third form English class. He notices the attention of one girl, his new neighbour, who has taken to watching him from her upstairs window. He assumes it is a harmless teenage crush, until the erotic love notes begin to arrive.
Solomon knows he must resist, but her sensual words stir him. He has longings of his own, although they have nothing to do with love, or so he believes. One afternoon, as he stands reading her latest offering in his driveway, she turns up unannounced. And what happens next will torment them forever - in ways neither can imagine.
Best book of the year so far
Loved this book. Edgy, intelligent, literary and erotic, Kate has delivered a powerful and authentic story of forbidden and obsessive love and the damage it can do. Solomon is a brilliant, flawed character who will live on in the readers minds for a long time.
This is an accomplished book that will appeal to male and female readers equally - do yourself a favour!
Absolutely brilliant! Could not put this one down! Beautifully written and very interesting characters. Loved it!
An incredible debut
A book of forbidden love. From Kate Belle comes a stunning debut set in a small country town where an illicit love affair shakes lives to their very core. The ramifications will last a life-time.
Beautifully written, the prose will make any writer who adores words sigh with envy, whilst at the same time satisfying a reader who loves a superbly told story.
I was particularly impressed by Belle's ability to transgress genres. This book is not erotic fiction but a mainstream women's fiction novel with some erotic content.
It's right up there with the best.