This Body by Tessa McWatt

This Body

Tessa McWatt

Guyanese-born Victoria felt brave and vibrant until the disappearance of Kola, her lover and soul mate. Now living in London and existing in an emotional void, she is unprepared for the arrival of Derek, her recently orphaned eight year old nephew. A beautifully-written and vivid story but expect emotional turmoil as both struggle to adjust to their new circumstances.

Extract

Where on earth did he come from? When Gwen wrote to her after Derek was born, Victoria suddenly felt like her mother's daughter. Her mother had preferred secrets to facts. The secretive dust over their lives had been the very thing Victoria wished to escape by leaving her family. But when Gwen mentioned the baby's tiny fingers, his large feet, Victoria didn't want to know that the boy was possible.

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