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Lady Barbara Simmonds-Hunter seemed to have everything, a successful marriage to a man she adored, a boisterous stepson and two fine children of her own. At work, she chairs a profitable insurance company that gives her time to indulge in a little commercial intrigue, and she has close, loving friends. At home she lives a life of ease in Durmoor Manor, her husband’s Somerset estate, or she lives in one of two penthouses. For travel she has a choice of several Rolls Royces and a ...
Lady Barbara Simmonds-Hunter seemed to have everything, a successful marriage to a man she adored, a boisterous stepson and two fine children of her own. At work, she chairs a profitable insurance company that gives her time to indulge in a little commercial intrigue, and she has close, loving friends. At home she lives a life of ease in Durmoor Manor, her husband’s Somerset estate, or she lives in one of two penthouses. For travel she has a choice of several Rolls Royces and a private helicopter. Lady Barbara is rich, beautiful and hard.
Until Moris Dickey drifts back into her life she had only one worry, a delinquent stepson with a murderous penchant for trying to eliminate her two children, and an evil disposition for causing mindless trouble.
Moris Dickey, a financial ne’er-do-well, with a persuasive tongue and the dreams of ten empire building Cecil Rhodes’, changes all that. He turns her world upside down in an attempt to satisfy his own thirst for revenge and to gain personal success in an area where he was banned from operating for ten years. But is he after her, or is he working from his own agenda? Barbara lives through one crisis after another. Her husband and stepson die in a skiing accident and she almost loses the chairmanship of her expanded insurance company. Her misery continues when she discovers her dear friend Linda has given birth to a female child bearing all the unlovely characteristics of her dead unlamented stepson
Posted July 24, 2013
Peter Bailey writes a novel about Lady Barbara Simmonds-Hunter who lives in complete luxury and lavish lifestyle. This is her comfort zone, and anything outside of that is foreign to her. She's happy and content with her successful husband, her stepson, and the two children of her own. Her work place is a relaxed and calming place, and her manor is what every woman dreams of. What more could she ask for? Everything she owns has been earned with hard work.
Suddenly her life is turned into extreme turmoil. Not only does her stepson want her children dead, a Mr. Mortis Dickey comes back into her life. He left her an awful lot of problems to sort out when he handed over the chairmanship of Fidelity Mutual Assurance Group. Now, he comes back begging to be let in. Mr. Dickey is set on ruining her perfect life, all for revenge. He left her an awful lot of problem comes back begging to be let in.
Difficult times come to Barbara and she handles one by one, with grace but also pain.
By page one your thrown into the midst of the dispute between Barbara and Mortis and even between Mortis and Rachel, Barbara's personal secretary. Each character has such different personalities that they each stand out on their own. I really feel all the emotions Barbara is thrown into. On a different perspective I also felt the anger and distaste that Mortis portrays. Barbara sure has a dramatic life with a luxurious lifestyle to back it up. Things don't seem as bad as they really are when you have money on your side. Or maybe that's the cause of it all in the first place, money, and lots of it.
I definitely think more woman would enjoy this book, compared to men. It goes through so many emotions, only a female would be able to keep up. There's something inside for everyone though, crime, betrayal, lust, drama and just overall pure excitement. I would rate this book a 5/5.
Posted July 13, 2013
Over the Donkey's Back by Peter G Bailey is a novel about Lady Barbara Simmonds-Hunter, a very well to do woman who lives in the lap of luxury. She is stuck in a very comfortable lifestyle, with a husband and children, one stepson who doesn't seem to have very nice intentions.
Enter Mr. Moris Dickey, starting from the first chapter, and Barbara's whole suddenly turn to chaos. Even from the beginning we see Mr. Dickey's actions towards Rachel as something that tells us what kind of character he is, as Rachel mentions him having "dubious propositions" in the past. In the beginning chapter the reader will also see mentioned a few characters, and as of then we really don't know which one of them will end up being an integral part of the story. We also see the tension pretty much right away as soon as Lady Barbara and Moris begin to talk.
In the succeeding chapters we are introduced to Lady Barbara's young children, Ashley and Deborah. They are made out to be polite, well-mannered children, behaving just as children with titles should. We see more of the lap of luxury that the family get to enjoy, from Rolls-Royce cars to the gigantic Durmoor Manor where they live. The reader will also get to know a bit of Fabian, Barbara's husband; her best friend Linda; and also her step-son Tommy.
I am not used to seeing the writer's style when it comes to the titles of the chapters, with them being in a sentence formation, complete with punctuation and all. I find the book overall well-written, with a very solid plot as well as interesting characters. i will definitely read from the same author again!