Do you know what hope smells like?
It’s a combination of the sea, of exposed seaweed and salty air.
Of wet sand on a winter’s day.
Jayne was mid forties when she experienced the worst and the best times of her life.
She fell in love, so desperately in love.
She lost everything overnight.
But no matter how bad life gets, how far down that dark tunnel you are, there is always a glimmer of hope.
From her dream house in Kent, via the nuthouse, and eventually to a cottage in Cornwall, Jayne takes a journey that is to wound, to destroy, and eventually heal her.
This is a story of one woman’s quest to find herself, and learn to love herself again.
Contemporary Romance for readers over the age of 18.
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About the Author
Tracie Podger currently lives in Kent, UK with her husband and a rather obnoxious cat called George. She’s a Padi Scuba Diving Instructor with a passion for writing. Tracie has been fortunate to have dived some of the wonderful oceans of the world where she can indulge in another hobby, underwater photography. She likes getting up close and personal with sharks.
Tracie is a multi-genre author and encourages readers to check out the blurbs for the book's genre.
Tracie wishes to thank you for giving your time to read her books and hopes you enjoy them as much as she loves writing them. If you would like to know more, please feel free to contact her, she would love to hear from you.
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Available in ebook and paperback....
Fallen Angel, Part 1
Fallen Angel, Part 2
Fallen Angel, Part 3
Fallen Angel, Part 4
Evelyn - A Novella to accompany the Fallen Angel series
Rocco - A Novella to accompany the Fallen Angel series
Robert - To accompany the Fallen Angel series
Travis - To accompany the Fallen Angel series
A Virtual Affair - Contemporary romance
Gabriel - Thriller/suspense
The Facilitator - Erotic romance
A Deadly Sin - Thriller/suspense
Hitchhiker - Thriller/suspense
Jackson - Contemporary romance
Letters to Lincoln - Contemporary romance
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The title of this book may make you think you have the story understood, if you read the book you will understand that it is about far more than that. Poor Jayne has a life dealing with a husband who is unfaithful, a son who would do anything, and a daughter. I must admit the part in the book about depression hit home and was a pretty accurate description. All in all a great read.
Favorite Quotes: “I smiled when I thought of my parents. They lived nearby in Crinkly Bottom as they called it. It was a complex for the elderly.” “Before I turned out the light I noticed a white shirt in the laundry bin. It was one of Michael's. I pulled it out and held it to my face. It smelled of him, of his aftershave. It smelled of her perfume too. I took the shirt into the garden and lifted the lid off the BBQ. I squirted lighter fuel over the top and with my lighter, watched it go up in flames.” “Watching my dad die, witnessing the process of death, would live with me forever. As would the smell. There were no words to really describe the smell of death, but it permeated the air, my clothes, and my hair. It was acrid with hints of acetone.” “I'd never slept naked before. I had that silly thought instilled from childhood – never sleep naked in case the house caught fire. I had a fear of the fireman having to help me down a ladder with my bare arse on show.” “I wanted you from the moment you stumbled on a speed boat. I don't know what it is about you but I need you. I've never connected with someone the way I connect with you. You pull me, all the time.” “'I can't let go of you,' he said. 'Don't let go of me,' I whispered.” My Review: I finished Tracie Podger's latest masterpiece of A Virtual Affair with my bruised yet hopeful heart in my throat, tear tracks down my face, and a smile on my lips. Poignant is a word that comes close to describing this book – but it doesn't quite do it justice. Let me add in real world, relevant, heart squeezing, painfully honest, highly emotive, cleverly insightful, masterfully written, and sneakily humorous. As I read through the book, I frequently mused to myself that Ms. Podger knew far too much about depression and personal pain to be able to give such vivid detail and perfectly descriptive words and passages to the dark feelings of despair and sorrow. In reading her ending letter I found that the book contained, “many truths and a lot of made up stuff,” bingo! During a cold and unhappy marriage, the main character of Jayne had gradually became a ghost of herself - and like many caged and neglected animals in a zoo - had became complacent in her misery. Following a traumatic loss she tumbled into a steep spiral. The inner narrative of her struggles and recovery was deeply moving, and my eyes seemed to develop a strange wetness that just wouldn't go away. But I don't want to give the impression that the book is morose and maintained a constant level of gloom and angst - NOT! As with any and all Tracie Podger stories, A Virtual Affair also contained stealthy and welcome hits of clever levity throughout, as well as a few deliciously steamy sensual scenes. Ms. Podger has mad skills, as well as a wicked and underhanded sense of humor that I just adore – more please!
OK. So that wasn't exactly what I expected. I love Tracie Podger and her writing but this story is completely different from all her other books. Don't misunderstand me. The Story is really good, but it doesn't have the same suspenseful and dangerous vibe of the The Fallen Angel Series. A Virtual Affair is a story of heartbreak and pain, of losing and finding hope, of new beginnings and finding the strength to get back up once you've been pushed down. When I first read the blurb, I wasn't sure what exactly to expect from this story. I am a huge fan of the Fallen Angel series, but I knew that this story will be different. Well, I can honestly say that I wasn't disappointed but I feel obliged to say that it was so heartbreaking that at times it was difficult to read. I loved reading how Jayne learns to stand on her own feet again. It was incredible to see how she builds again her self esteem and confidence after all the years she's been pushed down by the person who was supposed to at least respect her if not love her. As a whole the story is quite interesting but be prepared to shed few tears. I was missing the suspense a little bit but that's just me, I love a little danger mixed into my books. But in any case that's a recommended read, especially if you are into emotional and heartbreaking stories. This review was originally posted at Living In Our Own Story Book Blog. I received an ARC of the book in exchange of an honest review.