Single parent, Lisa Marshall, loves her teaching job and living in the English Lake District. It had been a struggle, but she's finally happy again. But when volcano expert turned TV celebrity Paul Hamilton arrives at the school, everything she'd worked hard for crashes down around her. Years ago, she'd been madly in love with Paul and thought nothing could tear them apart. She'd been wrong.
Paul had thought Lisa was the love of his life; he'd wanted to spend his life with her. When he suspected she'd cheated on him with her boss, everything they'd worked toward shattered in an instant. Had he known she was teaching at the same college, he never would have accepted a short-term contract in the geology department. It was painfully obvious Lisa wasn't happy about his appearance either.
Now, forced to work together, they must find common ground to keep the peace. As memories of what they'd once had resurface, is it worth try finding their way back to each other? Is there anything left to rekindle? Or will their new-found trust be completely destroyed when Paul learns that Lisa is still keeping secrets from him?
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About the Author
Paula Martin lives near Manchester in North West England and has two daughters and two grandsons. She had some early publishing success with four romance novels and several short stories, but then had a break from writing while she brought up a young family and also pursued her career as a history teacher for twenty-five years. She has recently returned to writing fiction, after retiring from teaching, and is thrilled to have found publishing success again with her contemporary romances. Apart from writing, she enjoys visiting new places. She has travelled extensively in Britain and Ireland, mainland Europe, the Middle East, America and Canada. Her other interests include musical theatre and tracing her family history.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Happily Ever After Changing the Future was a very nice romance novel. It was a love story with down to earth characters. When Lisa and Paul’s relationship ended, it wasn’t a bed of roses for either of them. Miscommunication and trust issues broke them apart. Five years flew by when they unexpectedly ran in to each other at Lisa’s college where she worked as a professor. Old feelings surfaced and conflicts arose. They both felt guilty about how things ended. Lisa kept an unforgivable secret from Paul, and Paul harbored unjustifiable feelings of jealousy towards a male friend of Lisa’s. Toward the middle of the story it became repetitive. Conflict lagged at this point and I thought it wouldn’t redeem itself. But it came back to life with Paul’s close call and it ended happily ever after. Changing the Future was predictable, which is always a disappointment, no matter what the genre. Paula Martin wrote beautifully written dialogue, and her characters were well developed. Lisa’s son was a bit too perfect; especially with the curve ball he was thrown. But he was as lovable as Paula’s other characters.
My Review: I liked this book. In fact, I liked it a lot. Five years ago, Lisa and Paul were seriously involved, but their careers were taking them in different directions. Lisa was working as a television reporter with all the travel that involved and Paul was on the cusp of a 3-year expedition to Peru. In a series of events....Lisa was out of town on assignment with her boss and Paul misinterpreted an event and decided she was cheating on him with her boss...they broke up. That was over five years ago and they've never seen each other since. Now, both their lives have drastically changed. Lisa teaches college and enjoys her life as a single mother to her 4 yo. Paul has become a well-known television personality through his various research and knowledge about volcanoes. So it is a shock to both of them when Paul shows up on Lisa's campus where she teaches. He's filling in for another teacher and will be there for the next couple of months to finish out the year. Neither one has recovered from their hurt of five years ago and neither would have ever chosen a life where they had to see the other day-in and day-out. They aren't happy to have to play nice together. There's too many hurt feelings still present for this to be a comfortable situation. I really liked both these characters. Assumptions, pride, and hurt feelings ruined their wonderful relationship five years ago. But that underlying love they felt for each other then hasn't disappeared. It's just been buried deep under hurt feelings. But they're both adults and professionals and work really hard to maintain a decent relationship at school...but that quickly morphs into something more for them. That chemistry is still there. I really liked everything about the setting in this book. It takes place at a college in England, with a romantic weekend in NYC, and a bit of a suspense story set in a volcano in Iceland. The action is good and I really enjoyed my time with these two characters. Overall it was a highly entertaining read and will be going into my re-read pile!