From bestselling, groundbreaking author Ainslie Paton comes a groovy romance about changing times, growing up, breaking out and second chances. Set in Sydney in 1975, when pants and collars were wide, hair was big, eyelids were blue and neighbours shared each other's lives.
There's a sexual revolution going on, but not in Gayle's life. She's never felt so old, so unattractive, and so helpless. Your husband asking for a divorce could do that to you. Now she's the scandalous new neighbour, the single mum, the divorcee, who needs a job but doesn't know how to balance her own cheque book.
And then Steve and Ray arrive in her life, the former with chocolate hair and hurt eyes, the latter with a tomboy daughter and an uptight attitude. Suddenly, being separated doesn't feel so shameful. This is the story of how Gayle lost her home to find true friends; her marriage to find a new life; and her husband to find love.
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About the Author
Ainslie Paton always wanted to write stories to make people smile, but the need to eat, accumulate books, and have bedclothes to
read under was ever present. She sold out, and worked as a flack, a suit, and a creative, ghosting for business leaders, rabblerousers
and politicians, and making words happen for companies, governments, causes, conditions, high-profile CEOs, low-profile
celebs, and the occasional misguided royal.
She still does that. She also writes for love, and so she can buy shoes, and the good cat food.
To find out more, visit Ainslie on her website.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Australia 1975. Gayle has just left her husband and her safe life in a nice suburb of Sydney. He doesn't love her anymore and he's having a baby with his girlfriend. So Gayle and her son Dean were graciously allowed by her husband Max to move into a little house on their own. Remember this is 1975 - so it's not an everyday thing that a single mum moves into the neighbourhood. Scandalous!!! o.O Even her parents won't talk to her - they blame her for everything!! But Gayle quickly finds friends in her new neighbour Hazel - a young teaching-student who's in love/lust with their very hot neighbour Steve. Steve!!! Phew - Gayle is totally in lust-at-first-sight. Which is something completely new for her - she's practically a virgin after being married to Max for eight years. Then there's Steve's brother Ray - who's the father of Kim - who's the new best friend of Gayle's son Dean. Ray! ♥ They kind of can't stand each other at the beginning! Lots of new people - lots of new opportunities - maybe a much happier future? But Gayle's ex Max is still controlling everything - he's the one paying for the house after all - and he's the one who can legally take away Dean if he feels like it! And the new men in Gayle's life - Steve and Ray - they're not without their own problems either. The story is told from Gayle's, Ray's, Hazel's & Dean's POVs - that way we can hear everything they think and feel. How Dean loves it in this new neighbourhood - he loves his new friend Kim, but he kinda misses his Dad. But Steve and Ray are totally cool too. Poor Hazel has been in love with war veteran Steve for years. But he's such a (sexy) womanizing idiot! Ray is fighting to keep his life on track - his PTSD brother, his little girl and the annoying - and hot - new neighbour. And Gayle. She doesn't really know what she wants. What she could have now that she's a single mom. She has dreams and wishes but wouldn't it be safer and better for Dean if she wouldn't have left her husband? WHO WiLL GAYLE END UP WITH??? WiLL THERE BE A HEA??? WiLL THERE BE A CLiFFHANGER??? NOPE..... I'm not telling you ¿ I don't want to spoil anything!!! _______________________ I REALLY LOVED THE BOOK! This was such a beautiful story! Sydney 1975 - I was a bit worried about that at first. But you don't really notice it that much - ok - there are lots of seventies brands and bands and cars mentioned, and nobody has ever heard of feminism - but I really loved the book. Such an amazing group of people - Gayle & Dean - Ray & Kim & Steve & Hazel. And all their lives pretty much start anew when Gayle and her son move into the street. It was so adorable to watch them struggle and fight and love and have fun.... I felt like I was right there with them - maybe like an old TV-Show or Movie - coloured, but a little bit faded like an old photograph - which doesn't make it any less wonderful - maybe it makes it all even better. Everything is described to beautifully and vividly. I wanted to move in next door to Steve or Ray - to be the one who could save them and make them happy again! I think I spent the last third of the book crying - it was soo moving and sad and beautiful! Was there something I didn't like?? Hm - maybe the moustaches the guys had on their faces! I hate that - but I can't blame Ainslie - it was the seventies - guys did have those back then - I think I will blame Tom Selleck or whoever started that horrible face-hair-idiocy ¿ But don't let the "1975 in Australia"- thing stop you from reading this beautiful Love Story! HOOKED ON A FEELiNG was such a beautifully romantic, adorable and moving seventies Love Story! You will fall in love with Ray & Steve & all the others too!!!