Julia Newbury is the government's brightest star, and when the Prime Minister starts falling in the polls, he decides to hand the reigns over to the beautiful young woman who, with her handsome husband and gorgeous kids, seems to have it all. But just before the announcement is made, Julia is told that the affair she has been having with a Polish builder is about to be exposed - jeopardising everything she has achieved. Devastated, Julia starts thinking about the 'curse' that has blighted her family - three generations of women whose passionate natures have caused scandal and heartbreak.
Firstly there was her grandmother Maudie, a poor girl from Liverpool who married into the aristocracy and shocked 1930's society by having an affair with an Irish poet, and risked losing everything she possessed, including the daughter she adored, then there was Kate, Julia’s mother; the beautiful actress who at thirty-seven, knows that her days as a sex symbol is coming to an end. Her marriage is crumbling, and when her father dies, a shocking family secret rocks Kate to her core. She reassesses her life, and when she falls in love with a young starlet, she finally has to face up to who she really is. Finally there is Julia. Prime Minister, Alistair Mitchell sees something in her and wants to do a deal to make her only the UK’s second ever female Prime Minster. In private, however, Julia is unfulfilled; neglected by her husband and taken for granted by her three children. When she starts an affair with Pavel Lowak, the handsome Polish builder who has come to work on her house, she thinks, like her male counterparts, she can have it all. But things are different for a woman in a position of power, and soon it becomes clear that someone is out to expose Julia and threaten not only her career, but her family too.
Like Maudie, her grandmother, and Kate, her mother; Julia finds herself faced with a choice – choose passion and risk losing everything, or be the one to finally break the family ‘curse’ and let her head win.
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About the Author
Karen Mason was born in London in the 1970s and has been writing since childhood. When she was eight she was runner up in the Write a Limerick Competition on Blue Peter and at aged twenty two was a runner up in the now defunct Me! Magazine 'Write a Blockbuster' competition. In 2008 Karen decided to go down the self-publishing route and has since published several historical fiction novels including the Never Forget and Line of Passion series. In 2014 Karen was a runner up in the Good Housekeeping Novel Writing Competition and she was named a Writer to Watch. 2017 sees the release of Out of Darkness, the first book in an exciting new saga