Meet Kate Lewis – She’s a burned out charity worker, a self-described ‘stick-in-the-mud’ and a bookworm. She had a stable, cosy life in London spending her weekends buried in books until Marco came along. He’s her UN action man boyfriend and he swept her off her feet at a conference. Over time Kate senses that Marco needs more from life than a pile of books by the bed and a pint in the pub on Fridays. So when a job posting comes up in Panama Central America, one that Marco desperately wants, to show a more adventurous side, she agrees to relocate there with him to start a new life together.
Kate heads off to Panama, with Marco delayed by a humanitarian emergency in Sudan set to join some days later, but when he finally shows up, Marco isn’t himself, and within hours of arriving he drops a bombshell, leaving Kate stranded and alone.
Thankfully, just around the corner is an oddball bunch of ex-pats who befriend Kate. With their friendship and support she’s soon coming out of her shell, picking herself up and planning her move back to London to start over again. But a stop off in New York on the way home changes everything…
Suzanne Hope was born and raised in Lancashire, where she still lives today. A graduate in History from Portsmouth University, Suzanne moved to London to start her career in the non-profit sector in direct marketing for several charities. Throughout her career she has lived and worked in Italy, Bangkok, London and Panama – the latter of which inspired this story.