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Publication Date: Sept. 28, 2021
Categories: Contemporary, RomanceISBN: 9781913913427
For the Love of a Life is a gentle but intricate international tale of love, set in modern-day China.
Growing up in the aftermath of Mao’s China as it breaks out of its past, Berenice, a beautiful young Chinese girl living in Beijing, finds herself struggling to overcome the abuse inflicted upon her when she was a child.
As she tries to become a successful businesswoman, this trauma causes a series of events that eventually lead her to meet two very different men, both of whom will change her life. Caught between her own fears and the desires of others, can she find the happiness she craves or is she forever tainted?
For the Love of a Life is an intimate and searching novel that explores the deepest emotions of a girl who wants both success and true love, but at what cost?
Simon Holder has spent most of his life in broadcast TV. He worked at London Weekend Television for many years on a galaxy of diverse programs, from situation comedy to drama and sport; he also co-wrote several comedy sketches that were performed on shows such as The Two Ronnies and That’s Life. He subsequently moved to BBC West creating documentaries and then worked freelance at Sky TV, Channel 4, Central, Anglia, and the BBC in London. He had a stint at a TV company in Beijing, where much of the background material to this novel was culled. He now lives in Wiltshire with his Chinese wife, Xiaomei, who helped greatly with the intricacies of Chinese culture for this novel.
Serpina Wang (Guest Review) - 11 Oct, 2021
I loved this book. As a Chinese woman living in England, I was intrigued by the perceptions of a British author telling a tale about a young girl in China. It struck many chords and I thought it deeply moving, very well written and enjoyed the twisting but lucid narrative, which was always very engaging. From another point of view, I think that British women particularly would enjoy this as it gives many insights into the interaction concerning perceptions of our two countries – and inter-racial relationships, too. Highly recommended.