Change of Life
I had the idea for Change of Life after being diagnosed with, and recovering from, ovarian cancer. Although it was a difficult time in my life, having a brush with my own mortality helped me to stop procrastinating and take my writing seriously. In the book, one of the main characters has breast cancer and other significant disruptions in her life. And although her experiences aren't the same as mine, the book does deal with what it's like to have to cope with enormous upheaval and change and how you come out the other side.
A tale of life. A poignant mix of sadness, hope and love.
Be careful what you wish for…
Wife to heart surgeon and control freak, Tom, and mother to four adolescent children, Rosie feels taken for granted as she juggles family life and her work as a teacher. She longs for a change of life.
When she hits a teenage boy with her car, her life explodes into uncharted territory. The boy is Robbie – and Rosie discovers he is part of a terrible secret that Tom has kept for seventeen years. Then Rosie is diagnosed with breast cancer. Rosie leaves home and begins the fight for her life. Meanwhile Tom, is forced to learn what it means to be a husband and father. He struggles to keep his family together and strives to get his wife back.
The background to Displacement comes from my own experience of living for many years in the Scottish Hebrides and from my long association with Israel-Palestine. The latter is rooted in my friendship with an Israeli woman which began when we were schoolgirls in Edinburgh in the 1970s. Her father came to Edinburgh University to do his PhD and he brought his family with him. I volunteered to look after the new girl in class. After a year she returned home, but our friendship has endured. And because of that friendship I've visited Israel several times and I'm both fascinated and frustrated by this amazingly complex and beautiful country.
The search for resolution after the upheaval of loss. A journey full of insight, forgiveness and love.
From the Scottish Hebrides to the Middle-East, Displacement is a soul-searching journey from grief to reclamation of self, and a love-story where romance and realism meet head-on.
Divorce, the death of her soldier son and estrangement from her daughter, leave Hebridean crofter, Rachel Campbell, grief-stricken, lonely and lost. Forced retirement leaves former Edinburgh policeman, Jack Baxter, needing to find a new direction for his life.
When Rachel meets Jack in dramatic circumstances on a wild winter’s night on the island of Skye, a friendship develops, despite very different personalities. Gradually their feelings for each other go beyond friendship. Something neither of them feels able to admit. And it seems unlikely they’ll get the chance to because Rachel is due to leave for several months to visit family in Israel – where she aims to re-root and reroute her life.
Set against the contrasting and dramatic backdrops of the Scottish island of Skye and the contested country of Israel-Palestine, Displacement is a story of life-affirming courage and love.