Seeking Eden by Beverly Harvey
50 is the new 30 – haven’t you heard?’
Or so says Ben Wilde’s record producer on the eve of his comeback. If only Ben could win back ex-girlfriend, Kate, he’d be a happy man.
But married Kate has moved on, and moved out – to Eden Hill, a quiet housing estate in the suburbs. Lonely and homesick for London, can Kate resist ego-maniac Ben’s advances and save her own flagging marriage?
Streets away, Kate’s new friend Lisa, a Chihuahua toting ex-WAG, is primed for a fresh start – until her footballer ex-husband is found dead and she is vilified in the gutter press.
But Kate, Lisa and Ben aren’t the only ones having a midlife crisis; local shop owner Martin dreams of escaping his dutiful marriage, and develops an unhealthy obsession with Lisa and her friends in Eden Hill.
Alongside a colourful cast of friends and family, Kate, Lisa, Ben and Martin are living proof that older does not always mean wiser because in Eden Hill, there’s temptation around every corner.
Kate and Neil move to an upper-class suburban housing estate after their home in London is burgled. Kate soon becomes lonely and isolated from her friends and family and cracks start to appear in their marriage. Kate’s life is further complicated by the return of ex-boyfriend Ben, who now regrets dumping her and makes his feelings known.
Lisa is a typical ex-WAG, hounded by the press when her ex-husband footballer dies suddenly. Kate and Lisa strike up a friendship when their dogs take a liking to each other. Then we have Martin and his depressed wife Jo. Martin was my favourite character, a lovely chirpy chap whose life is sadly dominated by his wife’s mental health.
The book flows well with smooth dialogue, multi-layered characters, secrets, twists, and turns. I loved how the characters lives became entangled in an intricate web and produced some emotionally charged issues.
There were plenty of lighthearted moments to balance everything out and I found the story entertaining and the characters believable.
I got into Seeking Eden really easily and became fascinated by the residents of Eden Hill and their lifestyles. Beverly Harvey has written a superb character driven novel you will not want to miss.
Thank you to the author for supplying a copy of Seeking Eden, which I have reviewed honestly.