One of the country’s bestselling storytellers joins HarperCollins with her new page-turning drama about struggle and triumph over adversity.
The Beachcomber is the story of two people, each with a dream, each lonely in different ways, and just when everything seems to be coming right for them, fate steps in to turn their worlds upside down.
In the summer of 1952 two people arrive in the pretty seaside hamlet of West Bay, Dorset to start a new life. Kathy Wilson dreams of turning the derelict Barden House into a home free of the pain she suffered back in London. As the summer stretches before her, she watches her cherished dream take glorious shape – though she grows curious about the lonely wanderer who strolls the beach below her window day and night. His name is Tom Arnold. He also seeks refuge in West Bay, needing a place to hide when the life he knew was brutally destroyed by tragedy. Drawn to this aloof loner, Kathy feels a bond forming that will radically change them both. But the shadows and secrets that haunt Tom and Kathy will not easily be dismissed. And as two wounded people try to find the courage to open their hearts to love, the past threatens their fragile new beginning…
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Josephine Cox has a truly devoted following for whom this bestselling author can do no wrong. So it's fortunate, therefore, that she so rarely deviates from the thoroughly engrossing narratives that are her stock-in-trade. Her new book, The Beachcomber, demonstrates all her considerable virtues: a grand, sweeping narrative, colourful and evocative scene-setting and (most of all) sympathetically drawn leading characters that pull the reader inexorably into her richly wrought story.
Set in the summer of 1942, The Beachcomber has two protagonists from disparate social settings, but both sharing the sense that something crucial is missing from their lives. In the quiet seaside town of West Bay, Tom Arnold is coming to terms with what many would deem a rash action--he has walked away from a prestigious job after his wife and children were killed when the car he was driving was forced off a precipitous cliff road by another motorist. Tom is convinced that the driver (who has never been tracked down) intended to destroy them all. As Tom contemplates his bleak future, Kathy Wilson similarly struggles with a sense of loss after a terrible argument with her mother brings home to her how unfulfilling her life of loneliness is. She has inherited a down-at-heel house in West Bay. Inevitably, the two find each other, and it's here that Cox's top-notch skills as a romantic writer are truly in their element. We are made to care for both of these well-drawn characters, and even without the return of the killer who destroyed Tom's family, we would still be pretty comprehensively gripped by the narrative. Josephine Cox fans will not need anyone to tell them that this is choice stuff—their favourite author is up to her usual standard. --Barry ForshawReview:
'Cox's talent as a storyteller never lets you escape the spell.' (The Daily Mail)
'Driven and passionate.' (The Sunday Times)
'Josephine Cox rules supreme as Britain's Queen of Romance.' (The People)
'Impossible to resist.' (Women's Realm)
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Book Description Harpercollins Publishers, 2003. Compact Disc. Book Condition: Brand New. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0007157541