ISBN: 978-1-913419-26-4 (PB)
Five years ago, Natalie (Nat) Bach threw up a good job as a solicitor with the prestigious firm Goldman Law in the Lancashire town of Didsbury for love and went off to Mallorca with handsome Jose, Liverpool-born but partly Spanish, to run a successful restaurant. She had thought all was well between her and Jose until, suddenly and without any warning, he told her he didn’t love her. And at the same time Nat’s mother Anna had a stroke. So, heartbroken, Nat goes back to be with her mother. And back to Goldman Law. Not, however, to her old job, but to something rather junior, working alongside young men not much more than half her age, and sharing a long table with them, rather than her own desk let alone having an office of her own as she had previously. This is something which Nat, nearly 40, finds humiliating. There have been a lot of changes at Goldman Law which Nat finds it difficult to accommodate to. Her former boss, Jack Goldman, is semi-retired from the firm although he still has a finger in various pies and her one-time best friend at work, Catherine, is not only now managing partner of Goldman Law but is married to Jack after his highly acrimonious divorce from his first wife. Nat’s old job has gone to Wesley Hughes; he and Nat had known each other at law school but he has now developed a tendency to be cold and overbearing. Onetime office junior Wendy is now married, is Office Manager and heavily pregnant. Her former secretary Sharon is now Wesley’s secretary. Meanwhile Nat is still grieving for Jose, and also longing to have her own baby. Everyone else seems to be happily settled and to have children . . . but not Natalie.