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Alyssa adores her new job as a schoolteacher, even though it is not in one of London’s best areas. Young and idealistic, she visualises making a big difference to the lives of the children in her class. But it doesn’t prove as easy as she hoped, especially when 10-year-old Lucy arrives from Australia. And the girl’s father, Mark, proves even more of a challenge. Arrogant, difficult, opinionated, complicated - these are adjectives she would definitely use to describe him. And yet he is also mesmerising and visually attractive.

Despite her many reservations, Alyssa finds herself slowly but irrevocably pulled into his web as she strives to help his daughter, which proves much more difficult than expected as Lucy continues to resist any attempts to break through her hard outer shell. So will Mark be able to provide the key to unlocking his wayward daughter? And in the process, will Alyssa find a way forward for her own life and discover a faith she had previously dismissed as unimportant?

©2017 Carol Collins (P)2018 Lynne Thompson

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