When Ella Burton takes a job as a lowly cleaner at the glamorous Palace theatre in Swansea, she is surprised by how quickly she takes to the job it s as if she was born for a life in the theatre. Unlike Kathleen, who wants her name in lights, it s backstage that Ella s heart lies, running the show under the watchful eye of Anthony. It s not long before she realises that she has fallen in love, and Ella begins to dream about a future that s far from everything she has ever known But a tragic accident threatens to ruin everything she has worked for, and it seems clear that Ella will have no choice but to accept the man that her father chose for her even if it breaks her heart. Will Ella be forced to put her family before her own happiness in the ultimate act of love? Iris Gower, Wales favourite bestselling storyteller, begins a powerful and warm-hearted series set around Swansea s beautiful theatre.
Iris Gower was born in Swansea, where she still lives. The mother of four grown-up children, she has written over twenty bestselling novels.She received an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Wales Swansea in 1999 and has been awarded an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cardiff.Act of Love is the first novel in her Palace Theatre series. Her new novel, An Undesirable Marriage, the second book in the series, is now available in hardback from Bantam Press.