Set in Geneva, this is a rich and gripping story of love and relationships, nicely seasonsed with a touch of suspense. Kim is suddenly adrift in an expensive foreign city with a child to support. She's been trailing dutifully around the world with her unreliable husband Richard, ex-army officer turned international businessman, but early one morning he is reported killed in a plane crash in the Indonesian jungle. His shady employers insist she must leave the company-rented house within a month and, with no home in England, she finds herself destitute. Then wicked old Henri makes a practical proposition - what would you do if you were Kim? How would you cope with the extraordinary dilemmas she faces?
Born in the Lake District, Susie Vereker has spent much of her life travelling round the world, first as an army officer's daughter then as a diplomat's wife. She worked in publishing in London, au paired in Germany, typed in Aden, taught English in Surrey, and raised her three sons in Australia, Greece, Thailand, Switzerland and France. In the nineties Susie lived in Paris when her late husband was British Ambassador to OECD. Widowed in 2001 after a long happy marriage, she now lives in a Hampshire village that's been home - between postings abroad - for over twenty years. Caught between her conventional upbringing, the duties of a diplomatic wife and the aspirations of the modern woman, Susie has led something of a chameleon existence. In Australia she was a sportswoman and young mother, in Greece a welfare worker and dabbler in archaeology, in Thailand a fund-raiser, in Geneva a magazine editor/journalist, and in Paris she concentrated on art history and writing. An Old Fashioned Arrangement is Susie's second novel. Her first novel Pond Lane and Paris was longlisted for the RNA/Foster Grant Award 2006.