When Jude is orphaned at fourteen, her father's best friend comes to the rescue. Oliver wants to remain her friend as well as her guardian, but spirited Jude isn't a girl you can shelter from the world - not after she's already suffered so much heartache. And with each passing year, both Jude and Oliver struggle in their own ways against the ties that bind them. What place has love inside and outside of their relationship? Who is really protecting whom - especially when Jude grows into a desirable young woman? And what future can a relationship with so many complications ever really have?
Denyse Devlin is the daughter of an Irish diplomat and was born in Boston in 1958. She studied Arabic and English at University College, Dublin and subsequently worked as a translator in Iraq. She travelled extensively in the Middle East, and also lived in the USA, Belgium, Australia and the UK, before settling in Co Cork with her English husband in 1987. She has two teenage daughters.