Cally is a solo mother in her thirties who has just been made redundant from her classy London marketing job. One day her nine-year-old daughter Paige announces that she wants to go to New Zealand to meet her father, Alan, who abandoned Cally when she became pregnant. Alan is told they're coming, but during the flight to Auckland, Cally finds herself sitting next to the lovely Simon, and they decide to continue their high-altitude flirtation when they reach NZ. But Paige has other ideas. Cally and Simon as a unit is definitely not in her grand plan. Paige plots to get her Mum and Dad back together, with help by email from her best friend Charlotte back in London. Cally, Simon and Alan are suddenly entwined in an unusual love triangle. The Two Miss Parsons is an on-the-button chick-lit novel that is mostly set around Ponsonby, with a little Fiji and London thrown in as well. This is classic chick-lit (or possibly even mum-lit), which charms and amuses the reader and contains more than enough unexpected twists and turns to be satisfying.
Jill Marshall writes novels, articles and screenplays. She has recently had success in NZ and the UK for her children's fiction based on her heroine Jane Blonde. Jill has a master's degree in history and writing for children. Formerly director of training for a UK multinational in London, Jill Marshall now lives in Auckland and runs a consultancy business.