'The touch of his hands on mine made a surge run up my arms. He must have been carrying a lot of static. Something to do with his polyester shirt. Or maybe it was static in me. I once got an electric shock from a pineapple.'
Corinne has a new house and a new career. Does she even have the time for a new man? Corinne doesn't think so - she's too busy turning her hobbies into a business, helping out on a friend's allotment and trying to get on with her new reclusive neighbour, Rob.
But when her elderly father becomes seriously ill, the thought of losing him tips her into a passionate affair with Charles, a man she barely knows. When her world begins to change, and Corinne is struggling to cope, who will be there to offer support?
Funny and delicately observed, Zuzu's Petals is a tender, compelling story about family, friendship and different kinds of love.
Charming, intelligent and side-splittingly funny. -- Lynne Barrett-Lee on Plotting for Beginners