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9 Comments

  1. Lucy Heber-Hall
    January 26, 2010

    I loved it….short and full of character where one can easily succumb to the romance in the detail, beautiful!

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  3. hippocampe
    January 27, 2010

    Romance, suspens, laughters: I love it!

  4. Jenny Price
    January 27, 2010

    Engaging and charming. Well done x

  5. Martin Howard
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    Awww, sweeet. Brought a little tear to my eye.

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    January 28, 2010

    Blown away! I was captivated by the story, loved the twist at the end and completely drawn into the characters (quite a feat in a short story). Time to think about that novel!

  7. January 28, 2010

    Bruce, thats lovely- I speshly like the bit when the bored sea runs back down the beach, ‘laughing and free’ Class imagery xx (?-´)>

  8. Rosalie
    January 28, 2010

    Great. If only we could all experience a love like that!

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