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It seems a long time since life was good for Liz Dewhurst. Her happy marriage is going down the drain when she discovered her husband Gregor has a mistress. But if that wasn't enough, Liz and Gregor's family businesses were also intertwined. Growing up on neighboring farms on the east coast of Fife, and area blessed with rich soil and beautiful unspoiled landscapes, they decided to merge the farms upon their marriage. Their separation, however, has come at the worst possible time. Business is bad, and the two farms are struggling to survive.
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Then an extraordinary opportunity arises. An American-financed consortium is looking to build a golf course, and with Liz and Gregor's land, they think they have found the perfect site for the best links course in possible there. Liz is torn; the money is tempting, and she knows that by turning the scheme down she will face the wrath of the local community. On the other hand the farm has passed through five generations of her family. Liz just isn't sure she wants to give up that history.

At the same time, Liz's son, Alex, a student at nearby St. Andrews University, suggests renting a room out to raise some money. And the person he suggests is his German tutor, Arthur Kempler. With Arthur in the picture, things change for Liz.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Husband Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Kind of business    -   small family business Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () City?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm    -   ranch    -   lot of descript of crop raising    -   lot of descript of animal care Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of hetero sex Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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