Book Title: Kilingiri
Author: Janna Gray
Release Date: May 21st 2013
Publisher: GMTA Publishing, LLC
Presented by: As You Wish Tours
Nina was very fond of David Kelly. Over the years he’d escorted her to the theatre and concerts in Cork and Dublin and she often accompanied him to business functions when he needed a partner. Initially his hauteur was disconcerting, but on getting to know him, she discovered his deliciously dry sense of humour and enormous capacity for kindness and generosity. He’d held Nina’s hand when Josh had his tonsils removed and she knew she would always be able to count on his support and affection. And once, after an evening on the beach with a bottle of champagne and a quick snog, David’s attempt to kindle a spark of romance was abandoned with no hard feelings, except one which he joked about.
Only once during the years since Josh’s birth had she felt the need for roses, champagne and glorious sex and when the opportunity arose, she grabbed it greedily. Tony Mayhew roared into her life on a Harley Davidson the week she exhibited some of her paintings at his chic gallery in Cork. He’d rented a cottage outside Kinsale that long ago summer and they’d become inseparable. He made her laugh and delighted her with funny little gifts. She was slightly disappointed when the romance ran its course, but she knew that he didn’t want to settle down, and besides he wouldn’t have been a good father figure for Josh.
Since the fling with Tony there had been no one special in Nina’s life, and when her body yearned for a man’s touch, she came to realise that the solitary act of self-gratification was no substitute for the mouth and arms of the man she loved and missed with such intensity it caused physical pain, and gradually she learned to sublimate the need for physical gratification until it ceased to be of importance. Nowadays she could laugh with Laura and Meg about her abysmal lack of a sex-life on the grounds that the part of her that once needed physical fulfillment had shriveled up like a raisin.
1968, Srinagar, Kashmir and Nina is devastated by the death of her new-born baby girl.
Sister Angela and Father Michael at the mission hospital step in to nurse Nina back to health but when the friendship between Nina and Father Michael turns to love, Michael makes a decision which will resonate through the years.
It is 1981 and in Kinsale, Ireland, Nina, devoted to her son Joshua, lives a loveless existence, but a chance encounter changes everything. Michael is back in her life, he leaves the priesthood and happiness is within their grasp.
But when past and present collide, their whole world is turned upside down.
Only by facing the consequences of what has gone before, can Nina and Michael embrace the future.
Janna Gray guides us masterfully through this poignant story of love, loss, betrayal and hope.
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