Leah Jensen, Yorkshire lass born and bred, needs money and she’ll do anything – yes, anything – to get it. Her Grandad Thomas is in pain and the cost of an operation on his bad knee is way beyond the family’s means. Leah tries everything to earn the fee – but in the end, and like so many before her, she turns to the world’s oldest profession.
Madam Butterfly’s exclusive escort agency in London is a different world to where Leah comes from. In Whitby, the sea air is sweet, and legends of Dracula jostle with jet-mining and whaling history; it’s a place where dog lovers meet and tourists come to marvel at the views.
Leah may be out of her comfort zone, but one daring, brief encounter will bring many surprises in this memorable romantic comedy full of pithy Yorkshire humour.
This is a slightly madcap but touching novel! It’s packed full of energy and larger than life, exuberant characters.
Front of stage are Leah and her camp cousin Joey, who are devoted to each other and their grandfather. They need to raise money, and fast, to pay for his operation as the NHS waiting list is far too long. They try a few crazy and increasingly unlikely things, from dog walking to wing walking, before Leah turns to the oldest profession as a way to make money.
Wealthy, rather-full-of-himself Dan is the man of the hour. His encounter with Leah has unforeseen consequences, due to some sneaky skulduggery. And has our fair-haired, energetic heroine has the willpower and determination to cope with the unexpected…
It’s a fast-paced novel, with lots of humour and twists and turns. However, it touches on gritty issues – the failure of the NHS to look after vulnerable people properly, prostitution – but these are skilfully dealt with so that they don’t jar in this comic novel.
Fun and frantic, and definitely worth a read.