"What a magnificent debut novel. It's a real tear-jerker where the tension builds up superbly. You certainly wont be disappointed."
"A wonderful read. Set in the sixties, and going through to the eighties, it's disturbing, erotic nostalgia at its best!"
Spanning several generations, Compendium Of The Heart is a three-part epic love story. It's also a thriller, and a raunchy, emotive drama all rolled into one.
At times, you will despair at some of the actions of the characters, or laugh and cry with them, but you wont forget them, as they grow stronger, weaker or more disturbed as the book progresses.
Meeting Sally and Lizzie as impressionable young students back in 1962, you find yourself sharing their many experiences, both good and bad as they battle adversity in its many forms.
The story begins at Falcondale, a remote university set in rural Wales. Sally, a naive undergraduate becomes life-long friends with the extroverted Lizzie, while venturing out during their first night on campus.
Sally becomes involved with the manipulative and dangerous, Frank Gant. She then brings his wrath upon herself when she meets bohemian, William Peddlescoombe in the library, and falls in love with him.
Meanwhile, Lizzie discovers truths not only about her parentage, but also about herself, after an emotional visit home.
Frank's depravity reaches new heights when he date rapes the timid, and studious Pauline at a local hotel. There follows a controversial court case which tests Sally and William's relationship to the limit.
Pauline, pregnant and expelled from university, decides to wait for Frank to return from prison.
Books two and three, bring us up to the early eighties, and the present day.
Sally unwittingly falls under the spell of Frank once again, after he tells her he's a reformed character. He then sets out to destroy, not only her will to live, but everything she has ever cherished and cared about.
Sally is given hope from, David, William's younger brother, now the Dean of Students at Falcondale.
Pauline learns that Frank has assaulted their daughter, Tina, who is subsequently placed in a psychiatric hospital with disastrous results.
Sally's daughter, Laura, a student nurse in London, meets, the amiable, Nick. However, when she discovers he's married and committing adultery, she allows herself to become the target of an amorous African doctor.
Pauline, now aware of Frank's involvement with Sally, becomes as deranged as he is, and is hell bent on revenge.
Sally, at her wits end, seriously considers escaping back to Falcondale, and meeting David again, after a gap of twenty years...