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After finding out that Dan and her mother had been lovers twenty years earlier, the distress brought back a lot of childhood trauma for Vicky, remembering the way her parents had virtually deserted her when she was a young child. She challenges her mother about all the hurt and distress that was caused by her.
Therese’s face was white and she looked shocked, as though she had never really concerned herself with the damage she was causing as she passed through her life. She spoke in a tremulous voice. “I have been a terrible mother. I know that now, but when I was younger, and you were just a small child, I allowed your father to control me, even to the extent that I would abandon my own daughter to please him. There is nothing I can do, except to say I am sorry, to both of you, and to try to make amends. Please, please forgive me, Victoria. If there was any way I could undo any of the harm I have caused, I would do it in an instant.”
“I don’t think I can ever forgive you, Therese. As far as I am concerned, you are no longer my mother. I don’t hate you, because that would make me bitter inside, and I don’t want to be like that, but I no longer want to see you.”
Can the rift between Vicky and her mother ever heal? And how will this impact on her fledgling relationship with Dan?
Danny was a 21-year-old student when he met Gem in London in 1992. She was the most beautiful, sensuous and sexy woman he had ever met, and she was some years older and married to a wealthy businessman. So why did she pick him from all the men she might have chosen?
Their affair was brief and dramatic, and introduced Danny to sexual passion, the like of which he had never experienced before. It also introduced him to the kind of woman who desired control and discipline in her life. Even though the affair lasted just a few weeks, it changed his life and changed his perception of the type of woman he wanted.
Twenty years later he met a young woman and, for the first time in his life, he fell in love; but fate was not kind, and the events of twenty years earlier came back to haunt him as he realised that he might lose the woman of his dreams. He was powerless to act. He could not rewrite his life history.