Hayward, Jennifer, The Divorce Party

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Hayward, Jennifer, The Divorce Party (The Delicious De Campos, Book 1),  (Ontario:  Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2013).

Title:  The Divorce Party (The Delicious De Campos, Book 1)

Author:  Jennifer Hayward

Imprint:  Modern (Presents)

Issues:  Anorexia; Body Image; Cancer; Divorce; Eating Disorder; Infidelity

Blurb:

“You threw your fifty-thousand-dollar engagement ring off the Brooklyn Bridge?” 

Lilly shows up to her lavish divorce party with one goal in mind—to leave as quickly as possible minus a husband! Except he has other plans…and Riccardo De Campo isn’t easy to say “no” to. 

Forced back into Riccardo’s glittering, gossip-fueled world, the price of perfection is still too high and Lilly’s old insecurities resurface. An unexpected consequence of their reunion raises the stakes even higher, and the media’s golden couple must finally confront the truth behind the headlines.

Dear Reader,

This story begins on a cold winter day with a cup of coffee, a newspaper and a real-life party that sparked a tale that just had to be told.

On the front page of my newspaper that morning was the story of a lavish divorce party a Manhattan billionaire was throwing to celebrate the end of his three-year marriage.  The embossed invitations, the incredibly civilised approach to the end of a union due to irreconcilable differences fascinated me.  What would bring a couple to this point?  Why would anyone want to end their marriage in front of family and friends?

I started to wonder-what if the billionaire didn’t really want a divorce?  What if what he really wanted was his wife back and this was the only way he could get her in the same room with him?  What if they were madly in love but the very act of being together destroyed them?  Could this marriage ever be saved?

My billionaire became sexy Italian wine magnate, Riccardo De Campo, and his feisty, on-the-run wife, Lilly.

I’ve dreamed of writing romances for as long as I can remember, but the story of Riccardo and Lilly’s tempestuous relationship was special.  It got me out of bed one night to write the first chapter when I was knee deep in another book and wouldn’t let me go until I’d written ‘the end’.

I entered Riccardo and Lilly’s story, The Divorce Party, in Harlequin’s 2012 So you Think You Can Write contest hoping others would love it as much as I did.  Never dreaming the De Campos would capture the imagination of so many people and win me the publishing contract I’ve always wanted.  Every minute of that journey was magical.

I’ve had a hard time letting Riccardo and Lilly go.  I hope you do too.

Enjoy!

Jennifer

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