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    • ISBN:9781444776577
    • Publication date:13 Aug 2015

The Waiting Game

By Jessica Thompson

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How long would you wait? The beautifully warm and moving novel from an up-and-coming novelist who has been described as 'John Green for the twenty-something generation'.

'The moon was speckled like a bird's egg. It hung reliably in the blackness above Will Turnbull and Nessa Grier who sat side by side on a bench as the leaves fell around them, landing softly on the thick, wet grass. Their knees were just touching, hearts pounding hard.'

Nessa Bruce waits for her husband to come through the double doors. She'd waited for him to return home from Afghanistan for what felt like forever, and now the moment was finally here. But Jake isn't... Jake Bruce hasn't come home, and it looks like he never will.

Nessa's life - and that of her daughter Poppy - is turned upside down in an instant. What has happened to the elusive man at the centre of their world? They hold onto the hope that he is still out there somewhere, alive... but as time passes by, Nessa is forced to look at her life, at the decisions she has made and the secrets she has kept. For maybe somewhere within it all lies the answer to the question she's desperate to answer - where is the man she loves?

The Waiting Game is perfect for reading groups with lots of twists and turns, and big topics such as mental ilness, discussed in a fresh and sensitive way.

Biographical Notes

Jessica Thompson is an author living in London.
Born in Yorkshire in the late eighties, she then lived in France and Kent, before moving to the big city she loves so much.
Her very first 'novel', written in her early teens, is so old it was stored on a floppy disc. She spent most of her childhood reading her latest poems and stories to her long-suffering but inspirational parents, who encouraged her to continue sharpening her skills as a writer.
This passion for writing continued and flourished, and she eventually trained to become a reporter with the National Council for the Training of Journalists. She was a reporter for two major newspaper groups for six years, before working in charity communications and digital marketing while writing novels.
Jessica loves singing, running, eating out and spending time with friends. She is currently studying with the Open University.
To find out more you can visit Jessica's website http://jessicathompsonbooks.com/, her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessica-Thompson-books/251309534929956?fref=ts or follow her on twitter @Jthompsonauthor

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  • ISBN: 9781444776553
  • Publication date: 13 Aug 2015
  • Page count: 336
  • Imprint: Coronet
Praise for Jessica Thompson — :
A very modern romance, this is a sweet, witty and likeable love story. — Sunday Mirror
You'll want to take notes so you can tame your own commitment-phobe next time. — Now
A triumph. — Daily Mail
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