Love Bites is a series of seven short stories about relationships that bite. Relationships between men and women, friends, families and women and women. The protagonists are from different ages, and places, but they have one thing in common, love.
Relationships are complicated. Is there ever really such a thing as happy ever after? After all even in the happiest of relationships one person is usually left alone at the end, by death if not divorce. Each of the stories explore the complexity of the question, what is true love, and what happens when it ends. The stories vary from whimsical to dark with shades of light and humour.
In Grace, we meet the protagonist starting life over. Grace ponders what she learned about her past, being accused of the murder of her husband, and how she will choose to move forward.
In All Change and Mind the Gap, Polly Brisbane a sixty year old single mother, who has been celibate for twenty years, survived breast cancer and the menopause, takes a lover. The sexual romp is not a success, as predicted by Polly's nemesis, Speech Bubble.
In Fresh Compost, when Greta chooses Oscar as a husband, the shy professional architect has no idea how the trauma leaving Germany at the age of four has affected her.
In, A Moment in Time, the reader is invited into a relationship between Pam and Geoffrey. They have both been widowed.
The Herbalists, explores the love between two women, Maggie and Jo, a gift shop owner whose relationship in a small village brings them under the evil eye of an evangelical priest.
In Neighbours, a famous foodie, Mike and a wannabe Burlesque dancer, Anna from Bexhill, have an unexpected encounter in Catalonia.
In the final story, Sweet Dreams, we meet Harry who finds comfort in the garden Brenda created for them both. This story is set in the 2020 Covid pandemic.