I am so excited to bring you a guest post from the wonderful Emily Benet, author of the novel, Tipping Point, that is set in one of my most favorite places on the planet, Mallorca, Spain- an island off the Spanish coast in the Mediterranean. Thank you Emily for joining my blog today!
Behind the Scenes in Paradise
By Emily Benet
Juan has booked the perfect Mediterranean holiday villa online. The friendly woman in the email even gave him a huge discount for paying upfront.
He pictures it as the plane touches down on Mallorca. Purple bougainvillea cascades over sun-baked sandstone walls and traditional green shuttered windows open to let in a mountain breeze infused with rosemary and thyme. Sunshine dances on the surface of the swimming pool and on the white table beside the sun lounger there’s an ice cold Mojito made with mint plucked from the nearby herb garden.
But where is it?
Now that he’s landed on the island he can’t find it. Google maps keeps leading him to a deserted garage and the owner isn’t answering her phone. Something doesn’t feel right. Thank goodness his son Salva is a private investigator.
Salva is still reeling after discovering his girlfriend has been cheating on him and is not in the mood to hunt down a phantom villa. But since it’s his poor parents who have been duped he can hardly say no. If the scammer is still on the island then he’s going to find them.
The relationship guru Robyn Chase who lives upstairs turns out to be an entertaining accomplice. Salva is glad of the company. In fact, he’s so intrigued by her that he secretly orders her bestselling book No More Toxic Relationships – 7 Years, 7 Lessons. She’s full of great advice and yet… he’s got this niggling feeling that she’s hiding something.
The British couple on the top floor are also finding out that the good weather isn’t going to solve all their problems after all. George and Ellen have retired to the island with a dream in their head. But are their dreams compatible? Now that they’re finally spending so much time together, they’re coming to the uncomfortable conclusion that they have different ideas of happiness. While George dreams of living a rural existence in a secluded farmhouse, Ellen keeps talking about guests.
In Tipping Point the stories of four characters residing at one seaside apartment interweave and they’re each confronted with secret agendas and unexpected versions of each other. As a huge fan of Liane Moriarty, I find it irresistible to plot novels with multiple characters and lots of twists and turns. My mind is always wondering What if?
What if we moved to Mallorca? My husband and I asked ourselves that question five years ago. We didn’t deliberate for long. What was the worst that could happen? We packed up our lives in London and within three months of making the decision we were living in the sun-soaked Mediterranean island with the sea at our feet.
Unlike my characters, life in Mallorca has gone very smoothly so far. As a journalist I’ve explored all corners of the island and fallen deeply in love with its mountains, plains and coast. Yet not everyone raves about it as much as me. Despite it all looking so perfect, there’s always plenty of drama in the local paper. It’s what fuels my imagination. For me, Mallorca is a perfect setting for stories of imperfect lives. Tipping Point is my second based on the island, but won’t be my last.
About the Book
The sun … the ocean … the farmhouse … the scammer… the police… the 3-legged dog?
George and Ellen have retired to sunny Mallorca. Social butterfly Ellen is itching to make yacht-owning friends while George’s heart is set on a secluded farmhouse in the country. In fact, now that they’re no longer living busy London lives, they’re beginning to realise they have very different ideas of happiness.
Private investigator Salva specialises in cases of adultery. That’s why it’s particularly embarrassing that he didn’t realise his long-term girlfriend has been cheating on him. He has no time to nurse a broken heart, since his family are the victims of a property scam they urgently need him to solve.
Robyn Chase is giving talks on her self-help book, No More Toxic Relationships – 7 Years, 7 Lessons. She’s finding it awkward being a relationship guru when her own boyfriend is avoiding her.
The sun is shining in Mallorca and everything looks beautiful. But the residents of one particular apartment block are about to discover it all might be too good to be true.
About the Author
Emily Benet is a journalist, award-winning blogger and author of contemporary fiction. Her books include the blog-to-book Shop Girl Diaries, Wattpad hit Spray Painted Bananas and social media romcom #PleaseRetweet. She lives in Mallorca with her husband and daughter and the sunny island is the setting for her latest novels The Hen Party and Tipping Point. She writes regularly for the luxury lifestyle magazine abcMallorca.
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