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Once the Clouds Have Goneby K. E. Payne
Synopses & Reviews
Nine years after leaving the small Scottish town where shed grown up, Tag Grainger is forced to return following the sudden death of her father—and back to a life shes long since put behind her. After inheriting a share in a family business she wants no part in, Tag is overwhelmed by the dark clouds of her past: her brother cant forgive her, the nephew she adored doesnt remember her, and everywhere she goes there are whispers about how she abandoned her family.
With her old wounds reopened, Tag longs to escape again, until the appearance of the intriguing and spirited Freddie Metcalfe forces her to reevaluate much more than she thought she needed to. But while Freddie is nursing her own broken heart, can she help Tag reconnect with her family and move on from her past?
"The breezy narrative of this pleasant contemporary romance from Payne (Because of Her) goes by quickly but doesn't leave much of an impression. Tag Grainger, the estranged daughter of a Scottish mill-owning family, returns home after her father's sudden death. She finds the family business in disarray and must work with her brother and their employees to make it solvent, while grieving for her father and finding ways to heal the wounds that led to her original departure. Freddie Metcalfe runs a cafe owned by the Graingers, and while she and Tag are drawn to one another instantly, the complications of raising an orphaned niece and the aftermath of a bad breakup make Freddie wary of entanglements. The power Tag has over her as her new boss also complicates the dynamic of their romance. Payne's plot and characters are charming but slight; refreshingly, homophobia is never an emotional driver in any portion of the novel, and the depiction of Scotland is idyllic. This is a refreshing little holiday of a romance. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
KE Payne was born in Bath, the English city, not the tub, and after leaving school she worked for the British government for fifteen years, which probably sounds a lot more exciting than it really was.
Fed up with spending her days moving paperwork around her desk and making models of the Taj Mahal out of paperclips, she packed it all in to go to university in Bristol and graduated as a mature student in 2006 with a degree in linguistics and history. After graduating, she worked at a university in the Midlands for a while, again moving all that paperwork around, before finally leaving to embark on her dream career as a writer.
She moved to the idyllic English countryside in 2007 where she now lives and works happily surrounded by dogs and guinea pigs.
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