Dashing doctors, unfaithful husbands and a quirky cast of female friends – if this sounds like your idea of a book best avoided, it’s probably because you’re a bloke.
But a new rom-com novel featuring just these ingredients is proving something of an online hit for a former Sheffield University student.
Karla Hall’s debut book Antidote To Infidelity was launched last week – and already hundreds of (mainly female) buyers are snapping up the story.
“I’m really excited,” says the 34-year-old freelance journalist.
“There have been some 24-hour stints at the keyboard but it’s worth it to know it’s out there and being enjoyed. I’m in love with all the characters.”
The story is told in the first person through protagonist Sally, a stressed mother on the brink of a marital meltdown as husband Will (handsome, obviously) confesses he’s been unfaithful. With their relationship in casualty, doctor Mike (dashing, obviously) has her heart racing off the charts. Her quirky close friends prescribe bed-bound revenge – but is Sally that kind of girl?
It was a question which proved irritable for agents Conville and Walsh, who worked with Karla, who now lives in Nottinghamshire, to produce the final text. Now it’s available to download at Amazon.