When football star Nick Harding hobbles into the Black Salt Cafe the morning after the night before, he is served by Anna, a waitress with haunted-looking eyes and no interest in footballers, famous or otherwise. Nick is instantly drawn to this exotic, intelligent girl. But a relationship between them risks shame for her conservative refugee family and backlash for Nick that could ruin his career.
Meanwhile, Nick's sister, Lily, is struggling to finish her medical degree. When she meets Toby, it seems that for the first time she is following her heart, not the expectations of others. Yet what starts out as a passionate affair with a man still grieving after his wife's death slips quickly into dangerous dependency.
Scarred by tragedy each in their own way, these warm, hopeful couples must overcome prejudice and heartbreak to prove just how much they will give for beautiful messy love.
A gorgeous, hard-hitting novel that touches on celebrity, asylum, cultural integration and family tragedy, this is a book with heart and soul.
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My Thoughts On The Book
I liked each of the characters in this story. I could not have predicted the way the story would eventuate, as it was such an up and down read with numerous surprise moments. A lot of emotional baggage and turmoil portrayed in the story, but also, some uplifting moments were depicted. Beautiful Messy Love by Tess Woods is a very aptly titled novel for its up and down emotion depictions.
Review copy received from HarperCollins Publishers Australia