A pupil and a teacher. Is it ever right to break the rules?
Jessica Hart has never forgotten Matthew Landley.
After all, he was her first love when she was fifteen years old. But he was also her school maths teacher, and their forbidden affair ended in scandal with his arrest and imprisonment.
Now, seventeen years later, Matthew returns to Norfolk, with a new identity and a long-term girlfriend and a young daughter, who know nothing of what happened before. Yet when he runs into Jessica, neither of them can ignore the emotional ties that bind them together.
With so many secrets to keep hidden, how long can Jessica and Matthew avoid the dark mistakes of their past imploding in the present?
Wow what a scorching read !! Why oh why has this book been sat on my book shelf for so long ? I wish I’d read it sooner, it was that good it only took me 4 days to read.
Even though he was a teacher and she was the pupil, I couldn’t help but love Matthew and Jessica’s relationship . It felt so real and their love for each other was genuine not just some silly school girl crush. If Jess had been a year older and Matthew not her teacher it would have been a whole different story but would the thrill of it still been there ? This brought back memories of when I was only 16 I had a fling with a 32 year old security guard , I thought my feelings for him were real but now I can see that it was lust and I’m glad it didn’t go no further than a kiss.
In answer to some of the reading group questions at the end of the book;
When it comes to relationships, to what extent do you believe age is just a number? I truly believe age is just a number, I was almost 17 when I met my first serious boyfriend (now my husband) and he was 22. The five year age gap feels like nothing. My sister is 36 and her husband is 50, some people comment on that but at the end of the day you can’t help who you fall in love with.
How do you feel about Will’s treatment of Natalie throughout the novel ? Is it fair that she has been lied to without any remorse from her boyfriend? I didn’t even consider Natalie’s feelings in the story, I was too wrapped up in Will and Jessica’s whirlwind love story. Thinking about it now, I think Natalie was a rebound girlfriend for Will and would always come second to Jess.
The ending of this book almost broke me and I would love there to be a sequel or another different story written by the author that features some of the characters in.