The Man in the Needlecord Jacket written by Linda MacDonald, publisher Matador, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
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When Felicity meets Coll, a charismatic artist, she has high hopes of being distracted from her failed marriage. What she doesn’t know is that he has a partner, Sarah, with whom he has planned a future. Sarah is deeply in love with Coll, but his controlling behaviour and associations with other women have always made her life difficult. When he becomes obsessed with Felicity, Sarah’s world collapses and a series of events is set in motion that will challenge the integrity of all the characters involved.
I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating this wonderful book about love and life by Linda MacDonald.
The Man in the Needlecord Jacket is about one man, Coll, who has been in a long-term relationship with Sarah for a couple of years however, he isn’t fully committed to this partnership.
Coll is a manipulative man full of charm and persuasion but as quick as he pulls you in he keeps you dangling, as if on the end of a piece of string, near enough for him to pull when he wants attention but still far enough away to allow him his own space to pursue and pull another string.
This story by Linda MacDonald is told from three POV; the manipulator (Coll), the one left dangling on the end of the string (Sarah) and the newcomer that soon becomes embroiled (Felicity). I did feel compassion for Sarah who was so in love with Coll and this intensity of love helped her overlook some of his more deviating ways but when Felicity came on the scene Coll’s persona changed completely crushing Sarah’s heart and soul. Sarah has suffered with heartbreak in the past and finding Coll with his charm has been a tonic for Sarah when she needed it the most but can she now learn to live without Coll by her side? I don’t believe Coll intended to be devious with his love, I believe his character traits found it difficult to keep his charm offensive in check and the attention he received from this was such a boost to his ego. Felicity is struggling to come to terms with the break-up of her marriage and with the recent steps she has taken in her personal life she has many regrets. Her family are what she holds dearest and now living apart from them she has time to take stock of her life. Starting up her own restaurant with her youngest son has given her a new outlook on life and when this chance opportunity meeting Coll arises she is soon charmed by him.
Linda MacDonald has created a clever story about relationships and the complexity of personalities. It is a story of lies and deceit, love and fantasy, letting go of the past and hope and strength to move on to a brighter future. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and as a reader it was interesting to learn about the three sides to this tangle of love that Coll had created around himself.
About the Author
Linda MacDonald is the author of four novels: Meeting Lydia and the stand-alone sequels, A Meeting of a Different Kind, The Alone Alternative and The Man in the Needlecord Jacket. All Linda’s books are contemporary adult fiction, multi-themed, but with a focus on relationship issues.
After studying psychology at Goldsmiths’, Linda trained as a secondary science and biology teacher. She taught these subjects for several years before moving to a sixth-form college to teach psychology. The first two novels took ten years in writing and publishing, using snatched moments in the evenings, weekends and holidays. In 2012, she gave up teaching to focus fully on writing.
Linda was born and brought up in Cockermouth, Cumbria and now lives in Beckenham in Kent.