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Hidden Talents

By Erica James

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Bestselling author Erica James explores the stories of a potent mix of characters who meet at a creative writers' group.

Bestselling author Erica James explores the stories of a potent mix of characters who meet at a creative writers' group.

Dulcie Ballantyne knows that creative writers' groups attract an unlikely mix of people, so when she starts up Hidden Talents, she is well prepared for the assortment of people she is bringing together.

Beth King is facing empty-nest syndrome as her only son, Nathan, leaves home for university. Jack Solomon, a local estate agent, is having trouble coming to terms with the shock of his wife leaving him for his best friend. Jaz Rafferty is an intensely private seventeen-year-old girl who writes to escape her large, boisterous family. Victor Blackmore is a know-it-all, who claims to be writing the blockbuster novel every publisher will be clamouring for.

What they all have in common is a need to escape, as well as a desire to keep their lives as private as possible. As they grow more confident in their writing skills, friendships develop, and gradually they come to realise that a little openness isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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  • ISBN: 9780752883496
  • Publication date: 01 May 2008
  • Page count: 496
  • Imprint: Orion
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