Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses

Ambrose Bierce quipped that love is ‘a temporary insanity curable by marriage’. Body chemistry has to overcome reason to compel the sticky intimacy required for reproduction. It’s the price extracted from the individual for sexual reproduction. The subject of countless narratives in poetry, song, story and novel, the insanity of reading about love shows no more sign of abating than the fatal tendency to submit to the disease itself. Here is yet another.


Carole Matthews ( is a powerful and compelling novelist delivering the finest romance. We read on her website that having prepared for the literary life by studying beauty therapy, her cupcakes are now decorated with pink roses. It’s all enough to get the heart pounding and the gagging reader moist with anticipation. Carole’s 29th beautifully crafted masterpiece, Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses, scales the depths of her artistic achievement. The summary is as follows. Christie Chapman is a single working mother who spends her days commuting to her secretarial job in London and looking after her teenage son, Finn. It can be tough just getting through the day but Christie has always found comfort in her love of crafting and any spare time she has is spent in her parents’ summerhouse working on her beautiful creations. It’s all just lovely, in an impossibly indefinable way. From intricately designed birthday cards to personalised gifts, Christie’s flair for the handmade knows no bounds and it’s not long before opportunity comes knocking. All of a sudden Christie sees a different future for her and Finn – one full of hope and possibility, and if the handsome Max Alexander is to be believed, one full of love too. It’s all there for the taking. The very bones of her ache for it.  And then, all of sudden, Christie’s world is turned upside down. Oh! my god! Christie knows that something has to give, but what will she choose? Will she give up her dreams and the chance of real love? What price will she pay for doing the right thing? A girl’s dilemmas are acute. Above all, will Christie find the happy ending which she so richly deserves? You should not delay in finding out. Hurry along to your local library.


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448 pages in Sphere paperback

First published 2016

ISBN  978-0751560268



Carole Matthews looks alluring, pink and romantic

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