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Fairytales Don’t Come True

Volume One of the Criminal Conversation series

Publisher: Independently Published
Year of Publication: 2020
Book type: Novel | Series
Age: Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Language: English
Key Phrases: She thinks she can cope .
Spice Level:

The spice rating is in regards to the type of sexual content within the book. Below is a helpful guide (courtesy of Georgia C Leigh)

1= YA romantic, making out, MAYBE a closed door.
2= some on page foreplay and nudity but mostly fade to black.
3= open door, on page vanilla sex.
4= on page sex – hot or with kink.
5= erotica.

“Dora, a Jamaican nurse for the terminally ill. She provided care for Mags and as such listened to her life story. And what a story! The sexual side of the conversations initially distrubed Dora but as time went by she got to thinking maybe she should experiment more to keep her man! She was becoming more and more suspicious by his actions but was it founded! I’ve not read a book in a long time that’s had such a profound affect on me. So many emotions whilst reading it. Such a simple idea to write about someone’s life but the way this author writes and gets all the emotions transferred from the characters to the readers is outstanding. You read two stories, one of Mags and her past life and one of Dora and the life she is living now. Both are exceptionally well written and blend together so well a fantastic start to a trilogy and can’t wait to read the rest. Strongly recommend this gem of a read! Well done Laura Lyndhurst, my favourite read this year by far!”
– Karen Inkle. on Amazon


When middle-aged nurse Dora Stuart-Frazer is assigned to provide end-of-life care to ex-prostitute Magdalena, she suffers a failure of sympathy linked to the woman’s career and her own marital issues. It’s her job—her vocation to care. Trying to overcome her prejudices against her patient and the other members of the all-female household, Dora is drawn into their world. Mags has cancer and it won’t be long now. She is an unwilling listener to the sordid life-story that her patient wants to recount in her last few weeks of life. It’s her dying wish to get her story out and as such, it’s Dora’s job to listen. However, every night as her patient’s story unfolds, Dora needs more. She is transfixed and a willing listener as she compares the life of the story teller to her own and forces herself to confront her mid-life crisis. In this race against time, Dora has to know it all—but fears Mags won’t make it to the end.

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