Even Better Than the Real Thing
When steady, dependable artist Eve Cole finds herself sitting by a pool in Florida with an ex-conman, hatching a plan to steal back a painting reportedly worth eleven million euro, she has to ask herself how the hell she wound up here. Her life has always been ordered, safe, predictable. Now, it's anything but, and if planning an art heist isn't enough, she also finds herself falling for the (admittedly gorgeous) ex-con, Larry. Because everyone knows no conman is ever truly reformed, right? Especially not one with as many secrets to hide as Larry. As plans for the robbery get underway, Eve quickly discovers that in love, as in art, it's not always easy to spot the real thing when it comes along. Sometimes, you just have to listen to your heart.
Praise for Martina Reilly -- : 'A heart-warming page turner ... Martina is one of the best' -- Irish Examiner 'Compelling, heart-wrenching ... will keep you riveted till the end' -- Colette Caddle 'A cracking read - warm, splutter-out-your tea funny, and unputdownable.' -- Sarah Webb 'Has all the elements of an excellent read: mystery, drama and romance' -- Woman 'Clever, frank and funny' -- Bella 'Martina has the wonderful knack of combining sensitivity for a serious subject with a big dose of humour' -- Irish Independent 'Reilly has a wonderful comic touch, both in the way she draws her characters and in her dialogue ... a brilliant read' -- U Magazine
Inspired by Enid Blyton, Martina Reilly started writing when she was eight years old and hasn't stopped since. At eleven years of age, she started writing a series entitled The Gang for the amusement of her friends. Four years later, she found herself working on a novel based on a character from The Gang: Book Four. This book was published years later as Livewire, which won an International White Raven Award and was sold to Germany, Italy and France. More teenage books followed, including Dirt Tracks which won a Bisto Merit Award and was shortlisted for an RAI reading award. Martina has been writing adult fiction for the past ten years. Something Borrowed, which tells the story of a woman trying to trace her birth mother, was long-listed for an Impac award. She enjoys writing for the stage too, and many of her plays have been performed by amateur dramatic groups. Martina is also a drama teacher and actress. She lives in Kildare with her husband and their two children.