A daughter of the artist Cyril Hamersma, Theresa was raised in London and married at nineteen. After having three children in quick succession she trained as a hairdresser, took up pottery but ended up working in a factory to pay the bills. After her eventual divorce she married again in 2006. Finally, having the support of friends and family, and with her children settled in New York and Kent, Theresa is able to follow her passion for writing and express her strong views about social injustice. She is an avid listener of Radio 4 and a keen gardener, growing all of her own vegetables. Her first novel, The Sea Inside His Head, was also published by Robert Hale.
The Forgiving Sand by Theresa Le Flem
With the fishing industry in crisis it is becoming increasingly difficult to make ends meet in a small, coastal town. Christina’s quiet beach café is losing money and her ruthless brother-in-law, René, is determined to close it down. Disabled since childhood, Christina is determined to maintain her family business but neither her mother nor her sister are interested in helping her.
But when John Madison, a widowed and lonely local skipper, desperately seeks Christina’s help with his young daughter she is both disturbed by and drawn to him.
Who can save her beloved Sea Cafe? And when John asks her to take a risk, will her heart be torn in two?
For an interview with Theresa about her writing, click here.