A  Washington Post  Spring Pick, 2006

                    A Washington Post Spring Pick, 2006

Sleepless Nights


What's it about?

After the pregnancy from hell, motherhood has to be plain sailing, right? Quinn "Q" Boothroyd is in for a shock.

And baby Samuel isn't the only thing on Q's mind - she and her husband, Tom, have some difficult decisions to make in a sinking economy. Do they still want to be big-firm lawyers, or is time to scrap their former careers and try something new? When a chance opportunity introduces them to an eccentric small-town lawyer, the couple's integrity - and their marriage - is tested to the limit.

Meanwhile Jeanie, Q's younger sister, is having problems of her own. Boyfriend Dave seems dangerously close to popping the question - but is she ready to settle down?

There are sleepless nights all around this summer: one woman will wake up to motherhood, the other to becoming an adult. Both must dare to make their beds - and lie them.


How did you approach the idea of a sequel?

I was thrilled to continue Q's story in Sleepless Nights - but I also brought in a new character, Q's younger sister, and gave her part of the story. Sleepless Nights is partly about adapting to parenthood, partly about adapting to adulthood - and partly about adapting to life, as a Brit, in the US.

“. . . describes new parenthood with emotion and humor”
— Publisher's Weekly