Clare Moorhouse is an American in Paris who has been leading a graceful like abroad. There are pleasures to being married to a high-ranking diplomat, but there are also appearances to be upheld and responsibilities to be executed—like tonight’s unexpected dinner part, one crucial to her husband’s career. As Clare navigates the spring-green streets of Paris, shopping for fresh stalks of asparagus, the right chesses, and flowers for the table, she is haunted by a brief period of violence in her past that threatens to resurface and crack the immaculate veneer she’s worked so hard to achieve. At tonight’s dinner, her husband hopes to receive a new posting. But to Clare, the potential move means wrestling with a secret that has been deeply and carefully buried for twenty-five years—or so she thought.
The myriad preparations for dinner are only the beginning of her day’s complications. Clare’s son appears on her doorstep, absent without permission from his boarding school. But much more unsettling is a face in the crowd that she glimpses again and again. A face that belongs to that other, darker era of her life, and one she never expected to see again. (from the jacket flap)
An Unexpected Guest offers readers a glimpse in the life of a diplomat’s wife. However, Clare Moorhouse is hiding a terrible secret that could completely ruin her life as well as her husband’s career. Unable to move past the horrible act she committed she is plagued by visions of the man she aided.
When she discovers that she holds information on a suspected terrorist the events of her past come rushing back to her.
At first, I wasn’t sure if I would like book as this is not normally something that I read. However, once I discovered that the events revolved around the Irish troubles, I was hooked and ended up reading this book in one sitting.
Best Wishes & Happy Reading,