DUNCRAIG author Tess Woods is celebrating the success of her latest novel Beautiful Messy Love.
Set in Perth, the book draws on many of Woods’ own personal experiences including her physiotherapy work, her cross-cultural marriage and her experience as a woman of Egyptian heritage living in Australia.
The story follows football star Nick Harding who is instantly drawn to an exotic waitress, Anna, when she serves him at a cafe.
“But a relationship between them risks shame for her conservative refugee family and backlash for Nick that could ruin his career,” Woods writes in the blurb.
“Meanwhile, Nick’s sister Lily is struggling to finish her medical degree.
“When she meets Toby, it seems that for the first time she is following her heart, not the expectations of others.
“Yet what starts out as a passionate affair with a man still grieving after his wife’s death slips quickly into dangerous dependency.
“Scarred by tragedy each in their own way, these warm, hopeful couples must overcome prejudice and heartbreak to prove just how much they will give for beautiful messy love.”
Woods said she had been “very lucky” to have received “wonderful feedback” so far.
“It’s been so rewarding to know my book has connected with people,” she said.
Beautiful Messy Love follows the success of Wood’s debut novel Love at First Flight.
She is now working on her third novel Love and Other Battles to be released next year.
“It’s a three-generation family drama set in Melbourne that spans from 1969 when the Vietnam War was on until present day,” she said.
“I think it’s my best book yet and I’m so excited about it.”