In this debut novel, Robert's Obsession from author Brian Threlfall, we meet the protagonist, Robert Ormondson.
Things are not going very well for Robert. At one time he was the happily married owner of an Arts and Adult Education Centre.
Unfortunately both his Art Centre (situated on a hill, overlooking the coast) and his marriage to Mary, who is in charge of catering at the centre, are failing.
He develops an infatuation for Jane, a part time worker at the centre and he allows himself to be convinced that his ambitions for the centre can be revived if he can kindle a relationship with her.
However, this already complex situation becomes even more complicated when a former love interest returns to the scene.
A local millionaire is sympathetic to the plight of the centre and offers financial help, but, sadly, within days of making his offer, he dies.
His widow believes in Mary and wants to help her open up a proper restaurant within the arts centre, meaning that Mary becomes keen on revitalising their marriage.
What will happen? What were the links to a similar story involving an ancestor of Robert in the 19th century?
The novel is published by Matador at £13.99.