Imagine being the daughter of the brilliant Professor Stephen Hawking. Novelist Lucy Hawking has no problem living up to the name, forging her own success as a writer of fiction with a breezy, light style all her own. Run For Your Life is an entertaining tale of a thirty-something woman named Fleur who has to deal with a famous former rock star father, a cold flat in Battersea Park, and a stalled career selling fake antiques. To make matters worse, she’s just been suckered into training for the London marathon and she can’t get out of it. Oh, and she really doesn’t like to run.
But run she does as she unwittingly becomes engrossed in the center of a mystery involving her boss and art forgery. She soon ends up with the law on her tail and not a clue as to why or what her role is. All she knows is that her job might hold a clue or two. It takes some new friends and old, plus some good old romantic suspense, to keep her on her toes through what is clearly a dangerous situation. Not to mention the upcoming marathon she has committed to run.
Writing with humor and warmth, Hawking creates characters and situations that you can really fall in love with. She brings to life the world of Fleur Bonner and her friends Roz, Peter, Spook, and dad Jed, along with a few half-siblings she is just getting to know – and, of course, the world of the London marathon ends the story with a much-appreciated celebratory quality. This is a fun summer read, not rocket science or quantum physics. Just good storytelling by an author with her own unique voice.