by Jennifer Hayward, author of The Truth About De Campo
Often when I’m reading the newspaper with a cup of coffee in my hand (yes I’m a confessed cofaholic), I’ve read a tragic story and wondered, if it was me, and I was the one who’d made that unforgivable mistake, would I ever truly be able to forgive myself? Would there ever come a time, after the grieving, after the self recrimination, that I could move on and live my life again? Would those around me choose to forgive me?
This was the concept behind my hero, Matteo De Campo’s, demons in the finale to my Delicious De Campos trilogy. Without giving away the storyline, Matteo, struggling with his identity and place in the De Campo family, makes a reckless decision one night with his best friend that is truly a tragic mistake. As the book opens, it is a question mark as to whether he will ever escape the shadows. Whether he deserves to. Because he has left a piece of himself behind forever that night in Monaco, and it haunts him day and night.
Matteo wasn’t an easy character to write. He hides his sorrow behind a devil-may-care, cocky façade he presents to the world. He is the ultimate chameleon. And yet, at some point, even that is not enough to save him when the darkness comes to claim him. Quinn, my heroine, may be the only woman who can save him.
I’m interested to hear your thoughts on this question. Are some things just unforgivable? Or is everything forgivable if we learn from our mistakes because we are all human?
I really hope you enjoy this final installment to the Delicious De Campos if you get a chance to read!
About The Truth About De Campo:
Desperate to prove herself once and for all, Quinn Davis finally has the power to make this ultimate, impartial decision—which means she must not fall prey to De Campo’s enticing appeal!
But Matteo will not be denied. She knows he needs his wine empire to be chosen to overwrite his recent mistakes. But when Quinn glimpses the true demons behind his smoldering gaze, she questions everything….
Just who is the real Matteo De Campo? Quinn Davis is about to find out!