“Are some things just unforgivable?”: Jennifer Hayward on The Truth About De Campo

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:

thetruthaboutdecampoMatteo De Campo: every woman’s wildest fantasy and the man looking to secure a multimillion-dollar deal with her family’s company

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!

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Comments ( 7 )
  1. Michelle Smart
    May 5, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Ooo, now this sounds good…. so good I’m going to bump it to the top of my TBR pile. But in answer to the question about whether there is anything truly unforgiveable, I have to admit to being rubbish at holding a grudge. However, if someone were to hurt my kids… different story!

  2. Rachael Thomas
    May 5, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Sounds a brilliant story. Can’t wait to read it and find out just what Matteo did!

  3. Ann C.
    May 5, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    “is everything forgivable if we learn from our mistakes because we are all human?” Great question! I think everything is forgivable although some things are hard to forget. It’s all about growing and moving on. And I absolutely LOVED Matteo! 🙂

  4. Lesa Drummond
    May 5, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I think Matteo just may be the MOST delicious DeCampo yet! His inability to forgive himself for his mistake made him vulnerable and human and ultimately way more loveable. This book truly belonged to the tainted hero and of course it took another flawed character to help him realise that to err is human. (Although you’re physical description of Matty made me think that he may just not be human)

  5. Jennifer Hayward
    May 5, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Aww I love that Michelle, thanks for dropping by!

    Thanks Rachel!

    I’m so glad Ann! Thanks for stopping by.

    Ha Lesa! I’m so glad you loved Matteo! And this truly was his story. 🙂

  6. Andie Brock
    May 6, 2014 at 8:15 am

    I think forgiving yourself is the hardest thing, there’s always that nutty little kernel that won’t go away. But I am so looking forward to reading this and forgiving Matteo, no matter what he has done!
    It sounds a great story.

  7. Jennifer Hayward
    May 6, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Totally agree Andie! Hope you enjoy Matteo’s story!