Book Description This is a novel that has many elements weaved into it. It deals with the upshots of workaholism, drug addictions, and disastrous relationships. But it also highlights the joy and bliss of mature and stable relationships. These elements will resonate with many people. It begins on the day Marina is being kept awake by her very first attack of insomnia as she prepares to leave Nigeria to embark on a new life in the UK. For Marina, a journey she largely viewed as one of self discovery. It then begins to unfold with the difficulties she encounters as she tries to settle and find work as a dentist in the UK. Guided by her motto: The 3 Ps – “Patience, perseverance, prayer”. She finds herself having to move to Preston initially. A place where she knew not a single soul. It would take her years to settle. During which time, she meets a widely differing assortment of characters. Some distinctly strange. Others fascinating, as flat mates, colleagues, boyfriends, patients, and passing strangers. As she nearly works herself to the ground, she discovers that the reality of settling in the UK, especially in London was far from what she had expected. Inexplicably trapped, in an obscene workaholic mindset, she soon found herself on the edge of a colossal burnout, which was compounded by a shattering family tragedy. She realised she had been running on empty. An imminent nervous breakdown was the wake up call that nudged her to turn things around or risk being sectioned. Yielding to a surreal cathartic moment that happened at her sister’s flat, which left her bawling her eyes out. Her lachrymal gland dries up, with the tears christening the new changes she’s about to introduce into her existence. Changes that would bring Kirsten, a drug addict from an aristocratic lineage, Tyler, Kirsten’s illegitimate mixed race five year old son, and James a former psychiatrist into her life. Kirsten’s drug addiction had alienated her from her parents. Her only, and younger brother Rupert, becomes the only person she trusts; the only person from her family to stand by her throughout her struggle with her drug addiction, and as a single mother. She loses her inheritance and life of luxury, as she moves into a rundown council flat. Kirsten is also torn apart, to see her beloved son carted from one foster family to another. She seems irreparably damaged not by the drug abuse alone, but by a horrible personal secret that she had never revealed to anyone until she met Marina. Kirsten continued to be a deeply troubled woman who spent stints at rehab centres. But suddenly, just as she is about to turn her life around, reconcile with her parents and heal years of bitter resentments she had harboured against them, she didn’t realise that fate had other plans in store for her. Marina soon finds herself becoming a foster mother to Tyler. She surprises herself by taking to motherhood the way a duck takes to water. Before long, James a handsome former psychiatrist enters her life. She finds, it was almost love at first sight. James with a grown up attitude towards relationships, erases all Marina’s previous cynicisms about love. As their relationship quickly develops into something serious, it gives Marina the feeling that her life is at last clicking into place. That is until the lingering threat of losing Tyler rattles her newly found equilibrium. Marina begins to worry about this delightful little boy, whose shaky future is at the mercy of the failures, mistakes and decisions of the adults that surround him, both near and afar.