When Relationships Are Put to the Test

By Lucy Oliver, author of Winter Storms

Winter StormThe idea for Winter Storms came when I wondered what would happen if the person you loved achieved the dream that had always been yours. Could your relationship survive such a situation? Would you resent your other half? Or could love be strong enough for you to put aside your own plans and support someone else?

This is the issue I explored in Winter Storms.

The story is about Carly Roberts and Daniel Edwards, who split up after he causes a terrible sailing accident that costs her both the use of her right leg and her Olympic dreams. Unable to watch his own climb to double Olympic success, she stays in the Cornish village they grew up in, while he travels the world.

Racked with guilt, knowing he destroyed her future, Daniel finally returns home to make amends.  But he didn’t expect to fall in love with her again.

However Carly has her own life now and it doesn’t include him. And she can’t forgive him for the catastrophic injuries that changed her life.

Carly gave up her education and childhood to train for Olympic sailing, so when she was injured, she had nothing else. Frustrated and furious, she broke off her relationship with Daniel, knowing she could not watch his success. She never forgot him though and when he walked back into her life two years later; she has to decide if she can forgive him.

While Carly loves Daniel, before she can commit herself to him, she needs to deal with both her own disability and her resentment over his success.

I grew fond of Carly while I wrote this book, she’s flawed, but she’s also very human. While appearing outwardly confident; in reality she is still traumatised by the terrible mental and physical scars she has been left with.

Daniel is the opposite; he’s very sure of himself, an international sailing champion, wealthy and at the peak of his fitness. But the life he leads isn’t making him happy. He never got over the accident or his sense of guilt over what happened. Before he too can move on, he needs to try and make amends for his own mistake.

I hope you enjoy reading Winter Storms and love the characters of Carly and Daniel as much as I did. I enjoyed writing their story; a stormy ride of emotions where Carly and Daniel both learn that sometimes in life in order to achieve your dreams you have to sacrifice them first.

Have you ever experienced a moment where you had to prioritize career aspirations over love — or vice versa?