Character Post by Ellie Golden from The Girl on the Beach

Can you ever truly escape your past?

I thought I could escape my past. Thought it simply a case of moving to a new location, settling my son at a new school, making new friends and getting on with my new shiny life.

Foolishly, I imagined I could leave behind everything that had gone before, but the truth is that it’s not that easy. For one thing, wherever you go, you take yourself along with all of your fears, memories and desires. I’d had some nightmare times, lost the man I loved, tried to find security, but trusted in the wrong hands. No one can take away my nice memories, but I wish someone would take away the bad.

Would I do the same again? Or would I brazen it out where I was? Should I have stayed in Cornwall, joined self-help groups, changed my image, shrugged off those knowing looks from the neighbours?

Looking at what happened to me, and you can read all about that in The Girl on the Beach, I’m honestly not sure. My past caught up with me anyway – big time!

Looking at my motivations for moving from Cornwall to Borteen, the main reason was for my son. He was young enough to truly start again. So, for that reason alone, I think I made the right choice, even if it didn’t quite work out as I hoped. We all want the best for our children, don’t we?

As for me, I tried – I really did – and at the end of the day that is all you can ever do, even if your past does colour your present and future, you have to find a way to go on – a way to live again after disaster.

Do you think I made the right choice?


Who is Harry Dixon?

 When Ellie Golden meets Harry Dixon, she can’t help but feel she recognises him from somewhere. But when she finally realises who he is, she can’t believe it – because the man she met on the beach all those years before wasn’t called Harry Dixon. And, what’s more, that man is dead.

For a woman trying to outrun her troubled past and protect her son, Harry’s presence is deeply unsettling – and even more disconcerting than coming face to face with a dead man, is the fact that Harry seems to have no recollection of ever having met Ellie before. At least that’s what he says …

But perhaps Harry isn’t the person Ellie should be worried about. Because there’s a far more dangerous figure from the past lurking just outside of the new life she has built for herself, biding his time, just waiting to strike.


Thank you for visiting my blog – Morton S. Gray – Author. I hope you enjoyed this post. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. My novel The Girl on the Beach published by Choc Lit and winner of their Search for a Star competition 2016 is available from all ebook platforms –,, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Barnes and Noble and Google Play.


By Morton S. Gray

Author of romantic suspense novels.


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