The book reviews featured in Menorca-Live have proved so popular that we now bring you our third ‘must read’ to enjoy during the quieter winter months here in Menorca and which, once again, continues the Menorcan and Spanish theme. For those further afield, it promises to evoke thoughts of Menorcan summers to combat any winter blues.
‘Dance to a Tangled Web’ is a tale of love, deception and forgiveness, written by Sheila Mary Taylor, known to many in Menorca as Sheila Belshaw (see biography below). The novel is mainly set in Menorca and tells the story of three lives, woven together by forces beyond their control.
After only one triumphant night of dancing ‘Giselle’, an unexplained injury forces Alana Rhys to withdraw temporarily from the dance company and relax on a beach in Menorca, where she falls madly in love with a married man whose past is inextricably connected to hers.
Physiotherapist Jill King’s futile IVF treatment is the startling catalyst for not only her failed marriage with eminent London surgeon David Beaumont, but for the three-way entanglement between the estranged couple and 21-year-old Alana, a brilliant dancer under Jill’s care, with whom David becomes besotted, resulting in an unexpected, tragic, yet electrifying consequence that changes all three lives forever.
‘Dance to a Tangled Web’ is a mesmerizing tale built teasingly around the underlying story of the ballet ‘Giselle’ as Alana dances towards her fate in the throes of two overwhelming passions – for her lover and for her art – a fate she will re-interpret in a startling way for all those whose lives she has touched.
The book is available from Amazon, either in e-book (kindle format), or in print.
Sheila Mary Taylor, a short biography
Sheila Mary Taylor was born in Cape Town beneath the towering slopes of Table Mountain. She is married to mining engineer Colin Belshaw and has three sons – Colin, Peter and Andrew.
The family first came to the island in 1975, fell in love with it and built a house in the S’Albufera d’es Grau Natural Parc, where in the eighties after Colin retired they lived for six years. But Africa was beckoning and he was lured to accept an enticing offer of a position first in Ghana, and then in Zambia where they had originally lived and worked for thirty-three years.
Now Sheila is a ‘swallow’; she lives from November to May in Cape Town, and May to November in Menorca with the odd month in the spring and autumn at their home in Wilmslow, England, and with their son Andrew in Abu Dhabi.
Her psychological legal/crime thriller ‘Pinpoint’ set in Manchester, has been featured in the Amazon Kindle top 100 Mystery/Crime Bestseller list several times. Her inspiring memoir about her son Andrew’s heroic battle against teenage bone cancer is now available in an updated revised edition with the new title of ‘Count to Ten’, and has also been on several Amazon best seller lists.
With her editing hat on, she recently resurrected and edited three of her late mother’s unpublished novels – ‘Kathie’, ‘Don’t Tread on My Dreams’, and ‘Rage of Life’ by Dora Taylor, published by Penguin thirty-three years after her mother’s death. Dora Taylor subsequently won the 2009 South African Posthumous Literary Award.
Sheila’s four previously published romances, one of which is also set in Menorca and now out of print, will also soon be available as e-books on Amazon.