by Phillipa Ashley, guest blogger and author of Wish You Were Here
Hi there, Keira kindly invited me to write up ‘a resume to woo an Ex’.
At the start of my new release, Wish You Were Here, Jack Thornfield opens an application for a job in the travel company where he is CEO. He has quite a shock when he sees whose resume it is. But not as big a shock as Beth Allen when she finds out who’s going to be her new boss.
So here’s the resume she could have sent…
Name: Elizabeth Allen
Location: Currently living in village in Lake District but prepared to move to London temporarily. I also have extensive experience of travel in Europe and beyond.
Education: First class degree in Modern Languages, MBA, Gold Survival Swimming Badge.
Experience and Achievements: Adventure travel consultant, big sister (and surrogate mum) to Louisa after our mum died suddenly a few years ago. I’m also helping to run a cycle hire business while my father recovers from a serious accident.
Dependants: Louisa, Dad and Marcus – he’s the owner of a posh used car dealership. Marcus isn’t really a dependant; he’s my sort-of boyfriend and very well off. He wants me to marry him which would solve all our family’s financial problems but I’m not sure yet. Marcus is kind but I like to be independent…
Job Requirements: I’m looking for a senior consultant’s job in the adventure travel industry with a great company.
Salary requirements: As much as possible because I’m the main family breadwinner right now. We need the money to send Louisa to a top performing arts school. She’s got a place but in the circumstances, we can’t afford to send her. That’s why I’m applying for this temporary job as a consultant in London.
Anyone we should avoid sending your resume to?
This is a long shot but… Jack Thornfield. I don’t know why I put his name because I haven’t heard from him for eight years. I’ve no idea what he’s doing now but he used to be an adventure travel guide and may still be working in the industry. Personally, I hope he’s disappeared off the face of the Earth. I mean, I don’t hope he’s come to any harm, God forbid – but if he was herding yaks in Outer Mongolia or surviving on bugs in the jungle, that would be fine.
I know that sounds bitter but I met Jack in Corsica on vacation 8 years ago. I was young, naive and a virgin. He was gorgeous and funny, strong and tender. I fell in love with him. Wham. He swore he’d fallen in love with me. He even proposed to me… oh wow, I was floating on air. I thought he was the one. I was wrong. When we got back to England, I never heard from him again. He ignored my calls and emails and just vanished. I’ve never forgotten him but I’ve had to move on. Since mum died and Dad had his accident, I’ve put my career on hold to look after him and Lou. Have I told you about Lou? She’s bright, cheeky and very talented but she does fall for bad boys – I suppose it runs in the family.
Any other information in s support of your application?
I’ll do anything to help my family. As long as it doesn’t involve Jack Thornfield.
Thanks for having me! Hope you enjoy the book and if there’s anything you’d like to say to an ex, then do tell!
Wish You Were Here
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Jack Thornfield, new CEO, is shocked to see his long lost love, Beth Allen’s resume come across his desk. After 8 years apart they have a second chance at happiness in this romantic story about love and secrets.
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