It's February 1992 and Joy thinks she's in love. Tom is seemingly perfect and has their future – with marriage and kids – all mapped out.
But Tom doesn't know Joy as well as he thought.
All she wants is a quiet life as an artist after a childhood in the spotlight. She's never told him about that summer morning in 1982 when she was 11 and everything changed. Joy couldn't wait to grow up and escape her hometown in Cornwall but she can't block out the memories of Jenni and the purple bike.
When Joy is forced to share the secret Tom didn't know she was keeping, she sees another side of him and wonders if they are meant to be. And then there's the encounter with the man her mother thinks is a criminal.
Should Joy push aside her doubts and live a conventional life with Tom? Or can she find happiness where she never expected it?
The Purple Bike is an absorbing story about the aftermath of loss, and what can't be fixed, no matter how hard you try.