A box of old letters tumbles off a closet shelf, or you open the dusty college yearbook—suddenly you are eighteen and in love—in love with someone you haven't thought about in twenty years or more. "What if," you ponder for maybe a minute, and then the box goes back on the shelf, the book is dusted, and the memory fades as quickly as it came. It's happened to lots of us, but this is not the way it happened for Callie Winwood.
Visiting a good friend on Christmas Eve, Callie pays more attention to the conversation than slicing the bread. In the emergency room, all Callie wants is out of there—until she sees the doctor who comes in to stitch her up. She knows Will Tremaine, and once upon a time, she loved him. The roller coaster ride begins. Their lives become more entangled as their love reblossoms both emotionally and physically. (Reader, there are some explicit scenes.)
Predictably, things are more complicated this time around. There are and have been other loves—especially the four children. Will's young ones are still struggling with the recent and sudden loss of their mother and Callie's barely adult ones divide their love between their newly divorced parents. Will and Callie realize their loyalties; the romance fades and life goes on. Almost. But maybe, maybe it will work out. Finally, it looks like the two lovers are headed for a happy ending with just enough uncertainty to leave the reader wondering and hoping.
Good reading for anyone who has ever wondered, "what if?"
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This is the first novel by journalist Andrea Weir, who grew up writing and keeping a journal. In addition to her writing career, Weir has led journaling seminars and writing workshops for high school students. She lives with her family and numerous pets in California. Visit her website.
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