A shattered wife with secrets and the man who has always loved her are united in this wrenchingly beautiful novel of longing, loss, and second chances from bestselling author Annette Reynolds. Since the tragic death of her famous baseball player husband, Paul Armstrong, Kate has lived a life of seclusion. Riddled with guilt, unhappiness, and secrets about her not-so-perfect marriage, Kate has turned away from everyone who cares-except Mike Fitzgerald, her neighbor and childhood best friend, a man determined to bring Kate back to the living. Mike was Paul's best friend, too, so he kept his love for Kate a secret. He never stopped wanting her, never stopped yearning to kiss away the sadness from an unfaithful husband and too many shattered illusions. Now Mike, a successful architect, is determined to tear down Kate's walls. He persuades her to renovate her home, providing a foothold for his deepest desire-giving her the life she deserves. Kate married the wrong man, but now the right one is going to show her what's always been in his heart-a love that belongs to her forever.
Michael Fitzgerald and Paul Armstrong agree not to let a girl get in the way of their friendship, but that was before Kate Moran walked into their high school class. Both Michael and Paul fall in love with her, but it is Paul she marries, while Mike remains "just a friend." When Paul tragically dies, Mike begins to move his relationship with Kate from friend to lover. Hidden scars, hidden pain, hidden betrayals�all play a role in the plot. Reynolds has a crisp, clean writing style enlivened by occasional touches of poetic grace that suit her story. This is Reynolds's first book. She lives in Tacoma, Washington. (JC) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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August 07, 2011
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