Contemporary Women's Fiction /
Published by Lake Union Publishing
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A love so strong that decades cannot tear it apart...
Poring over a dusty hatbox of photographs in her grandmother’s closet, Emily Prentice is shocked to discover her father was married to his high school sweetheart before meeting her mother.
In the summer of 1968, Jack and Libbie fall in love under the spell of their small town, untouched by the chaos of the late sixties. Though Libbie’s well-to-do parents disapprove of Jack’s humble family and his aspiration to become a mechanic, she marries Jack a year after they graduate high school. But soon their happiness crumbles as Libbie’s mental state unravels and she is drawn to alcohol and drugs. Despite his efforts to help her, Jack loses the woman he loves and is forced to move on with his life.
Now that Emily’s mother has passed away, Jack is alone again, and Emily grows obsessed with the beautiful woman who had given her father such joy. Determined to find Libbie, Emily pieces together the couple’s fragmented past. But is it too late for happy endings?
What people are saying...
"I will start by simply saying that I loved this beautiful, heartbreaking, poignant book. I became emotionally invested in the characters and their story from the very first page. Emily is helping her grandmother, Bev, pack her things for a move into a new home when she stumbles upon a hatbox filled with old photographs of her father, Jack, and a young woman named Libbie. Libbie was her father's first wife...a fact that is news to Emily, who didn't know until that moment that her father had been married before. Emily's grandmother reveals Jack's and Libbie's story to Emily...a story filled with love, but also filled with unimaginable heartache. The characters in this story are memorable and truly touched my heart; characters who were passionate and loving, flawed and heartbroken. This story kept me up at night, as I felt compelled to find out what happens to the people on the pages of this book."
- Susan Peterson
"One of the best books I've read to date. I was sucked in from the beginning, and couldn't let it go. When I did take a break, my mind was still wondering what was going to happen next. Utter brilliance, in my opinion!"
- Billie J. Copas