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The classic New York Times best seller

Lee Reston has a fulfilling life imbued with the love of her three wonderful children. Then a shattering event - the loss of her oldest son, Greg - tears her world apart. In her anguish, she turns to police officer Christopher Lallek, Greg's best friend. Their shared mourning develops into friendship, and then something deeper. But life is never simple. The family that was once the core of her existence becomes a mixed blessing, as Lee explores where family ties end - and her needs as a woman begin.

©1993 LaVyrle Spencer (P)2022 Tantor
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Wish I loved it, but I didn't

I have read everything Ms Spencer has written and consider her to be a fabulous writer. However, I almost didn't read this book because I thought the subject matter might be too depressing. I was right. Almost half the book was involved with the grief process and the pain of loss. Although Spencer's novels are usually between a soap opera and Hallmark movie, but with more substance, this one was so cliche that the outcome was predictable. The leading characters were more perfect that real life: Lee, widowed mother of three teen age and adult children, was perfection herself, beautiful, brave, loving, and caring. Christopher, best friend of Lee's recently accidentally killed oldest son was also understanding, gentle, lonely, admiring, and caring, in spite of an abusive childhood. The story progressed slowly about the Lee-Christopher relationship and essentially eliminated Lee's surviving two children.
When the two go off swimming together, to the disapproval of Lee's adult daughter, I thought: "Oh no! Not another one of those older woman, younger man love stories." It was, explicit sex scenes and all. Fifteen hours of this was too much. An experienced, excellent author like LaVyrle Spencer is capable of and has produced much better.

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Enjoyed this story.

Another one of LaVyrle Spencer’s masterpiece novels thick with romantic tension, family and relationship issues and a love that can’t be withheld. The writing is amazing. Her characters are so well developed, scenes so picturesque that you are right there feeling everything. But this is how Mrs. Spencer’s books always are—-well written. This one is no exception. Excellent story and narrator.