Kate Beecham has a good life. She has been married to the same man for 25 years and has raised two daughters. She helped her husband establish a successful business and she should be happy. For the most part she is, but she’s feeling a little like Is that all there is?
Her whole life gets turned upside down when her husband, Ward dies suddenly after they have tracked down the child they gave up for adoption when they were teens.
Ward doesn’t know that Kate has been keeping a terrible secret for all those years and that their son is not really his.
Kate was a good character. She accepted the life she chose and made the best of it as she and Ward raised their daughters and went on with their lives. She didn’t really carry a torch for Neil’s real father but she did wonder if she’d ever feel that kind of passion again.
Ward was a good guy and I was sad when he died although the author did give some hints so I wasn’t too surprised. His family was in shock of course and the author did a good job of representing the grief they felt.
Their two daughters were so different from one another! Doesn’t that happen in so many families? Their oldest daughter, Val has distanced herself from her family and the small town and is walking down a destructive path. The younger daughter Sheri is a hard worker and wants to be an integral part of the family construction business. Needless to say, there is a lot of tension between the two which makes Kate very uncomfortable.
When Jesse, Kate’s highschool sweetheart and the father of her son, comes on the scene he is kind and respectful. He doesn’t give Kate the bum’s rush or feel any animosity toward her. In fact, he has been in love with her all these years.
The rest of the cast of characters were likeable and added interesting twists to the story that were unusual. I really liked the character of Dave and his interest in both the sisters.
Sometimes I wished that Kate had a good girlfriend she could confide in and trust but Ward and Jesse filled those roles for her.
This was a good romance book and I would recommend it!