|Abbie had been divorced from Steve for ten years but she had never gotten over his defection. Her friends were worried because she never dated. One work friend introduced her (long distance) to George in Anchorage, Alaska, and after corresponding and phone conversations over a three-month period, Abbie bought a ticket to visit. Just a few days before she was to leave, George told her he had changed his mind.
Thanks to her non-refundable tickets, Abbie met Tom, her seatmate on the plane. He was, she learned, a professor of anthropology at the University of Alaska at Anchorage. There seemed to be a (cautious) attraction on the part of each one, but Abbie could not tell Tom exactly why she was traveling to Alaska. He knew she was untruthful, but thought it really didn’t matterthey were just acquaintances, right?
This is an intricate plot with a compelling storyline written about a pair in their mid-forties who were each living in a shell just surviving. Ms. Bess McBride has done an excellent job of drawing the characters out and allowing the readers to feel part of the conflict which, of course, had to arise. Abbie and Tom had problems working out their tensions and it was further complicated by the interruption of both George and Tom’s ex-wife, Debbie. These minor individuals created major havoc through Ms. McBride’s storytelling. She has a unique way of intertwining the stories of both the prime couple and their “want-to-be” partners.
I really enjoyed reading this book and found myself reading through the night because I just could not put it down. The sensual scenes were beautifully presented but were not explicit. The sex was alluded to, but not specific. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a good love story with great action. I believe that it will be a definite winner.
Reviewer: Brenda Talley
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