Jennie Bateman has fallen in love again with Thomas, her former husband, and Tasha, one of his children, is determined to destroy their relationship.
Jennie had done that herself a number of years earlier. In the midst of a manic episode, she had deserted Thomas and their two daughters, choosing, instead, a life of shameless debauchery.
While Jennie has fallen in love with Thomas, he has no interest in romance. He is still mourning the loss of his second wife, he is caring for their infant daughter, and he still nurses the hurt he felt when Jennie abandoned him so many years before. As time passes, though, he is attracted to Jennie, again, finding that she now resembles the girl with whom he once fell in love, rather the shrew who once walked out of his life.
Tasha knows of Jennie’s earlier life and she has discovered that she still takes medication to control her behavior.
“Are these your crazy pills?” Tasha mocks her as she snatches the bottle from Jennie’s hand. “If I flush them, will you be crazy in the morning? Only a weakling depends on medicine,” she asserts.
She insists that whether Jennie takes the medication or not, she will ultimately relapse, that another manic episode lies ahead, perhaps just around the bend. She taunts Jennie by printing documents from the internet to support her claim. She reminds Jennie that if she were to relapse after marrying Thomas, she would ruin his life – a second time.
Shamed by Tasha, Jennie ponders tossing her medication, hoping to prove to both of them that she can live without it. As she considers what to do, she fears that she will fail the test, be unable to cope, and her demons– anger, alcohol, and sex − the same ones that ruined her marriage so many years ago, will come rushing back. Thomas would not try to cope with those demons again, would he? She couldn’t ask that of him, could she?
In Once and Future Wife, we follow Jennie as she goes a second round with her demons as they conspire to prevent her from securing the love and happiness that finally seem to be within her grasp, watching as she strives to stop them from destroying her second chance with Thomas.
Once and Future Wife is a stand-alone sequel to Those Children Are Ours. There are no cliff-hangers in either book. Both are on sale for 99 cents from January 2 through January 8.