A heartwarming story of second chances and new beginnings.
A broken-hearted widow, a man discouraged by love, and the neglected cat that brings them together.
Alone since her husband died, with only the company of online friends and long-distance phone calls, Sylvia yearns to rediscover life’s joys.
Convinced exercise will help, she reluctantly ventures out to the local park. There in the shrubbery, she discovers Angel, a skinny feral cat that needs someone to care.
Jack has been blindsided. After a lifetime of working toward a comfortable retirement, he was hit with a double whammy. A heart attack forced him to stop work early and his wife left to enjoy retirement with someone else.
Now his life is empty and his future uncertain until he meets Sylvia in the local park trying to befriend a cat.
Can these two lonely souls find each other?
Or are they destined to be alone?
Targeted Age Group:: 45+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was inspired to write this book when I saw a woman feeding a cat in the local park. In our conversation, she told me she was grateful for the cat because it gave her a reason to come out each day after her husband passed away. From there I imagined other possibilities and characters and the story grew from there.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The story grew from an early morning walk in the park and the people and places I encountered there. I started with a woman in her early sixties and imagined what her life would be like. Then I thought about who else might have encountered her. Perhaps a man who was lonely and in his second half of life? Perhaps someone with a job in the train station I passed along the way. The story just grew from there.
“Thanks for bringing it back,” Sylvia said. “I don’t know what I would have done when I realized it was missing.”
He looked into her eyes, silently waiting. Her heart pounded.
“Would you like to come in for a coffee or tea?” she said, breaking the silence.
He stepped across the threshold before she could change her mind, dropped her purse on a chair near the door, and then took her face in his hands. He leaned in and whispered, “And I forgot to kiss you goodnight. May I?” She nodded slightly before his lips descended on hers, questioning at first and then gaining force as her hands crept up his chest and around his neck.
His hands left her face and slipped down her back, pulling her closer as he deepened his kiss. A long moment later, they broke apart. “That was even better than I imagined,” he said, and she felt the heat of a blush rise to her neck and cheeks. “Now, before I leave, how about that phone number? I’d really like to be able to call you later.”
She laughed at the earnest look on his face, and a little thrill went up her spine. She had forgotten what it was like to be desired by a man.
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