A handsome police officer and a beautiful woman meet in unlikely circumstances and fall in love. Could anything be more romantic? A straightforward tale of two people from different worlds who meet in an isolated cul-de-sac, look into each other’s eyes and instantly fall in love.
But wait, not so fast – there will be many twists and turns in this tale of ecstatic love and devotion. What role did fate play in determining their future?
There are many what ifs to consider.
Elizabeth had decided to turn back from the walk before she had reached that cul-de-sac?
Timothy had left for his shift earlier?
A small boy on a bicycle had not taken a turn from the alley towards the cul-de-sac in that crucial moment?
Elizabeth had not accepted the commission to write a history of the Botanic Gardens? Distracted by her work on the book and all the research it entailed, she had become less vigilant in watching over Timothy’s activities. Would she have been able to prevent him from becoming embroiled in a situation which would endanger his career?
Elizabeth had not listened in to the alarming conversation which revealed to her the dangerous situation and fear they would have to face together?
And finally: What if…
David’s ingenious plan had failed? A brilliant career would have ended in disgrace – all because of a bad decision.
Gentle Reader: The book you are about to read is not your usual romance novel, man meets woman, they fall in love, and live happily ever after. BORING. Tension and drama are pervasive throughout. To paraphrase Bette Davis in the movie All About Eve, ‘Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride’.
Surprisingly, the book has descriptions of gardens and even some gardening tips – well, why not? Love can blossom in a garden as well as anywhere else; perhaps even more so if there are lilac bushes planted in strategic positions.
The comical antics of two of the minor characters might give the reader a few chuckles – maybe even a guffaw or two.
The flame of the two protagonist’s passion was ignited when they first looked into each other’s eyes – a flame that would burn as brightly through the years as when they first met.
Timothy and Elizabeth, lovers and soul mates forever.
“Too Late For Regrets”
Gentle Reader: Don’t we all at times have regrets?
Author’s Note: There is a secret or a mystery in a section of the book. The reader will have to decide whether there is any factual evidence to support Timothy’s belief – or was it just wishful thinking on his part?
You, the reader, can speculate and arrive at your own conclusion.
Targeted Age Group:: 16+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Being an author and writing a book is much like being a gardener and tending to a garden. And you all know how much I enjoy my gardening.
Just like gardening begins with good soil preparation and the scattering of seeds, writing a book begins with a simple idea that is planted in the mind.
As long as the soil in the garden is fertile and full of nutrients, the seeds will begin to grow. As an author, I carry the idea for a book in my mind where I continually mull over it. I nurture the idea with thoughts of plots, characters and themes until I am finally ready to plant the ideas on a piece of paper – and that is when I begin typing.
Much like gardens thrive when showered with constant attention, including food, water and light, a book begins to grow from words into sentences, sentences into paragraphs, and paragraphs into chapters, until finally a novel is born.
In a garden, the first sighting of a sapling which has broken ground and transformed itself into a beautiful flower is a remarkable and magical experience.
Writing a novel requires much patience and belief in an idea whose time has finally come. It requires dedication as it is involves the investment of precious resources, such as time and energy, which appear to be in short supply for everyone these days.
But the rewards are great. When I sit in my garden under the shade of a tree, I delight in the beauty and simplicity of the flowers that surround me, the very seeds that have grown, developed and matured over time.
Much like now. It is with great joy that I sit back and watch as my novel, Too Late for Regrets, is brought to life.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Too Late for Regrets tells the story of Elizabeth, a beautiful woman, and Timothy, a handsome police officer, who meet in unlikely circumstances. Even though they are from two different worlds, fate brings them together and they embark on a journey of love and lifelong devotion. But as we all know, the path to true love is never smooth, and their love affair is marked by fateful decisions, mishaps and misunderstandings that alter their lives forever.
Humor and heartbreak, rapture and remorse, passion and perfidy – to paraphrase Bette Davis in the movie All About Eve, “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be an interesting, exciting and bumpy ride.”
About the Author:
Maureen Jabour emigrated from South Africa to the United States with her family in 1979. In South Africa, several of her short stories were published in P.E.N. New South African Writing.
She was gardening editor for Colorado Homes and Lifestyles magazine for several years. Her gardening books, Celebrating a Small English Garden, A Medley of Gardens, and Magical Gardens were on the local best seller list for many weeks. Celebrating a Small English Garden was a finalist in the Colorado Center for the Book Award.
For twenty years there were tours of her garden followed by an English tea. These tours benefited the National Kidney Foundation, and the Women’s Library Association, which raises money for the University of Denver’s Penrose Library.
She lives with her husband in Golden, Colorado.
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