Never Too Late [NOOK Book]

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Three seconds is all it takes to turn a whole life around

And if anybody knows about bouncing back after disaster, it's Clare Wilson. She's had it with being married to a serial cheater, and no way is he getting another chance. Even her own son thinks she should have kicked his dad to the curb ages ago. Now she's done it for good, and Clare is finally feeling the rush of unadulterated freedom.

But when a freak car crash lands Clare in the ...

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Overview


Three seconds is all it takes to turn a whole life around

And if anybody knows about bouncing back after disaster, it's Clare Wilson. She's had it with being married to a serial cheater, and no way is he getting another chance. Even her own son thinks she should have kicked his dad to the curb ages ago. Now she's done it for good, and Clare is finally feeling the rush of unadulterated freedom.

But when a freak car crash lands Clare in the hospital, her life takes another detour. She might be banged up and bruised, but suddenly men are coming out of the woodwork. Even her ex is pining for her. It seems being an independent single woman is a powerful aphrodisiac. But amidst all the lust, the last thing Clare expects to find is love.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459247390
  • Publisher: MIRA
  • Publication date: 6/15/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 11,095
  • File size: 881 KB

Meet the Author

Robyn Carr


"A fellow writer asked me, 'Who is your villain?' And I realized that in the work I do, I don't have villains--I have issues. And that's exactly why women's fiction knows no limits," says author Robyn Carr. "I'm naturally drawn to strong, capable female characters, and when I begin a story I ask myself, 'What is she up against?' I try to write about issues that every woman faces at some point in her life, without ever losing sight of the basic sense of humor that helps us all through hard times."

The author of over twenty novels, Robyn reaches a wide audience with her writing. In addition to her touching novels, she's written historical romance, series romance and a gripping thriller. "This is the best job I'm ever going to get wearing my nightgown," she says of her writing career.

Originally from Minnesota, Robyn and her family have seen much of the country thanks to her husband, Jim, and his career in aviation. After the two high school sweethearts married, Jim joined the air force during the Vietnam War. They've lived in Texas--all four corners--Florida, California and Arizona.

The couple moved to Henderson, Nevada, so Jim could explore a new business opportunity. "At first, being a Great Plains girl at heart, I said, 'Oh, no, not another desert!' It didn't take me long to fall in love with the beauty of Nevada--and the unrivaled spectacle of nearby Las Vegas!"

Robyn well remembers how she began her career as an author over twenty-five years ago. "I was trained as a nurse, but found it impossible to get work because my husband was constantly being transferred. At the time I was reading a lot of genre fiction for the escapist fantasies and Ithought to myself, 'I can write this!'"

And how was her first foray into the world of literature received? "It was universally panned. I thought I had written Gone with the Wind, but in actuality it was complete trash." In fact, it was on her third effort that Robyn finally succeeded in her efforts to become a published author.

Now that Robyn's two children are grown--and finally out of the house--she has the luxury of a little free time. "Until my kids grew up, I didn't realize that a person could have hobbies other than laundry," she jokes. But it turned out not to be hobbies that keep Robyn busy when she isn't writing--she found her niche in community service. She has mentored a seniors memoir-writing group, attends book club chats in and out of state whenever possible and is working with her local library on fundraising and visiting author events that bring writers, their books and the community together. And, since the library is in her focus, she sits on the Library Board of Trustees for the city. "It is the people in my life that fills the well," she says. "Especially the people that share my love for books and writing."
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Never Too Late


By Robyn Carr

MIRA

Copyright © 2006 Robyn Carr
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0778322971

Clare drove through the March rain to the house that had been hers, the house she left when she separated from her husband, and she felt a little guilty. Her trip was another of those nighttime forages for things she missed, something she only did when she knew Roger was going to be away. At least this time she'd brought a birthday card to leave behind.

Maybe she was too easy on Roger, as their son, Jason, maintained. Her leniency also dismayed her sisters. Maybe she should try to be tougher, less tractable. Maybe everyone was right -- he didn't deserve it and she was a fool.

Today was Roger's fortieth birthday, and she felt a little sorry for him. He was clearly having a problem with aging, as someone like Roger would. He'd said as much. So Clare, being the accommodating almost-ex-wife that she was, had offered to make him dinner for his birthday. It would give Roger a chance to spend a little time with Jason, which Roger very much wanted even if Jason did not. But Roger said he had to be out of town on business, holed up in a hotel alone after some boring meeting.

It was probably for the best that the dinner hadn't worked -- Jason was still so angry. She had forced Jason to sign the card, and would leave it on the breakfast bar for Roger to find when he got back to town. She had wanted Jason to come along tonight, butit turned out that signing the card was as far as he could go.

Right before dropping Jason off at his friend Stan's house for the night, he had said, "You're going to get back with him, aren't you?" There had been such vitriol in his tone, she didn't even dare to respond. Which only led him to accuse, "You are!"

"No!" she had insisted. She had said it as strongly and firmly as she could, adding, "But I think it would be good for all of us, especially you, if we just get along."

"I don't want to get along with him! I hate him!" Oh, how that caused her gut to clench.

Roger had brought it upon himself. In his naivete he'd imagined that his adultery would be a secret from his son forever; that Clare would be the only one hurt by his actions. He'd really screwed up with Jason and it was a pity. For both of them.

Jason was fourteen. Just budding into manhood, struggling with puberty, freckles giving way to pimples, his overly tall, big-footed form gangly and awkward. And he was, to say the least, pretty touchy. Take one irritable teen, one self-centered and adulterous father, mix, watch explosion in a matter of seconds.

A plethora of responses had sprung to her mind, but she squelched them. She had some experience with these comebacks, and knew they didn't work anyway.

You might not always hate him. No matter what you might think, he doesn't hate you. He screwed up, he knows it, and he's sorry, Jason.

Clare didn't care that Jason was mad at Roger -- Roger deserved it. But this hate. This wasn't good. She didn't want her son to be in pain. So when Jason had refused to even go by the house with her to drop off the birthday card, she had said, fine. I'll do it. No big deal. I'll drop you at Stan's on the way. Call later, before you fall asleep. If you think of it.

Clare admired her old house as she pulled into the drive -- it was a fine-looking, two-story brick, carriage lights shining at the three-port garage and around the walk to the front door. She sat in the car, gazing at it, thinking. Thinking how much she missed it.

This was her fourth separation from Roger. She thought it would get easier, since the reason never changed. Roger was habitually unfaithful. This time when Clare caught him with someone else, she had decided to be the one to leave. She thought she'd finally had enough. She was pushed so far that she didn't even want to stay in the house she had shared with him, though she loved the spacious four-bedroom home. She thought a fresh start would do her good, but this had been harder than she expected. She had labored over every detail of the interior, having done all the decorating herself, and it was like parting with an old and dear friend.

Right on cue, Roger had immediately started making noises about wanting his family back and a chance, one last chance, to start his life over and make amends with Clare and Jason and all the peripheral people wounded by his behavior. "I'm about to be forty, Clare, and it's pretty traumatic," he had said. "Don't think I don't know what I've done, how stupid I've been. I do. And I'm going to prove to you that I can change. I'm going to get help. I'm in counseling now."

"I don't think I have one more chance in me," she had returned. "And even if I did, my family doesn't. Our friends can't even take any more."

"That's your doing," he had shot back. "You haven't been able to keep even our most private problems to yourself!"

Well, that was true. But if Roger thought that was hard on him, he ought to try being her. Once people knew what he'd done, they couldn't believe she'd taken him back again. And again. And again. Their recrimi-nations had run from astonished disbelief to what felt like a crushing lack of respect. Needless to say, the people she loved most had all but given up on her. In this relatively small town of only fifteen thousand, she was sure everyone knew.

And why had she caved in and taken him back, anyway? Because there were things about Roger. He was handsome, funny and very often kind-hearted. He was generous and a wonderful dancer. There were times in her life when she'd been shattered -- like when her mother died and her little sister, Sarah, had plummeted into a frightening depression -- and Roger had been completely there for her. He'd always been a good provider and while not a doting father, he loved Jason. He'd never been a coach or Boy Scout leader, but he'd enjoyed his son's games and achievements. Truthfully, Roger only had one screwup -- it just happened to be about the biggest one available.

She just couldn't seem to get past the notion that this was all her fault. Her inability to make her marriage work; her failure to leave it. She couldn't keep him from straying and she couldn't seem to keep herself from letting him back in. She wasn't sure if trying to keep the family together had been a good thing for Jason, or the opposite. Clare just couldn't win.

She had officially moved out three months ago, right after Christmas, and into a town house the perfect size for herself and her son. She had taken only what she needed, but over time she transferred more of her things. She retrieved them in small increments on days and nights like this, when Roger had said he'd be away from the house. If he noticed the linen closet or kitchen getting emptier, he never mentioned it. Tonight she was in pursuit of a Bundt pan, slow cooker, her favorite red-trimmed dishes, the kitchen rug from in front of the sink and a bunch of Williams-Sonoma dish towels. Leaving the card on the breakfast bar would give her secret away, but that was all right. It was time Roger figured this out. Time to make this split official with the big D.

With a sigh, she turned off the engine and stepped out into the cold drizzle. She pulled the collar of her jacket up around her neck and shivered -- possibly from the cold, or from the prospect of stepping back into the house she loved. Clare was a little surprised that the house alarm wasn't set, but then Roger had never worried about things like that in this nice little town. The only lights were those built into the walls of the foyer and hall, but that was all she needed. She knew every inch of the house; she'd obsessed over every counter-top, cupboard, baseboard, floor covering. She'd just go straight to the kitchen, prop the card on the breakfast bar, get her things and go home. No lingering. No looking around. Seeing the house perfectly tidy always depressed her a little. It was kind of hard to see Roger getting along so well, especially given all his protesting that he needed her back in his life.

This house, after all, had been her domain. All the more reason to leave it in the past and start over.

She heard a squeak and froze. A creaking floorboard upstairs? Her heart pounded. Was someone in the house? A burglar? Then she heard another noise, kind of like that high-pitched moan the water pipes made when the backyard faucet was turned on. She thought about bolting. Then she heard it again, louder. This time it was followed by an undeniably female giggle.

The son of a bitch!

She was enraged on so many levels, but star billing went to the fact that she had asked Jason to come with her! My God, how much counseling would it have taken to get him past this?

She crept up the stairs without making a sound and saw the slit of light coming from the master bedroom; the double doors were just slightly ajar. She peeked inside and saw the long slim back of a blonde riding Roger. The woman rocked back and forth while beneath her Roger moaned. The woman giggled again. At the foot of the bed was a wine bucket with an opened bottle sticking out of it; on the bedside table, two glasses.

She gently pushed the door open and stood there, watching. She cleared her throat. It took a moment for them to realize they were no longer alone. The woman glanced over her shoulder, spied Clare and dived off Roger and under the sheets. She only glimpsed her but at least she wasn't someone Clare knew. Thank God.

Roger, at a disadvantage, struggled to prop himself up on his elbows. "Clare..."

She walked toward the bed. "How's that boring old business trip going, Rog?"

"Clare, it was cancelled. At the very last --"

"Oh, shut up, Roger," she yelled.

"But Clare, we're separated, and I figured --"

She plucked the wine bottle out of the bucket, tossed it on the carpet and lifted the bucket full of melting ice and water off its stand. She doused Roger and company. He was lifted off the bed with a yelp of pain and the woman under the sheets screamed.

Clare turned and fled the house, deliberately leaving the front door standing open, hoping there had just been an escape from the zoo and several lions and tigers were loose in the neighborhood. Or maybe a serial killer would be passing by and see a prime opportunity.

She jumped in the car and screeched out of the driveway, changed gears and zoomed down the street. And she cried.

She didn't cry because she loved him so much, but rather because she was so bloody sick of being humiliated like this. When would she learn?

Despite the fact that Roger had no discretion whatsoever, this was the first time she'd actually caught him in the act. She'd found evidence, like hotel charges, receipts for gifts not given to her. There had been strange phone messages and there was that time a woman had called and begged Clare to free him. Once confronted, he'd always come clean. He was a charmer, a flirt, a philanderer and a lousy liar.

She'd asked him more than once why he didn't just embrace bachelorhood. "Seriously, Roger -- why not just be single? You act like it anyway. Just go for it. Knock yourself out."

Then he would hang his head and say, with pathetic sincerity, "Because I love you, Clare. I've always loved you. I know I'm screwed up, but I just don't think I can get beyond this without you."

She hit the steering wheel in blind fury. That's when she saw the flashing lights in her rearview mirror and looked down at the speedometer. Damn it all, she was speeding.

She slowed down and pulled to the curb, then she let her head drop and she fell apart, crying painful tears. Familiar tears.

Continues...


Excerpted from Never Too Late by Robyn Carr Copyright © 2006 by Robyn Carr. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2007

    Never Too Late

    Clare is separated from her cheating husband Roger. After catching him again, Clare drives away in a haze of anger and grief. Before she can get very far though, Clare gets into a near fatal car accident. After waking in the hospital, Clare decides to make a change and take her life back. It starts with Sam Jankowski, the police officer who was there at the scene of the accident. Sam is about ten years younger than Clare. Then Pete Rayburn, a man from Clare's past enters her life again. Clare's ex husband Roger is still a fixture as well, and he's not bowing out gracefully. Clare's sisters Maggie and Sarah are a big presence in Clare's life. Now, Clare is attempting to start over surrounded by several gorgeous men, her loving and outgoing family, and her teenage son Jason. Clare is discovering that starting over is not as hard as she first thought. Never too Late tells the story of Clare and her endearing sisters Maggie and Sarah. Their lives become entwined on many levels. I had to stop myself from flipping to the back of the book to see what would happen next. Sam is one of the most charming men have I ever read about, and Pete is just as terrific. Maggie is strong. Sarah is tenderhearted, and Clare is lovely. Never too Late is a bittersweet story about new beginnings. Along with the joy there is some heartache as well. Even though there are happily ever afters across the board, I still felt a little down at the end because of how the story plays out. Nannette Reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    What a great read! really enjoyed it. It was very easy for me to

    What a great read! really enjoyed it. It was very easy for me to connect to the characters

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Really enjoyed this book!!

    I really enjoyed this book!! Its got a good storyline and I loved the characters!! And I like reading about a woman my age in the dating game!! Its a good beach book!!

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2006

    Great Page Turner

    Robyn has an excellent sense of humor and her characters are real. Am going to read more of her work.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A fine modern day relationship drama

    Teacher Clare Wilson has been put out with her spouse Roger, but lately feels a bit sorry for him as he turns forty, struggling with the concept of aging. Their fourteen years old son Jason feels his mom is too easy on Roger, but she cannot help herself as that is her make-up. However, as always Roger finds a way to nuke her empathy as she once again catches him cheating this time in their bed not long after his latest plea for forgiveness. Clare plans to divorce him. -------------------- On her way home Clare is in a car accident. Police Officer Sam Jankowski gets help to her rather quickly. Sam visits Clare making it obvious he desires her. Also in her life is football coach Pete Rayburn who wants to score touchdowns with her. She likes both men, but remains wary of all males after Roger the dodger.----------------- This is an interesting cotemporary tale starring a likable thirty something heroine struggling with the fact that her spouse (soon to be ex) cannot stay zippered their teenage son loathes his father and the two new attentive men in her life. Clare keeps the solid relationship story line focused as she ponders what to do about the four males who currently have shaken her equilibrium. Robyn Carr writes a fine modern day relationship drama.----------- Harriet Klausner

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

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    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    Scavenger hunt

    Go to purple first result.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Wonderful!

    Completely relateable characters. I was so caught up in this book that I couldn't go to sleep after shutting down my Nook. So I booted back up and finished. Totally worth it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Slow start, great ending!

    This ended up being a really good read fo me. It started a bit slow but picked up pretty quickly and had fantastic characture eveloution. I found myself relation very well.

    I would recommend ~ great beach book!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    just okay

    have a hard time getting into this one fully. I find her books have become somewhat predictable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Fun

    It was good. Fun read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Random

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Cheetwo

    Friggen godmodder. *potion doesnt work* im magic. Duh. Nine lives, cuz i lead a clan. I have powers and no one can take them away from me. *he bites tigerstripes neck,instantly killing him and gets back on freezeflame* your not getting away tht easaly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Love never dies

    All Molly's parents need and Eternity Springs women help Molly get her parents back together again just in time for their daughters wedding. They realize that they need to talk openly and honestly about hurts and pain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    Great!!!!!!

    Great storyline. Enjoyed reading a story about characters in different age groups. Looking forward to more stories from Robyn Carr. She has a way with making her characters come alive.
    by LA-TXN

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    Very enjoyable read, recommend!

    Always enjoy a Robyn Carr book. This one did not let me down. Enjoy the characters and there interactions. I have two sisters, so can relate to the closeness. Robyn please keep them coming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Anonymous

    I loved the book. As always, Robyn Carr pulled me into the story. I would recommend it to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2012

    Who is santa

    SANTAVIN NOT REAL HE IS A DUMB LEDGEND!!!!!!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    Love it.

    Always a pleasure to read Carr's books. Never to late - it really is just that.

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