New Beginningsby Ruth Barrett
The police show up on her doorstep one day and tell her that Jerry, the man she thought she knew and loved, had been arrested
For years, Susan Bennett has enjoyed a rosy life. She married Jerry, her high school sweetheart, loved her job, and looked forward to a future full of dreams and promises of wonderful things to come. But then it all came crashing to a halt.
The police show up on her doorstep one day and tell her that Jerry, the man she thought she knew and loved, had been arrested on charges of robbery and murder. Worse, Susan's life could very well be in danger. Her only option was to obtain a divorce, change her name, and move to another part of the country. Her only contact with her previous life was the detective in charge of the case against her now former husband.
Now, as Susan Grant, she moves to a town called Hopewell where she can start anew. Soon, she secures a place to live and a good job. She even makes friends with Tim, the handsome local minister. Just as she begins to envision a future free from fear, however, the events of her past intrude to threaten her newfound happiness.
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- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.15(d)
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NEW BEGINNINGS is listed as a novella, but reads more like a good short story. I liked the story, but am much more of a full book person rather than a short story person. Having said that, I did enjoy this story a great deal, but am hopeful that the author will add more details in her next work. In this story, Susan Bennett is running from a husband who turned out to be a gambler, thief , and murderer. The detectives on the case got her a legal divorce and name change. She has moved to Hopewell, when she is starting anew. She meets a number of interesting and kind people, and she soon fits right in. Mary, her elderly neighbor, introduces her to church, and the handsome minister, Tom. Sparks fly, but Susan is still stuck in her past. How Susan gets her "hoped for---new beginnings" makes up this light hearted short story.
As usual Ms. Barrett did a wonderful job, I loved Geneva and Winston's story. Here's hoping this will be another series, expanding on Melody & Daren and Tina & Justin's stories.