Liz Waters is an elementary schoolteacher with three life-goals: become the best schoolteacher she can be, find a good man to marry, and become a mother of three children.
Well on her way to achieving her first goal, she meets and falls in love with Tony Broderick, an attorney. He hates children, but he promises: "After a few years we will definitely start a family, just not right now." She realizes that he is not the man of her dreams, but she’s in love with him and naïvely believes that he will change.
Years go by with excuse after excuse for not having a child, a child that she has yearned for her entire life. With her biological clock running out, she decides to take desperate measures. Ken, a married schoolteacher friend, has the same physical characteristics as Tony, so she asks him to get her pregnant in the belief that Tony will believe the child is his, and he will love the child once he holds it in his arms.
On the fateful night of their sexual encounter, Ken falls asleep afterward and then must hurry home to prevent his wife from finding out what he has done. He and Liz get in her car with him driving, and he speeds headlong through an unfamiliar section of the city. In his blind haste, he hits something in the road that he believes is a stray dog. Liz wants to go back and take the dog to a vet, but Ken won’t stop.
The next day, a newspaper prints an article in which they describe how a hit-and-run driver killed a homeless man the night before.
Ken and his family disappear leaving Liz alone to face the consequences that her car killed a man. She is sentenced to seven to 10 years in prison for vehicular homicide and leaving the scene.
When the door of the prison closes behind her, she knows that the door to her career, and life, is also closing. Will another door open?
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About the Author
Bob Gabbert has been writing novels about strong women for eleven years. Asked why his protagonist is always a woman, Bob said that generally speaking, women are physically smaller and weaker than men. Consequently, they must use their intelligence to solve important issues, and that’s more interesting for a writer. Bob Gabbert is a world traveler who has lived or worked in many of the places he writes about. He graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle where he and his wife, Janet, make their home.