How do you save a widower who weaves a road map of self-destruction because his wife of forty years has suddenly died and he's unable to cope with the reality of that loss? Graham Peters has shut everyone out of his life and has tried unsuccessfully to immortalize his wife, Amanda, by reliving daily (through flashbacks) their life together. But with a little prodding from best friend, Charlie Ford, Graham's spirit begins to lift, and he finds that there is life after death in the likeness of Ms. Rita Long, a sultry jazz singer at a local nightclub, far from the church that has been his life.
A man now obsessed with the beautiful, long-legged Rita Long, Graham is faced with questions. Can he love another woman the way he loved Amanda? Will his daughters think he's lost his mind because he's seeing Rita? After all, Amanda has only been in the ground a couple of months. Can he bring this new woman into his home that reeks of Amanda...to possibly begin a new life together?
Ms. Rita Long comes with baggage-an ex-husband, ex-NBA star who is consumed with tapping into her success to satisfy his gambling debts. And there's a secret admirer, Graham's best friend Charlie, whose jealousy turns to rage when Rita and Graham become an item that guarantees an explosive end.
It will take all that is within Rita and Graham to save the love that has blossomed between them as their foes line up one by one and threaten to destroy their relationship and old friendships. And for Graham the question becomes, can he still have the memories of the love of his life while establishing a brand-new one
This is the story of love and happiness, friendship and betrayal, destruction and resurrection.
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I ENJOYED READING THIS BOOK. IT IS ALWAYS HARD TRYING TO MOVE FORWARD AFTER LOSING SOMEONE SO DEAR TO YOU. GRAHAM WAS READY TO GIVE UP ON LIFE AFTER THE PASSING OF HIS WIFE AMANDA. BUT, GOD HAD RITA WAITING IN THE WINGS TO HELP MEND AND HEAL HIS BROKEN HEART. GRAHAM'S FAMILY & FRIENDS TRY TO STOP THAT FROM HAPPENING, BUT WITH LOVE, PATIENCE, AND FORGIVENESS THIS FAMILY BOND GREW STRONGER AND DEEPER. A MUST READ. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.
Forty years of happiness with the love of your life when unfortunately time expires, leaving one to have to go on without the other. For Graham Peters there simply is no way he can live without his heart Amanda. This is why Graham attempts to rid himself of life. Charlie, Graham's best friend, tries to help his friend through his bereavement. Graham finds himself at the Watering Hole, not one of his regular hangouts, at the suggestion of Charlie. He's trying to rid himself of the misery that has overtaken his life. Enter Rita Long, a jazz singer, who is just what the doctor has ordered for Graham's recovery.
Sadly enough, the people in their lives aren't receptive to this up-and-coming union and are willing to do any and everything to put a halt to it. With so much against them, will Graham and Rita make it?
Suzetta Perkins has done an excellent job! `A Love So Deep' is an intriguing read that is filled with real emotions from start to finish. I was able to relate to this book as I experienced such a loss. I would recommend it to those who've suffered the loss of a soul mate. `A Love So Deep' details lost, love, secrets and jealousy. Great read!
Reviewed by: Lorine
Meet Graham Peters, recently widowed husband of Amanda, to whom he was happily married for 40 years ¿ also father to two adult daughters, Liz and Deborah, all of whom are coping with the sudden loss of an adoring wife and mother. Two months have passed since Amanda¿s death and Graham finds himself still in the doldrums, unable to function at all. After narrowly escaping a suicide attempt, Graham finds himself cooped up in the house he shared with his now deceased wife, only to be constantly reminded of the love he feels he¿s lost with all of her memory still in place ¿ from family pictures, to the home¿s décor and even Amanda¿s apron still hanging up in the kitchen. Wallowing in sorrow and self-pity, Graham does not bathe, barely eats and never leaves the house for a time. Then enters his best friend, Charlie Ford, to help Graham pick up the pieces to what¿s left of his life. An invitation to a local jazz club, The Water Hole, proves to be just that, Graham¿s ticket out of his misery. Not the normal choice of environment to the man known as Deacon Peters at the big church on Market Street, The Water Hole eventually became Graham¿s passageway to finding his new love ¿ sultry, jazz singer, Ms. Rita Long. Unbeknownst to Graham, his best friend, Charlie, has secretly admired Rita for quite some time but never had the galls to let it be known. This is where the plot thickens. Graham and Rita, after a short time, discover that there is such a thing as ¿love the second time around¿ - Graham, learning to live again after his wife¿s death and Rita, letting her guard down after suffering a tumultuous relationship with ex-husband and NBA player, William Long. When everyone gets wind of the rapidly-maturing relationship between the two, all hell breaks loose. Sister Mary Ross from the big church on Market Street practically throws herself at Graham, to no avail. His daughter, Deborah, refuses to give Rita even the slightest chance and his best friend, Charlie, has become outright jealous of his and Rita¿s relationship. Rita¿s ex-husband, the washed up NBA player, William Long, also has a few schemes up his sleeve. It seems as if everyone and anything that came against these two, did. Through strained relationships and other misfortunes, Graham and Rita learn that true love will sustain all things and prove the things which are really meant to be. Suzetta Perkins does a great job with her descriptiveness and imagery. I¿ve never been to Oakland but I felt like I was there while reading this book. I also felt the emotions of the characters all throughout. The storyline was very intriguing and some deep, dark secrets are revealed at the end. These revelations shed light on some of the things that transpire throughout the story and perhaps will give the reader a better understanding as to why some things were, including the main character, Mr. Graham Peters, himself. This novel deals with issues of death, parenthood, friendship and trust.