David Lamont would move mountains for Chris, his best friend and business partner. Now Chris is dying, and he only wants one thing-his estranged wife by his side until the end. David can't imagine why he'd want that spiteful woman near him, but agrees to talk her into coming back.
Joanna McQuaid reached her breaking point a long time ago. Chris is oppressive, manipulative, and downright toxic. But she can't divorce him. Not without becoming a pariah for abandoning a pillar of the community during his final days. She's desperately lonely and torn apart by guilt over wanting to leave a dying man.
She resents David for dragging her home and defending her husband's behavior. He thinks she's spoiled, ungrateful, and callous. But when he learns his friend isn't the man he knew, David sees a side of Joanna he never imagined. A side he can't help falling for...
This 68,000 word novel was previously published.
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••ARC provided by Samhain Publishing Via Net Galley•• This story was well written & really had potential with its unique story line but overall something was missing. Chris & Joanna have been estranged for some time. His business parter, David is given the task of bringing her home when Chris's health takes a turn for the worst. Joanna struggles with her feelings towards her husband & the fact that while he has treated everybody in his life like garbage, they now consider him a saint since he's become sick. Chris & David have been friends since childhood but he & Joanna never got along. Chris's illness forces the two together and they learn they've made assumptions about each other for far too long. But when secrets are revealed it may destroy them all. It's eluded to how poorly Chris has treated Joanna, but I wish we could've seen it more possibly through flashback chapters. IMO they rarely interacted once she came home. While the last 10% of the book was emotional & what was expected, I thought their "conversation" was long overdue & came too late in the book. This wasn't a home run for me but I would like to read more of this author & see what else she can do. - How do you comfort someone you want to escape from? How do you grieve for someone you don't want to see again?