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Author Barbara Davis deftly explores an emotionally charged landscape of pain, loss, and despair—and the risk one woman will take in the hope of loving again.
As a teenage runaway and child of an addict, Christy-Lynn learned the hard way that no address was permanent, and no promise sacred. For a while, she found a safe haven in her marriage to bestselling crime novelist Stephen Ludlow—until his car skidded into Echo Bay. But Stephen’s wasn’t the only body pulled from the icy waters that night. When details about a mysterious violet-eyed blonde become public, a media circus ensues, and Christy-Lynn runs again.
Desperate for answers, she’s shattered to learn that Stephen and his mistress had a child—a little girl named Iris, who now lives in poverty with her ailing great-grandmother. The thought of Iris abandoned to the foster care system—as Christy-Lynn once was—is unbearable. But she’s spent her whole life running—determined never to be hurt again. Will she finally stand still long enough to open herself up to forgiveness and love?
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Orphaned, Iris will likely end up a ward of the state. Christy-Lynn knows firsthand the perils of foster care. But Iris is not her responsibility. Moreover, she’s the product of her husband’s affair—how could anyone possibly expect Christy-Lynn to intervene? At the same time, she can’t seem to walk away. Each time she tries, she’s drawn back, asking herself whether she can face the nightmares of her childhood to save Iris.
It’s this question that had me hooked. What would I do in this situation? Could I set aside my hurt and grief? Could I open up my heart? Can Christy-Lynn? Let’s just say that in this achingly beautiful novel, author Barbara Davis deftly proves that there really is something to the old saw “Never say never.”
- Jodi Warshaw, Editor
About the Author
After spending more than a decade as an executive in the jewelry business, Barbara decided to leave the corporate world to pursue her lifelong passion for writing. The author of The Secrets She Carried, The Wishing Tide, Summer at Hideaway Key, and Love, Alice, this is her fifth novel. She lives in Rochester, New Hampshire, with her husband, Tom, and their beloved ginger cat, Simon, and is currently working on her next book. Visit her at http://www.barbaradavis-author.com or find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/barbaradavisauthor/.
- ASIN : B073XJDDLJ
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (1 May 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 4301 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 369 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1477808914
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,367 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It is the story of a woman - Christine trapped in her past, where she was Christy-Lynn. But as another reviewer notes so eloquently it demonstrates “when love presents itself in unexpected ways, she has to face all the doors she's closed...all the “nevers” she's clung to...”
When Christy-Lynn is told by police that her husband, a famous author, has died in a car accident, she also shockingly finds out that there was a half naked woman in the car with him who also died. She had no idea that he was having an affair but once the news becomes public, the media begins to harass her.
With the intense media scrutiny, Christy-Lynn escapes from her home and drives until she finds a small town to hide. As she learns to deal with her husband's death, she has to face the fact that she has hidden her entire life to try to escape the memories of a horrific childhood. A childhood in and out of the foster system with a drug addicted mother and no security...
So, what begins as a scandal involving a celebrity author found dead with a semi-naked mystery woman gradually becomes his widow's obsession with unlocking the secrets of all their lives... and what secrets... it seems her husband and his mistress had a child - Iris, who now lives in poverty with her ailing great-grandmother. The thought of Iris abandoned to the foster care system, as Christy-Lynn once was, is utterly painful...
I was captivated by Christy-Lynn's story, a woman who’s life is full of nevers. Told through alternating narrators and shifting between the present and Christy-Lynn’s difficult childhood ‘When Never Comes’ is a carefully woven tale where the emotions leap off the page...I found myself often holding my breath.
This book is a must read if you are looking for a book that will stay with you long after you finish it...
Woken at two am by police wanting her to identify her dead husband, best selling author, Stephen Ludlow, and the voluptuous blonde in the car with him when the car slid on ice and into the waters of Echo Bay. Hounded by the press Christine literally flees in the dead of night reverts to her maiden name Christy-Lynn Parker and embarks on a journey to find herself amid the ruins of the life she shared with her husband, and the woman he'd moulded her into. Haunted by the woman who died with her husband in the icy waters, she sets out to discover the truth and finds Iris, the child her husband had with the mystery blonde.
What brought this book down for me is that there was so little genuine interaction between Iris, the child, and ChristyLynn. If you're planning on changing the child's life, you need more than a superficial touch of lip-gloss. The child's uncle was little more than a cardboard cut-out caricature as were some of the minor characters.
I can understand why Christy Lynn had the doubts, the uncertainty and the feelings of self blame. It's an emotional roller coaster. I enjoyed the way she goes back in time and gives us an insight into her past.
I cannot put into words how deeply I enjoyed this book. It will stay with me for a long time. I will be looking for more books by this Author.
In the battle to recover her life, the author takes us back to well-handled interludes in her past that formed her present. As the life she is trying to build has no solid foundation and she is too afraid to trust - the future looks bleak. Until she openes her heart to the most unexpected real love.
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In the world of novels life is sometimes very convenient. Christine runs away, changes her name back to Christy-Lynn and starts over in a small town. Money's not a problem - her author husband has royalty payments that will keep her comfortable for a lifetime - and she's soon building a new life. There's a handsome ex-adversary and ex-friend of the husband to contend with, some heavy drinking gal-pals, and a new life to be made. But Christy-Lynn is tortured by bad dreams and by her past.
I liked the core characters in this book and felt their reactions were valid and even when as a reader I couldn't agree, I could understand their points of view. Despite her horrible past, Christy-Lynn has a capacity for love that goes beyond her own expectations. And she learns about the power of friendship after a very lonely life.
Once I started I did pretty much race through this book. The 'blurb' tells us a lot of plot that doesn't reveal itself until a long way into the book leaving us in the situation of knowing more than the heroine herself does. That's an interesting position and I don't think it spoils the plot. I would read this author again.
I can't say this was particularly a stand-out read or really anything I've not read before but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The characters are ones you warm to, mostly, though I wanted to shake Christy at times !! It wasn't full of mistakes although I did happen across a few.
She writes french without capitalising it, yet capitalises Realtor when it doesn't need it. She persistently got tic wrong and spelt it as tick (which seems to be something American writers always do) then the odd word missed from sentences....like "I found out Stephen and Honey had child" or "....crossed to the opposite side of deck" then finally, in her acknowledgements she wrote council and not counsel. I did spot just the one apostrophe that was misplaced, though, which is pretty good going these days !!
All in all, it was a nice read if that's what you're looking for, with no nastiness or bad language.
The flashbacks were expertly placed & the writer/editor descriptions were insightful. Every character was well-rounded & mainly likeable & realistic (perhaps the only one-note, irredeemably evil character was Ray who was believably wicked but almost panto-villain style crazy).
The protagonist herself, Christy-Lynn was frustrating at times, irritating almost but understandably so and always likeable and relatable - her transformation at the end came just slightly too quickly but in the grand scheme of things was a long time coming considering everything she goes through.
I truly loved this book, found myself weeping throughout (and I'm not an emotional person at all!) I'm even more sad that it's over because I would love to follow these characters through more of their lives... I also feel that Steven & Honey's story needs more explanation but it's impossible to explore their side of the story now... Unless there's a prequel/sequel - hint hint to the writer....
I applaud this book & highly recommend, will be looking out for more by the author