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Margaret Kennedy’s husband, Thomas, gravely injured in Afghanistan, is still in a vegetative coma six years later. Her life revolves around their six-year-old son, Gordon, and helping her father-in-law run their small family dairy farm in Maine. Then she’s invited to Washington, D.C., for the signing of a bill to help families like hers. Her escort is Charlie King, a Foreign Service officer, and he and Margaret feel an immediate connection. The two embark on a whirlwind romance, attending an embassy ball and taking a trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway, but their time together is short-lived since Margaret is still married and Charlie is leaving for Africa. Years pass before they’re reunited. Monninger, author of Eternal on the Water (2010), covers themes of loss and longing with a few treacly moments, strengthening the impact of the novel with his insights into the timely topic of the cruel toll of modern warfare, and the beauty of his depictions of the eastern U.S. --Aleksandra Walker
“Monninger comes to writing with his five senses wide open, and his sharply focused imagery has the rare quality of being entirely original while producing a jolt of startled recognition in the reader.” -The New York Times Book Review
“Monninger is a brilliant writer.” -Luanne Rice
"Fans of John Irving, you have a new author to love." Lisa Genova, New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice and Left Neglected
"Monninger’s imagery resonates long into the night, while your lamp burns oil because you cannot put the book down until the last page is turned." -Romantic Times (4 stars)
The book started off really great at the beginning and then just never got better. I should have stopped reading this book early, but I'm a sucker for knowing how a book ends and I... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tara Clark
Did not meet my expectations. Authoress has a gift for descriptions of nature. Love story was banal. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Eliz. Mathes
UGH. I have tried to work through this book. Maybe it's just me and my taste but, wow, I have not enjoyed it and finally put it down. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved the book! It brought me to tears at several poignant times in the story.
It truly speaks of the price our military families pay in times of war.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved how the author showed the balance of moving on but still honoring those that still mourn for the past. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Stella June
It made me think of what a good marriage and family life is and what love will consist of . How far would you go and stay in a marriage that is not what you thought it should be. Read morePublished 18 months ago by betty clymer
This story is like his first, a love story of great depth. I hope he writes more of this kind.Published 21 months ago by marilyn j. hassan