International bestselling author Susan Lewis’ riveting, unforgettable novel of a woman whose life changes in an instant and the handsome young man with whom she shares a secret history—perfect for readers of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain, and Susan Wiggs.
How well do you know the people you love? For one young woman returning to the past, the answer could be heart-shattering...
Vivi Shager is living her dream. Raised with drive and ambition by a resolutely single mother, Vivi has a thriving law career, a gorgeous apartment in London, and a full calendar that keeps her busy at work and at play. Then on the day of her twenty-seventh birthday, an undiagnosed heart condition sends Vivi’s prospects for the future into a tailspin. After escaping her roots nearly a decade ago, she’s forced to return to her childhood home to be cared for by her devoted and enigmatic mother. Vivi has always known the woman is hiding something and now she’s determined to find out what it is. Though her condition makes her fragile and vulnerable and she’s afraid of what may happen, her spirit remains strong. Then comes an unexpected ray of light.
Josh Raynor, a local veterinarian who his sisters claim is too handsome for his own good, brings a forbidden love to Vivi’s world. Josh and Vivi are soon inseparable, unaware of the past their families share. All Vivi knows is that Josh is wrestling with a demon of his own…
Then quite suddenly the awful truth is staring Vivi in the face and it changes everything.
Lewis's rich, memorable novel explores how the sudden diagnosis of a dire medical condition affects a young woman both physically and emotionally. Vivi Shager, 27, is a successful attorney in London with a beautiful flat, a handsome boyfriend, and a job that allows her to travel the world. Then she suddenly collapses at her birthday lunch. She awakens in a hospital, learning that she suffered cardiac arrests. Without a new heart, Vivi could die within a year. She moves home to Kesterly to live with her mother, frustrated by her lack of independence and her mother's refusal to reveal the name of her biological father. With the help of her lifelong best friend, her 19-year-old brother, her stepfather, and her mother, Vivi learns to accept the new normal of her life. When Vivi meets Josh Raynor, a local veterinarian, the attraction between them is undeniable but complicated by her medical condition and some family secrets. Lewis amazingly transforms Vivi from a carefree, somewhat self-absorbed young woman into a selfless person willing to put others' needs first. Lyrical and highly emotional, Lewis's tearjerker will appeal to fans of poignant, heartfelt novels.