Daphne Mitchell has always believed in cause and effect, right and wrong, good and bad. The good: her dream job as a doctor; Owen, her childhood sweetheart and now husband; the beautiful farmhouse they're restoring together. In fact, most of her life has been good--until the day Owen comes home early from work to tell her he's fallen head over heels for someone else.
Unable to hate him, but also equally incapable of moving forward, Daphne's life hangs in limbo until the day Owen's new girlfriend sustains near-fatal injuries in a car accident. As Daphne becomes a pillar of support for the devastated Owen, and realizes that reconciliation may lie within her grasp, she has to find out whether forgiveness is possible and decide which path is the right one for her.
A perfect life unravels in predictably painful and messy fashion in Lewis's (How Lucky You Are) tale of learning to let go. Thirty-six-year-old private practice doctor Daphne Mitchell is heartbroken when her cancer-specialist husband, Owen Monahan, announces he's been sleeping with a social worker 10 years his junior. Daphne begins to examine her broken marriage that seems beyond repair. Owen, on a parallel crash course when his affair ends tragically, grieves for two lost loves, and Daphne falls immediately back into a role that makes her wonder if she's trying to "nurse him back" into loving her. Daphne's mentors in her tortuous transition from prudent to adventurous are a reckless, troubled patient, a hotel business entrepreneur who opens tantalizing new horizons, and her own sister, who guides her to a realization that a once "comfortable normal" marriage was anything but. Lewis gets it just right in her examination of how tiny cracks can shatter in a marriage that gets "cemented in the fable" of what being together is supposed to be.