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Publisher Description

Mark Ruiz’s life is a structured routine full of well-worn grooves. Board meetings. Dinner with clients. Preparing presentations.  Exhaustingly long days strung together over forty-one years of hard work. Retirement is the promise he makes to himself. The item on his list he can’t wait to check off.


The problem? Retirement is better in theory than in practice. Three months in he realizes his new phase of life is as stale as the slice of cake they sent him home with on his last day at the office. His newly purchased cabin on Jasmine Lake is supposed to be an oasis of relaxation. The place and time in his life he’s longed for. Rocking on the back porch overlooking the lake, he doesn’t find peace. Instead, he finds a pervasive kind of boredom he can’t seem to shake.


Just as he resigns himself to retirement, Mark receives a letter that could change everything. A glimpse at the life he could have had. But like most things involving family, it’s complicated. Dangerously so. 

Gwen is faced with the yet another dilemma when finding her father means taking on his struggles. With Griff by her side, she will have to decide if not knowing is better than the burdens of discovering the truth.

Fiction & Literature
November 12
Random Acts Publishing
Danielle Stewart

Customer Reviews

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The pier at jasmine lake

Just as good as book 1. Real and honest. So disappointed I have to wait a little over 6 months before I can read the next in the series. Feel like these are real people living real lives that are sometimes up and sometimes down. No sugar coating. But people working hard to overcome and thrive in spite of difficult situations.

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