When Felicity steps off the train on the way to meet her husband, she is so sure of everything in her life. Where she is headed, what she will order at the restaurant, the first words her husband will say to her when she arrives, their happy future together.
But then she catches a scent of perfume in the air, and suddenly she is overcome by forgotten emotions-passionate memories of another man she loved many years ago.
As the feelings continue to surface again and again, Felicity begins to question the life she thought she knew so well. She doesn't doubt that she loves her husband, but does she owe it to herself to explore these overwhelming emotions that have taken hold of her? Or is her mind simply playing tricks on her heart?
How can she know where love truly lies? And when she finds out, will it be too late?
Julie Cohen's Where Love Lies is a novel that will capture both your heart and mind.
Cohen's warm-hearted novel (first published in the U.K. in 2014) is a thoughtful, engaging analysis of what makes love and relationships tick. Felicity Wickham, an imaginative picture book author and illustrator, struggles with a lack of inspiration. She can't seem to really settle into her supposedly storybook newlywed married life with Quinn, her doting, supportive, steady husband, in the English village of Tallingford. Felicity still feels the loss of her nomadic mother, Esther, and is unaccustomed to the settled small-town lifestyle embraced by Quinn and his family. She begins experiencing a strong evocative "phantom" fragrance that at first prompts memories of her mother but then evokes the passions of an earlier romance with the sexy but chaotic Ewan McKillan not just the distanced memory of that love, but a complete reimmersion in the rapturous emotions of the time. Cohen's well-rounded prose invites readers to closely examine the foundations of love and romance as the power of Felicity's renewed feelings for Ewan causes her to question her love for Quinn and her life choices.