What should have been the happiest time of Althea's life, finding out she was pregnant, turned out to be a tragic time with husband, Jack, killed in a car accident only days before. Five years later and she is still alone and her friends, Aubrey and Jenna, want her to start living again and force her to go out with them for the night. Althea, Tea, doesn't want another man in her life as Jack was her one true love but she agrees to go out with them. While she is out she meets and ends up in his hotel bedroom. Wracked with guilt she leaves in the middle of the night without leaving a note. Tea thinks that that is the end of it and she'll never see him again. But then he and his mother turn up at Johnny's fifth birthday party and he was a friend of Jack's. Horrified at seeing again she spends the entire party avoiding him. is shocked to discover that Tea was his friend's wife but wants to see her again. He formulates a plan that will keep her in his life for the next two weeks. Two weeks, no strings. Will Tea agree and start to live her life again?
This book is full of colorful characters which make it a great read. Althea is a lawyer and in her mind she doesn't want to date because she has already had her one true love. She spends most of her time at work and with her son and helping Carol out at Viola. Althea doesn't have a lot of confidence in herself, she thinks of David as a father. David was Jack's boss and has taken her under his wing. Her father ran out on her and her mother when she was 14 years. Aubrey is Althea and Jenna's friend the fun aunt to Johnny. She is a freelance photographer. Jenna is their other friend, aunt to Johnny. She is a Orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine. Carol is Jacks mother, and owns Viola. Carol is resistant to Althea to moving on from Jack. Nicholas '' Tate is a writer and a investigative journalist and a friend of Jack's. He is back in Pittsburgh for a couple weeks to fill in for a professor. He hasn't been back to Pittsburgh since he left after his father died, his father was a bad man.
While reading this story I was sad at some parts, happy in others and laughed out loud in some parts. One of the quotes that made me laugh is “ What did you get him, ? A gift certificate for bailing him out of jail someday in the future?”” Ha no. I got him a drum set.” “Classic. Well it stays at your place.” “ What? Don't punish me!” “ Nope, you live with her, you pay the price of no sleep. And while I'm at it , that invisible human organ thingy gift can stay at your place, too. They give me that creeps, yuck.” “ I don't want it either,” “Hot naked men in our apartment ---- okay. Skinless replicas of men and their guts not okay. That's officially a new rule.”
This is my first book by Chloe T. Barlow and it definitely will not be my last. I loved how I was drawn into the story, I couldn't put the book down. I can't wait more. Chloe is a very gifted story teller.
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