The People We Meet Along The Way
Publication date: September 17th 2020
Genres: Romance, Women’s Fiction
Would you be able to grant the same forgiveness to someone else that you’re so desperately seeking yourself?
Jillian O’Rourke’s marriage died long before her husband’s tragic accident. Years of battling with infertility and demanding careers melted their once solid relationship. Bearing the burden of guilt over his death, Jillian gets lost in despair and a series of what ifs. But one chance encounter with a stranger, changes everything. Now being faced with newfound knowledge and a painful decision, Jillian must push past her anger, learn to forgive and open her heart in ways she never could’ve imagined. As she comes to grips with the devastation of her past, she learns to embrace the possibility of a future she never thought possible. A bittersweet story of love, forgiveness, and the unexpected destiny that is sometimes handed to us in life from the people we meet along the way.
“I just wish you didn’t hate me so much.” I concentrated on the coffee in my cup as I swirled the wooden stirrer round and round.
“I don’t hate you,” I said, focusing my attention back to him. “I hate what we did. I hate that I let it define who I was for so long, and I hate that I hurt someone I cared about so much because of it. But I don’t hate you—you were just one of the many cracks in my life.”
He creased his forehead. “I don’t understand.”
I gazed at him long and hard, finally fearless of the shame the man staring back at me conjured up inside of me. He held no control over me, and he never had. I stood up and pushed my chair in as he sat there waiting for an explanation. “And I wouldn’t have expected you to. Goodbye, Jonathan.”
Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars
I can not think of a better title for this wonderful book. The people we meet along the way in this journey we call life each have an impact on us, whether we realize it or not. As Jillian tries to piece her life back together following the death of her husband, the people she meets along the way help her heal and move forward — and affect her life in a way she never could have imagined.
Jillian is struggling with some major grief after her husband dies, even though they’d been estranged and were separated before he died. She blames herself for the accident that killed him, and is having a hard time making peace with it all. As she travels through Europe on the trip that she and her husband never got to take together, Jillian slowly begins to heal, with the help of three people she meets on her journey: DeAndre, who becomes a dear friend; Kate, who becomes a galpal, and Kate’s brother, Theo, who shows Jillian how to love again. Each one of them fill a void in her life that Jillian didn’t fully realize was missing. The bonds and friendships are so well-written and relatable, and when a major secret is revealed, the brilliant plot twist upends Jillian’s life once again. But can she recover this time?
The People We Meet Along The Way is a wonderful story of friendship, strength, healing and forgiveness, full of heart. This magnificent story is a must-read!
Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed Creative Writing. There was always something about being able to travel to a different place or become a different person with just the stroke of a pen – or in today’s world a touch of the keyboard. I love creating deep characters who you will love or love to hate.
My life is not as interesting as my books or the characters in them, but then again whose life is? My happy place is a seat by the ocean with my feet in the sand or on the busy streets of New York City. You will more than likely find one of these places as the setting for most of my books.
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