Last week, widow Emily Kendrick and widower Patrick Corwin meet on St. Augustine Beach by chance. They are attracted to each other although she is concerned it might be too soon to move on because memories of her husband cling tight. The unknown stalker is furious to see another man close to the woman he means to have. After the workout with the team, Emily heads to the lovely old house with the wrap-around porch purchased thirty years before when beach property was affordable.
Excerpt: Emily stood before the big mirror in the hall and looked at gray roots, a few wrinkles, and shook her head. A woman with grown children and no husband at her age of Fifty Something is too scary! She thought, the glass is half full; so stop feeling sorry for yourself because it’s time to take charge of your life.
After a quick lunch, she biked over to the swim and tennis club where water aerobic classes were held. Her closest friends hung out there most afternoons and she learned about a membership drive about to begin with a big party. She thought about her best friend, Mark Wagner, and how much she’d love to see him again. His wife died a year ago,followed by Emily’s husband and the perfect match would be if she and Mark got together. But no, for some unknown reason, he hadn’t called in a long time so again Emily felt bereft. Along came the nice man from the beach and just like that, she invited him to the party.
Of course, the lonely widower accepted Emily’s invitation.
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Starting Over by Charmaine Gordon