Once upon a hot, lazy summer at Indian Lake, Pennsylvania, two giggling twelve-year-old girls swore to stay best friends forever. But some promises are hard to keep...
When hospital social worker Teagan Hansen is called to the bedside of a Jane Doe who has been beaten and left for dead with no ID and no memory, she expects to be dealing with a victim of domestic violence. The last thing she expects is to look into the eyes of the childhood friend who disappeared abruptly from her life fourteen years before.
Concussed, broken, and hypothermic, Jamie can't remember her own name, much less what personal circumstances brought her to such tragedy. But as the pieces of her memory begin to fit together, she does remember how much her friendship with Teagan meant to her through the long years of foster care, hard work, and heartbreak that followed that one magical summer.
As the indomitable Teagan vows to help Jamie get back on her feet again, the women's bond strengthens anew. But with Jamie's life under threat from a man she can't remember--a man who is determined to find her again before she does--Teagan's loyalties to her friend, her profession, and her new marriage are tested to their limits. And when the women realize that their pasts have been intertwined far more deeply than either of them knew, the fate that separated them once before threatens to tear apart them again. This time, forever.
A non-genre feast... I love exploring the dynamics of childhood friendships and how they change as we grow up, and I really enjoyed taking a peek at what happens to the perfect romance after marriage! (P.S. I took this picture too; the hands are my #3 child and a best friend.)