Goodreads ~ Can forgiveness survive lies and unspoken truths?
Until Brenda McAllister’s husband committed suicide, she appeared to have the ideal life: a thriving psychology practice, success as a self-help author, and a model family. But her guilt over her affair with Jack’s best friend prevents her from moving on. Did Jack learn of her infidelity? Was she the cause of his death?
The release of Brenda’s second book forces her into an unexpected assignment with arrogant celebrity author CJ Morrison, whose irritating and edgy exterior hides the torment of his own mistakes. But as she grows closer to CJ, Brenda learns she wasn’t the only one with secrets - Jack had secrets of his own, unsavory ones that may have led to his death. While CJ helps Brenda uncover the truth about her husband, she finds the path to forgiveness isn’t always on the map.
Brenda and CJ meet at a writers' conference. She literally runs into him one morning and spills coffee on him. He's not pleased and is rude to her for the rest of the conference.
When his agent suggests they work together ... he needs her psychologist
expertise to help with one of the characters in his book ... they both
begrudgingly do it. As they get to know each and realize they have
something in common (CJ is widower and Brenda is a widow), they become friends.
Brenda's late husband, Jack, worked for a financial services company and is being accused of fraud ... and Brenda will do what she can to defend his honour.
This is the first book I've read by this author and I liked it. It flowed well and I wanted to know if Jack really was guilty, if he had killed himself because he'd found out about the affair Brenda had had with his best friend and why CJ was so tormented.
I liked Brenda and CJ. It was a nice change to have characters who were in their late forties/early fifties (my age) rather than their mid-twenties. Both have suffered a loss and are dealing with the guilt over the deaths of their spouses. Once they realized they liked each other, things moved along pretty quickly.