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After a year, Maggie is trying to move on from the loss of her husband. Her grief support group encourages her to contact old friends, so she calls Eric, her high school boyfriend living in Wisconsin. He is married, but he isn't too happy in his marriage, as he desperately wants children and his wife does not. Maggie decides to move from Seattle to her hometown in Wisconsin, and becomes an innkeeper. There she is close to Eric, and they find themselves rekindling their old feelings for each other, despite the fact that Eric is still married.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Marriage/Married    -   Yes Marriage subplot:    -   inconveniently married while playing footsy Searching/Rekindling love?    -   Yes Lost Lover:    -   rekindling love after long time If one lover chases another...    -   they alternate

Main Male Character

Age/status:    -   40's-50's Sex makes him    -   sensitive

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   40's-50's Profession/status:    -   teacher Effect of sexing    -   confident


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Pacific NW

Writing Style

What % of story is romance related?    -   50% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   1-2 sex acts

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