Pamela Thornton has a comfortable faith, a twenty-year marriage, and a solid relationship with her college-bound daughter, but is shocked when her husband, Paul, announces he's leaving her to marry another woman. With little clue as to how to rebuild her broken life, Pamela escapes to a friend's summer cabin on Sunset Lake.
Pamela does all she can to win Paul back, but she finally realizes that she has to get on with her life. With time on her hands and her finances dwindling, she delves full time into her photography career, invests in a smaller home near her friend's lake cabin, and slowly starts to work toward letting go and forgiving her ex-husband.
This report prepared by Dawn Ringling
Multmonah, Nov 2003, 12.99, 323 pp.
After they celebrate his birthday at a restaurant, on their way back to their Minneapolis home, Paul Thornton drops a bomb on his wife of two decades Pamela. Without any warning or sign he tells her he's divorcing her and intends to marry Dana, the woman he is running a church program with. Paul also says that he and his intended are moving to California where he has a new job waiting for him.
At first Pamela can't function, rejecting the well-meaning kindness of her friends and church until Starla offers the use of a summer cabin at Sunset Lake. Pamela finds peace there and reconnects with an old school friend who is a famous composer of Christian music. Pamela hopes that Paul will return to her, but as time goes by she realizes that she has to get on with her life. She takes her photograph career in a new direction, buys a winterized cabin, and slowly starts to let go of the past to the point where one day she hopes to forgive Paul and Dana.
The heroine is a strong, tough and independent woman even though she is unaware of these qualities that make her a survivor. Paul is made too easy to dislike because he has carried on for years with Dana and he is emotionally cruel to his wife by telling her he never loved her. Readers hearts will go out to the woman scorned and hope she can let go of her anger to take a second chance at love. This is a warm and poignant tale that will leave readers emotionally gratified.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner