When a rookie paramedic rescues a woman from a car crash, a love affair that will last for years begins-but it's not exactly a fairytale romance. Good guy Peter Webster falls hard for the beautiful, tough-talking Sheila Arsenault, and she for him. And in what seems to be a whirlwind relationship, the two marry and have a baby girl together. Eighteen years later, Sheila is gone from Peter's life, and Peter is raising their daughter, Rowan, alone. But the road of single parenthood is a difficult one, and Rowan is on her way down a path fraught with misfortune. Peter isn't ready to give up on his daughter-but his devotion to her doesn't seem to be enough this time. Unexpectedly, Sheila returns-but whether her reappearance is fortuitous or badly timed has yet to be seen.
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by Anita Diamant
by Anita Shreve
by Susan Shreve
by Catherine Asaro
by Anita Sitarski
"Dennis Holland maintains a steady pace and distinctive subtle accents in the midst of the domestic drama and dramatic EMT rescues that fill this novel. The book opens on Vermont EMT and single father Peter Webster's struggles with his teenage daughter Rowan's drinking and other self-destructive behavior. The story then flashes back to an earlier time and his rescue of Sheila, a woman under the influence who has caused a car accident. Sheila's wild spirit and Boston accent exert a pull on Peter, and the couple falls in love--and marries. Soon enough, things begin to fall apart as Sheila's alcoholism escalates, and a dramatic incident that threatens the infant Rowan's safety brings the marriage to an end. Holland vocalizes the simplest scenarios with compassion as he deftly captures Peter's gentle soul and Sheila's destructive compulsions. A.W. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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