How do you save a widower who weaves a road map of self-destruction because his wife of forty years has suddenly died and he's unable to cope with the reality of that loss? Graham Peters has shut everyone out of his life and has tried unsuccessfully to immortalize his wife, Amanda, by reliving daily (through flashbacks) their life together. But with a little prodding from best friend, Charlie Ford, Graham's spirit begins to lift, and he finds that there is life after death in the likeness of Ms. Rita Long, a sultry jazz singer at a local nightclub, far from the church that has been his life.
A man now obsessed with the beautiful, long-legged Rita Long, Graham is faced with questions. Can he love another woman the way he loved Amanda? Will his daughters think he's lost his mind because he's seeing Rita? After all, Amanda has only been in the ground a couple of months. Can he bring this new woman into his home that reeks of Amanda...to possibly begin a new life together?
Ms. Rita Long comes with baggage-an ex-husband, ex-NBA star who is consumed with tapping into her success to satisfy his gambling debts. And there's a secret admirer, Graham's best friend Charlie, whose jealousy turns to rage when Rita and Graham become an item that guarantees an explosive end.
It will take all that is within Rita and Graham to save the love that has blossomed between them as their foes line up one by one and threaten to destroy their relationship and old friendships. And for Graham the question becomes, can he still have the memories of the love of his life while establishing a brand-new one
This is the story of love and happiness, friendship and betrayal, destruction and resurrection.
Suzetta Perkins is the author of In My Rearview Mirror, Silver Bullets, Hollywood Skye, Behind the Veil, A Love So Deep, Ex-Terminator: Life After Marriage, Déjà Vu, Nobody Stays the Same, and At the End of the Day. She is also the cofounder and president of the Sistahs Book Club. Visit SuzettaPerkins.com to learn more.