Sometimes facing the future means saying goodbye to the past.
A remarkable story of love and loss, Dona Sarkar’s latest novel explores the timely subject of cultural diversity and the timeless matters of trust, faith, and grief through the eyes of one extraordinary young woman.
Mars Alexander is the girl who has everything—the right clothes, the perfect boyfriend, the best grades. But when her military father is declared dead, Mars refuses to believe it—and refuses to say goodbye. With no body to bury, she’s convinced her father will return from Afghanistan, and she’s determined to make him proud. But when she meets the young Middle Eastern instructor of her essay prep class, a door to a whole new world opens.
Zayed Anwar has lived a life Mars can barely imagine, or understand. But as he challenges both her intellect and her emotions, she finds herself making bold new choices, and looking at everything through a new lens. Falling in love is as frightening as it is exciting, until she realizes that Zayed is keeping painful secrets from her—secrets that could shatter her all over again.
UNRAVELING THE PIECES
New York Times bestselling author Terri DuLong casts on her newest tale of heartbreak and hope in Ormond Beach, Florida, a sun-dappled haven where one woman finds the comfort she’s always needed…
Petra Garfield has no real attachments tying her down to one place. She’s ready for an adventure, so what could be better than an extended stay at Koi House with new friends and old in enchanting Ormond Beach. Having recently lost her mother, Petra is riddled with questions about the father she never knew. She certainly never thought she’d begin to find the answers in a tiny town in Florida…
As much as she wants to search for the truth, Petra knows she can’t spend all her time wallowing in the past, and her friends at the Dreamweaver yarn shop aren’t about to let her. The ladies encourage her to volunteer at a local animal shelter, where she hits it off with a young boy—and his handsome father. Tangled in secrets she didn’t even know she had, Petra must learn to stitch her life back together even as she unravels lifelong mysteries—and perhaps she’ll find unexpected happiness along the way…
Unraveling the Pieces
“Hey, Petra. We were just talking about you,” Chloe said.
“Yes.” Mavis Anne put the pullover sweater she was working on in her lap. “How did it go volunteering at the shelter?”
I sat down and smiled before removing the baby blanket from my tote. “It went very well. I saw a few dogs go to their forever homes and that’s always heartwarming. Suzanne is very pleasant to work with. And I even got a surprise bouquet of flowers.”
Iris laughed. “Really? How nice. From a grateful adoptive parent?” I shook my head. “Actually, no. Do you remember I told you that I’d met that boy, Jonah, on Saturday at Petco? And his father was upset when I mentioned maybe the mother would allow the boy to have a dog?”
Mavis Anne, Iris, and Yarrow had stopped knitting and all three stared at me.
“Right,” Yarrow said. “Keep going.”
“Well, I guess he felt bad for speaking harshly to me, because Jonah showed up today at the shelter with his nanny. And he presented me with the flowers. He said they were from his dad and his dad wanted to say he was sorry.”
“Well, now that’s what I call a true gentleman,” Mavis Anne said.
“That was a very kind gesture.”
“It was,” Iris agreed.
“What’s this dad look like? I wonder how long his wife has been gone,” Yarrow asked, making me laugh.
I shrugged and realized I had given barely any thought to the father. It was the boy who had stirred emotion in me. However, when I recalled the father I had to admit he was rather sexy in that nerdy sort of way.
“The dad is good looking,” I told her. “But I have no idea how long his wife has been gone. Jonah hasn’t said anything. The only things I really know are that this boy takes piano lessons, loves dogs, and has a nanny.”
“Hmm,” Mavis Anne said. “Well, you never know what can develop.”
“Yeah, right,” I retorted. “The father thinks I’m a busybody. Not much chance of a romantic involvement there. Besides which, I’m definitely not looking for a relationship.”
Iris laughed. “Famous last words.”
Dona Sarkar wishes she’d been born as a cat so she could have had 9 lives. Since that didn’t work out, she decided to live 9 lives in this one. She spends her days making holograms at Microsoft, celebrates diversity in STEM fields as a fashion blogger at Fibonacci Sequins and is launching her first fashion line called Prima Dona Style this year.
She is also the published author of three novels and one non-fiction book.
Dona lives in Seattle with her really patient husband and her muse, a very bossy tabby cat named Ash. She can be reached at: donasarkar.com; twitter.com/donasarkar; and facebook.com/donasarkarbooks.
Born and raised north of Boston, Terri DuLong was a previous resident of Cedar Key, Florida. She now resides on the east coast of the state in Ormond Beach with her husband, three dogs and two cats. A retired Registered Nurse, she began her writing career as a contributing writer for Bonjour Paris, where she shared her travel experiences to France in over forty articles with a fictional canine narrator. Terri’s love of knitting provides quiet time to develop her characters and plots as she works on her new Ormond Beach novels. You can visit her website at terridulong.com or at her Facebook fan page, facebook.com/TerriDuLongAuthor
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