Bygones Author:LaVyrle Spencer Sometimes a divorce can be too final... — In the six years since her bitter divorce, Bess Curran has built a successful life as an interior designer in the historic riverside town of Stillwater, Minnesota. Still angry with her ex-husband, Michael, for abandoning their marriage, she's proud of their two children, twenty-one-year-old Lisa and nine... more »teen-year-old Randy.
Bess, independent but lonely, hadn't counted on her daughter's determination to get her parents back together again. When Lisa invites Bess and Michael to dinner, each is a surprise to the other, and the awkward reunion begins with angry recriminations.
Bright, stylish but always struggling with ten spare pounds, Bess finds herself still attracted to the well-built and handsome Michael, even if the sight of him now ruins her day.
Michael, who has recently accepted the crumbling of his second marriage, is surprised by Bess's new look and breezy affluence, while nursing his resentment over her lack of attention to him and the family which caused their breakup six years before.
While the strained dinner party progresses, Lisa announces that she is pregnant and has plans to marry. Before Bess and Michael can even absorb this bombshell, Lisa tells them she intends to wear her mother's wedding dress and she wants both her parents to walk her down the aisle - together!
As the adversarial couple warily organize the wedding of their firstborn, their own spark is inevitably rekindled. And even though their parting was acrimonious, Michael and Bess find themselves examining their own fault in the divorce and coming to terms with one another. Mellowed by the years and longing for the togetherness of their family once more, they are forced to consider if twenty years of love can really be erased by a legal decree; and if sometimes, when the times change, people don't change along with them.
This novel of a family fighting its way back to unity and happiness is vintage LaVyrle Spencer. BYGONES is destined to be another glorious triumph for this masterful storyteller who writes from the heart of America.« less