Next Door To Happiness Author:LaVaughn Storsve John Langer was lonely. Somehow, he had. never found the girl with whom he wanted to spend the rest of his life - so he had never married. Now he was becoming discontent with the daily grind at the office and the rather uneventful life he shared with his widower father. He realized that he was growing older, still without a wife and family to ma... more »ke his life meaningful and worthwhile.
The first time he saw his "mystery lady" he began to daydream about what life would be like with this lovely person, although she seemed to take no interest in him at all. Then, almost providentially it seemed to him, his path crossed hers and he was able to meet and help the person he had so long admired at a distance, his mystery lady - Mary Brownlee.
There were plenty of surprises in store for John the first time he entered Mary's home - and one of the most frustrating, tantalizing courtships a man could be called upon to carry on. Always, it seemed he was just "next door to happiness" with only Mary's strange reserve and aloofness keeping him from finding completion with her.
The author of this mature romance has looked long and deeply into the soul of a woman tormented by fear and guilt - fear that she could never again give her love to a man, guilt resulting from what she felt was a failure to stand by when her love and loyalty were tested as terribly as any woman's has ever been.
If the old adage is true, that "the path of true love never runs smooth," then the feeling that John and Mary had for each other could have been nothing else, for their love seemed destined for failure and ultimate oblivion - until God took a hand and revealed to Mary the truth about her self and her past.« less