If You Could See Me Now (aka A Silver Lining)
If You Could See Me Now - aka A Silver Lining Author:Cecelia Ahern Everything in Elizabeth Egan's life has its place, from the espresso cups in her gleaming kitchen to the swatches and paint pots of her interior design business. Order and precision keep life under control -- and keep Elizabeth's heart from the pain and hurt she has suffered in the past. — The only cloud on the horizon is her sister Saoir... more »se. A red-haired whirlwind, she is always leaving behind pieces which Elizabeth struggles to pick up -- including her six-year-old son Luke. Being a reluctant mother while trying to keep her business on track is a full-time job, one which leaves little room for error -- or fun.
Until, one day, a stranger unexpectedly comes into their lives. Ivan is carefree, spontaneous and always looking for adventure -- everything that Elizabeth is not. In no time at all, he has crept under her skin and started to change her life in ways she could never have imagined.
But Elizabeth knows little about Ivan -- who he is and whether he is everything he seems. And whether there is a future for their blossoming relationship...
This book falls most closely into the romance category, but I'm reluctant to call it that. Ivan is far from a knight in shining armor and the relationship he has with Elizabeth Egan is romantic, but not sexual. Ivan brings out the child in her, teaches her how to have fun in life-- to forget the problems of her family and even to introduce color into her wardrobe. The effects of his time in her life will last forever, even though he has to move on, for reasons that Luke understands but Elizabeth takes much longer to work through.