At once heart-wrenching and funny, poignant and provocative,
here is a rare novel about finding the courage to take a
remarkable leap of faith. Smart, funny Anna Bolles, a born
athlete and a dynamic teacher, figures God decided to have
the last laugh when her life was tragically and irrevocably
changed five years ago. Since then she has kept herself
firmly grounded in the present with the door marked "future"
Anna's days are filled with the vibrancy of summer in New
York City where she takes joy in the details, the sensual
assault of an air-conditioned museum and a perfectly baked
muffin. She relishes her role as an observer to the dramas
played out around her--from the adolescent courtships of her
private school students to the turbulent love affairs of
friends and colleagues. Yet Anna never dares to open her
heart, except to the father who has drifted from her and the
mother who sustains her, until the one thing she didn't
think could happen becomes a twist of fate that may just set
her free. Until Joe Malone.
Joe Malone, pilot, businessman, amateur photographer, is a
man who has everything except happiness. Though he's
notorious for his short attention span, he sees in Anna a
world of possibilities. Maybe Joe, a man who has only been
skimming the surface of life, has finally found a perfect
place to land. He thinks he wants a life with Anna no matter
what and seems willing to risk everything to be with her.
But can he trust himself enough to give their deepest dreams
the chance to flourish?
Through laughter and tears, from the depths of heartbreak to
the pinnacle of joy, Sally Mandell never fails to remind
readers of the things that matter most in life. Now she has
written her most dazzling novel yet--a very special story
about two unique people whose love comes from seemingly out
of the blue.