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Good Will

There's no road map for what to do when your husband dies – when he jumps off a bridge to escape mistakes that he made, or even welcomed, into your lives. Lily didn't have to consult a map for this particular part of her journey; she knew the way back to the small town that she never thought she'd see again. With a precocious seven-year-old who reminded her too much of his father tucked safely in the back seat, Lily left New York with everything she owned in a U-Haul, memories that came in waves like fields along the highway, and an envelope that she was afraid to open.

Widowed.

Privacy was something in the past for Mallory, a single mom in her twenties with two young kids and dreams for a better future. Her life had been split into two – the role of a loving mom who wanted to shield her kids from a life they hadn't asked for and a woman who had been betrayed by her high school sweetheart when he discovered life wasn't all about Friday night touchdowns. And, with one phone call, Mallory realized that this life was her new one. He wasn't coming back.

Abandoned.

Celeste had been a force back in the day. Leaving your husband after an affair with the town bartender was scandalous on its own, but a brief stay in a psychiatric facility ensured she would be the talk of the town for years to come. And she was. Now, decades later, she wondered if it was all worth it; she wondered if she truly had anything to show for turning out exactly how her ex-husband claimed she would.

Alone.

She was supposed to be writing thank-you notes for a brushed silver platter that she would never use. Beth wasn't supposed to be checking feeding tubes and oxygen levels; she wasn't supposed to be a full-time caregiver for a man she had married just a few months before. A honeymoon wasn't supposed to end that way, with the sound of sirens and strangers talking of death.Beth wasn't supposed to feel this way.

Lost.

As Lily sits in the thrift store parking lot and sifts through a box of things that she needs to let go, three other women struggle to simply hold on. In this box of thrift store donations are the things that will eventually bind them together – a Chanel suit, a Burberry tie, a suit that one man loved and another man needs – items from Lily's past that will connect four women in unexpected ways and give them all the strength they need to move on.

 


 

Six Weeks in Petrograd

Six Weeks in Petrograd follows Lila, a young professional lost in a life she worked hard for and thought she wanted. Not unique in this revelation, Lila still feels alone and comes to doubt the decisions that brought her to a conference room in the middle of a workday, stuffing blueberry muffins into her mouth. Suffering a particularly bad day, Lila impulsively volunteers for a six-week work trip in Russia, knowing very little about the country and understanding even less about the adventure awaiting her. It is there that she is forced to find her true self or risk being lost completely.

Stranded in the middle of St. Petersburg, surrounded by onion dome cathedrals and an intimidating language that she doesn't understand, Lila is forced to navigate a cultural divide and professional minefield. She is one member of an international team assigned to assist a Russian pharmaceutical company with the legal factors surrounding its development of a breakthrough neurological drug. The intensity of the work is overwhelming, yet overshadowed by the cast of characters who share her assignment and upon whom she must, somewhat unfortunately, rely.

Stella, another young American attorney, views the entire world as competition and struggles to define her own version of success. Her harsh persona softens throughout the book and you find yourself an unexpected fan of this sassy character with the crazy red hair. Sergei is a Russian attorney with a peculiar British accent and background. As the first person to befriend Lila, she is drawn to him immediately and lets herself wonder, and wish, for something more. Misha uses his scientific acumen to hide from the need to socialize or, for that matter, ever look anyone directly in the eye. The boss of the entire project is Mitchell Brownridge, a partner in Lila's law firm who she had secretly vowed to always avoid given his less than stellar reputation. Mitchell exemplifies every negative attorney stereotype and creates a few new ones.

Six Weeks in Petrograd transports readers through the white nights of Russia, cobblestone streets of Estonia, unexpected friendships, and the virtual crossroads in the mind of a young woman trying desperately to find the right path.

 

Six Weeks in Petrograd is available on Amazon.com & BarnesandNoble.com.