*With Spoilers* I just cant get past the fact that these two - a married for two decades couple, age unmentioned but grandparents now - never got the hang of sex and then one fine day, many many years later, they did. Of course, sex can get boring after a time or conversely, couples can find their groove after years of marriage. Our H - the uncaring boor - has never had sex with anyone else and never even wanted to. And once, after several years of marriage, when he lay between her thighs ready to climax, blood pounding in his ears, he'd restrained himself, forced himself to stop. In the present, she walks out on him one day and returns reluctantly a year later, when he has a stroke. He hates her and doesnt want her anywhere near him but as their only daughter is pregnant and unable to cope, only the very leery h is available to do the honours. Still a nicely written, engrossing story with characters that seem real (if delusional), and made me wonder about their lives and their sad acts and non-acts. Killer talked a little, did a couple of paces, combined with a light, made to look like an accident, body rub as he ambled past.
Wow. The story of Molly Thoreau Bennett and her not-so-perfect husband Austin drained me but in a good way. In that story, you'll view a man who niggles his wife. So when he came home one day from work and found the house silent, his wife gone and a letter from her asking for a divorce, he was shocked. This is the story of a couple who once loved each other. Like so many marriages, communication broke down.
Austin's story focuses on his tumultuous marriage and most recently his separation from his estranged wife Molly. Austin has a debilitating stroke at the start of the book which compels Molly to come back into his life as a temporary caregiver. Austin's lack of ability to communicate, show, and trust love is apparent in their interactions. Molly also has her own emotional baggage that she carried into the marriage, and the wounds Austin has left on her in the aftermath of their hurtful marriage are noticeable. Their love story comes late, but is very touching and emotional.
"One Fine Day" opens up with Molly leaving her life with Austin behind , moving to Florida and what appears to be successfully starting her new life. I did not like Austin in the first book and felt sorry for Molly but reading "One fine Day" made me understand deep undercurrents of their relationship and that Molly herself was as cruel and clueless of her husband's feelings as Austin was to hers.
One day, Austin comes home to find that Molly had left him with only a note. They live apart for a couple of years before he has a stroke and she's forced to come back to get him back on his feet. But somehow the time apart, and Austin's stroke led to things coming out in the open and they are given a second chance.
Weir's product description says she wrote it when publishers were experimenting with books that crossed women's fiction with romance, and this was an attempt to do that. And also, it takes place within a broken marriage, which is women's fiction-ish (though also something that I like to see in romance). Like most (all?) of Weir's romance, this novel has protagonists who don't talk to each other. Still, all in all, One Fine Day was well worth reading, particularly if you're already a fan of Weir's work.
Not the free part, the story part. . The husband, Austin, is a bully. At the beginning of the story, Molly, the wife, leaves, running away to Florida. But, I'd rather have had Molly run back off to Florida. Oh, and the b-story features Austin's equally depressing sister.
First, it was written in 1994 and I'm not really into old school romances. Then, the blurb says that it is an experimental hybrid, a combination of romance and women's fiction, well, call me a conservative but I am a little bit leary when I read something like that. I like that the author divides the blame for the marriage failure between both Molly and Austin.
I only gave it 2.5 stars because I read/skimmed her the first part of this series "Forever" and I enjoyed that more than this so I couldn't give them the same ratings.
Theresa Weir (a.k.a. Anne Frasier) is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-six books and numerous short stories that have spanned the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal, fantasy, and memoir. In her more recent Anne Frasier career, her thriller and suspense titles hit the USA Today list (HUSH, SLEEP TIGHT, PLAY DEAD) and were featured in Mystery Guild, Literary Guild, and Book of the Month Club.