Promises to Keep, a novel by Jane Green
Callie Perry is a successful family photographer living in tiny Bedford, New York. She adores her children, has great friends, and actually doesn't mind that her workaholic husband gets home at 9 p.m. every night, since it gives her some blissful quiet time to herself as well. And Callie is one of those people who can't help but light up every room she enters.
Steffi is Callie's younger sister and unlike her irrefutably settled sibling, Steffi has never grown up. She's always been a free spirit, living in Manhattan and bouncing between jobs and boyfriends. At thirty, she finally discovered that she's a natural chef and that people can actually make a living off their passions. But she will discover another side of herself, one that finds a simpler life in the country, with it's steadier pleasures, surprisingly seductive.
Lila Grossman is Callie's best friend and has finally met the man of her dreams. Ed has a wonderful son whom Lila adores, but there's a problem, a demanding harridan ex-wife who hates everything about Lila and is determined to create a perennial crisis to keep attention firmly on her.
And then there are Calli and Steffi's parents, Walter and Honor. Divorced for thirty years, they rarely speak to each other. They may share two grown up daughters, but it's obvious they share little else.
A novel about choices we have to make, about having to be your parent's child long after you've grown up, and finally, about the enduring nature of love.
The Walk, Richard Paul Evans
"My name is Alan Chrisoffersen. You don't know me. 'Just another book in the library', my father would say, 'unopened and unread.' You have no idea how far I've come or what I've lost. More important, you have no idea what I've found." - Prologue
What would you do if you lost everything, your job, your home, and the love of your life, all at the same time? When it happens to Seattle and executive Alan Christoffersen, he's tempted by his darkest thoughts. A bottle of pills in his hand and nothing left to live for, he plans to end his misery. Instead, he decides to take a walk. But not an ordinary walk. Taking with him only the barest of essentials, Al leaves behind all that he's known and heads for the farthest point on his map: Key West, Florida. The people he encounters along the way, and the lessons they share with him, will save his life, inspire yours.
A life changing journey, both physical and spiritual, The Walk is the first of an unforgettable series of books about one man's search for hope.