Brynna McAllyster is a divorced career mom who unexpectedly falls for the sexy widower down the street. Chase Garson is raising his three young daughters, but despair over his wife's tragic death keeps their lives from moving forward until Brynna finds her way to his doorstep. With elements of a very modern "Brady Bunch" each family is in a state of transition--their common goal--contentment. However, secrets and infidelities threaten an already fragile bond.
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Thirty-seven year old Chase Garson is forced deeper into a cocoon of desolation as his will to survive is tested almost daily. Still haunted by the circumstances of his wife’s fatal car accident more than two years ago, Chase holds himself accountable for the bitter confrontation that sends Erica fleeing into the night never to return. Left to raise their three young daughters his overwhelming guilt and deep despair prevent their lives from moving forward. His is virtually a self-imposed prisoner to a lifetime of single parenting.
As both father and mother to nine year-old Marley, six year-old Lexi and three year-old Kasey, Chase juggles the children’s needs, his work, and household responsibilities. But it is a life-altering dream that force Chase to make overdue changes for his flailing family. The first step was to move them all to the North Shore of Long Island, residence to he and his late wife’s families, as well as his place of business, thus providing more quality time – not to mention detaching the recovering family from the bittersweet memories of their old house.
Chase and his brother Steve are co-owners of a very successful restaurant and catering business that in the past had been compromised by a third partner who was subsequently forced out by the remaining two. A direct result of the dissolution, finances had been tight for several years, but recent profits would now afford Chase the luxury of hiring a housekeeper to further ease his burden. With this newfound freedom, Chase tentatively tests the waters of dating and begins a casual affair with a younger woman, Sasha. Things were finally looking up, or so he thought.
Brynna McAllyster is not only a survivor of divorce, but also a conqueror. Making the most of her newly unencumbered status, she concentrates on advancing her career and successfully lands a position as an account manager for a well-known New York advertising agency. Bryn is content, financially independent, and the mother of two well-adjusted children – twelve year-old Devin and nine year-old Justine. However, even though Bryn is blessed with many wonderful friendships, including that of her ex-husband, Travis who is an active father and a friend, Bryn feels the loss of male companionship – this is one area of her life she has not managed well since the divorce. Bryn desires a sense of permanence with a loving, nurturing, and devoted man. That’s when Chase Garson moves into her neighborhood – and into her life.
Chase’s daughter, Marley befriends Bryn’s daughter, Justine, forcing their parents into contact. The two adults feel an immediate attraction – for Bryn it’s an electrifying physical tension while Chase’s reaction to his attractive neighbor is more of a steady build – no doubt having something to do with the temporary distraction of his twenty-something sex toy, Sasha. Nevertheless, an unlikely friendship ensues, though Chase and Bryn find their dependence and desire for each other growing with each passing day.
Having quickly become the best of friends, their repeated attempts to suppress their mutual desire in lieu of their friendship becomes nearly impossible, and a straining Bryn and Chase continually seek reasons to support and discourage an intimate relationship. Adding to Bryn’s confusion, an old flame, Kent Bradshaw, appears at her office, hoping to reclaim a place in her life. While for Chase, numerous family and business-related difficulties, as well as the unrelenting fact that Erica still occupies his heart and his conscience further complicate the depth of soul-searching. But life’s priorities are quickly returned to their proper perspective when his youngest daughter, Kasey, is discovered missing.
The daunting, and seemingly endless trials and tribulations of two single parents are portrayed with a superb mixture of humor, warmth, and reverence. Told from two points of view, the focus of the story is not only the relationship between Bryn and Chase, but distinctly personifies the parent-child relationships of two very different families. With each family in a state of transition, there is no shortage of true-to-life issues here, as both families unwittingly seek a sense of fulfillment to make their worlds complete. And, bearing that in mind, the unforeseen twists will keep you guessing if in fact, Love really is enough for all.From the Author:
With millions of women successfully supporting their children, confident in their abilities to function independently, and secure enough in their capabilities to embrace new love — the focus of LOVE ENOUGH FOR ALL is not the travesties and implications of divorce or untimely death, but the enhancement of lives through the blending of families — without sacrificing one’s children or career. It’s okay to fall in love again, to combine the fragments of two very different families in order to find wholeness. With as much as fifty percent of marriages ending in divorce, the market for an uplifting story told from both a female and a male point of view would appeal to people of all ages.
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Book Description AmErica House. Paperback. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G1588519562I5N00
Book Description AmErica House 2002-01-20, 2002. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Good. 1588519562. Bookseller Inventory # 130711011