Title: Sands Through the Hourglass
Author: T.M. Schaefer
Forty two year old Imagineer Gilly Whitesmith has no idea what awaits her when she arrives to work late one day. A run-of-the-mill encounter with a devastatingly handsome gentlemen catches her off guard, but she never thought she would find Conrad Smith—a confident, 49 year old gentleman who knows exactly who he is and what he wants. Past scars and future plans should hinder Gilly, and yet she can’t control the overwhelming desire that he stirs in her. She knows that her heart will never survive him and her instinct is telling her to run, but Conrad is not willing to let her go. He wants her and is determined to have her.Come along as we discover if their love triumphs through tragedy…
This is a beautiful story about loss and picking up your pieces and living. Finding a way to move on and love again.
Gilly lost her husband of 13 years, the love of her life, to cancer. Conrad’s wife of 6 years died in a car accident. Years have passed for both as they have tried to get a handle on life and deal with their grief and neither has been in a relationship. Both have children and as we get glimpses into Gilly & Conrad’s pasts, we see the overwhelming amount of love they each had for their spouses and what they went through with their losses.
“Once in seclusion, I lose it. All of the stress and drama from the past week manifest into evil tears and vomit, and I’ve had enough.”
Gilly & Conrad both are feeling guilty at pursuing a relationship with each other but they cannot deny the connection they are feeling. Their interactions are fun and had me laughing at times. There is so much sincerity in this story. The lost loves of each are not forgotten as Gilly & Conrad move forward with their relationship and it’s beautiful to see the formation of their family while paying homage to their lost loves.
The dialogue of this book is great. I love how it’s written, as if she’s speaking to you. There’s lots of wit and she goes off in these fun tangents.
“Okay ladies! MUSCLE UPDATE! Remember I told you I’d get back to you on the whole muscle thing? This man is scrumptiously muscular!”
The support system in this story is tremendous. The children are wonderful and you couldn’t ask for better friends and family than Tania & Eric. They have so much love and the encouragement and assistance they give is immense throughout the story.
There’s so much more to this story than just finding love! Part 2 of the book tore me apart. The things that happen will touch you deeply. This book is heavy on the heart with just the right amount of wit to lighten it up when needed. It’s emotional, sweet, beautiful, and endearing.
“Words failed to express how good it felt to finally feel as though I could move on. To not having every living moment be consumed by grief. By loss. By death. My soul warmed to the thought of fucking living again.”
About the Author
My name is Tonya Schaefer. I’m a wife and mother with a very creative imagination. I have always enjoyed storytelling and character development. Creative writing became a career when I decided I had too many stories in my head to ignore. Writing is my passion, but when I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time at the beach, swimming, boating, and hanging out with friends. I also loveto cook and entertain. This new venture is bound to be a wild ride and I’m honored that you will be there with me. I feel that romance readers and writers are very passionate and I cannot wait to meet you all!
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