Never Too Late
by Robyn Carr
(reissue with new content)
Date: March 31, 2015
Many changes occur in Clare's life over the next several months as she works to heal her body and spirit. There's Sam, the hot cop who witnessed her accident, a younger man with whom she first forges a friendship, a man who makes Clare feel desired for the first time in years but are they destined to become lovers or just good friends? There's a new career as Clare joins the workforce but is teaching the right choice for her or has she yet to discover her real passion? She reconnects with a man from her youth with whom she shares a shameful secret. Will they finally be able to forgive themselves - and each other - and lay the past to rest? Will doing so give them a future together? And finally, there's Clare's almost ex-husband. He does have good qualities and he loves Clare. Will the divorce papers be the kick in the pants he needs to change his ways? They share a child. Will they finally become the family they should have been for the past sixteen years?
I discovered Robyn Carr with the publication of Virgin River and have followed her faithfully with each subsequent book she's published. This is a book that was published prior to Virgin River but is now being reissued with new content. I did not read the original book so I don't know what that new content entails but I can tell you that I fell in love with this story. In fact, I loved it so much that I stayed up reading until 3:37 am!
One of Carr's strengths is her ability to create complex, fully dimensional, realistic characters and Never Too Late is filled with them. While Clare is an almost forty year old mother, this book is in many ways her coming of age story and Carr captures her journey beautifully and realistically. She's the type of woman who could be my next-door neighbor. It's also a story about relationships, another area in which Carr excels. There's the male-female relationships Clare must navigate as she discovers who she is and what she wants from life. There's her close relationship with her teenage son and his broken relationship with his father. There's Clare's older sister, Maggie who has her own family crises to contend with and younger sister, Sarah who wonders if love will ever find her. Finally, there's Clare's familial relationship with her father and two sisters, relationships that have been strained during her tumultuous marriage but the love has never wavered and the journey following Clare's accident forges a new and stronger bond among them. They all learn that it's never too late to redefine our lives, never too late to begin again.
While I would classify Never Too Late as women's fiction, those of you wanting a strong romance with a HEA will not be disappointed. Carr has combined the best of women's fiction and contemporary romance into a compelling, heartwarming story that, I am sure, will end up on many keeper shelves...mine included.