Love Like This
Cynthia Newberry Martin
Publication date: April, 2023
Genre: Literary Fiction
Paperback: ISBN: 978-0-6454365-7-0
eBook: ISBN: 978-0-6454365-8-7
★★★★★ “An exploration of female identity, desire, and the utter unpredictability of love.” Steve Almond, author of All the Secrets of the World
For the first time in a lifetime, Angelina and Will can choose again. After twenty-two years with children at home, she has no idea what she wants and is counting on the empty house to figure it out.
But he already knows—he wants her, all to himself.
Nine days into their child-free life, he quits his job and announces he’s home to stay. So Angelina announces she’s returning to nursing, this time in home health care.
In his new basement workroom, Will enjoys making boxes, but the quiet house sends him in search of music, where he meets Stella who reveals more than the magic of iPods.
Meanwhile, Angelina's first patient is an unpredictable woman named Lucy who reveals a particular magic of her own, as does her billboard-painting son John Milton. As Angelina and Will’s life together becomes increasingly tense and their days apart become increasingly comfortable, it looks like Will may be the one to get the empty house.
Love Like This drops you inside a long-term marriage, where you’ll be screaming either stay or go—as you weigh the value of sticking with the familiar versus the value of venturing into the unknown.