This Too Shall Pass

Author: Cynthia Roberts

Publisher: CreateSpace

Release Date: May 21, 2012

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5.0

Format: PRINT

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At forty-five, Alana Waverly was one of the youngest residents living in Rivers Edge. She’s jobless and no matter how many resumes she sends out, no one calls. So much has gone wrong in the past two years. She has gone through her savings and her retirement and the house she had worked so hard to hold onto after her divorce foreclosed. Recently, she received a certified letter from the IRS, stating that she owes several thousand dollars in taxes for the past two years. She lost the best job she had ever had and then she had a minor stroke, which, thankfully, did not leave any lasting effects. Despite it all, one of her biggest problems is the silence. She is a woman who thrives on companionship. Her two children are grown now with families of their own, although they are still close. It has been four years since she has been kissed by man. Still she needs to look on the bright side; she is not the only one going through the current economic crisis, she has some beautiful things, including two happily married children and wonderful grandchildren, and she has just received a copy of her first published contemporary romance. If she had been working, she would not have had time to write it. Needing to get out of the apartment, she decided to go for a run. On the way out, she met her neighbor when she ran into him…literally. Suddenly, she had feelings she had not felt in some time and could not help being pleased when she noticed that he did not wear a wedding ring. Still, after a disastrous past love life, she does not trust men and there was no way she would let someone into her life as messed up as it was right then.

As CEO of Langor Associates, Dylan Clayburn has a private jet at his disposal, a huge expense account, a great retirement portfolio and a lush executive office. This office had been his dad’s and Dylan still missed him. The cancer had taken him away just over eighteen months ago. The last thing he and his father had done together three years ago was to outfit the office. Dylan steered clear of women with emotional and financial baggage, yet he could not help having sympathy for the woman he had bumped into last week. She had had such a sad look in her eyes and today, he had heard her weeping as he passed by the door of her apartment, which was on the same floor as his. He had seen her underlying strength and quick wit and was attracted to her.

With no job and no money, Alana was is scrimping to get by; reusing tea bags, unplugging anything electrical when it is not in use, but still her cable had been cut off recently and she knew her power was next. This was something she was trying to avoid as it was the middle of winter. When she ran into her neighbor recently, he had invited her out to dinner. But she had no way to reciprocate so she would not let him into her private world, rebuffing him instead.

However, Dylan sticks in there, determined not to give up on this woman he is beginning to love although he doesn’t really know her. He is bewildered by that, but then he witnesses a horrendous accident in which she is involved and knows that his life will not be complete if he doesn’t have her in it. As she recovers, she continues to hold out, always waiting until things have improved for her before letting him into her life. But then her daughter Emily reminds Alana of the words her own mother always spoke when something bad happened in their lives – ‘THIS TOO SHALL PASS.’ Despite everything, Alana begins to realize she has a lot to be thankful for. Can Alana get beyond her past and let Dylan into her life, or will she condemn herself to a life of loneliness?

A poignant story, THIS TOO SHALL PASS, the latest novel by talented author Cynthia Roberts, is a touching, emotion-packed contemporary romance that reminds us not to take life for granted. Each chapter begins with a few words of wisdom about life and living it to the fullest. At times, it will bring a smile to your face and at other times, tears will appear, as you find yourself empathizing with Alana and the struggles she goes through. You also cannot help but love Dylan who sticks with her through thick and thin. Ms. Roberts brings these complex characters to life right before your eyes until it almost seems as if Dylan and Alana are people you know. With creativity, passion and emotion, Ms. Roberts fills her story with life’s hardships and blessings, beautifully clever dialogue, vulnerable characters with realistic problems, a real life plot, romance and true love, making this moving story one you will want to read and then read again. It will remind you of how truly fortunate you are and how important it is to make the most of the limited time you have here on Earth. I highly recommend this book and look forward to see what Ms. Roberts comes up with next.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Dottie

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