He hasn’t spoken her name in fourteen years.
She keeps a journal hidden in the back of her closet and permits herself to write about him once a year—on the anniversary of the first and only time they made love.
They promised to love one another forever, but tragedy tore them apart. Now, destiny may just bring them back together.
THE WAY THEY WERE is a story of love, forgiveness, and second chances. At eighteen, Rourke Flannigan and Kate Redmond dreamed of sharing the rest of their lives together until a family tragedy tore them apart. Kate has spent years trying to be a good wife and mother but once a year, she sheds these roles and writes a letter, (which she’ll never send), to the man who owns her heart. Rourke is a high profile, enigmatic Chicago developer who appears regularly in Money and People. He hasn’t spoken her name in fourteen years. But once a year, he permits himself to remember.
When a subcontractor is killed on one of Rourke’s sites, he pays the widow a personal visit, never dreaming the widow will be Kate. As they embark on a cautious journey of rediscovery, one far greater than they could have imagined, secrets and lies threaten to destroy their new found closeness – forever.