Thursday, March 8, 2012

Beyond Tuesday Morning - Karen Kingsbury

Summary from Good Reads: The hope-filled sequel to the bestselling One Tuesday Morning

In this new novel by Karen Kingsbury, three years have passed since the terrorist attacks on New York City. Jamie Bryan, widow of a firefighter who lost his life on that terrible day, has found meaning in her season of loss by volunteering at St. Paul's, the memorial chapel across the street from where the Twin Towers once stood. Here she meets a daily stream of people touched by the tragedy, including two men with whom she feels a connection. One is a firefighter also changed by the attacks, the other a police officer from Los Angeles.

But as Jamie gets to know the police officer, she is stunned to find out that he is the brother of Eric Michaels, the man with the uncanny resemblance to Jamie's husband, the man who lived with her for three months after September 11. Eric is the man she has vowed never to see again. Certain she could not share even a friendship with his brother, Jamie shuts out the police officer and delves deeper into her work at St. Paul's.

Now it will take the persistence of a tenacious man, the questions from her curious young daughter, and the words from her dead husband's journal to move Jamie beyond one Tuesday morning.

"Jamie Bryan took her position at the far end of the Staten Island Ferry, pressed her body against the railing, eyes on the place where the Twin Towers once stood. She could face it now, every day if she had to. The terrorist attacks had happened, the World Trade Center had collapsed, and the only man she'd ever loved had gone down with them.

Late fall was warmer than usual, and the breeze across the water washed over Jamie's face. If she could do this, if she could make this journey three times a week while Sierra was in school, then she could convince herself to get through another long, dark night. She could face the empty place in the bed beside her, face the longing for the man who had been her best friend, the one she'd fallen for when she was only a girl."
This is the sequel to One Tuesday Morning and it has now been three years since the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11/01.  Jamie Bryan is working at St. Paul's Chapel to help counsel visitors with grief.  She believes that it is her calling from God to help others work through their pain from their losses.  One day on her way to the chapel, Jamie encounters some trouble from some young adults on the ferry ride.  Two officers were on the boat and came to her rescue.  They were police officers from LA in NYC for detective training, one of which is Clay Michaels.  Jamie and Clay make an instant connection and spend lots of time together while he is there for two weeks.  Will Jamie allow herself to have feelings for Clay?  How will things work out when he heads back home?
I thought this was a great continuation of the first book.  I loved how she brought Clay into the story with Jamie.  This story was a little predictable since the reader knew who Clay was before Jamie did but I still enjoyed reading on how their relationship developed.  I will be reviewing the final book of this series, Every Now and Then, next.

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