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Before free love, sit-ins and the hippies of the late ‘60s, there was an era of strict rules governing social conduct that were well defined and enforced by public opinion and a strong moral code. It is during this time that a young coed, Joanna Ransome, is introduced to handsome married professor, Jared Fowler. That seemingly insignificant event changes the course of her life.
Together they dare to defy the conventions of their time. Once they have begun, they are powerless to break the connection … until one of them takes a step that has tragic consequences. Seasons of Forgetting chronicles their tumultuous relationship through four decades. It is the story of two people who should never have fallen in love.
Jared was asleep on the bed. On the nightstand was the book of poetry he’d bought her for Christmas. Taking a blanket from the closet, Joanna covered him and sat on the edge of the bed watching him. His face was beautiful in repose. He was breathing lightly, looking content and serene. Joanna loved him so much she thought her heart would burst. What would become of them? How could this miracle they had found ever be lost? She sighed, lay back on the pillows and closed her eyes. It was warm and comforting, being there. She knew with Jared she would always feel this safe and loved. Almost immediately she was asleep, her breathing unconsciously matching his.
~ * ~
When they awoke, they were entwined in one another’s arms. Jared kissed her gently.
“I love your gown, darling. Blue is definitely your color.”
“Thank you. I hoped you’d like it.” Her voice was thin, her eyebrows knit thoughtfully.
“What is it? What’s on your mind?”
“I didn’t want to talk about this... not now anyway, while we’re here together in a place where problems shouldn’t exist. But I guess I can’t avoid it. I need you to promise me something.”
“If I can, you know I will.”
“Don’t forget me when you’re making decisions about the future.”
Jared started to say something, but Joanna put her fingers to his lips. “I’m not finished yet. Promise me you’ll remember what we have, what we’ve found here. I don’t want you ever to forget this, no matter what. Promise me?”
“Oh, my darling, how could I ever forget? No matter what the decision or when it has to be made, how could I leave you out of it?”
“I don’t know, but I’m terribly afraid. I know I’ll never stand in your way if you decide to spend the rest of your life with Vicki for the sake of the children. I’ve been there; I’ve been Marina and Michael, and I would never want their lives to be as tainted as mine has been. I won’t be able to pressure you. But what we’ve shared is all that will argue my cause when you have to weigh your options.”
Jared turned and held her close. “I will never forget you, my darling. Never. No matter what happens. No matter where our lives take us. I will never forget you. I love you, and I always will.”
She clung to him as if he were a life preserver in a raging sea, her face buried in his neck. Finally, she pulled away.
“I’ll try not to bring this up again. We’ll face whatever we have to. But I want you to know you are who I want, you will always be who I want, for as long as I live.” She kissed his hands then rested her head on his chest. After awhile, she stirred.
“Why don’t we lighten up a little and order some dinner?”
~ * ~
Jeanne Howard has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. From poems to essays and now to women’s fiction, she has used the power of words to entertain, move and captivate her readers.
Jeanne holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology. In 1973, she was co-founder of a successful group of weekly newspapers, which she continued to operate until 1994. Her weekly essays were read by thousands and often reprinted in other area publications, including one that was chosen for inclusion in the College Guide to Better Reading.
A native of New Jersey, Jeanne works as a Director of Communications for a large school district. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the New Jersey Romance Writers.
Seasons Of Forgetting: “It’s not your average predictable romance novel. A compelling book that creates characters so realistic you will share in their happiness, pain, frustrations and love. So emotional that you’ll have to keep reminding yourself that it’s only a book. Jeanne Howard is an inspirational writer who tells a story with passion and conviction.” -- Joy Snyder, Women on Writing Spotlight Editor
“Seasons of Forgetting shows Jeanne Howard to have a genuine gift for entertaining and involved storytelling.” -- Midwest Book Review
“I will not soon forget this poignant and intelligent novel. Joanna and Jared’s doomed love affair has left an indelible impression on this reviewer. I just wish I could shake off the yearning for a second chance at a happy ending, for a season that isn’t colored by the awful pain of remembrance.” -- Cheryl Jeffries, Heartstrings
Jared's Promise: “The emotions are gripping and the beauty of Ms. Howard’s words makes this a work of art in women’s fiction. There are a few surprises along the way that stun the reader, bring a tear to the eye and touch one’s heart. This is a story that is passionate, totally emotional and which will reinforce the bonds and feelings of family, make you cry and keep you enthralled from beginning to end. A story of love, compassion, forgiveness and family, add to that a talented writer and it is a perfect addition to one’s keeper shelf.” -- Tracey West, Road to Romance Senior Reviewer
Book Publisher: Wings ePress
No. of Pages: 340
Paper Weight (lb): 14.2
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