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When You Went Away

Lou Aronica

When You Went Away

Story Plant hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-661188-230-8

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-0-9841905-0-8

Publication date: October 6, 2009

352 pages



When You Went Away is a very powerful tale full of laughter, tears, and romantic moments that keep you enthralled with the authors voice. I think every reader will fall a little in love with both this outstanding author as well as this amazing character!”

— Coffee Time Romance

Gerry Rubato is living life in a cloud. Within a short period, he's become a widower with a new baby and a runaway daughter. Gerry cares deeply about the people in his life, and he's having a very tough time coming to terms with the blows life has dealt him. When love surprises him, Gerry isn't sure how much his heart can hold.

Ally Ritten prides herself on her creativity and resilience. She's allowed herself to expect less from love, but that doesn't mean she's unwilling to give it everything she has.

Tanya Rubato is a young dreamer who lets life affect her in profound ways. Her decisions lead her to follow her heart to surprising places.

Reese Rubato is two months old when the story begins. However, his personality is already beginning to emerge and that personality just gets bigger as the days go by.

Only a few months ago, Gerry Rubato had everything he thought he needed from life. He was passionately in love with his college sweetheart after nearly twenty years of marriage, he had a bright, independent-minded daughter, and he had the surprising addition of a new child on the way. Then everything changed with stunning rapidity. With little explanation, his daughter ran away with her older boyfriend. Then, only a month after giving birth to their son, his wife died suddenly.

Now, Gerry needs to be everything to his infant child while he contends with two losses he can barely comprehend. And when a woman walks into his life as a friend and their relationship verges on something more, Gerry must redefine all that he knows about himself, about love, about loyalty, and about his dreams.

An emotionally charged story filled with warmth, humor, wisdom, and unforgettable characters, When You Went Away is a novel you will take to your heart.

About the Author...

Lou Aronica (edited)

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Lou Aronica is known for the uncommon depth of emotion to his stories and the vivid realism of his characters. New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips called The Forever Year “pure pleasure from beginning to end, beautifully written and emotionally rich” and Blogcritics said that Blue was “like experiencing a lucid dream with depth and detail that play on all five senses.”

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