The Tender Bonds
On the last day of kindergarten, Patty Dykstra’s mother picked her up after school and told Patty they’d be going on a trip to visit an aunt in New Jersey. Six-year-old Patty didn’t know she and her mother would not be coming back, and that she would leave behind her father, her home, and the only life she’d never known.
Thirty-six years later, Patty discovers cards that had been written to her by the father she had been told was ‘gone’.
Patty travels back to the to the small town she left behind as a child to find the man who used to call her starshine, the father she barely remembers. What she finds both surprises and shocks her. Jack Dykstra is a far cry from the man she idealized as her daddy. And Patty must learn to stand up for her own self-worth in order to accept and forgive him.
Zoe Markham believes the words I love you only spell trouble. A child of divorce, her family is a cautionary tale littered with broken hearts. She’s never had a relationship that lasted longer than the blink of an eye. In fact, she writes about breakups weekly for her column in New York Today. The only exception to the rule might be Zoe’s friends, Bella and Henry, who have been engaged since college.
Zoe’s first date with a new man, Derek, ends up with him making her breakfast, and she finds herself hoping the affair might be more than a one-night stand. But when Bella shows up at the door crying, the engagement ring she’d so proudly displayed gone from her finger, Zoe is again convinced that true love is impossible. Bella persuades her to write about the breakup with Henry and Zoe does it reluctantly Meanwhile, she sets out to prove she’s wrong about true love, particularly as it pertains to the two best friends she’s ever had. She does everything in her power to get Bella and Henry back together. In the process, Zoe discovers some surprising truths about herself and what she’s been looking for all along.