Years of experience as an actor prepared Charmaine Gordon for the wonders of a writing career. Although she didn’t know it at the time, while she was immersed in the written words of others she was like a sponge, soaking up how to construct a scene, write dialogue and paint a setting. The author of three novels, Charmaine writes about women who survive and thrive. I know you’ll find this week’s Great Read both moving and inspiring – Now What? by Charmaine Gordon.
It was 2:30 a.m. when the phone rang. I fumbled for it, my heart starting a race toward bad news. Our doctor’s voice urged me to hurry. I crammed into clothes as if I expected this call.
It is only a fever that won’t go down, isn’t it?
Our doctor shook his head. “…We did everything possible to save him. I held him in my arms when he took his last breath. Carly, I’m so sorry.”
Settling in beside my Bob, I held his cooling hand and asked the two words spoken many times during our years together. “Now what?” This time there was no response. I was on my own for the first time. When my fingers touched his wedding ring, I slipped it off and held it in my fist. The gold band was warm. I clung to him. “Come back to me, dearest.”
Sometimes what you wish for is more than you can live with.
What do readers say?
“Charmaine Gordon’s books are a ‘must read’ for those who have experienced a loss in their lives, whether through death, abandonment or divorce. The reader will so identify with the women in her books, who struggle through their shock and trauma to find the courage and an inner strength they never knew they had, to face the future and to create a meaningful life, as the much stronger person they had never known they were. Her books are written with so much color, so much spiritual and emotional intensity, that you’ll never look at life in the same way again. I am eagerly awaiting the publication of her next book.” – Kate S.