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Zane Martin's teenage daughter is pregnant. Meg Evan's son is the baby's father. Because Zane grew up not knowing who his father was, he'll be damned if he'll let his grandchild live with that shame. Meg was forced into an abusive marriage because of an unplanned pregnancy, so she knows that love is the only good reason to marry. Neither Meg nor Zane expects or welcomes thZane Martin's teenage daughter is pregnant. Meg Evan's son is the baby's father. Because Zane grew up not knowing who his father was, he'll be damned if he'll let his grandchild live with that shame. Meg was forced into an abusive marriage because of an unplanned pregnancy, so she knows that love is the only good reason to marry. Neither Meg nor Zane expects or welcomes the attraction that sparks between them. As they await the impending birth of their grandchild, old wounds open and long hidden family secrets come to light. The young couple build a newer, stronger relationship, while Meg and Zane reach for a love passionate enough to overcome the past--if they're strong enough to trust it...and each other....

Title : a long way from eden
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ISBN : 6382429
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 405 Pages
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  • Virginia Campbell
    2018-12-08 16:43

    "A Long Way from Eden" is much more than a work of contemporary romantic fiction. Written with heart by author Jana Richards, it is an honest, realistic look at the mistakes people make when they are trying merge past disappointments with hopes for the future. All of us have a chink in our armor somewhere. We are influenced by our family history and by our childhood experiences, both happy and sad. Some patterns of behavior are repeated generation by generation, and some struggle mightily to overcome the cycle of unfortunate circumstances. Meg Evans has worked long and hard to provide a happy and safe home for her son Tom. For longer than she cares to remember, she has looked over her shoulder, expecting her past to come alarmingly into view. Lying became a matter of survival, and now it comes all too easy. Years ago, she had found a safe haven working in a small diner for the kind and generous owners, the Evans, who took Meg and young Tommy into their hearts. Meg even began using the last name of Evans as a further measure to keep the past at bay. Now that Tom is grown, and a college student, Meg is pleased and proud at the young man he has become. One day when she is on duty at the diner, the other waitress tells her that a man is waiting to speak with her. Not knowing who the man is, or why he may have come, Meg goes with trepidation to his table. A big, rugged-looking man with scars on his face and hands. Zane Martin introduces himself to Meg, stating that they have something very personal to discuss. She doesn't want to be alone with him, so she tells him to state his business. He bluntly tells her, "Your son got my daughter pregnant." Meg is stunned--memories and emotions swirl around her as her world spins wildly on its axis. Zane is equally disturbed. He was born to an unmarried mother, and he is determined that his grandchild will not face the taunts and torment he suffered during his own childhood. He thinks the only solution is for his daughter Erin to marry Tom so that their child will not be born out-of-wedlock. Meg is greatly opposed to the idea, as her own "shotgun" marriage turned into a nightmare. Zane and Meg each confront their children and finally learn the truth of the situation. Zane blamed Tom for getting Erin pregnant, but she admits that she recklessly seduced Tom, telling him she was on birth-control pills. Initially, Zane and Meg can't see eye-to-eye, but as they spend time with one another, and get to know each other better, they both realize how much they love their children. They begin to work together to find a reasonable solution, and to offer mutual support to Erin and Tom, who are not sure if they want to get married. Meg and Zane both begin to greatly look forward to the birth of their grandchild. A friendship and attraction grows between them, but each of them has secrets which affect their behavior toward each other. Zane knew unhappiness in his own childhood, but he had always remained very close to his mother. He has always wondered about his own birth father, and a shocking revelation will change the course of his future forever. As Tom reflects on his own role as a new father, he presses Meg for more information about his own father. Meg had completely fictionalized her relationship with Tom's father never telling him about the abuse she suffered, and never letting on how strange and cruel her own parents were toward her. Zane and Meg care deeply for each other, and he proposes, but the chains of Meg's past are a heavy burden, and she must refuse. Each character in this story must come to grips with their own painful personal history, and they must grow as individuals before they can embrace the reality of their combined familial links. The journey is a difficult one for them all, but their ultimate destination offers great rewards. Parts of this story will hold a very personal resonance for readers--just as they did for this reviewer.