In Seventy-Two Hours… a marriage could end.
When junior Jennifer Sloan fell in love with her high school sweetheart, senior Christopher Gardner, they shared the same hopes and dreams for an idyllic future together living in their small, rural Pennsylvania town. Jen set her sights on a career in education and returned to their old alma mater as a history teacher. Chris, with his strong work ethic and brilliant mind, made a name for himself as a scientific engineer. As Jen’s parents were always quick to point out, kind and generous Chris would always be a good provider for Jen.
Even with the best planning, the future doesn’t always turn out the way people envisioned it. Jen learns this lesson quickly. While Chris has turned out to be the “good provider “ everyone thought he would be, he isn’t available to Jen and their children as much as he should be. Jen finds out a good provider is about being more than a financial provider. Jen’s responsibilities with work, home, and family keep mounting onto her broad, organized shoulders…until she reaches her breaking point.
Feeling alone and unwanted in her marriage, Jen commits the ultimate betrayal. In light of her recent behavior and what drove her to it, she assumes there is no going back. When she decides it’s time to tell Chris she wants a divorce, she finds out he has something else in mind.
A surprise holiday weekend getaway at a lakeside cottage could be the best medicine for their failing marriage. At least that is what Chris tells her his intentions are when the weekend begins. Will this last-ditch effort remind them of why they fell in love or will it only force them to accept the reality of a lost cause? Recent events make their future seem hopelessly bleak. While Jen and Chris endeavor to confront their relationship issues, memories from their past reveal the events that helped shape their lives.
Set in the picturesque Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania and Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes wine country, will Seventy-Two Hours be enough time for two people to fall in love all over again?
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Published August 30, 2012
Romance, Literature & Fiction.