Within a Whisper by Caroline Upcher

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In the autumn of 2000, James LaGarenne and his wife, Nanci, answered a call for the "Greatest Love Story Never Told" They both submitted the story of their marriage -- without each other's knowledge -- to a contest William Morrow launched in collaboration with Redbook magazine and Women.com. Their powerful tale profoundly moved the judges, who selected Jimmy's entry as the winner. And now, brought to life by novelist Caroline Upcher, their story will touch your heart as well.

From the moment she saw Jimmy LaGarenne riding his bike down her neighborhood street, eighth-grader Nanci DeSerio was smitten. But it wasn't until three years later, the first time she saw Jimmy cry, that they truly fell in love. Both were growing up in the liberating but confusing sixties as children of Brooklyn cops, and knew by the age of nineteen they'd be together forever.

When they realized not long afterward that Nancl was pregnant, they were married. And though the rushed wedding wasn't the fairy tale for which they'd hoped, their wide-eyed young devotion surely was.

But fairy tales fade, and real life can be the enemy of romance. Over the years disappointment and distance gradually chipped away at their love. Finally, all appeared lost on a bitter-cold Christmas Day when they realized they were within a whisper of divorce.

What happened next, however, is the kind of miracle that makes Nanci and Jimmy's everyday story into an extraordinary one. A moving and inspiring tale of rescued love, it contains a message for each of us ...


About Caroline Upcher

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Upcher was born in London and raised in Africa and Paris. She worked in films and as a book editor and journalist before becoming a novelist.
Published September 1, 2001 by William Morrow. 224 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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