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Meet Ed Gideon. In the two years since his wife died while celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary, Ed has kept his sanity by narrowing his focus to only work and his two college-aged daughters, until the equilibrium he has found is shattered by a fifteen-year-old watching her mother die. Ed’s unresolved grief is brought to the surface as he is caught between wanting to turn away and the belief his late wife expects him to help.
Jefferson R. Blackburn-Smith’s fourth novel, Love is the story of a family navigating the minefield of grief and desire in the aftermath of overwhelming loss. Set in America’s heartland, Columbus, Ohio, in 2010, the novel explores finding love, in all it’s permutations, after overwhelming loss.
Love is a gritty novel that grabs the reader from the first page and never lets go. Opening with one man thrown together with the teenage daughter of the drunk driver –now on her own death bed-- who killed his wife, this deftly woven story follows the character’s dramatic struggle to helps his family reclaim their lives and find love again.