The History of Us
From Sweet Bliss author Jennifer Bardsley comes a poignant romance about a small-town crime that throws together ex-high school sweethearts who have never quite gotten over their past.
Andrea Wint's life in the small town of Port Inez, Washington, is a simple one. She works, enjoys the gorgeous view from her bay window, and visits her dad at the memory-care facility. Her father is in the late stages of Alzheimer's, but Andrea brings in one coin from his valuable collection every day--little bits of precious metals that seem to bring him back to himself, even if just for a few moments.
So when Andrea's house is burgled and the coins disappear, she's bereft.
To track down the culprit, she turns to Dustin Karlsson, who just happens to be her former high school sweetheart. Years ago, they broke each other's hearts, and some wounds are slow to heal. But Dustin feels indebted to the ailing Tom Wint and wants to help.
What's more, Dustin has a personal stake in finding the perpetrator. In fact, he suspects the thief could be his own brother-in-law, a gambler and a drunk who skipped town, leaving Dustin's sister and two young nieces behind.
As Dustin and Andrea travel the Pacific Northwest in an effort to recover the missing coins, old feelings rekindle. Maybe their happily ever after can still be minted.
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About the Author
Jennifer Bardsley believes in friendship, true love, and the everlasting power of books. A graduate of Stanford University, she lives in Edmonds, Washington, with her husband and two children. Bardsley's column, I Brake for Moms, has appeared in the Everett Herald every week since 2012. She also writes young adult paranormal romance under the pen name Louise Cypress. When Bardsley is not writing books or camping with her Girl Scout troop, you can find her walking from her house to the beach every chance she gets.
To find out more, visit www.jenniferbardsley.com or join her Facebook reader group, Jennifer Bardsley's Book Sneakers.
"Jennifer's story peels back layer after layer until Dustin and Andrea get down to what really matters--what they feel down deep in their hearts. A lovely story of finding love, healing old hurts, and working together toward a lovely future together." --Carolyn Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Riverbend Reunion
"Equal turns thoughtful and sweet, The History of Us is a darling read. Dustin and Andrea shine as a couple, and Port Inez is the type of small-town that will draw you in like you are a member of the Karlsson family." --Addie Woolridge, author of The Checklist
"Jennifer Bardsley delivers a beautifully written story of love, family, and second chances. You will experience all the feels as the hero and heroine navigate their way toward happily ever after. The characters were written with such authenticity that you will feel as if you know them personally. I enjoyed the love and devotion both main characters showed for their families. Bardsley skillfully handled the delicate subject of Alzheimer's disease with grace and care, weaving it into the storyline flawlessly. These two characters truly went on a journey that led them back to each other. --Joy Avery, author of Something So Sweet
"Gripping and emotional, The History of Us is a beautiful story of what it truly means to love someone. Bardsley weaves a captivating tale of the complicated but powerful nature of family bonds, taking readers on a journey through the Pacific Northwest with two broken people looking to recover something lost--and along the way, rediscovering their enduring love for each other." --Elissa Grossell Dickey, author of The Speed of Light and Iris in the Dark
"Jennifer Bardsley's love stories are exactly what we need right now--books with hope, family, and characters that feel like home!" --Brooke Burroughs, author of The Marriage Code and The Name Curse
"With intimate and touching moments set in the breathtakingly beautiful Pacific Northwest, The History of Us is a captivating novel that features the challenges and heartache of loving someone with Alzheimer's, the complicated nature of familial bonds, and a satisfying, chaste romance that will leave readers wanting more of Bardsley's compassionate, confident prose." --Paulette Kennedy, author of Parting the Veil
"Jennifer Bardsley's latest is the perfect jaunt through the Pacific Northwest as Dustin and Andrea discover that no amount of time or distance can extinguish the enduring power of a deep connection. The History of Us is deeply rooted in hope, family bonds, and taking advantage of second chances." --Mansi Shah, author of The Taste of Ginger