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The You I Never Knew (Mass Market)
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A successful single mom returns home to Montana for a chance to save her relationships with her estranged father, distant teenage son, and a long lost love in this heartfelt novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs.
Michelle Turner is seventeen when her mother dies and her Hollywood legend father invites her to spend a year with him at his Montana ranch. Michelle quickly falls in love with the landscape, the horses, and the ranch's hired hand, Sam McPhee. But when her father learns of the affair, he has Sam fired and his family destroyed. Michelle, pregnant and alone, flees to Seattle.
Years later, an unexpected call causes Michelle to drop everything to return home to Montana and the life she ran from before, this time with her troubled teenage son in tow. Her father is dying and the only chance to save him is for Michelle to donate a kidney.
For her sick father, she must bridge the gulf that distance and time widened. For her son, she must find the miracle that will pull him away from the abyss of self-destruction that threatens his future. And for Sam, the man who left her years ago, she must face all the secrets of the past and find a way to love again.
About the Author
Susan Wiggs, a Harvard graduate and former math teacher, self-published her first novel at the age of eight, using blunt scissors, pages from a Big Chief tablet, a borrowed stapler, and a Number Two pencil. She has since become a #1 bestselling author whose work is noted for scenes of emotional truth that evoke both tears and laughter. Unable to completely abandon her beloved teaching profession, she is a frequent workshop leader and speaker at writers' conferences. She lives with her family on an island in the Pacific Northwest.
"Wiggs's sensitive portrayal of parents and lovers trying to bond despite a less-than-perfect past exemplifies the richness and realism this theme can lend a love story."—Publishers Weekly
"Realistic, appealing protagonists, secondary characters who are much more than caricatures, and a plot compelling in its simplicity are pluses for this well-written, engrossing novel, which may surprise but not disappoint Wiggs's historical fans."—Library Journal