SPARKPRESS and BOOKSPARKS continues their “No Shelf Control” Spring Reading Challenge with Mary Kathleen Mehuron’s THE OPPOSITE of NEVER.
Life is mostly a mixed bag.
THE OPPOSITE OF NEVER (SPARKPRESS) by Mary Kathleen Mehuron explores loss, grief and then experiencing love again. Devastated when they lose their spouses, both Kenny Simmons and Georgia Best carry on for the sake of their children, although they’re certain that the best part of their lives is long over.
Then Georgia and her lifelong companions, Linda and Yvonne, meet Kenny while walking down a dusty Vermont country road, and the four of them hit it off. Soon, Kenny becomes a regular part of their hiking group, and he and Georgia grow more than fond of each other.
Kenny’s stepdaughter, Zelda, and Yvonne’s teenage son, Spencer, also fall in love―at first sight. Through surprisingly relatable circumstances, they are drawn into opiate use, shocking everyone, and the two of them struggle through the torment of addiction together.
In an impulsive and daring attempt to create a grand finale out of difficult times, Kenny takes Georgia off to vacation in Cuba just as it is opening up to Americans―and what they discover in the golden light of Old Havana is another startling surprise.
Mary Kathleen Mehuron is a career educator who made a splash with her first book, Fading Past, an autobiographical novel whose protagonist, like Mary Kathleen, grew up Irish-Catholic in New Jersey. The Opposite of Never is Mary Kathleen’s second book, and to finish it, she traveled alone to Havana in January 2015 in order to experience the city before it became Americanized. Mary Kathleen lives and teaches in a ski town in Vermont where she and her husband raised three sons, she is an occasional contributor to the local newspaper, The Valley Reporter and writes curriculum daily for private students. She takes extended time to work on her novels on Grand Turk Island and in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.
Thanks to SparkPress, we have one copy of the THE OPPOSITE of NEVER to giveaway. Just tell us if you’ve ever been to Cuba, or what you imagine it would be like. I was there three years ago, with a museum tour to attend the 2015 CUBA Havana 12th BiENNIAL. It was beyond what I could imagine and can’t wait to return!
We’ll choose a winner soon. Good luck.
GIVEAWAY: USA only please.