A Midlife Romance: Book 1
Publication Date: November 4, 2022
A Midlife Romance Series. Friendship and passion, lost and found again by chance. Lori, an affluent wife and mother, has sacrificed her career for the sake of her family and the expectations to build a “perfect” family. Brandon, an FBI agent, is smart, committed, and protective of the women in his life, but struggles as a single parent. Despite living on opposite coasts, and the competing responsibilities that accrue in midlife, Lori and Brandon take a shot at romance.
Book 1, Awake, begins in the shame and pain of a marital desertion. Lori is reluctant to let Brandon into her life, afraid to be hurt again. Once she opens that door wider, Lori experiences an explosive awakening. With Brandon’s help, Lori rediscovers her sexual power and, through that, confidence and hope. Yet three-thousand miles separate suburban Maryland and Seattle. Their intense but infrequent visits are disorienting, particularly as Lori feels pressured towards a more suitable post-divorce life. When Lori makes an impulsive decision to take her kids on a trip to Seattle, she sparks a chain of conflicts that might end their still-precarious romance.
When her husband abruptly asks for a divorce after almost two decades, Lori is left to rebuild her life with her two teenage children. Feeling unlovable, unsexy, and untethered, she finds renewal in her past.
Using flashbacks, the author weaves in Lori’s past with the present, so readers get a full picture of the significance of Brandon’s role in her life. As she regains her confidence, the conflict centers around the fact that she and Brandon live on opposite coasts.
The author delivers a cast of interesting characters who have a strong sense of realism. From teens with attitude to a powerful bond of sisterhood, the storyline evokes a roller coaster of emotions.
Awake provides a solid introduction to a woman’s struggle to rebuild her life. In the process, she rediscovers the power of her womanhood.
Author Lisa Battalia is an attorney in the field of gender equity and a writer. She is the mother of two newly launched young adults; a lifelong east-coaster who recently launcher her own new life on Whidbey Island, WA.