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The Eyes Have It

Dawn Essegian Lajeunesse

Pages: 198
ISBN: 978-145757-059-9
List Price: 14.99
Category: Fiction
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Edition: Perfectbound

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I grew up in Troy, New York, went to public schools, and hoped to turn my love of English into a writing career. My guidance counselor and parents had other ideas. In those days, most girls became nurses or teachers. I chose nursing. I never made it through surgery without passing out. Great career planning, huh? After years in health care, I pursued my writing passion. I create stories from ordinary lives, about relationships, families, and other life connections. I love animals, and my novels usually include them. Recently, I’ve renewed my connection with my Armenian heritage, unburying the history of the Armenian church and its members near where I grew up for a planned historical fiction.
Married to Dennis for over half my lifetime, I’m fortunate to have found a man who’s a great friend and playmate. We live in South Glens Falls, New York.

A wartime affair reaps tragic consequences decades later for two young lovers.

Olivia is startled by her electric response to her first direct encounter with Ethan, a tall, slender athlete with the dreamiest eyes and smile. Her initial attraction strengthens as the months progress toward graduation. Josh, Liv’s dad, unexplainably objects to the relationship.
When Ethan joins Liv’s family for a day at the Saratoga Race Course at the end of July, tragedy strikes at the hands of terrorists. While Liv and Ethan huddle alone in an empty stable, her father is killed, her mother injured, and her younger brother traumatized. In the days and weeks that follow, during which Ethan distances himself from Liv and often disappears for stretches of time, Liv discovers an inner strength and maturity that allows her to cope with revelations about her family and its scandalous quarter-century-old connection with Ethan’s family. The FBI investigation of the attack leads to Ethan’s half brother, Jamail, and two other men. Ethan’s mother is certain Ethan knows where Jamail is hiding. Following Josh’s funeral, Ethan agrees to take his mother, Liv, and Liv’s mother and brother to confront him. Jamail greets them with an automatic rifle. Ethan is shot saving his mother and Liv.

Ethan survives with serious injuries and faces charges for aiding a terrorist. Following a few days of bonding with Samar and Ethan’s father, Brian, in the ICU, the couple inexplicably shuts Olivia out. When Ethan is moved out of ICU, Olivia visits him. He rejects her viciously and inexplicably.

Shattered and confused, Olivia descends into a black depression. One of her old school friends, Rachel, convinces Olivia to take a class at the local state college and meet new friends. At Panera, with her study group several months later, Olivia locks eyes with Ethan across the room. He surprises her by hobbling over to her table, flashing his heart-melting smile and behaving as if he hadn’t harshly discarded her the previous August. In their brief conversation, she learns he has dealt with a complicated recovery, including addiction to pain medications. He’s so warm, so like the Ethan she fell for over a year before, she entertains hopes that he will call her. He doesn’t.

A stronger Olivia learns to put one foot in front of the other and focus on the life she has, not the one she’d expected to have. Life and her heart must go on without Ethan.

And yet …

“Promise me this,” he had said, “that you’ll never doubt how much I love you.”

He could walk back into her life one day. In a restaurant. Around a corner. At her front door. Olivia knew their love was that strong.

Ray Robinson
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