The Opposite of Never: A Novel by Mary Kathleen Mehuron has an expected publication date of April 24th, 2018 by SparkPress. Synopsis: Devastated when they lose their spouses, both Kenny Simmons and Georgia Best carry on for the sake of their children, although they are 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.
About the author: 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.
My thoughts: The Opposite of Never is a lovely heartfelt story about love, loss, and family. Mehuron has written a beautiful story with characters that are compelling, relatable, identifiable and sympathetic. A story that many women later in life must face. Read along as Georgia deals with emotional heartache from the loss of a spouse to finding love again in an unusual place.
The Opposite of Never also shares what it is like to have a family member who suffers from addiction and all the side effects that come with addiction. A realistic lifelike story that shows the effects that addiction has on a family. Overall, an unforgettable read that will warm your heart and leave you with a feeling of hope. ** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.**