When Never Comes

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Published by: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Pages: 367
ISBN13: 978-1477808917



As a teenage runaway and child of an addict, Christy-Lynn learned the hard way that no address was permanent, and no promise sacred. For a while, she found a safe haven in her marriage to bestselling crime novelist Stephen Ludlow—until his car skidded into Echo Bay. But Stephen’s wasn’t the only body pulled from the icy waters that night. When details about a mysterious violet-eyed blonde become public, a media circus ensues, and Christy-Lynn runs again.

Desperate for answers, she’s shattered to learn that Stephen and his mistress had a child—a little girl named Iris, who now lives in poverty with her ailing great-grandmother. The thought of Iris abandoned to the foster care system—as Christy-Lynn once was—is unbearable. But she’s spent her whole life running—determined never to be hurt again. Will she finally stand still long enough to open herself up to forgiveness and love?

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When Never Comes is the story of a woman trapped in her own past, limited in all the ways she’s been hurt by others. But when love presents itself in new and unexpected ways, she has to face all the doors she’s closed…all the nevers she’s clung to. This is a story of love, hope, redemption, and rediscovering who you were meant to be, and it will resonate with readers who love a tale full of heart and soul.”
— Camille Di Maio, bestselling author of The Memory of Us and Before the Rain Falls

When Never Comes is another winner from Barbara Davis: a contemporary mystery that connects a husband’s betrayal to childhood trauma and broken promises. Christy-Lynn’s story is about resilience and vulnerability; about the ways we hurt and the ways we heal; about huddling in self-protection but opening up to the possibilities of love.”
—Barbara Claypole White, bestselling author of The Perfect Son and The Promise Between Us

“Brimming with compassion and a refreshingly grown-up romance, Barbara Davis’s story of a woman who has left herself behind in more ways than one is imbued with grace, patience, and hope. Second chances abound in this uplifting tale about starting over and how letting go of our nevers just might be the only thing that lets us move forward.”
—Emily Carpenter, author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls and The Weight of Lies

“Infused with honesty, friendship, and a touch of romance. Davis creates nuanced and well-developed characters who are faced with situations to which there are no easy answers. Told through alternating narrators and shifting between the present and Christy-Lynn’s difficult childhood with an addicted mother, When Never Comes is a carefully woven tale that the reader won’t soon forget.”
—Emily Cavanagh, author of The Bloom Girls and This Bright Beauty


Without expression or fanfare, the attendant reached over to pull back the sheet. Christine braced herself as she forced her eyes to the body on the gurney, the waxy face a bloodless blue-white, slack in death but eerily unmarred. He wasn’t wearing his jacket, and his top shirt buttons were open, his tie loose and askew. Yes, it was him. Had his face been a ruin she would still have known him. There was no mistaking the Robert Mitchum style cleft in his chin. And yet there was a jarring strangeness too. The movie star good looks were flaccid now, and slightly bloated, leaving behind only a blank husk of the man she’d married eight years ago. The iconic charm and carefully polished charisma that had made Stephen Ludlow an international media darling had been extinguished.

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