Past Reflections - a contemporary first love story that transcends time!
Taking a position at beautiful Camp Wiskle was anything but relaxing. Julie Finch longed to get away and forget about her complicated life. When it finally looks like she might be able to pick up the pieces of her broken heart, memories of a first love invade her every thought. Meeting Kevin gave her a reason to smile but it was memories of Scott that had her holding on to something she wasn’t sure she had ever let go of in the first place.
Breaking up had been hard and time was not making it any easier. Just when Julie summons the courage to put her cards on the table with Scott tragedy strikes. Through it all Kevin is there. Can Julie look ahead to some kind of future with Kevin or will the memories of Scott prevent her from moving ahead?
The darkness seemed endless as she made her way back in the general direction of the cabins. As Julie kept up a steady pace she strained her ears for the slightest sound. The silence was almost deafening. Suddenly, in the distance, a howl sounded that had Julie off and running blindly in the dark. It seemed an eternity before she reached the lighted path when that dreaded howl sounded again, only this time it sounded as though this animal was getting closer. She broke out in a cold sweat just thinking about what kind of animal she might be up against but still she pressed on. There was the bend, a little ways ahead. A large tree marked the path. Funny, she couldn’t remember seeing a tree there before. But she kept on running, not even slowing down to round the bend. That was when she collided head-on into something. The impact had her reeling backwards and falling into the trunk of that enormous tree. It had winded her and she lay motionless at the foot of the tree. “What the hell!”
She had run into someone. “Are you crazy?!” It sounded like Kevin. She was too shaken to move when finally he stepped out of the shadows and into the dimmest of light. “Julie, my gosh.” He went to her and bent down. “Are you hurt?”
“It’s you.” She breathed a great sigh of relief and placed a hand to her pounding heart. “I’m sorry. I didn’t see you.”
“Are you all right?”
No! She was embarrassed. “I’m okay.” She giggled nervously. “I just didn’t expect anyone to be there.”
“Here, let me help you up.” He took her hand gently and pulled her to her feet. She swayed slightly and leaned against him. “You’re not okay, are you?”
“I’m just a little shaken. But I’m fine, really.” She looked up at him and smiled. They stood awfully close. Too close. And Julie found herself backing away. “I really have to go.” For that one heart stopping moment she had thought that he was going to kiss her. Just the thought frightened her.
“I’ll walk you back to your cabin.”
As much as she had wanted to walk away unscathed she could not as she had no idea as to where she was as she had somehow gotten off the beaten path. “That would be nice, thank you.”
At first they walked on in silence. As they walked on the awkwardness quickly faded. And soon after that they were talking and laughing quite easily. Julie discovered that they lived only miles away from each other. It certainly was a small world. “What made you decide to become a counselor?” Kevin asked.
“I don’t really know. It was Tracey’s suggestion and she had helped me get the job.” She paused. “I guess what I really needed at the time was to get away for a while.”
“A vacation, huh?”
“I guess you can say that.”
“I don’t want to disappoint you but after this you’re going to need a vacation.”
They both laughed at that. “You’re probably right.” She agreed. “But it’s been fun so far.”
“So, you’re twenty?”
“Yes.” She answered simply while at the same time trying to take notice of where she was. And she was really off the beaten path, so to speak. She looked to have been going in the opposite direction of the cabins altogether. She’d have to study that map. Maybe even carry it around for a few days.
“What were you running from?”
She looked at him and he laughed. “When you ran into me. Not that I minded.” He added quickly. “But next time give me fair warning.”
“I will.” She promised. “I let my imagination run wild. I was hearing all these weird noises. Howling. Or maybe it was growling. I’m not even sure.”
“It was a barn owl hooting. You’ll get used to it,” he returned, matter-of-fact. “Give it a good week.”
“Think I’ll survive that long?”
“You look like a natural to me.”
“Thanks for walking me back,” she said when they finally reached her cabin. “I couldn’t have done it without you.”
“I should be thanking you.” Kevin met her eyes.
“For what?” Her eyes didn’t leave his. It was as though they were a magnet, drawing her closer and closer with each passing moment.
“For running into me,” he said simply. There was that look again. Her heart turned over. But once again, she backed away.
“I’d better go in.” Somehow she knew he wanted to kiss her. And she wasn’t quite sure how she felt about that. “Good night, Kevin.” She gave him a quick smile before going inside.
On The Shelf
Nothing simple about love story in ‘Past Reflections’
On the Shelf
By: Bea Smith - Staff Writer
There are no simple love stories in novels. There must be some sadness, some tragedy, some unforeseen incident or incidents to enliven the interest of the reader.
Certainly, Sandra Bonaldi of Nutley understands what a reader really wants from a romantic novel. As a result, she has provided the ingredients necessary to enhance her characters and the story line in her second novel, “Past Reflections.”
As in her first novel, “Midnight Magic,” published last year, Bonaldi manages to turn ordinary people into subjects of intrigue and makes everyday events difficult to decipher.
For example, in “Past Reflections,” published by A Wings ePress Inc., Julie Finch, a 17-year-old city girl, recently graduated from a Catholic school for girls, finds responsibility in retaining her first job as a counselor atCampWiskle.
Unfortunately, in applying for the job, at the persistence of her best friend Tracey, who is also a counselor, Julie lies about her age, pretending to be older. Adding to this burden, Julie, who has been injured in an automobile accident caused by her drunken mother, is also making an attempt to recover from a serious breakup with Scott, the best friend of her older brother, Matt.
Befriended by counselors, including attractive brothers Kevin and Jake, and a trouble-making junior counselor, Nancy, Julie tries to enjoy a happy summer at camp.
But Julie constantly reflects on her past experiences with Scott. And soon, she is in conflict, finding herself attracted to Kevin, while contemplating the strength of her love for Scott, who is ultimately suffering from serious medical problems, of which Julie had not been aware.
There are enough emotional clashes and and frightening occurrences throughout “Past Reflections” to keep readers turning the book’s pages. And for some light after-summer reading, and perhaps a touch of the passion and tragedy found in soap opera dramas, “Past Reflections” holds its own.
Therefore, Bonaldi’s book comes recommended. Unquestionably, it can squeeze in alongside the author’s first book on the shelf of this reviewer’s book case, while still making room for a future, third volume.
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