Angel has been married to Jake for fifteen years and they now have two daughters, but family bliss is about to take a turn for the worse when Jake has a car accident and is killed. Angel and her daughters mourn his passing, but before they have much chance to grieve, Angel's Aunt May takes a heart attack and dies.
Angel ponders what to do with her life now. She confides in William Canton, the man who was with Jake the day he died, but she has mixed feelings for him believing in some ways he was the cause of Jake's death.
The manor is about to be sold until Angel decides to turn it into a retreat for writers and artists. Will Angel ever forgive William for his part in Jake's death? And how do the daughters feel? Angel faces the loneliness of losing Jake, but the excitement of a new venture.
Prequel: Angel's Blessing.
Angel started to gather up her purse and sweater, but Bill intervened. “Are you leaving so soon? Eat and run?” Angel looked flustered and he wished he hadn’t sounded so flippant. “I…guess you have a busy day at home.”
“Not really,” Angel said.
“Then why don’t you stay, come out on the boat. I did promise you some fishing.”
Angel hesitated. She was of two minds, one was to go home so she could devour the information that Bill had given her, and to dream of her retreat taking form, and the other was to take a deep breath and just go with it. She went with it. “I didn’t think you meant today, but yeah, I’d love to.”
“We can’t count on the weather holding for too long. Better make hay while the sun shines…or better put, get the fishing done now.”
Angel laughed again. He was always putting his foot in his mouth it seemed to her, never knowing how she would take what he said. He was a cautious sort when it came to women, she could tell that. Almost as if someone, some woman had always been on the defensive with him, maybe his ex wife? Someday she would like to hear the story of how that marriage played out, that is if she ever got that close to Bill Canton to get personal.
“I can’t stay out too long, my daughter is in school and although I don’t mind her being home alone for a short period of time, I don’t like to leave her alone too long.”
“I understand, we’ll make this a quickie.” Was that a blush he saw cross Angel’s face? It seemed that whatever he said today it was turning sexual, and he really didn’t mean it to sound that way. “We can fish for about an hour, is that okay?”
Angel, glad he had made another turn around from his quickie remark, quickly replied, “That sounds just about right.”
“Okay then.” Bill rubbed his hands together while standing before her as if he was anxious to get going. “I’ll just go out and gather some gear and you can trail along if you’d like.”
It wasn’t long before they were walking down a wood’s path. Ahead, Angel could see the lake water sparking in the sun. It dazzled her eyes and she donned her sunglasses.
They walked out to the boat and Bill asked Angel to climb aboard. He untied the ropes bounding the boat to the dock and jumped in. Angel was seated across from him as he started the motor and chugged out slowly. “Low water here, we’ll soon be into deeper.”
It was peaceful just chugging along; the afternoon sun was high in the sky and warm on Angel’s face. It brought back old sailing days to mind, she and Jake, Rachael, and later Mae as well. But this was not a day for reminiscing, so she settled back and went with the flow.