Richmond takes readers through a bittersweet, heartwarming tale of a woman on the cusp of life-changing events in both her personal and professional lives. Switching between present, past and different times during the same day make this novel a little hard to get into, but once invested, the reader is carried away by this action-packed, poignant story, making this a tale that will live in the hearts of the reader once the last page is read.
Dr. Julie Walker is having the day from hell. Having just signed her divorce papers, she receives a text from her sister, who has just gone into labor. As she struggles to cross through San Francisco to reach her, Julie finds her city in the midst of crisis — vandalism, protests and riots that necessitate tear gas to restore order. If the trials she faces aren’t enough, she reaches her sister to find that a man from her past has taken hostages at the VA hospital where she works. As she listens to her radio personality husband send messages to her through the music he chooses to play, Julie must come to terms with her past, her feelings for her soon-to-be ex-husband and the heartache that won’t go away. (BANTAM, Feb., 304 pp., $15.00)