THAT WAS THENMe, Allyson Cole. Age sixteen. Living in the world of endless summers, of going wherever you wanted. And yes, my parents may have worried that I was riding into trouble--but I was young and in love and growing up was something I had to do....AND THIS IS NOWMe, again. Allyson Cole. This time, age fifty-one. I have everything I always wanted--almost. I don't have him...and I don't have me. Now's the time to find what I lost. To do that, I have to hit the road, and find the father of my child. And start a journey I never could have anticipated....
The Me I Used To Be Author: Jennifer Archer Description In 1969, sixteen-year-old Allyson Cole lost her car, her virginity and her boyfriend at Woodstock. Nine months later, she gave up her newborn baby girl for adoption. Alone and frightened, she channeled her anger and heartache into hard work and a determination to achieve success without anyone's help. Now, thirty-five years later at age fifty-two, Ally has everything a liberated, baby-boomer woman could want -- a thriving business, her dream house, the looks and body of someone ten years younger and a marriage proposal from Warren Noble, a physician and the man she loves. But when a teenaged boy named Nick shows up on her doorstep, claiming to be her orphaned grandson, Ally is forced to face unresolved issues from her past. Since grandmotherhood is not on her agenda, Allyson tracks down Sonny McGraw, the old boyfriend she hasn't seen or spoken to since she woke up alone one morning in a field at Woodstock surrounded by free sex, drugs and rock 'n roll. Then, despite Warren's misgivings, she embarks on a trip to a small Texas town to deliver Sonny a surprise -- his grandchild. But by the time Ally and Nick, reach their destination, though, everything has changed. Along the road, love for her grandson has blossomed, and she met the child she gave up through a diary her daughter left behind…and she finds the lively girl she once was still living inside herself. And then there's Sonny, who just might be the biggest surprise of all. Ally's long-ago, longhaired hippie lover now has a Chester-on Gunsmoke limp, a cowboy hat and a handlebar mustache. But the twinkle in Sonny's eyes is the same. Like her, he is single. Unlike her, he doesn't think twice about taking Nick in; in fact, he wants the boy, no questions asked. Problem is, now Ally does, too. She missed the chance to know her daughter, Sarah, to share her child's joys and heartaches. She doesn't want Nick's life to pass her by, as well. But how can she ever compete with a man who farms, ranches and rides horses for a living? A man with more tales of adventure than a public library? A man who, from time to time, drinks too much tequila and howls at the moon? Nick is clearly intrigued by his grandfather. Why wouldn't he be? Ally is, too. And that worries her. Was Warren right? Does she harbor old feelings for Sonny? Is that why she never married? Why she has resisted Warren's proposals for so long? Did she use Nick's arrival in her life a an excuse to see Sonny again? Time would tell… Author Bio Jennifer Archer Jennifer was born in a small town in North Central Texas the same year Humphrey Bogart died, "Beatnik" became a commonly used word in the American vocabulary and the first living being -- a dog -- orbited outer space on Sputnik II. At the age of one, she moved with her family to California and, over the next 10 years, moved 22 more times within six different states. During this time, Jennifer found familiarity in books. In fact, she enjoyed reading stories so much she began writing her own. After winning first place in a fifth-grade essay contest, when anyone asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, Jennifer said, "A writer." While attending West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M), Jennifer put her writing dream aside while she focused on more "practical" things, like business classes, friends and falling in love. Despite living her own version of Saturday Night Fever, complete with funky clothes and embarrassing disco dance moves, she earned a degree in Business Management and married on graduation night. Jennifer's writing dream nudged her again when her children were small, so she began a creative writing class at a local community college. Six years, a couple of children's book manuscripts, two completed novel manuscripts, two stints as a RWA Golden Heart Finalist and a big fat folder of rejection letters later, she sold her first novel, Body and Soul. Now the author of five novels and two novellas, Jennifer is a frequent speaker at writing workshops, women's events and creative writing classes where she encourages others to set goals and pursue their dreams. The mother of two grown sons, Jennifer resides in Texas with her high-school sweetheart and their neurotic Brittany spaniel, Tia. She loves to hear from readers through her web site www.jenniferarcher.net. Reviews “Jennifer Archer's THE ME I USED TO BE is a luminous novel, rich with depth, humor, and unforgettable characters. A poignant tale of long-lost loves and the redemptive promise of tomorrow, THE ME I USED TO BE is a standout in quality women's fiction. Look for more from this talented author: Jennifer Archer is one to watch.” "A deeply emotional story of one woman’s journey toward forgiveness. A tender tale of life's choices and the joys and sorrows they bring. THE ME I USED TO BE will warm your heart and lift your spirit. A must read for women of all ages!" “Brilliantly conceived and written by Jennifer Archer, THE ME I USED TO BE is a poignant tale of one woman’s road to self-discovery. What she learns along the way is so touchingly emotional you can’t put the book down."
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