"J'aime ce moment avec toi. C'est parfait."
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Beth: Josh wants to know if you’ll come to the school play? Let me know by Friday, so we can get a ticket.
Sam: I thought his play wasn’t until September?
Beth: No, it’s in a month. You said you’d clear your schedule. Remember, you said Parliament wasn’t in session? Please don’t tell me you forgot that you’d pick him up after school on Thursday, too? It’s your turn.
Sam: No, I didn’t forget. Tell Josh I’ll pick him up on Thursday, and I’ll be at his play.
Beth: He’ll be thrilled! I’ll see you on Thursday.
Sam set his phone on the desk and peeked at the photo of him and Josh. The cheeky grin was a Michaels’ trademark. Josh had just turned six a few months ago. As he grew up, he’d started looking like his mother, Beth Lewis. Each time he’d been around the six-year-old, Sam felt guilty. For a long time after the birth, he had been distant. Josh had been one of the reasons he had lost Meredith. But Josh Michaels had also saved him. Sam couldn’t possibly imagine a life without him.
“Beth and Josh.” He sighed as his hands covered his face.
Someone else’s Meredith.
The ping from his laptop had Sam checking his Facebook chat
Phillip Hall: BREAKING NEWS! Meredith is digitally alive.
His heart sped up when he saw her name. His fingers hovered over the keys as he decided on a reply.
Samuel Michaels: What?
Phillip Hall: She’s back online. Dude, she’s been in the Netherlands all this time. Surprised you haven’t seen yet. Margot got a message from her this morning saying she was back.
Samuel Michaels: Don’t really care.
Bullshit liar, I am.
Phillip Hall: If my dick of a boss weren’t looking my way, I’d call you and tell you that you’re such a heartless asshole for what you did. But bros before the perfect girl, right?
Samuel Michaels: Beth and Josh came first.
Phillip Hall: She understood.
Samuel Michaels: She didn’t know everything to understand.
Phillip Hall: And that there, my dear politician, is the problem. You didn’t tell her the truth. You thought that Perfect Meredith was out of your league when all she did was love you.
Samuel Michaels: Well, I didn’t love her.
Phillip Hall: No, you’re IN love with her. You’ve been a mopey fucker for seven years.
The implosion of his heart had been breathtaking. Sam closed his eyes tightly for a long moment. When he opened them, he typed her name in the search bar.
Meredith Driessen. Twenty-five. From Melbourne, Victoria. Lives in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Sam scrolled down her wall to see her posts throughout the years. She hadn’t deactivated her account. Meredith had blocked him and no doubt most of the students from their year level. He took a deep breath, knowing that as soon as exams had finished, she had left Warren Meadows. She had vanished. Vanished all the way to Europe.
It had been two days since he last saw Meredith. He had waited by the phone. Hoped and prayed she’d call. But if the Meredith he knew was still somewhere within those lost eyes, he knew she’d never sought after him.
Those eyes hadn’t been the eyes Meredith had when she smiled.
Or when she loved.
Meredith was lost, and the burning desire within him wanted to find her.
And save her.
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My Josh. His Beth. Someone else’s Meredith.
Destined to fall apart before their lips have even touched, Samuel Michaels and Meredith Driessen have seven years of almosts between them.
Seven years ago, a night by the river would bind them together. Seven years ago, Sam’s entire world blew up before his eyes.
His only saviour …
She saved his life, exposing him to what it could be like to be with her. But that wasn’t Life’s plan. Because deep down, his secrets will destroy their lives and separate them. His secrets will break both their hearts until the day he finds her standing on the edge of the train platform, completely lost.
He did this to her.
And Sam knows that if he doesn’t go to her, he’ll lose her forever.
Will seven years be enough to mend their scars? Or will the secrets they both keep deny them once more?
One thing is certain …
You may never know tomorrow’s sunlight if you’re drowning in yesterday’s storm.
Release date: 13/12
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