I’m in limbo. If you look close, you’ll see that I’m basically going through the motions. If you look even closer, you’ll see that I’m empty and frustrated as hell with my life.
And then it arrives. That four by six card that tells me ten years have gone by when I wasn’t paying attention. I’m paying attention now.
Pulling my dusty box of memories from the closet shelf, my index finger slowly sifts through the keepsakes that represent the aura of Trey Masterson. The boy who moved from Missouri to Vermont and swept me off my feet the first day of our sophomore year. The boy who I never thought I’d have a chance with but he only had eyes for me. The boy I fell in love with and never stopped.
When we see each other again at our high school reunion, every feeling I ever had for him bleeds from my heart and leaks into every cell of my existence, and I finally feel like I can breathe for the first time in years. I don’t quite get the same reaction from him. In fact, his reaction is downright…cold?
Never knowing the reason of our undoing after I went away to college, I just want some closure. But we can’t seem to carry on a conversation without sparking a slew of emotions - each word igniting all the hurt that’s been buried for ten years.
During the week of our stay in our small town in Vermont, we keep crossing paths but jealousy, bitterness and tragedy threaten to hinder any hopes of possibly rekindling the passion we once shared.
This is a stand alone, second chance love story told through Adelyn Winters’ and Trey Masterson’s POV, reflecting the time they met in high school to the present day.
by Stacy M. Wray (Goodreads Author)
Glen Weissenberger's review Dec 05, 2016
it was amazing
Read in December, 2016
I was profoundly moved by Stacy M. Wray’s Unclaimed Regrets. Her writing is authentic, transparent, and emotional without being histrionic or “high-drama,” which is a difficult balance to achieve.
Essentially, Unclaimed Regrets tells a story that every single one of us has wondered about: what would happen if, by some circumstance, we reconnected with our earliest love, the one we lost, but whose impression upon us was so profound it shaped us into who we became as an adult.
The story is told in alternating points of view from the two lead characters, Adelyn and Trey, equally richly drawn–a notable coup for a female novelist.
Adelyn and Trey loved each other from early high school days, barely out of their childhoods, but with a love deep and more mature than their years. They envision their future together with equal commitment … and then, inexplicably … all falls asunder … and the ensuing years transpire with growing wounds and incredulity and fury … and without resolution.
And then, they meet ten years later.
We are very different people, all of us, with the passing of a decade, especially one laden with unanswered questions as to how one’s first experience of true passion could be lost.
Can Adelyn and Trey work through the rupture to find another chance at happiness, this one lasting, finally fulfilling the dreams that they had set out for themselves? Do they get their “second chance”?
You will thoroughly enjoy this tender and expressive novel by an author who holds her story assuredly in hand.