Ben Griers is the darling of Corinth Georgia’s Police Department—intelligent, handsome, and hardworking. Thanks to his beautiful wife and clever daughter, Ben’s family is the envy of the town. Yet desperate unhappiness is hiding just below the surface.
When Donnie Saunders, a deadbeat redneck with a temper, is brought to the Corinth PD as a suspect in a hit-and-run, Ben finds himself surprisingly intrigued by the man. He quickly establishes Donnie’s innocence but can’t shake the feeling that Donnie is hiding something. When they unexpectedly encounter each other again at an AA meeting in Atlanta, sparks begin to fly.
With his marriage on the verge of collapse, Ben is grateful for the other man’s affection. But he is soon struggling to help an increasingly vulnerable Donnie, while at the same time having to deal with the upheaval in his own life. Ben eventually realizes that they cannot achieve happiness together unless they confront their darkest secrets.
"Mel Gough is an accomplished story teller and it was easy to become heavily invested in her characters." - Emmalynn Spark on A World Apart
"A World Apart is an incredibly emotive character driven story. I loved how Gough gave the characters depth that reflected through their actions and decisions. Ben, Donnie and even Helen felt like real people." - Georgie, Goodreads review
"Bisexuality is a thing people. And the author made this just part of everyday life, as it should be. No biggie. Ben likes boys and Ben likes girls. It's that simple. Deal. It's okay." - J.P. Jackson, Goodreads review