Hello Again

Romance - Contemporary
206 Pages
Reviewed on 12/26/2013
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Author Biography

For some folks dyslexia is a curse. For me it's been a blessing. Not being able to read or write until the age of ten forced me to express myself through acting. At the Stephens College playhouse in Missouri I fell in love with an actor – a married actor. (Love and Madness: My Private Years with George C. Scott)
We were talented, young, strong, and sure we’d find success in New York. George did find it. I found myself pregnant. George wanted me to abort the baby. I refused.
My friend Tammy Grimes, who later became a two-time Tony Award winner (The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Private Lives) helped me find the Florence Crittenden Home for Unwed Mothers outside of Boston, where I gave birth to our daughter. Watch for my play, Bad Girl, based on that experience, scheduled for publication in the Spring of 2014.)
George went on to become a famous film actor. I acted in regional theatre, while raising our daughter and three sons through two failed marriages.
Years later George returned to my life (Hello Again). He left again in 1982.
A few years later I met Richard, a talented musician and great husband.
After learning from my family history of the hardships and joys of the early 1900’s, I wrote Saturday Night Dance Club.
After living several years in Terre Haute, Indiana and North Conway New Hampshire, near the home of Peyton Place author Grace Metalious, I was inspired to write Freedom's Sins.
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

When Shannon finally admitted that she was in love with the graduate teaching assistant of her favorite professor’s archaeology class, Nate, it was forever. There were plenty of heartbreaking years attached to their love, as well as a son. Hello Again by Karen Truesdell Riehl is the story of a true deep love, which was simply never given a moment to breathe. Having made a promise to his dying benefactor, Walter, to take care of his mentally ill, alcohol and drug addicted daughter, Nate had every intention of honoring his commitment to the woman he loved, but also to the man who had given him and his mother so much. As Nate tries to break his engagement with Tally, Walter’s daughter, she threatens to kill herself and nearly succeeds. As he continues to take care of her, Shannon gives birth to their son Daniel and commits to raising him alone, telling him that his father is dead. Fate brings Nate and Shannon back to each other more than twenty years later, but there is still a great deal of pain to be endured as the truth is revealed. Will their deep love ever be able to overcome all of the pain and allow them to be happy together?

Mixing love with tragedy is not new, but the gentle way which Karen Truesdell Riehl does it in Hello Again will make your heart ache in a new way which is almost a little bit too real. The deep emotions that Karen leads you through in this novel will grasp hold of you and hold you with a deathlike grip. Real, profound and tragic, Hello Again is one of the most quietly intense love stories ever written.

Anne Boling

Hello Again by Karen Truesdell Riehl is a powerful love story. When Shannon looked at her twenty-three year old son Daniel she knew she’d done something right in her life. It amazed her how much Daniel was like his father Nate, Although Daniel had never met his father he had many of the same mannerisms. As Shannon looked back on her life fondly remembering how she met Nate. They literally ran into each other on the University’s campus. There was an instant attraction between the two but as Shannon was to discover Nate was engaged to Tally. Tally was obviously unstable, some might even call her mad; she knew how to manipulate Nate by playing on his sympathy and when that didn’t work she threatened to kill Shannon. Throughout the years Nate thought often of Shannon and his child. He longed for them both but stayed with Tally.

Hello Again grabbed my emotions from the beginning and kept them in a strangle hold until the end. The characters had depth and flaws, giving them three dimensional personalities. Karen Truesdell Riehl’s characters not only stirred my emotions she made me down right angry with some of them. The plot is unique, and from someone who reads for a living that is saying something. All in all this is a great love story and I highly recommend it.

Michael McManus

Nate and Shannon meet in San Diego during the last weeks of college in the late 1980s. His behavior is suspect, but he drives her crazy. She falls madly in love with him, only to discover the reason for his inconsistent treatment of her. He is engaged to Tally, a hysterical, alcoholic and drug addict whose father practically raised Nate. Before Nate leaves Shannon on his way back to the East Coast, he pledges to her that he will break it off with Tally and will meet Shannon in Seattle, her home. Unfortunately, disconnecting himself from Tally is not as easy as Nate hoped it would be. She manipulates him into staying with her for an extended period of time, after which their entanglements and his previous commitments force him to stay with her forever. When Nate and Shannon’s love child is born, Shannon is faced with having some kind of long-distance relationship with Nate or to cut him off completely. Her decision not to share the child with Nate haunts her for the rest of her life.

I love the way Hello Again by Karen Truesdell Riehl is written. The author gets into her characters' thoughts and paints a true picture of their happiness, frustration, joy, and sorrow. By the end of the book you know the characters so well, you feel you have been part of their lives. The plot of Hello Again will keep you guessing to the end, and will shock you with its sudden twists and turns. This was a quick read, but it is a story I will not soon forget. Well done.