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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.