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Wiggs first contemporary novel,
This review is from: The You I Never Knew (Mass Market Paperback)
This is apparently the first contemporary romance written by Wiggs. I have enjoyed all her contemporary novels, but do not like her historical novels much.
Here we have Michelle who is a 35 year old single mother with a difficult 16 year old teenage son. She designs adverts and is due to be made a partner of the agency she works for in Seattle. She is also in a relationship with a man she has known for 3 years, who her son dislikes.
Her mother dies when Michelle is 18 and her father, an ex movi star, invites her to his Montana ranch to live. There she meets Sam an 18 year old ranch hand and they fall in love. Problem is, her father Gavin, feels that Sam is not good enough for his daughter. His mother is a drunk and a drifter, who Sam has always had to look after, not the other way around. Therefore the premise is that Sam will never amount to much. Michelle is a budding artist, who just wants to go to art college and paint.
Michelle discovers that she is pregnant and Sam and his mother are no-where to be found. After a less than sympathetic discussion with her father, Michelle leaves the ranch and is estranged from him for 17 years. She heads for Seattle, eventually gets a job with the ad agency and never creatively paints again. Her life is concerned with building a home for her son and protecting him from the media.
17 years later she discovers that her father is seriously ill and heads back to the ranch in Montana, dragging her surly, reluctant son with her. The day they arrive, her son backs her car into Sam's truck. After the initial shock of the two meeting again, Sam comes to a deal that Cody can work off the cost of the repair of the truck by working at Sam's horse ranch.
After initial reluctance, the teenager with attitude begins to like working with the horses. Sam, taking a good look at the boy, works out dates and realises that there is a very good chance that Cody is his son. He confronts Michelle who is terrified that Cody will prefer his father to her.
The rest of the novel is concerned with father and daughter coming to terms with the past and working out a future relationship, father and son learning to know each other and two ex lovers coming to terms with the fact that they still love each other.
Like all Wiggs subsequent contemporary novels, this is about the complexity of relationships. A good read.