They’ll always have each other…won’t they?
Lisa and Elliot have been best friends ever since the day they met as children. Popular, bright and sporty, Lisa was Elliot’s biggest supporter when the school bullies made his life a misery, and for that, he will always be grateful.
Twenty years later, life has pulled the pair apart and Lisa is struggling. Her marriage is floundering, her teenage kids are being secretive, and she’s so tired she can’t think straight. So when Elliot knocks on the door, looking much better than she remembers, she can’t help but be delighted to see her old friend again.
With Elliot back in their lives, Lisa’s family problems begin to improve – he’s like the fairy godmother she never had. As their bond deepens, she realises how much she’s missed him, and prays that this is one friendship that will last a lifetime. But sometimes, life has other ideas…
A heartwarming story perfect for fans of Keith Stewart and Jojo Moyes, that will leave you with a tear in your eye but hope in your heart.
Extract Eleven: Chapter 41, pp.415-416
There was a knock on the closed bedroom door.
‘Hello?’ she said, walking over and opening it a tiny crack to see who was there.
Her heart skipped a beat when she saw a bespectacled, curly haired, overweight young Elliot flashing a wonky grin back at her, looking exactly like he had when they’d first met.
‘Are you going to let me in then, or what?’ he asked.
‘Of course,’ she replied, swinging the door open. ‘Is it really you, El?’
‘It sure is,’ he replied in his high-pitched boy’s voice. ‘How are you, Lise?’
She pulled him into an embrace and held him tight.
Then she let go and looked him square in the eyes. ‘Is it you you? The one who came to visit us somehow, despite the fact it was impossible?’
He nodded. ‘The very same.’
‘So why did you leave without saying goodbye? How on earth were you there in the first place? And . . .’
She paused as her mind caught up with her mouth. In a quieter voice she added: ‘So you’re dead?’
‘In human terms, yes.’
For the first time, the hard truth of this fact really dawned on her. It was too much. She fell back on to the bed and the tears started to flow. ‘Are you okay? Will I ever see you again, like you were, for real? I’ve only just got my best friend back and now . . .’
Elliot took a seat next to her and pulled her into a hug. Despite the boyish tone of his voice, Lisa still recognised the man within as he spoke. ‘Listen, we don’t have long.’ He took a deep breath. ‘And after this, I don’t know if or when we’ll see each other again.’