Since the text from the back cover is not available on this page, I'm entering it here:
A LOVE SHE CAN'T FORGET... For the umpteenth time in their 20-year relationship, Cleo's lover has run off with another woman. Her friends wonder why she puts up with this; why she lets herself be hurt this way; why she doesn't leave. But Cleo's answers are always the same. I wait because I love her. I hurt because I love her. I let her come back because I love her...
A PASSION SHE CAN'T DENY... Anyone in her right mind would know better than to get involved in Cleo's life right now. But Frankie hasn't been in her right mind since the day she walked into Cleo's cafe. The heat between them is undeniable, but Frankie desires more than a warm place in Cleo's bed. She wants to fill her heart.
A CHANCE FOR TRUE HAPPINESS... Maybe this time will be different. Maybe this time Cleo can finally free herself from the chains of the past and surrender to a passionate new love. Then again, old ties are the hardest to break.
END OF BACK COVER TEXT
Many of Bennett's books seem to have too many characters, thus complicating the stories and making them hard to follow. That is not the case with this wonderful book. There are only three main characters to follow in 'Old Ties' -- Frankie: the new girl in town; Cleo: the perpetual forgiver; Romaine: the perpetually forgiven.
Romaine and Cleo have been together off and on for almost 20 years. Romaine strays, but always comes crawling back to the devoted and monogamous Cleo -- that is until Cleo decides enough is enough and opens her heart just enough to let Frankie in. Romaine doesn't take kindly to this and so the story goes.
Well-written, easy to read and enjoy, this book is a welcome addition to my personal collection