Third Book in the Drifters series, after A Song For Josh and Promises
A lonely man works to help the homeless on the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver – it is his way of telling his old friend, Jessie Wheeler, that he cares about her world and what’s important to her. Meanwhile, Jessie has made a choice that reverberates around the world. Upon finding Josh - the love of her life - in a smelly garbage pile, she told him there is always hope. Now she clings to that advice herself, hoping against hope she will find her way back to him, to Josh, to the man whose chestnut hair she loves to tuck behind his ear, the man who helped her find a reason to live again.
Jessie’s world implodes when she must reconcile the old with the new. A dangerous stalker provides a match that fuels the flames of a tragedy, and the true meaning of sacrifice is inadvertently revealed.
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
- King James Bible (John 15:12-13)
Susan is a writer from beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada. A finalist in the Atlantic Writing Awards, she recently self-published the first three books of the Drifters series (A Song For Josh, Promises, and No Greater Love) and is working on the fourth book, Riptide. Susan is also an avid filmmaker with a feature documentary in post-production and big dreams of producing a feature drama. Frequent visits to Vancouver for great coffee from her singer-songwriter / barista son Christopher are a must, as are summer sunsets on the south shore of P.E.I.
Spoiler alert! Well, this was easy for me. Where would Jessie go if she needed a break? I had to think about where I would go. If I ever disappear, come look for me at a children's home in China. My sister, who is the mother of the two most adorable children of Chinese heritage (one from Ningdu, of course), tells me these homes are no longer called Orphanages. But Jessie knows them as such. And she is pretty much an orphan from the time she is twelve, or maybe fourteen, depending on how you look at it. She connects with the children in Ningdu, with their sadness and with their joy. She treasures her time in their company, she relishes her anonymity, she revels in hugs by little arms. She needs this respite. Who has not beheld a child's innocence and felt true love and true joy? Love one another. Spend time with children. Your worries may not disappear, but they will temporarily abate. Suddenly - life will make sense.
No Greater Love
Hanging out at the orphanage feeding and bathing babies was a mixed bag for Jessie. Emotionally, it was tough. She fell desperately in love with the small children, many of whom would never know the affection and care of a family unit. She forged deep connections tied directly to the safety of the unconditional love that came straight from their little hearts. From kids with no idea who she was or what her disappearance meant to the world, it was humbling. Yet in the end, the Ningdu staff and orphans were just another group of people she felt she had to leave behind.