Rachel Speaks of Love – Interview by Fran Orenstein
Fran: Tell me your story, Rachel, but in case we need it, there’s the tissue box.
Rachel: There are many faces of love and each one balances precariously on a narrow beam, as we carefully edge our way to fulfillment or disaster. My name is Rachel Wells. Two hundred years ago they would have called me Widow Wells, the Witch and perhaps burned me at the stake for my unpopular ideas about healing herbs and saving Gaia, Mother Earth. It has been nearly 20 years since I felt the arms of a man around me and the tickle of a beard against my skin. I sound like an old woman, but I am only 43 years old. When Jack and Emma disappeared in that terrible storm at sea, all those many years ago, I lost all hope. I lived isolated and alone for five years, surrounded by the spirits of my lost family, until Gaia gave me a special gift from the sea, Abigail, the magical child. I pushed aside all thoughts of a man in my life and fooled myself into believing I was content.
Fran: What happened then?
Rachel: Time waited patiently until that fateful day when we sailed to the mainland for supplies and Abigail met the twins, Mandy and Missy. Their long-distance friendship blossomed sporadically over the next few years. Then the twin’s friend, Danny entered the picture, sending Abigail into the throws of teen-age love. The rare meetings became regular conversations over the airwaves, through cell satellites and the internet. That is, until the three sailed up the coast with Ben, the twins now divorced father, and I suddenly understood the meaning of lust at first sight. The passion grew until it culminated on the deck of Ben’s boat. Was it just lust, or had I grown to love this man? Reality punched me in the face when I realized that Ben, who I fantasized might become a permanent part of my life, had the power to easily destroy Abigail and me. The one element I failed to recognize was the strength of Ben’s love for me, and that he could also save us. Sometimes the things we wish for actually do come true, but sometimes they require the ultimate sacrifice to keep them.
Fran: Thank you, Rachel for that heartfelt story. Readers will have to find out the ending by reading Gaia’s Gift. No, no don’t give it away, please.
Rachel, smiling: The secret is safe with me. But you know romance novels have to end a certain way.
Fran, laughing: I thought rules are made to be broken.
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