When I first wrote about Glory, Johnny, Jake, and Vic, the story flowed out of my fingers. Despite the sometimes sad twists and turns, it was also a story of love and redemption. When it was done, I thought I had left the characters in a place of closure. But after moving on to write other stories, those original characters kept coming back to me.
I knew that I had to continue to tell their stories.
What happened to Jake after losing his wife? Did Glory give up her acting career? What does her life look like now that she is finally together with Johnny, the love of her life? How are Vic's kids handling life without their mother?
After Victory explores all of this, but most importantly the impossible challenge of moving on and learning to love again. The sequel took longer to write than the original, probably because of the pressure to stay true to the characters that readers grew to love in the first novel. I hope I've done them justice.
It’s been two years since Jake Delroy lost his wife. With four kids at home, he spends most of his time just trying to keep them alive while not losing his mind. He has help from his sister-in-law Glory, and his best friend John. But as he watches the two of them building their life together, he’s never been more alone.
Kate Cooper has been a single mom for most of her adult life. It was never easy but now that her son is getting older, she faces challenges that her friends just can’t understand. She finds a sympathetic kinship with Jake Delroy. What starts as a friendship built on mutual understanding quickly grows into something more. Moving on means they both must let go of their pasts or risk their shot at forever.
As Jake and Kate struggle to embrace their second chance at love, Glory Stark battles her own uncertainties. She’s never been happier than right now- living with the love of her life and raising their perfect child. But love isn’t always easy, and Glory must learn that opening your heart doesn’t always mean it will end up broken.