#1 Amazon Best-Selling AuthorEver-hopeful Lia thinks she’ll be with handsome, brooding Jake forever. Until one day he completely blindsides her and makes her question everything she knows… Lia Townsend is expecting a trip to Hawaii for her fifth wedding anniversary. Instead, her husband, Jake, walks out on her. Out of the blue. Devastated, Lia vows to win back Jake and the perfect life they shared.Because it was perfect, wasn’t it?As Lia searches for the truth behind Jake’s departure, the cracks in the shiny varnish begin to show. And once she uncovers his secret, all that she once knew and believed in crumbles.Lia’s eccentric mother, her best friend, and two vastly different men each pull her in new directions, and Lia attempts to push past the pain and start anew.But Jake isn’t gone for good. When an accident rocks the lives of their best friends, Lia and Jake are thrown together. Will Lia choose to salvage her old life with the man who broke her heart – or was everything they shared an illusion?”An emotionally compelling story about love, the lies we tell, and new beginnings. I couldn’t put it down!” – Robin Bielman, USA Today best-selling author”Gardner creates a rich portrait of an emotionally mute woman who rediscovers her inner voice.” – Kirkus Reviews”Lia is a brave, human, and affectionate heroine who will inspire and charm readers. An engaging read!” – K.S.R. Burns, best-selling author of The Paris Effect and Paris Ever AfterBook club discussion guide included.Interview with the AuthorWhere did you get the idea for Forgetting Ophelia?I have a literal “where” answer to this question! The spark of the idea came to me while I was on the 405 freeway stuck in traffic. I was letting my mind wander and thought about what would happen if a woman who imagined her marriage was perfect suddenly had the rug ripped out from under her.What will fans of women’s fiction like about Forgetting Ophelia, and what makes the novel stand out in the genre?I believe a lot of women in their thirties find themselves ignoring their own wishes and desires because they’re busy making others happy: their partners, children, parents, friends. This story is about Lia embracing what she wants and needs, what’s best for her for the first time in her life. The ending presents a launching pad for Lia rather than a neat conclusion.In the story, Lia’s husband leaves her out of the blue. Do you think Lia really never saw it coming?I think Lia’s in deep denial at the start of this book and only realizes after the fact that she and Jake aren’t as perfect as she always told herself they were. The Plan is flawed from the beginning, but she never asks herself if she is happy until everything is taken from her. What do you enjoy reading?Primarily, I love women’s fiction, literary fiction, and memoir. But any time spent reading is a good time!Thanks for reading!
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Julie C. Gardner is a former English teacher and lapsed marathon runner who traded in the classroom for a writing nook. Now she rarely changes out of her pajamas. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two children, and three dogs.To find out more about Julie and her upcoming books, visit JulieCGardner.com or follow her on Twitter (@juliecgardner), Instagram (@juliecgardner), and her Facebook Author Page (Julie C. Gardner).