cover image One Year Ago in Spain

One Year Ago in Spain

Evelyn Skye. Del Rey, $18 trade paper (336p) ISBN 978-0-593-49927-6

An attorney faces the loss of the love of her life in Skye’s heart-wrenching latest (after The Hundred Loves of Juliet). Claire Walker is on track to make partner at her New York law firm when she meets Spanish artist Matías de León at a gallery opening. They fall hard for each other, but 11 months into their relationship, tragedy strikes when Claire bails on their trip to Spain and Matías goes without her, ending up in a coma following a speedboat accident. Though she’s in the middle of finalizing a merger that would cement her promotion, Claire leaves New York for Madrid to be at Matías’s bedside. At her hotel, however, she sees what she first believes is Matías’s ghost and worries she’s too late. But the comatose Matías is still alive; this is the astral projection of his soul. To reunite it with his body, she must remind him of his love for her—even though, in this form, he has no idea who she is. Skye has such a light touch with the supernatural elements that even skeptical readers will embrace the moving tale of Claire trying to woo back her soulmate. The flawed but memorable characters resonate and their love rings true. Readers won’t want to put this down. Agent: Thao Le, Sandra Dijkstra Literary. (July)