cover image Just the Two of Us

Just the Two of Us

Jo Wilde. Forever, $15.99 trade paper (288p) ISBN 978-1-5387-5506-8

Love rekindles during quarantine in this timely romance from Wilde (the Angel series). Julie and Michael Marshall have been married for nearly 35 years, but they’ve been drifting apart ever since their children grew up and moved out, to the point where now they live separate lives. When Julie has had enough, she meets with a divorce lawyer and prepares to have the Talk with Michael. Then Covid hits and the pandemic lockdown begins. Stuck together with no distractions, they have the time to look back on their relationship, figure out where it went wrong, and determine whether it can be fixed. Will they be able to rediscover what made them fall in love, or will they be doomed to drift apart? Wilde is precise in her placement of flashbacks to the couple’s early relationship, showing both characters’ perspectives and enhancing the slow but constant burn of the pair’s redeveloping chemistry in the present. This emotional second-chance tale promises both tears and smiles. Agent: Kate Shaw, Shaw Agency. (Apr.)