A Watershed Year, originally released in 2011, is a story of second chances. The stunning novel was chosen by Lake Union, a division of Amazon Publishing, and re-released as a Kindle e-book and a paperback in November of 2013. This is a testament to the powerful love story that is equally wise, melancholy, challenging and funny. A Watershed Year highlights the interconnection of individuals in a world where technology creates both too much and too little genuine communication.
Lucy McVie, a woman in her mid-thirties, loses her best friend, Harlan, to cancer. As Lucy grapples with her grief and the subsequent emptiness Harlan’s death brought her, she begins to receive emails from Harlan. Overwhelmed by the reality that she had a deep love for Harlan she never revealed, she reads these emails with a sense of urgency. As the emails continue to arrive, Lucy discovers that Harland had arranged for these to be sent after his death.
As Lucy reads the emails and begins to explore her feelings, she realizes her life is forever changed. The most haunting email is the one in which Harland shares that he believes Lucy is destined for motherhood. Lucy begins a journey to adopt a young boy from Russia as she works through her grief over Harlan’s death.
Lucy realizes that adopting a child will offer her a new chance for a fulfilled life. When she travels to Russia to meet four-year-old Mat, she finds a soul that is as lonely and lost as hers. Lucy adopts the child and they learn to trust one another, beginning a healing time for both Lucy and Mat.
When Mat’s father comes to America to reclaim his child, Lucy learns the truth about Mat’s past. This truth threatens to shatter the new life she has built with her adopted son.
A Watershed Year is a story of love, loss, and redemption. Lucy learns what it means to be a mother, and the story proves that despair can give way to the joy and the beauty of second chances. The novel will grabs the reader from the first pages to the last.