Reuniting After a Lifetime

Welcome to Sunday Blog Share. All month long and through December, we’re focusing on books that have a holiday of spirit as part of the Holiday of Books promotion.

Today, we’re going to be talking about a couple torn apart by their differing views regarding their careers and reuniting many years later. Usually, when discussing this subject, the woman is the person wronged and the man went on to have the perfect family, a career people brag about, and all the material desires he’d always wanted. In this case, a woman makes a decision of career over family, over love, and leaves her good friend reeling from the rejection of his proposal.


Can love be rekindled after a lifetime?

Mel dashes Joe’s hopes for marriage when she decides to pursue a career. Thirty years later, retired and without close family, she reunites with her first love.


Joe Stockton chided himself for picking this moment. Both he and the woman he loved, Mel Hoffman, had just come off a twelve-hour shift, preparing the F-16 jet fighter aircraft at Hahn Air Base in Germany for flight. Both were dog tired, ready for a hot cup of coffee and a tasty meal, and then to drop into bed until they had to report for duty again, about twelve hours from now.

Ah, quit being a coward. You love her. She loves you. Haven’t both of us said that many times since we got here?

They were stationed at one of the bases where the F-16 reigned supreme. Both of them were crew chiefs and expected to have a long and illustrious career. Although, if Joe had to admit it, Mel would do far better than he would. She had a certain drive to prove herself in this male-oriented world. Sure, he was good with a wrench, but she was better. And she knew how to deal with those at the top of the maintenance unit. Truth be told, he’d be happy to run a squadron as the NCOIC, but he could see Mel being someone who would be picked for all the prime positions at higher headquarters.

About K.C. Sprayberry

Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.

She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.