"Just hours after his wife and her entire family perish in the Christmas Eve tsunami in Brisbane, American expat and former police officer Frank Mercy goes out to join his volunteer rescue unit and pulls a little boy from a submerged car, saving the child's life with only seconds to spare. In that moment, Frank's own life is transformed. Not quite knowing why, Frank sidesteps the law, when, instead of turning Ian over to the Red Cross, he takes the...
Beth Cappadora finds herself in the midst of every parent's nightmare when her three-year-old son vanishes without a trace from a Chicago hotel lobby, throwing Beth, her husband Pat, and their son Vincent into a turmoil that ravages their lives.
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From the moment she entered the world, Francie Nolan needed to be made of stern stuff, for growing up in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn, New York demanded fortitude, precocity, and strength of spirit. Often scorned by neighbors for her family's erratic and eccentric behavior-such as her father Johnny's taste for alcohol and Aunt Sissy's habit of marrying serially without the formality of divorce-no one, least of all Francie, could say that the...
Using her Sunday advice column as a vehicle to tell her own story, Julieanne struggles to keep her twenty-year marriage going. Suddenly her husband Leo tells her he needs a "sabbatical" never really intending to return. A few months later Julieanne develops a serious illness and her three children search for their father Leo.
Elliott Banner and his wife, Laura, are driving home after celebrating their fourteenth wedding anniversary on December 23 when Laura experiences a painful headache. At the hospital, they learn Laura suffered a brain aneurysm and has only hours to live. Their family gathers around her bedside for a last Christmas Eve together.