When a trip to the emergency room on Christmas Eve brings Callie Winwood together with Will Tremaine, the man she once thought she’d marry but has not seen in twenty-five years, their chance meeting reignites feelings each has harbored for more than two decades.
Their journey toward one another is anything but simple, however. Following the death of his wife, Joanna, two years earlier, which he believes he caused, Will has devoted himself to his two young children.
As Will and Callie struggle with their own personal histories of love and loss, they must also navigate the complex emotions of Will’s children who still grieve for their mother. At the same time, they must struggle with Joanna’s family, who refuse to accept that she is gone, and will do anything to avoid facing the truth.
Just as Callie and Will find happiness at last, they are forced apart when a scandal threatens to unravel their respective families. Putting their children above all else, Callie and Will separate — willingly but painfully — until an unexpected ally intervenes.
A Foolish Consistency explores the damage — emotional and otherwise — wrought by unacknowledged fear and grief, as well as the futility of trying to control the uncontrollable. Yet, it is also a passionate love story, and a statement on the power of hope, the importance of forgiveness, and, ultimately, the joy of redemption.
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A trip to the emergency room reconnects Callie Winwood with college sweetheart Dr. Will Tremaine. After twenty five years, a divorce for Callie and a dead wife for Will, and two children for each, they rediscover their love for each other.
But reconnecting is not as simple as they thought it would. Callie has her issues and has a fear for failure. She thinks their lives are different, with situations that can’t be reconciled and she is incapable of being loved.
Will, on the other hand, has two very young children who are still grieving for their mother. He is also struggling with the fact that the death of his wife may not have been an accident, as she was suffering from a mental illness. He often leaves his children to his in-laws who tend to be manipulative.
A Foolish Consistency’s story is fairly simple, with the plot developing at a good steady pace. I loved how Weir builds up the story and their relationship. When the reader thinks their happy ever after is right on the horizon, something happens to pull them back to reality. And since the protagonists are both adults in their middle ages, don’t except sparkles and roses in the narration. But that doesn’t mean the romance (and the sexy scenes) are not hot. On the contrary, their scenes are perfect for two lovers who, since they have found themselves again, express their yearning and loving after so many years.
As the story progresses, conflict is raised internally as Will tries to figure out how to integrate Callie into his grieving children’s life. Callie also tries to figure out if she’s actually willing to let go of her now peaceful life for Will.
External conflict comes from the the overly manipulative in-laws of Will, particularly the mother-in-law, Eleanor and sister-in-law, Rowan. Although there was a battle between Will and the in-laws, there was also a battle between the in laws versus friends and grandchildren in the background. It is here where I loved how Weir made all the supporting characters very strong. Whether they are supporting the relationship or attempting to destroy it, they provided great contrast and texture which makes it an even better read.
A Foolish Consistency is a great read. It is about love rediscovered, acceptance and forgiveness. It is also about families recovering from loss, letting go and learning to become united.