Where You Left Me
Jennifer Gardner Trulson
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Lucky—that’s how Jennifer would describe herself. She had a successful law career, met the love of her life in Doug, married him, had an apartment in New York City, a house in the Hamptons, two beautiful children, and was still madly in love after nearly seven years of marriage. Jennifer was living the kind of idyllic life that clichés are made of.
Until Doug was killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center, and she became a widow at age thirty-five—a “9/11 widow,” no less, a member of a select group bound by sorrow, of which she wanted no part. Though completely devastated, Jennifer still considered herself blessed. Doug had loved her enough to last her a lifetime, and after his sudden death, she was done with the idea of romantic love—fully resigned to being a widowed single mother . . . until a chance encounter with a gregarious stranger changed everything. Without a clue how to handle this unexpected turn of events, Jennifer faced the question asked by anyone who has ever lost a loved one: Is it really possible to feel joy again, let alone love?
With unvarnished emotion and clear-eyed sardonic humor, Jennifer tells an ordinary woman’s extraordinary tale of unimaginable loss, resilience, friendship, love, and healing—which is also New York City’s narrative in the wake of September 11. Where You Left Me is an unlikely love story, a quintessentially New York story—at once Jennifer’s tribute to the city that gave her everything and proof that second chances are possible.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Where you left me
This book is written with raw honesty, emotion and wit. I was so moved, I laughed I cried and I appreciated her heartfelt honesty. We have all been touched in some way by 9/11 and I was so glad Lauren was willing to share her story for all touched by this tragedy. I loved it and I wish her all the happiness in the world.
I definitely enjoyed this book and the authors story. She described the love she had with Doug so tenderly and raw, that it was hard to believe she could love again. Very happy to of read this book and wish the author all the best!
What a story!
Jennifer writes a heartbreaking story of being right in the middle of 9/11. I will remember her comments on what she felt in the days after her husbands death. As tragic as 9/11 was, reading this womans book will give you hope. Yes, you will cry - but it is an uplifting book overall.